Need Help Building A Gaming PC

I am planning to get a new gaming PC this week. And i simply have no idea building a gaming PC.
If anyone know how to build a good gaming PC, please tell me :)


Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (I don't want lags on games)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,,, anything.

Country of Origin: Australia (Need a good cooling)

Parts Preferences: I prefer to use Intel than AMD

Overclocking: Anything

SLI or Crossfire: Anything

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 and 1280 × 1024 (i have 2 monitors at home)

Additional Comments: A good cooling, and i prefer Intel more than AMD.

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  1. Intel just released then recalled a new awesome processor (Sandy Bridge, Socket LGA 1155) that is perfect for your price range. It should be back in stock by early March. You really really really should wait a couple weeks until it is.

    If you absolutely MUST build, this website will answer a lot of your questions:

    EDIT: Holy Bejeezus! They're back in stock. appears that it's only the CPUs in stock--not the motherboards. I'll make a build for the $1,000 price point--but you shouldn't do it.

    CPU: $210 Core i5-760
    Motherboard: $100 or $150 (Both ASRock, the more expensive board runs two PCI-e slots at faster speeds) or
    RAM: $100 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
    Case: ~$90 Whatever looks good and is big enough to fit your graphics card(s). Mid Tower or larger (I have an Azza Solano 1000R). The Antec 300 Illusion is good, but watch the graphics (GPU) size.
    Graphics: $350 GTX 570
    Power Supply (PSU): $115 Corsair TX850
    DVD: $17 (Any DVD Burner on Newegg)
    Hard Disk Drive (HDD): $55 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (usually cheaper on Amazon than

    Hmm...this is $1087 with the better motherboard--not the most efficient build. Maybe you should only get 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3. Also, if you get a GTX 560 Ti or Radeon 6950 2GB, then a 750W PSU should be plenty. You can also save if you find a combo. And for Guam (hot like Australia), I got the Azza Solano 1000R because of the airflow. You'd also want a CPU cooler like a Hyper 212+.

    As always, parts at Micro Center are cheaper and if there's one nearby, you should buy there.
  2. Total $992 .... but wait till April when boards are re-issued.

    Case - $60 - Antec 300
    PSU - $65 - XFX 650 W PSU
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
    RAM - $90 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
    GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560 Ti
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
    SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 120GB
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS

    If ya got $30 more, upgrade to an HAF-922
  3. Good build Why_Me. Mine wouldn't even ship to Australia, I don't think. But considering he said it was hot there, I'd say a case with better cooling like an Antec 300 Illusion would be worth it. The stock CPU cooler should be fine OC'ing to 4.0GHz, but he'd want an aftermarket cooler for 5.0GHz.
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