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Been out the loop a/b 8 months. Seeking advice for $1000 Intel build

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June 20, 2011 6:30:13 PM

Hello all.

This website and community was a gold mine for me when I set up my first custom build back toward the end of last year. That PC is still kickin @$$... if any of you remember me thanks for you help and patience :na: 

Since then I haven't been following too closely what the most popular/powerful builds are, as I've been enjoying my new( I say new, 8 months old now) build.

My brother recently decided to do his first build. I'm gonna get him on these forums but I wanted to reach out first and see if anyone could throw out some suggestions and recommendations. As I said I haven't done any pricing/research for a while and of course I want to get him the most bang for his buck.

Budget is $1000 and that would have to include a monitor and win7. General Usage, with an emphasis on gaming, of course.

Any input is greatly appreciated.
June 20, 2011 8:27:37 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers: $180

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit: $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black ATX Mid Tower: $60

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified: $45

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS 24X DVD Burner: $21

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB: $61

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $120

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Intel Core i5-2500K: $220

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600: $44

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB: $160

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 1GB: $160

TOTAL: $1,011 (before MIR's)
June 20, 2011 9:32:42 PM

@wasupmike

thanks dude! i'm really glad you chose the HAF 912 for the case. I use one currently and I love it. Spent a few bucks on some extra fans and it really gives credit to the name HAF(high air flow).

The i5 2500k seems to be the one of the most popular procs right now.

I don't think he'll mess with SLI or crossfire, so it should have a decent GPU to start, obviously with this budget and needing a monitor and all he doesn't have too much to spend on the GPU. don't know much about that radeon 6850... I know the gtx 460s are alright. Power supply seems a little light, but I guess is suitable for this build

I really appreciate the feedback

@mjmjpfaff

yeah, didn't use the format. sorry.

!