A good 1k build for graphics/gaming?

I mainly just game and use the internet. Not much more than that, what would be a good build for 1k?

Approximate Purchase Date: A month or two

Budget Range: $1,000 (I don't know who could make a PC to my specifications for me, Tiger Direct? Do they do custom PCs?)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Internet and music.

Are you buying a monitor: No.


Parts to Upgrade: New computer.

Do you need to buy OS: I believe I don't have the stuff to install an OS, so yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tigerdirect, Newegg.

Location: Jacksonville, Florida.

Parts Preferences: ATI/Nvidia for graphics cards and an intel processor, not picky about the other parts.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need a nice looking case, maybe quiet? Doesn't need to be quiet.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Can't run most games.
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  1. Overclocking.. no? id really reccomend you reconsider this since its so easy and around the same price! ill show the different components for overclocking :)

    CPU: intel i5 3570k (overclocking) intel i5 3570
    GPU: Nvidea 670 gtx or 680
    PSU: Corsair 650w Modular
    MOBO: ASRock Extreme 4 z77
    SSD: samsung 840 128gb
    HDD: 2TB western digital black
    Disk drive: samsung DVD RW
    CPU cooler: Corsair H80i (overclocking) NO cpu cooler needed for not overclocking
    RAM: 8gb corsair vengeance memory
    Case: Bitfenix prodigy / zalman z11 (they both look nice and can be made quiet)
  2. Luhrs said:
    I mainly just game and use the internet. Not much more than that, what would be a good build for 1k?

    Approximate Purchase Date: A month or two

    Budget Range: $1,000 (I don't know who could make a PC to my specifications for me, Tiger Direct? Do they do custom PCs?)

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Internet and music.

    Are you buying a monitor: No.


    Parts to Upgrade: New computer.

    Do you need to buy OS: I believe I don't have the stuff to install an OS, so yes.

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tigerdirect, Newegg.

    Location: Jacksonville, Florida.

    Parts Preferences: ATI/Nvidia for graphics cards and an intel processor, not picky about the other parts.

    Overclocking: No.

    SLI or Crossfire: No.

    Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: Need a nice looking case, maybe quiet? Doesn't need to be quiet.

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Can't run most games.


    xAdam said:
    Overclocking.. no? id really reccomend you reconsider this since its so easy and around the same price! ill show the different components for overclocking :)

    CPU: intel i5 3570k (overclocking) intel i5 3570
    GPU: Nvidea 670 gtx or 680
    PSU: Corsair 650w Modular
    MOBO: ASRock Extreme 4 z77
    SSD: samsung 840 128gb
    HDD: 2TB western digital black
    Disk drive: samsung DVD RW
    CPU cooler: Corsair H80i (overclocking) NO cpu cooler needed for not overclocking
    RAM: 8gb corsair vengeance memory
    Case: Bitfenix prodigy / zalman z11 (they both look nice and can be made quiet)


    Scared of getting my comp screwed up by overclocking honestly, I don't wanna be like "oh, what's this!?" and end up overheating my comp.
  3. Oh! systems now come with 'turbo' modes, where it is overclocked so it will run hotter on a stock cooler, but it automatically changes all the settings its self to make sure theyre the right value, lets you get more out of your system and you dont have to know the complex bits to change :) overclocking is alot simpler than people realise and theres loads of guides to get more for your money with a better cooler.
  4. Gtx 670/hd 7970
  5. CPU: intel i5 3570k
    GPU: Nvidea 680 gtx
    PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650
    MOBO: ASRock Extreme 4 z77
    SSD: samsung 840 128gb
    HDD: 2TB western digital black
    Disk drive: samsung DVD RW
    CPU cooler: Corsair H80i
    RAM: 8gb corsair vengeance memory
    Case: RAIDMAX Vampire

    $1333

    How does this sound?


    Don't...

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  6. I'd be very proud to say that i owned that computer, yeah its a good setup mate.
  7. xAdam said:
    I'd be very proud to say that i owned that computer, yeah its a good setup mate.

    Can you run most games at high and above? Like new games, PS2, Skyrim, Deus Ex etc.
  8. Get gtx 670 nearly same performance as gtx680
    Hd 7970 overclocked is better then gtx 680

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.16 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $1057.07
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-01 13:44 EDT-0400)
  9. Luhrs said:
    CPU: intel i5 3570k
    GPU: Nvidea 680 gtx
    PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650
    MOBO: ASRock Extreme 4 z77
    SSD: samsung 840 128gb
    HDD: 2TB western digital black
    Disk drive: samsung DVD RW
    CPU cooler: Corsair H80i
    RAM: 8gb corsair vengeance memory
    Case: RAIDMAX Vampire

    $1333

    How does this sound?


    Don't...

    Bump posts


    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/283384-33-read-first


    Build for overclocking:
    Cpu: i5-3570k
    Mobo: z77 asrock extreme4
    Gpu: radeon hd 7970
    Ram: 8gb
    HDD: 1TB western digital black or blue
    SSD: not necessary. 100 bucks more if you really want it
    Case: some sort of case. Whatever fits you. Cases are more of a personality thing.
    Psu: 600-650w 80 plus bronze psu. Seasonic, corsair, or xfx brand.
    Cooler: hyper 212 evo (no need for water cooling. If you are afraid of overclocking you arent going to go far enough to need water cooling. Plus 4.2ghz 3570k will shred anything apart and air cooling will be fine)
    OS: windows 8 or windows 7. Whichever you prefer.
    Build with the SSD is $1300ish. Without it, it is $1200ish.

    Non-overclocking build:
    Cpu: i5-3570 non-k version
    Mobo: asrock pro4
    Gpu: gtx 670 or 7970. About same when stock
    Ram: same
    Case: same
    Cooler: stock with the processor
    HDD: same
    SSD: if you want
    PSU: same
    OS: same
    This brings you to the point of $1150ish with SSD, and $1050 without SSD about
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