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March 21, 2011 3:50:09 PM

I am looking to put together a new gaming PC on a $1000 budget. I would like to use the I-5 2500K as I would like to overclock it in the near future, but staying stock for now. I have built systems in the past, but this is my first build in 5 years so looking forward to it. I am planning to use it primarily for gaming, but also for some video and photo editing. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance for the advice.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video/photo editing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: (USA

Parts Preferences: Intel I-5 2500K, mid-tower case

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200

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March 21, 2011 6:46:17 PM

To clarify your situation, can you edit your initial post using the template found via the link in my signature below?

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March 21, 2011 6:50:22 PM
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March 21, 2011 6:51:52 PM

Filling out the '*How To Ask For New Build Advice*' is a very good idea.
We still don't some details like......what is your monitor resolution?
March 21, 2011 6:53:51 PM

Hey i built a i5 for my GF and i cost $850

i5 2500k
asus p8p67 pro
4 gigs ddr3 mushkin 1333
Gigabyte Gtx 460 1 gig
1TB western digital blue
coolmaster 650 extreme power
Coolmaster ups 100 case
LG DVD combo writer

She is able to run everything. But if u want to spend a little more get a Gigabyte GTX 560 ti Super Clocked and a bigger PSU like a Corsair HX750 .

March 21, 2011 11:49:35 PM

Sorry for not using the template in my original post, but I had not seen the *How to ask for new build advice* post. All suggestions so far are greatly appreciated.
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a b K Overclocking
March 22, 2011 1:48:52 AM

GeForce GTX 460 1GB Video Card is a great match with a 1600x1200 monitor.
a b 4 Gaming
March 22, 2011 5:16:08 AM

That Asrock mobo in this build should be back on newegg in the next week or two and for cheaper.

This build includes a factory over clocked gtx 560, after market cpu h/s (thermal paste included), Windows 7, etc.. $54.95 - $44.95 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $132.99
ASRock P67 Pro3 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard - P67PRO3 B3 Combo Discount: -$8.00 Combo Price: $246.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL $244.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $17.99 Free shipping w/ promo code EMCKGJE65, ends 3/21
ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM Combo Discount: -$5.00 Combo Price: $159.98 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total: $972.86 *not including shipping, rebates, promo codes, etc.. <----- Review of that Asrock Pro 3 mobo
March 22, 2011 5:33:17 AM

  • I love the build cept the graphics.
    I'd personally recommend either the 560Ti
    or this: (460 768mb)

    At stock its 5% slower than the 1GB version, but its 115 instead of $190 and the cheaper option includes just cause II and mafia II.
    $75 less and little performance diff @ stock (Can oc to same/higher clock by self) esp. at his resolution.

    460 768 vs 460 1gb. not much difference... 41 vs 45 fps, 31 vs 34, 115vs81.

    560Ti vs 1gb version and its more like 44 vs 34, 65 vs 35... but some are closer but the 560Ti stands at least 20-25% better than the 460 1gb..

    460 768MB = $115, 94% performance of 460 1gb
    460 1GB $190, 75% performance of 560 ti
    560 Ti $250, better than both.

    So 460>4601gb = $75, 6% performance gain - $12 per 1% performance over 460 768mb
    460 1gb > 560 Ti = 25% perf. gain for $60.. $2.50 per 1% over 460 1gb and $135 for 30%... $4.25 for 1%
    460 768 mb = $115 for 94% = $1.20 for 1% performance

    Best value for $$ is 460 768mb > 560 Ti > 460 1GB.
    460 768 if you dont need that much power (1600x1200 is not that demanding....) or 560Ti if you want to get max settings on aanything on your monitor
    460 1gb vs 560
    March 22, 2011 6:43:45 PM

    Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read and answer my post. I am really looking forward to comparing all the supplied options over the next few days.