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Looking for a $1K Gaming PC guide.

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March 12, 2011 2:02:15 PM

I just read about the sandy bridge SATA and RAM issues. I am no longer all that interested in building a new system at this time.

Hello, I want to purchase/build a new PC that will be capable of running Crysis 2 well. It's been about 4 years since I've built a machine, and I really dislike the process of having to relearn what's the best for the money these days, and then hunt down compatible parts. I'd like to keep the cost around $1,000. I was hoping someone might be able to link me to an article where someone built a comparable machine relatively recently.

I figured I should add some more details about what I'm looking for, in case someone feels in the mood to post a build right in here.

What I do not need/want
Hard Drive/s
Overclock potential - I don't want to mess with it, so don't include a part just because it has good overclock potential
Visuals/Style - I don't care about LEDs, I don't care about having a see through case
System mobility
Operating system
Monitor/s, speakers, keyboard, mouse

What I'm looking for (flexible)
Quad core would be nice
Tons of ram would be nice
A system case - could pick one up at Microcenter
Good cooling - a nice copper heatsink
Something that will likely tide me over as a good gaming machine for a few years.

My own sad research
Based on looking around, I'm thinking about these parts. If they are good things to go with, or you have alternatives to suggest, please also include what other pieces of the system I should pair with it

Video Card AMD HD 6950 - $276

CPU Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $328

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March 12, 2011 5:15:12 PM

Intel Core i5-2500K
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R
XFX HD-695X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6950
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62


The CPU is for overclock but the other one is only $10 less.

With a cheaper PSU and case/ and less RAM you can get a better video card but that one is strong enough. What's the monitor's resolution?
March 12, 2011 5:38:39 PM

1920 x 1200 for the resolution.

Thanks a lot for the feedback.
March 22, 2011 12:27:33 AM

Best answer selected by magneticllama.