First build ever ($1000 Mid-High Gaming PC) Tags: New Build Gaming Systems Last response: May 30, 2011 5:12 PM in Systems Share TheJohns May 30, 2011 4:51:03 AM Well, I'm building a mid-high range gaming PC for the first time, and would like some part suggestions. UPDATE: Using an AMD build instead. Also changed a few parts ------ Approximate Purchase Date: Very soon (this week, hopefully before Memorial Day sales end) Budget Range: <$1000 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet use Parts Not Required: Monitor, OS, possibly Speakers Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg Country of Origin: United States Parts Preferences: Nothing in particular; currently using an AMD build, but not completely decided Overclocking: Not now, but maybe in the future SLI or Crossfire: No Monitor Resolution: Uhh, what's the best resolution for a 19" Widescreen TV? Additional Comments: - Quiet - Sturdy (will be moving in and out frequently) - Case w/ side windows and (blue) LED preferred ------- These are the parts I'm looking at right now: 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 BX80623I52500K AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Optical Drive: ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ------ Also, a few questions: 1. Sound cards: Do I need one? 2. The HD I'm ordering doesn't come with its own SATA cables. Will this cable do the job? 3. Should I get a USB 3.0 port? More about : build 1000 mid high gaming | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Outlander_04 Gaming Expert May 30, 2011 8:16:10 AM Sadly building an AMD system today is a waste of money in this price bracket . The intel i5 2500k is far ahead of the Phenom. Have a look at the $1000 build in the system builder marathon . http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6950-unlo... The good news is that AMD will introduce a new range of processors in the next week . They should be competitive with the intel processors and might be better . Wait a week , and in the mean time google " amd bulldozer" | Report abuse TheJohns May 30, 2011 3:26:32 PM Right, I did hear stuff about that. Anyway, changed a good part of my builds. Also, will I ever need 8GB of RAM? | Report abuse mjmjpfaff May 30, 2011 5:12:29 PM 8gb, no. not in the near future from the looks of what you are doing with your computer the motherboard comes with sata cables no need for sound cards get this motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... get this dvd burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with the money you saved try to get a 560 ti | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Systems>First build ever ($1000 Mid-High Gaming PC)> Related ressources: Forum* First Build ( Gaming mid-high end) Forum$800-$1500 Mid-High level gaming ForumFirst Build - Mid/High End Gaming PC - Please advise Forum$ 1,000 Gaming PC ( First Time) ForumMy first build ever , here's what I've picked out ~ $ 1000 gaming rig. 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