I need recomendations for parts to build a gaming desktop that costs around $1,000.

Hello, I'd appreciate any advice or help any of you will give me. I'm trying to put together a good gaming desktop. This will be the first computer I've ever put together, and I've been looking around online and I've found a lot of websites with a lot of different builds. I figured it would be a better idea to ask you guys than just go by an article.
Right now I'm just concerned with getting a tower together, I have already have a monitor, keyboard, etc.

I'd like to keep it under $1,000, but if I'd save more in the long run by buying something a little more expensive than I'd be willing to go up a few hundred dollars.

I'm only going to be using it for gaming.

So what are your recommendations for parts, or is this a good article to go by?
Again I'd appreciate any help, and thanks.
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    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($128.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.52 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $964.43
  2. amd one

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $986.88
  3. Thanks for the replies, is it possible to mix the parts from these two lists? Like replace the graphics card from the Intel list with the one from the AMD list? Also, are there any major differences in performance between these two builds? Or does it come down to choosing Intel or AMD and then building the rest or the computer around it?
  4. u can replace gpu in the list in my opinion intel is a better than amd but that's my own opinion and no majar difference if u want a good nvidia card

    here 760gtx
    or 660gtx or 670
  5. Thanks for the help, I appreciate it.
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