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First time building for budget gaming

Approximate Purchase Date: Any time(can wait months if necessary for better parts)


Budget Range: $1000 and $300 for a monitor or $1300 total (can spend a little extra if necessary for better parts)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing


Parts Not Required: Need everything to have a working computer


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: Don't care as long as the performance is great and the reliability is excellent.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Additional Comments: I would like a build that is scalable, so in the future I can easily upgrade parts. And would I need a wireless card or w/e for me to connect to my router wirelessly? Thanks in advance.
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  1. $1000 should just about allow for an i5-2500k/P67-based board (get one that is SLI/Crossfire capable), and a 6950 gpu....

    As for the future, most i5/2500k cpus overlock to 4.5 GHz or higher, and a 2nd 6950 in Crossfire would be quite potent indeed if/when needed.
  2. Okay thanks. And what monitor should I get? And can you list out all the parts on Amazon I will need because I'm quite new to this.
  3. mdd1963 said:
    $1000 should just about allow for an i5-2500k/P67-based board (get one that is SLI/Crossfire capable), and a 6950 gpu....


    I second this. Catering for future SLI is what I will be doing with my first build. Just make sure you also buy a good brand SLI/Crossfire capable PSU!
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  5. Wow thanks for the list k1114; just what I was looking for.
  6. Best answer selected by asdfgadsfz12.
  7. Was there a reason why you only stated amazon?
  8. I have $1500 worth of Amazon gift cards.
  9. Hehe okay thanks. I'll still be getting the 24 inch monitor you suggested before though since it's just 30$ or so more :D. And I already have a copy of Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit from college. Everything else looks great.
  10. Well since you don't need windows, you might be able to bump up to a 27" and still be around 1300.
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