Giving advice for building a $1000 PC

I see a lot a requests for help building a PC in the $1000 range.

For $1000 you can not buy the Ultimate machine on Earth, but it will be pretty nice.

If you have more budget, get better parts, but please don't get less.
I feel this is a minimum starting point for a high performance PC that can be upgraded for years to come.
Use this only as a guide. Your mileage may vary.

$992.90 after rebates


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  1. Oooops!

    I forgot about Windows 7 64 bit, about $70.
    Very important that.
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    JoeMomma said:

    I forgot about Windows 7 64 bit, about $70.
    Very important that.

    Windows 7 64 OEM is $100. And wth is with the H67 mobo with a 2500K in your build ? Are you on crack ? That build of yours is a total mess.

    btw this build down below does include the O/S. $69.99
    COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Combo Price: $174.98
    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ...
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM Combo Price: $359.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $339.98
    MSI P67A-GD55 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $28.11 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler $39.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $17.99
    Sony Optiarc 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 CD/DVD Burner - OEM $249.99
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Total: $1,001.02 *not including shipping, rebates, promo codes, etc...
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  4. Quite frankly, if you're gonna spend $1000, you'd get a much better build for $1050 if you buy a Radeon 6950 and unlock it to a 6970 (6950 is barely better than GTX 560 Ti not unlocked) or if you just buy a GTX 570 for $1100 total. A 5870's better too.

    Why_Me, why the choice of GTX 560 Ti (Ti's kind of a waste of time to type)?
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