$1000-$1300 gaming build--help?

Greetings, I am new to these forums so thank you for your time and without further ado:

-Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully within a week or two, though I've been hearing about intel's Sandy Bridge and AMD's Bulldozer which makes me a little hesitant. At the minute I'm using a friend's pc since the graphics card on my own 8 year old internet-and-word-processor-only rig finally gave out. Should I upgrade now and enjoy the benefits of modern day pc gaming or just get a new graphics card and wait until Q1 next year (assuming the rest of my pc can make it)?

-Budget Range: $1000-$1300, though if there are parts which don't make much of a difference in gaming I'd rather not splurge. I'd like to be able to have a computer which can run games in high quality, which would be somewhat of a first for me (hehe...).

-System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, word processing, miscellaneous basic tasks

-Parts Not Required: Mouse, mousepad, and speakers I guess since I can reuse them. I would like to get a new monitor.

-Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter.com, frys.com, pretty much any site or store that has a good reputation in regards to how they care for and deliver their parts. I live near a Microcenter and Fry's so I can pick up anything they refuse to ship.

-Country of Origin: U.S.

-Parts Preferences: None

-Overclocking: Yes, if it can impact gaming and save me money.

-SLI or Crossfire: Same as above

-Monitor Resolution: Since I hope/plan to get a large monitor... 1920x1200? I'd love input on this as well, especially if there are any deals on monitors.

-Additional Comments: Any deals or combo deals are greatly welcome. With the exception of the graphics card and RAM, along with any unexpected failures that may occur, I very much want to make something that can last a good 3-4 years (not planning on keeping it as long this time, hehe). I've put together somewhat of a build based on my limited knowledge...

Quick Note: The build does not need to be Intel-based. AMD builds are great too.

Core i5 760 Processor Boxed--$169.99 (I couldn't determine if there was any significant impact on gaming in regards to getting an i7 processor instead... Also, if you recommend any AMD CPU, an i5 750 or any i7's instead, please explain)

Motherboard--GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s--$179.99 or ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard--$179.99 (I tried looking into mobos with OC'ing potential and SLI/Crossfire support so, hopefully, I could get something to last me 3 or so years)

RAM--G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL--$91.99 (typical RAM...)

Hard Drive--Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive--$87.99

DVD Burner--ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk – OEM--$23.99

Power Supply--CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply--$109.99

Case--COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case--$54.99

CPU Heatsink/Cooler--COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler--$29.99 (for possible OC'ing...)

I have no flippin' idea what to do in regards to a graphics card... This is a crucial part and even after reading up on them I'm totally stumped--help?
As well, need advice on monitor: 2ms, 3ms, 5ms... does it make any sort of difference?
Total cost so far is $748.92 without Graphics card or monitor.

Thanks for any and all input!
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  1. Thanks for the builds and especially that cpu+mobo deal...

    I bought my other pc at the store, and (regretfully) didn't pay too much attention to anything but the cost... As for its specs, here's the small amount that I know/remember:
    Sony Vaio

    CPU--Intel Pentium 4 Processor, 2.66 GHz

    Mobo--All I really know is that it has an AGP slot and 533 MHz FSB

    RAM--512 Mb DDR

    Hardrive--120 GB, 7200 rpm

    Graphics card is fried

    No idea about the PSU (think it was around 150W, though I may be terribly mistaken)

    And then DVD-RW/CD-RW Drive... as well as a floppy drive

    Yeps... Personally, I've learned a very important lesson from all this...


    Thanks again for the input :)
  2. Intel i7 930 + x58 pro e - usb3

    Nzxt Tempest Evo or Hades - It has 5 pre installed fan on cabinet

    Corsair xms 1600mhz 4 gb kit

    1tb samsung spinpoint HDD

    XFX 5850 GPU

    H50 Corsair cpu cooler

  3. I suggest upgrading the CPU to the i7-860 for only $69 extra.

    For the Case and PSU I suggest all antec. This combo will cost $139.98 and both parts or the highest rated. The PSU is rated most reliable power supply brand by PC World.

    Best RAM made for DDR3 for the price is G.SKILL Ripjaws.

    For a great monitor I suggest the ACER P235Hbmid Black 23" for $199.99. The ASUS VH236H Black 23" is also a good deal at $199.99. You really cant go wrong with either of these as they are both hold customer choice awards and over 500 reviews.

    I suggest EVGA GTX460 and free just cause 2 game.

    I suggest the WD you posted with a 2 port ESATA bracket combo.

    I suggest the SAMSUNG Black 8X BD-ROM. You can have a bluray reader and DVD burner in one for only $50 with the promo code BHDSEPT15 but you have to order today.

    This will cost about $1167.

    You didn't state any OS so here is a link to windows 7 64bit premium. There are some good combo deals in a link near the bottom of the page. You can save a bit on a purchase of AMD's 5800's or SSD's
    If you want a SSD I suggest the Patriot 60GB with the OS.
  4. Personally I would not bother with $70 more for the i7 860 over the i5 760. No point in spending money that gives nothing for your gaming.

    Other than than elberts choices are pretty good, though I would buy the BD Rom unless you really need a BLue Ray player on your PC when a $20 DVD drive would be fine for games.

    The Antec case and PSU is pretty good, though I would sooner ask my dog his opinion about a computer component than trust PC world

    GKays build gives all you need for a geat gaming PC. Elberts build offers a few extra niceties if you are willing to pay the extra for them. Can't really go wrong with either
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