My $1000 Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, School, Basic Usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and Mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes!

SLI or Crossfire: Nah.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm just looking for performance at a great price. I'm building mainly for future games such as Battefield 3, Diablo 3, Skyrim, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

If you have any advice on how to make this build more cost effective or easier on my wallet please let me know!

Thanks in advance everyone!


CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k


PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W

FAN/HEATSINK: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB


STORAGE: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM


CASE: Cooler Master Haf 912

MONITOR: Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD LCD

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit- OEM

Total: $1,063.54

Thank you for your time.
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  1. Best answer
    A couple things. One, do you plan to overclock? if so, I'm sure you know the 2500k is the way to go. If not, why not drop down to the 2400? cheaper, same processor really.
    Also, substitute that 6850 for a Sapphire 5850. It's better, cheaper, and smaller.
    Also, that hyper 212+ can be found on amazon for $30.

    Just my thoughts. Hope it works out!
  2. All looks good. Here are some things you might consider if you haven't already: the Sapphire HD 5850 for more raw power than the HD 6850 at a lower price, Also the OCZ fatal1ty 550w for more amps across the 12v if you do the watts/12v=amps (antec 444w/12v=37amps shared OCZ 450w/12v=37.5amps shared).
  3. Great posts guys! I DO plan on overclocking, so I switched my cpu to the i5 2500k. I also swapped the Radeon 6850 for the Sapphire 5850 and the Antec PSU for the OCZ fatality 550w! Awesome you guys!

    A couple of additional questions:

    Will the 550w GPU hold up if I'm planning on overclocking?

    Concerning the monitor, is a 60hz refresh rate and 5ms response rate quick enough? Are there any better deals on monitors out there that anyone can think of (I'm still checking out newegg)?

    Any additional suggestions on the overall build are welcome as well! Thanks again everyone!
  4. Bump! :P
  5. From what I understand 60hz is the basic refresh rate for all LCD monitors. I plan on buying that exact same monitor because its ASUS and its HD for only $150. Can't beat that. Has nothing but great reviews on NewEgg.
  6. Get the Antec EA650 for $69. I would not trust an OCZ PSU.
  7. I personally think OCZ psu's are fine. Has there been a reason NOT to trust them?
    However, if you are worried, you can get a Corsair 650TX for about $89 I believe.
  8. The OCZ only got a couple of bad reviews on Newegg. How do you feel about the Antec EA650 Striker?

    And do you guys agree that the ASUS monitor is a good pick? It does seem to be an excellent value...
  9. That psu looks good! And I know several people who have ASUS monitors, so I can attest to their quality. I cannot see the exact model, as the link is dead.
    Hope it all works out!
  10. Best answer selected by mc354.
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