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May 26, 2013 3:14:25 AM

Hi ! I want to build a gaming PC for $1,000, I will play at 1080p. I have selected all the parts but the total is coming at $1,107. Please suggest something that will reduce the cost by $100 but performance would be the same.

Note : I have the read the 'Build your own $1,000 PC' article on Tom's but I am not satisfied with that build, I want more.

Well, here's the components I have selected :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.69 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1106.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 06:12 EDT-0400)

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May 26, 2013 3:16:45 AM

Do you live near a Microcenter? And I am assuming that you will plan to overclock?
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May 26, 2013 3:22:57 AM

ksham said:
Do you live near a Microcenter? And I am assuming that you will plan to overclock?


No, there is no Microcenter in my vicinity and I DO plan to overclock, that's why I have selected i5 3570K over the regular i5 3570 and a Z77 MoBo over an H77 one

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May 26, 2013 3:24:05 AM

Drop the ssd lol


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May 26, 2013 3:26:00 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
Drop the ssd lol



Do I really have to do that ? I have never used an SSD before but I have read that it is the best possible upgrade you can do to your PC to make it screaming fast

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May 26, 2013 3:29:38 AM

What is near your vicinity? What retailers/vendors can you purchase from?
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May 26, 2013 3:30:21 AM

You can switch to fx 6300 build
But that would decrease the performance quite a lot
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May 26, 2013 3:32:29 AM

ksham said:
What is near your vicinity? What retailers/vendors can you purchase from?


Well I have NCIX nearby, but I always order online from Newegg or Amazon whichever is cheaper

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May 26, 2013 3:43:19 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.69 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.82 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.17 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1004.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 06:43 EDT-0400)

For everyday use, you won't notice difference between this Kingston SSD and Samsung one. Also, the 660ti is similar in performance but $30 less. PSU, 550W is plenty, and XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic. The Asus mobo is a great choice and $30 less.
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May 26, 2013 3:50:15 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.74 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1006.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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May 26, 2013 3:54:31 AM

wow nice builds
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May 26, 2013 3:56:01 AM

envy14tpe said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.69 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.82 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.17 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1004.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 06:43 EDT-0400)

For everyday use, you won't notice difference between this Kingston SSD and Samsung one. Also, the 660ti is similar in performance but $30 less. PSU, 550W is plenty, and XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic. The Asus mobo is a great choice and $30 less.


I really want to stick with the 7950 because 660 ti is only 192 bit and 7950 is 384 bit and also has 3GB VRAM

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May 26, 2013 3:58:16 AM

ksham said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.74 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1006.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Is this Sapphire Vapor X 7950 or stock one ? there is no picture available on PC Part Picker. If its Vapor X then only I will buy it

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May 26, 2013 4:07:57 AM

Dual-X but it is still good. Not as good as the Vapor-X. I wouldn't exactly say no to it. It is still better than your Gigabyte one.

But if you really want a Vapor-X one:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.74 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1006.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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May 26, 2013 4:19:23 AM

ksham said:
Dual-X but it is still good. Not as good as the Vapor-X. I wouldn't exactly say no to it. It is still better than your Gigabyte one.

But if you really want a Vapor-X one:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.74 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1006.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


No I really don't want Vapor X that bad and I'll take Dual X because I don't want the subpar case you suggested, Corsair 200R

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May 26, 2013 4:22:33 AM

So many of you have suggested Plextor M5S 128GB SSD. What's so special about it and how does it hold against Samsung 840 Pro 128GB I have selected. Is 840 Pro overpriced ??
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May 26, 2013 4:24:29 AM

It's not really subpar. The only gripe I have with the Corsair 200R is that the airflow isn't great. It's good, but not great. Other than that, it's a fine budget case.
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May 26, 2013 4:25:04 AM

This one includes the 7950 Vapor.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.69 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.82 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.17 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1057.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-26 07:24 EDT-0400)
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May 26, 2013 4:27:25 AM

swapdroid said:
So many of you have suggested Plextor M5S 128GB SSD. What's so special about it and how does it hold against Samsung 840 Pro 128GB I have selected. Is 840 Pro overpriced ??

Nothing is special about it. And it does not contend with the Samsung 840 Pro because the Samsung 840 Pro is the best SSD on the market. And no, it is not overpriced.
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May 26, 2013 4:33:52 AM

ksham said:
swapdroid said:
So many of you have suggested Plextor M5S 128GB SSD. What's so special about it and how does it hold against Samsung 840 Pro 128GB I have selected. Is 840 Pro overpriced ??

