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First Gaming Build - $1000

Hey guys I am making a Gaming PC for less than $1000 I want a lot of bang for the buck. I want to Overclocking and maybe go SLi in the future.

No need for a keyboard, mouse, monitor or speakers.

ONLY need a Motherboard. Please suggest a cost effective one this build is so far around $700

CPU: i5-2500k for $179
From Micro Center

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $64.99
http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

GPu: MSI Twin Forzr II Gtx 560ti - $249.99
http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

CASE: HAF 912 $59
http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

PSU: Corsair TX650 - $89.99
http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio $57.99
http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150

RAM: G. skill ripjaws 4gb -$49.99
http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
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  1. Oh playing at 1920 x 1080. Might go higher and connect to TV for 1080p movies.
  2. I want this build to be as cost effective as possible so I am REALLY OPEN to other vendors like tiger direct, etc..
  3. Bump need help!
  4. D: Please anyone?
  5. the 6950 2GB is a bit faster than a 560 ti and a 750watt power supply will be able to crossfire two 6950

    this should be a good mainboard

    http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229
  6. Overall the build is good and I dont see any issues with anything on it. As far as a board to match up with the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K, I would go with something like this Asus p8p67 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131706&cm_re=P8p67-_-13-131-706-_-Product or this Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502. Both of these boards are solid and should allow you to overclock the Intel Core i5-2500K.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
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    Just finished a new built & did some extensive research that may help you.

    1. 650w or 750w psu might not be enough IF you are planning to SLI in the future. 850w seems to be the min if you are going to sli + OC.

    2. Can save some money on the air cooler by getting the Hyper212 (seems like general consensus for best bang for your buck cooler) can buy 2nd fan for push pull when you need to.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?

    only couple high end aircoolers like the Noctua NH-D14 with push/pull fan config cool better than the cpu coolers at your statedprice range.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&cm_re=noctua_nh-_-35-608-018-_-Product

    or for the same price get corsair H60
    http://www.centralcomputers.com/commerce/catalog/product.jsp?product_id=79571

    3. Newegg has the vengeance 8gb ram on sale for memorial day. Get 2x the ram at less than 1/2 the price your paying. Might be worth while if your going for best bang for your buck approach.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345&nm_mc=AFC-C8JUNCTION&cm_mmc=AFC-C8JUNCTION-_-EMC-052411-Latest-_-DesktopMemory-_-20145345-L0B&PID=3332167&SID=u00000220&AID=10440897

    Otherwise the system should be a pretty sweet gaming system for the price range you're looking at.
  8. Hey, thanks for all the helpful information!

    Can I save more on the PSU?

    Here is what I think I will go with this, if you have any last recommendations, please inform xD!:

    CPU: i5-2500k for $179
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel - $159.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $64.99
    http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB - $289.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127562

    CASE: HAF 912 $59
    http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V - $134.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022

    CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 - $39.99
    http://m.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150

    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

    All in all around: $1,035

    Also if I add an SSD can you add Windows 7 to it later, is that possible?
  9. Best answer selected by Chronos786.
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