1000$ Computer Help!

Hi all; I've been browsing the forums and was hoping for some guidance. This seems like an excellent place for up-to-date information. I'm looking to build a gaming computer with a budget of 1000$ excluding a monitor, keyboard, mouse. From what I've read I am leaning towards the Intel i5 2500K, which seems pretty popular on here.

I want to be able to play all games released in the last year at the highest settings, upcoming games at high or medium settings, and future games at medium or low settings. I have looked at http://www.hardware-revolution.com/mainstream-gaming-pc/, and was wondering what the consensus on his Tier 4 and 5 builds was.

Other than the i5, I'm open to any suggestions regarding video cards etc. I read in a recent thread that GeForce will be releasing a new card on the 25th, so should that factor into my buying choices?

If anyone could either list, or link, a build which matches my description I would greatly appreciate it!

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  1. http://www.hardware-revolution.com/mainstream-gaming-pc/

    good website with good builds in several price ranges just listed two 1000 dollar builds
  2. There is simply no way in hell I would recommend building a $1000 PC with an i5-2500 and a mobo with an H67 chipset. Why in the world would anyone do that to themselves just to save $50 total?

    For any PC build for $1000+, you base your build around an i5-2500k and a mobo with a P67 chipset. Period.

    Then, depending on your budget, you buy a GPU and other components based on what you can afford. That i5-2500k and its simple to use OC capabilities will allow you to upgrade that PC for the next 5+ years if you buy a good enough PSU.
  3. I get what your saying about the P67, but above 'Tier 4' the website DOES recommend a P67, the ASRock Extreme4 LGA1155 Intel P67 SATA6Gb/s USB3.0 ATX.

    Adding up the total on that website I can get the Tier 6 for 1100, which looks pretty solid, although a bit pricey.
  4. Well site is pretty similar to my build but here is my recommendations.


    If you read through I'll just have reasons, Hope that'll tell you some reasoning.

    And yes the 560 Ti is coming out soon so wait for that, but AMD is also dropping prices as well, the 6850 will soon drop to the 768mb 460 pricing of 150-160$ and the 6870 is going down to the 200$ pricemark while the 6950 1gb is at 279$. The 1gb to 2gb difference isn't really much especially at Hi-Def as gpu memory isn't THAT important.
  5. Thanks man that's great information; you sound pretty knowledgeable about these price drops are you saying this will happen within the next few weeks (like on the 25th when the 560 Ti comes out)?

    Cheers, and thanks for that link really helped.
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