Gaming PC build help (~$1000)

Approximate Purchase Date: by next month

Budget Range: roughly around $1000 (cheaper the better lol)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: won't need kb/mouse/monitor/speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: intel (specifically i5-2500K)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: ummm, thanks for helping out =)

I'll probably be doing some heavy OC (up to 4.4-4.6ghz) with the cpu...I was looking at that 6950 but with the 560 coming out soon, i'm not really sure. will the 2gb make a big difference over the 560's 1gb?
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  1. Whether the 2GB makes a difference depends on what resolution you'll be gaming at. Which is..?
  2. This build includes the o/s (Windows 7), 2500K, after market h/s (thermal paste comes with it), 6950, etc... Combo Price: $154.94
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $59.99
    SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $123.99
    ASRock P67 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Combo Price: $238.98
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ... $39.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996585 $59.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ $16.99 FREE SHIPPING
    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 $299.99 - $289.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    XFX HD-695A-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    Total $994.86 *not including shipping, rebates, etc..
  3. If you want to spend $1000, you should get a GTX 570 or a Radeon 6950 that you unlock to a 6970. You can look around at some of the other builds already posted today on the forum for some good pointers. Check out Why_Me's suggestions:
  4. Interesting--Why_Me you recommendations didn't show up before I posted. I just referenced another one of your build recommendations. I'd say you may as well get DDR3 1600MHz for the same price:

    Since according to:,2792-19.html (see 2nd to last paragraph) slow memory really does bottleneck a top of the line system.

  5. Quite a bit below budget...get whatever OS + optical drive you want and maybe get some higher rated RAM.
  6. thanks for the suggestions guys
  7. btw, i'll be gaming at a maximum of 1080p...iono if that makes a difference in what gfx card i should get...will the 2gb be overkill?
  8. btw, i'll be gaming at a maximum of 1080p...iono if that makes a difference in what gfx card i should get...will the 2gb be overkill?
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