Gaming PC - $1000 budget

Approximate Purchase Date: May, 2011

Budget Range: $800 - $1,000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming -> internet -> actual work

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Overclocking: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080; 24 inches

So I'm looking to do a complete build for my gaming rig and I was hoping someone might critique what I've come up with. Few things to note:

-I don't really see myself looking to overclock the system, so are there any components that are simply overkill?

-is there any reason to consider additional cooling considering the low-temp graphic card and mobo paired with Nine Hundred case? And without OCing?

-are there any areas I could cut back to save on price without much of a performance decrease? I'm currently at around $1,200 with shipping/tax.

-would an i5 2600k be sufficient for gaming?

Again, this is mostly for gaming - almost solely.

Thanks in advance for the advice:


Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3:

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid
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  1. The i5 2500k is way more than enough when it comes to gaming. The only thing that i7 2600k adds is hyperthreading which is mainly important for CAD and other non-gaming related programs. If you really want to game the i5 2500k is perfect. Also, the "k" means it's unlocked for overclocking. So if you are sure you will never overclock, then you can save ~$30 by getting the 15 2500.

    The only other thing is is the motherboard. The sabertooth is an extremely nice motherboard, you really don't need THAT good of a motherboard. Here are my two recomendations:

    ASRock Extreme4:


    Asus P8P67:
  2. Yeah, I've got the i5 2500k and the ASUS P8P67 board and it's FAST!! I downloaded the Crysis SP demo and smoked my way through it. Video clips literally launch in a split second!

    I would say if you go with arctic silver, put a very thin strip from top to bottom on the cpu WITHOUT touching the ends and that's it. Arctic Silver has info on how to do this on their site. My CPU stays idle at 32-33 C and gets up to 52c in Crysis. Prime95 brought me up to 67-68 C which isn't too bad.

    Get the ASUS P8P67 and the i5 2500k and you'll have a nice system! Make sure to install Windows 7 64-bit though!

    And you could get a ANTEC 500 watt PSU and be fine I believe and the "Illusion" case is nice!
  3. You could cut costs on the processor with the i5 as stated, but also the case you could get the 300 illusion for 30-40 bucks cheaper than the 900 (you lose the side window, but otherwise looks the same) and get a smaller power supply unless you are going to sli in the future. I personally prefer the Radeons, but that is not a bad card..
  4. I agree with EPBaseballer14. Cut the CPU back. An i5-2400 (or 2400S) would be fine too.
    For only $1 more (because shipping is free), get the 650W Truepower New. It is semi-modular which will make cable management a little easier, and it is more efficient:
  5. Also, do not go cheap on the PSU! It might not be the fanciest or most exciting part of the build but it powers everything. Brands that I have had luck with include antec, corsair, and my personal favorite XFX. I'm usin the 750w XFX black edition in my build right now and it's working like a charm.
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