First Time Building - $1000 Gaming PC

Hello community!

I am new to building a computer, but want to take the first step towards building a fairly powerful rig. I'd like to do this at a sub $1000 level, but I'm open to going a bit higher than that. Here are the specs so far:

Approximate Purchase Date: Around the 15th of June

Budget Range: $900-$1100

System Usage: Gaming, Adobe Editing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Display, Keyboard, Speakers

Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg or Tigerdirect

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I'll consider all suggestions.

Overclocking: Probably not right now, I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject.

SLI or Crossfire: Not in the near future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

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The following are the parts I'm considering. Any changes, or comments are appreciated. I would really like to know if I am overpaying for something I really don't need, or if I am getting parts that will underpreform. If something is not compatable, please let me know, since I'm not too sure on this myself.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 3.2 Ghz

Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

PSU: Thortech Thunderbolt 650W TTB650G ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  1. Going with AMD might save you perhaps $50 each on both MB and CPU, which would be worthwhile if on a $600 budget....

    But, $1000 will allow an i5-2500k/P67/6950 build that will outframe any AMD processor, period.

    (incidentally, for gaming with Win7, you'd be better with an X4 over any X6/hex-core, as the extra cores consume a small amount of OS overhead, actually decreasing performance.)
  2. If you are going to wait until the 15th of June, AMD should have released their next generation chips by then. I would reccomend waiting for that, or switching to an Intel 2500k based build. If you want to stay with current AMD Parts, I would go to a phenom x4 rather than a x6, as you will get higher clocks out of it.

    Other than that, I would get a WD Black or Samsung Spinpoint Drive rather than the barracuda you listed.

    I am not sure about that PSU. I've never heard of the maker, it could be OK but I would go with a (1) Seasonic, or XFX, decent corsair etc.

    Some people may reccomend getting a 6950 and flashing it to a 6970. I have no idea about this though.
  3. Thanks for the tip on the Intel 2500k/Quad Core clocks guys.

    I was looking based on reviews and found both the CPU and motherboard, which should be acceptable. Are the following good selections, and/or worth the money.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

    Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Also, I'm checking out WD Hard drives, ad I've heard only good things about them. I've had my Seagate External for a long time, yet I know WD has a great reputation. I might take the memory down to a 500g to supplement the extra cost of the motherboard and CPU.

    As far as the card goes, I've heard that doing a Crossfire of two slightly lesser cards is better performance for around the same price. I guess the idea of doing a Crossfire is a bit intimidating though, so I'm not sure if I'd like to take that plunge.
  4. One 6950 2GB should be the way to go. At your resolution and 6950s capabilities getting a 6970 is throwing money away. Just get one 6950 now and CF it later if need be.
    U would lucky to grab this reference design board @ 248$ AMIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127555&cm_re=6950_2gb-_-14-127-555-_-Product
    Also going to a 500GB isn't going to save u a lot. Get a samsung F3 1TB @ 64$

    Also ditch that PSU for this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088&Tpk=seasonic%20650

    If u r trying to save money one good element would be RAM. U wont use more than 4GB for gaming now.
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