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July 27, 2013 4:11:07 PM

Ahoy THW!

I'm a student looking to purchase his first gaming rig due to graduating from College. If anyone at THW could suggest a build, that would be fantastic <3.
Here are the specs I'd prefer for my build.

Core i7
GTX 660

If you can find a full build for under $1000 that includes the above, I'd be delighted. On the other hand, I've been quoted by a few vendors for similar specs (or better) and was going to go with the cheapest option.

Thanks ahead of time!


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a b 4 Gaming
July 27, 2013 4:32:34 PM

If it's just for gaming, then go for i5-3570K instead. But if u have special needs like video editing, graphic design or programming, stick w/ i7-3770K. However, it'll be difficult to include an OS under $1000.

P.S: GTX 760 > HD 7950 > HD 7870 Ghz > GTX 660 in gaming.

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.97 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($24.99 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $948.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-27 19:30 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
July 27, 2013 5:36:15 PM

i opted for overall experience improvements while having the same gaming performance

you wont need anything more than 550w for a single GPU rig nor will you need a i7 unless you are doing a fair amount of video work to make up for the difference