Building a $1000 Gaming PC

Hi all, this is my first time trying to build my own computer so i wanted to ask you guys for some help

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: Around $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, OS. While i do need a case, i live in South America and a Friend is getting the parts for me in the USA so i think making him bring me a case would be a bit excessive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or but willing to use others if i can find a good offer

Country of Origin: Im from Peru but will be shipping everything to a friend's house in the USA

Parts Preferences: I want to have the Core i5 - 2400 ($195) or 2500k ($229) if money allows.

Overclocking: Maybe, dont really know how but i can learn if it means a big change in price/performance

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, again dont really know how to do it but willing to learn (although i think my budget is too low for it)

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 (i think)

Additional Comments: Retail is not an option since i have to ship everything to a friends house (free shipping would be awesome)


Here are some of the things ive been looking at:


Core i5 - 2400 ($195)

Core i5 - 2500k ($229)


Would really like a Radeon HD 6950 1 GB ($255) but i think i would have to go over my budget =(

if it is too expensive then i would go with a Radeon HD 6850 ($180)


Going for 6GB. These seem good to me but then again, i dont really know much about RAM quality ($66)


Now, i believe, that would leave me without a Motherboard, PSU, Hard drive and Optical Drive (DVD Reader/writer only)

So now i need you help (especially with the motherboard since i have no idea of what to look at) and also if im missing any part.

Thank you very much for you help
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  1. For motherboard I would go with the ASRock p67 extreme4 as it offers the same features as the ASUS p8p67 Pro. Unforutnately, you will have to wait a little while to purchase this board because ASRock just resumed production.

    PSU: I would go with the 2500k because the ability to overclock in the future would increase the systems longevity.

    RAM: I would suggest 8gb of ram for $85

    For HDD, go with the Samsung Spinpoint f3 1tb. Just as good as the popular WD caviar black and cheaper.

    GPU: You could keep the 6950 but at that resolution I believe the 6850 would be fine. When it comes down it, it's always your decision.

    As for the optical drive, many of the ones offered right now are very good and I have only used a few, but my favorite one is this one as it is very reliable for any ripping you may plan to do.

    PSU: I'm not too sure about PSU's so I can't help you there. Sorry.

    This brings your price to around 800 (if you decide to go with the 6950) so that leaves 200 or so for a case and PSU. Not a whole lot of breathing room for both of these major items but I think you could get a nice 650W PSU for around 100 and the case I use (the CM II 690 Advanced) will run you $90. This will put you at the $1000 mark.

    Hope this info helps.
  2. Just for your information the P67 and H67 chipset boards only support dual channel memory so you are going to want to focus on two sticks or four sticks of ram.
    Let’s start off with the board since that won’t change with ether of the processors you picked out.
    Intel® Desktop Board DP67DEB3 (this should be available in the next couple weeks)
    Intel Core™ I5 2500k
    Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (x2)
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM
    ASUS Black 24X DVD+R
    Acer S211 21.5''
    This will let you use the video card that you have picked out and it doesn’t include a case or power supply to go with it.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team

    while you're waiting for replies, take a look at my thread (above), it seems like it'll be very relevant since i am also building a gaming computer around the same range. Also for the PSU, you're gonna want around 650W-750W from my knowledge - since eventually you will want to upgrade your video card and possibly SLi later on (since it will go over your budget now).

    Hope this helped.
  4. Ok guys first of all, thank you very much for you help.

    Im thinking on going with the following

    CPU: Core i5-2500k - $230

    GPU: XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - $255

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 -$85

    Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $180

    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3HD103SJ - $65

    DVD Drive: Asus Black 24X - $18

    PSU: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER - $130

    This comes to a total of $985 with shipping included

    since i still have to pay for the case i will need to downgrade somewhere, either on the GPU to an AMD Radeon HD 6850 1 GB GDDR5

    or on the Motherboard if there are any deals which cost less and offer similar performance (im sorry but i cant wait 2-3 weeks since the parts have to ship to Miami by the 28th of March =( )

    or on the PSU, but on this case im not very sure into what to downgrade to (im a bit scared since ive heard that being stingy with your PSU can mess up your PC and i know nothing about them)

    anyway, any help would be really appreciated, specially on what to downgrade

  5. Ok ive seen some more recomendations from PSUs and was looking at these:

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $90

    XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $95

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $110

    so my question is, could i downgrade to the $90 one? would save me $40 and leave me with $55 towards my case (i suppose i could add $45 and buy a good one)

    is it possible to power up my build with one of these PSUs?
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