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Need help building 700$-1000$ Gaming PC from scratch

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February 23, 2011 3:03:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or so

Budget Range: 700$-1000$ (900+ is pushing my budget though).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3d Modeling/Rendering, Surfing the net, writing papers (word)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Speakers, Monitor, Mouse, Windows 7 OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Trustworthy brands, antec etc.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Something reliable. I don’t care about the look of the tower – doesn’t need to be fancy.

Graphic Intensive games I play: Rift, StarCraft II, Left 4 Dead 2, BattleField Bad Company 2, Mount&Blade...etc.

This is a re-post, sorry to all who contributed to my last one. I changed my preferences and upped my budget a little. Thanks! :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
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a c 237 4 Gaming
February 23, 2011 2:49:31 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or so

How about next month ?

As the editor responsible for our Best CPUs For The Money column, this puts me in an unfortunate position. Do I tell people to hold off on the second-generation Core chips and recommend inferior processors for a short while, or do I acknowledge the fact that Intel's new chips are actually worth waiting for?

For me, it comes down to this: Sandy Bridge-based CPUs offer such an impressive performance boost that I think it would be irresponsible to push new system builders toward a different platform, especially if they're spec'ing out a mid- to high-end machine. With this in mind, we're counting on revised motherboard availability in March (we're almost there), and sticking with our recommendations of the processors back on the market.

This is $992 ..... the extra month should give you time to make up any cash shortfalls. I think you will find yaself far happier as dropping lower would result in compromises. You can hit $947 if you drop the aftermarket air cooler / TIM. The 2500k can hit 4.5ish with stock cooler.

Case - $60 - Antec 300
Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm
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