If your budget is $1k, you can do much better. Please start with the format found in the post at the forum for how to ask for build advise. If you need EVERYTHING except the monitor, use the link at the bottom of my sig. Should make a good road map as it still holds current prices and can get you a quad core with DDR3 ram. You can save more if you shop both newegg and zipzoomfly. There's other etailers too that you can look at, but you can usually find stuff on sale from one of the two.