Nothing is special about it. And it does not contend with the Samsung 840 Pro because the Samsung 840 Pro is the best SSD on the market. And no, it is not overpriced.

No doubt it is the fastest at the $130ish price range. And incredibly reliable. However, a lot of evidence is coming out that suggests people that build rigs for gaming and day to day use won't benefit from the fastest SSD. Rather, a good SSD that is cheaper, but reliable, will suffice.

I feel like the Kingston or Plextor SSD, for $20 less, will help OP meet budget better.
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May 26, 2013 10:31:16 AM

Ok as many of you are suggesting I will go for a Plextor MS5 128GB SSD
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May 26, 2013 10:36:12 AM

Don't get a Vapor-X 7950. They are voltage locked I'm pretty sure. You don't want that.
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May 26, 2013 10:43:08 AM

caydn12 said:
Don't get a Vapor-X 7950. They are voltage locked I'm pretty sure. You don't want that.


Ohh Really ?! Thanks a lot for this info. So what should I go for, Gigabyte or Sapphire Dual X ?

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May 26, 2013 11:05:55 AM

swapdroid said:
caydn12 said:
Don't get a Vapor-X 7950. They are voltage locked I'm pretty sure. You don't want that.


Ohh Really ?! Thanks a lot for this info. So what should I go for, Gigabyte or Sapphire Dual X ?



I have the dual-X and it overclocks like a champ (1175core/1575mem)
Idk about the gigabyte. ive never used one.
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May 26, 2013 3:17:01 PM

My Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 7970 GHz is voltage unlocked. Bought it last February. I would think that the HD 7950 would also be voltage unlocked.
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May 26, 2013 4:48:45 PM

ksham said:
My Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 7970 GHz is voltage unlocked. Bought it last February. I would think that the HD 7950 would also be voltage unlocked.


Ive heard a lot say that their vapor x 7950's come voltage locked. But Ive never actually used one.
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May 27, 2013 12:12:28 AM

Yeah people I also did some research and found that Sapphire 7950 Vapor X is voltage locked. So I guess I'll go with Sapphire 7950 Dual X as its cheaper
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June 6, 2013 2:53:48 AM

Okk people after further research and brainstorming, this is what what I have come up with. It has quite a few changes from the earlier build I posted here.
This is the Final Build :

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $990.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-06 05:51 EDT-0400)
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June 6, 2013 6:03:30 AM

All that for just under $1000. That is awesome! Great build swapdroid.

If you wanna cut off some cost, drop from 650W down to 550W. Up to you.

What about your monitor and keyboard?
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June 6, 2013 8:43:10 AM

envy14tpe said:
All that for just under $1000. That is awesome! Great build swapdroid.

If you wanna cut off some cost, drop from 650W down to 550W. Up to you.

What about your monitor and keyboard?


Thanks man ! Even I'm surprised how much bang for buck I'm getting ! I love this build.

The difference between XFX 550W and 650W is just $20-$30. So its not a big deal.

Well, I already have a Corsair K90 Keyboard, a Razer Naga Hex Mouse and Asus 24" 144 Hz Monitor.

Again, thanks a lot for your feedback and advice.

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June 6, 2013 9:26:42 AM

One last question : I can get a $400 EVGA GTX 770 in that budget, but I have to drop the SSD and downgrade to XFX 550W PSU. Is it worth it to sacrifice this much for the new graphic card ??
This is what I'm talking about exactly :

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1007.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-06 12:25 EDT-0400)
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June 6, 2013 9:40:31 AM

Yes get a 770. I didn't know you had a 144Hz monitor. That changes things a lot. If you want to reach 100fps on Ultra in games you need a powerful GPU, and the 770 is really impressive in tests.

A 7950 is good for 1080p 60Hz monitor. but you got a 144Hz monitor so that changes everything.

I made one change. You need more power for the 770. It is recommended to get a 600W PSU or greater. The one I chose is modular so it will help with cable clutter in case.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.48 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1039.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-06 12:39 EDT-0400)
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June 6, 2013 9:55:16 AM

envy14tpe said:
Yes get a 770. I didn't know you had a 144Hz monitor. That changes things a lot. If you want to reach 100fps on Ultra in games you need a powerful GPU, and the 770 is really impressive in tests.

