What kind of computer can I get for $1000?

I have put lots of posts on here of some computers that I have designed in my head for my first build, but I want to know what you guys can come up with. I want to know exactly what parts to buy for a gaming pc for around $1000. I would also like to know what parts I should buy for a pc around $1500 and how much better it would be in comparison to the other one. Please put links or specific names of parts so I know what to look up. Just for some background on me, I want to be able to play games like starcraft 2 hots and skyrim on at least high, preferably ultra, and also want it to get on the internet and do some work. Thank you for helping me with this
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  1. Do you need a monitor, operating system, keyboard, mouse, and speakers? Or do you just need a tower with the components?
  2. Just a tower with the components and an OS
  3. It's just for gaming right? And what resolution is the monitor you plan on using?
  4. If it's just gaming then here is what I have for a $1000 build. It would be nice if you had a HDD or optical drive you could reuse somewhere so we could fit in a 120GB SSD but I couldn't at that price without sacrificing performance elsewhere.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Enermax ETS-T40-TB 86.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.94 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $980.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 13:15 EDT-0400)
  5. Well, here is a quality build that you can get for around $1k. I didn't include the keyboard and mouse

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.49 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1006.37
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 13:16 EDT-0400)
  6. For $1500, I have a similar build but upgraded your HDD to a 2TB WD Black, a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro, upgraded the GPU to a 7970 Vapor-X, upgraded your case to something way more stylish, and upgraded your PSU.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Enermax ETS-T40-TB 86.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.94 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($153.30 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($425.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1478.02
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 13:20 EDT-0400)
  7. Okay thanks, and yes this would be for gaming and I have no idea what the monitor resolution is.
  8. I found it, the resolution is 1680 x 1050
  9. trevorius said:
    I found it, the resolution is 1680 x 1050


    In that case I would go with the $1000 build, add a 128GB SSD, and pick up a nice ~$200 1080p monitor.
  10. Okay, and the video card you mentioned was out of stock, can I use the video card from the other guys $1k build and will it work?
  11. The 7870XT isn't as powerful. Look for another 7950, you should find one around $300 on newegg.
  12. Okay, thanks
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