first off, you said upgrading. are you building a new system from scratch? if so, click the link below. its the perfect build I made for you. why intel? Intel is great but for under $1000 AMD is the way to go. also 8gb of ram is overkill for gaming 4gb is enough but i included 8gb since there is room in your budget. I even fit in an SSD. If you don't want an SSD, remove it and replace the 6870 for a 6950.