A 7950 is good for 1080p 60Hz monitor. but you got a 144Hz monitor so that changes everything.

I made one change. You need more power for the 770. It is recommended to get a 600W PSU or greater. The one I chose is modular so it will help with cable clutter in case.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($196.48 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1039.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-06 12:39 EDT-0400)


Hey thanks a lot again !!

Nice, now I know I was right in my decision of buying a 144 Hz monitor because the budget is not enough to max out games at 1440/1600p and I don't like multi-monitor setup, I find it distracting.

Now I can play at blazing fast 60+ FPS without shitty Vsync !! Yeah.

I really have struck gold with build. So much for power for $1,000 !! Unbelievable. I guess this is at least 4x more powerful than Xbox One(aka Cable Box) and PS4.
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June 6, 2013 10:01:52 AM

I'm happy with 60fps max with a 60Hz monitor, but it would be cool to see what 100fps is like.

You have an extremely fast monitor, use it to its potential or ...sigh...so yeah, get a 770. About the 770, I have read that the stock 770 is ok, but for $40-50 more you can get a MSI lightning and it really is a lot faster. Look for reviews of the MSI 770 Lightning.

I think before the year is over you will get the itch to upgrade, probably SSD. For now, your build is great and what you have chosen gives you room for it to grow.

btw, $80 for Phantom 410..awesome. Locally, I can only find Phantoms for $105.
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June 8, 2013 7:40:25 AM

envy14tpe said:
I'm happy with 60fps max with a 60Hz monitor, but it would be cool to see what 100fps is like.

You have an extremely fast monitor, use it to its potential or ...sigh...so yeah, get a 770. About the 770, I have read that the stock 770 is ok, but for $40-50 more you can get a MSI lightning and it really is a lot faster. Look for reviews of the MSI 770 Lightning.

I think before the year is over you will get the itch to upgrade, probably SSD. For now, your build is great and what you have chosen gives you room for it to grow.

btw, $80 for Phantom 410..awesome. Locally, I can only find Phantoms for $105.


Lol even I have no idea what 100+ FPS will be like !! My current setup can barely reach 40 FPS in most games.

Well I will be content with $400 MSI Twin Frozr GTX 770 as I can't afford $450 MSI Lightning right now.

Yeah I can get a SSD in there by end of year, maybe a 256GB one.

One last question : Which case is better ? 1. NZXT Phantom 410 2. Cooler Master Storm Enforcer


Well, I've decided to splurge a little more than $1,000 mark and here's THE Final Build.

I call it "Equilibrium" :

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1036.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-08 10:38 EDT-0400)
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June 8, 2013 8:39:31 AM

Personally, I think the 410 is about as good as it gets. If I were in the market for a case I'd buy the Phantom 410 (black) or Fractal R4. Very different cases but awesome.

I trust MSI. I have had 2 of their GPUs and have had a good experience.
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June 10, 2013 8:17:51 AM

What are your final thoughts and opinions of THE Final build, the "EQUILIBRIUM" ??
I will start buying the parts in a week.

The EQUILIBRIUM :

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 ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1042.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 11:24 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2013 8:54:56 AM

swapdroid said:
What are your final thoughts and opinions of THE Final build, the "EQUILIBRIUM" ??
I will start buying the parts in a week.

The EQUILIBRIUM :

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 ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1042.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 11:24 EDT-0400)


Extremely solid build. Performance will be off the charts. If you can, get a 120GB SSD, it makes a difference in the feeling of the usage. Otherwise, components are A+.
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envy14tpe said:
swapdroid said:
What are your final thoughts and opinions of THE Final build, the "EQUILIBRIUM" ??
I will start buying the parts in a week.

The EQUILIBRIUM :

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 ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1042.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 11:24 EDT-0400)


Extremely solid build. Performance will be off the charts. If you can, get a 120GB SSD, it makes a difference in the feeling of the usage. Otherwise, components are A+.


Hey man thank u so much for the appreciation. You have been great help.

As for the SSD, I will get a 256GB one in a few months.

Btw, I am new to PC Gaming and people like you and forums like these are making it very enjoyable for me to be a part of The PC Master Race. Looking forward to play Metro:Last Light and Total War:Rome with this Beast !!

Again, THANKS A LOT !!

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