New Gaming Build - $1,000

Approximate Purchase Date: Before Next Month.
Budget Range: $1,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Vindictus Max Settings)
Parts Not Required: All Parts Required
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, MicroCenter
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, AMD GPU, Full Tower, 23" Monitor
Overclocking: Willing to give it a try if I have a good enough cooling system.
SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Would like to stay as cheap as possible with having good performance. Needs to be upgradeable for future use as well as have an adequate cooling system that will not cause any problems and quite if possible.

I was looking at this case:

as well as the i5-2500k or the i7-2600k. I don't know if I would need the i7 or not, but I want to have max performance in Vindictus.
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  1. ^ I dont think you would need a Full Tower case, there are a lot of Mid Tower cases which are very spacious and can even handle Dual-Card setup,...

    As for the CPU, the i5 would suffice, it performs as good or better than the Intel i7 930 when it comes to gaming, so I doubt you would need the i7 2600K, also not to forget the high overclocking potential of that CPU,...

    If you look at the System requirements of that game, it is pretty low, actually even the i3 2100 with say 6850 or maybe even the 6770 can max out that game @ 1080p,...
  2. Here's a build sourced around from Newegg & Microcenter ( excludes a speaker though ) :

    Microcenter :
    CPU : $180- i5-2500K

    Motherboard : $110- Gigabyte Z68X UD3H

    Case: $37- Cooler Master Elite 360 Slim


    RAM & Power Supply : $125- Corsair Vengeance (2X 4GB) & Corsair Builder Series CX600

    HDD & DVD : $53- LiteOn & Seagate Barracuda

    OS: $100- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64bit)

    Keyboard & Mouse: $32- Logitech EX100

    Graphic Card: $235- EVGA GTX 560Ti(more than sufficient for your needs)

    Monitor : $150- Acer S231H 23" LED Backlit 1920X1080

    Total (Excluding Rebates ) : 1041 USD

    Rebates: 60 USD

    I can't help about speakers though. Maybe worth $29 Logitech S220.
  3. okay ChaCol here is what i think you could do with $1000

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k @
    GPU: GTX 570 @
    MOBO: Gigabyte Z68X @
    PSU: Corsair TX-850 @
    CASE: Raidmax Quantum @
    RAM: Kingston Hyper X Blue 8gb 1600mhz kit @
    DVD: Sony DVD @
    HDD: samsung Spinpoint F3 @

    Total: about $1005 before P/A and rebates

    NOTES: PSU is not modular (meaning you can't take out the wires you don't need), but if you don't SLI or xfire, 850 is overkill for you. like gkay 09 said, IMO mid-tower should suffice. BTW do you need OS? because if you do, this is $100 ($30 if your a student) over budget, IMO you should use ubuntu until you can get windows
  4. Since this is to be a gaming PC, you may not want a wireless keyboard or mouse, either of which can introduce latency and/or errors that will get you killed.
    Based on GKay's observations of the requirements of Vindicus, using a HD6870 for the GPU will provide a step or two better than what you really need, so it could save you having to upgrade too quickly. A quality 500W-550W PSU would be sufficient for your build.
    wenqi, he needs everything, including monitor, OS, and other peripherals.
  5. crap, i'm about $500 over budget then... what about dropping the 570 to a 560ti/6950 and 4gb of ram, cheaper mobo? anyways, i would recommend z_4's build but with a samsung spinpoint F3 instead of a seagate, i think he can budget that in, does the OP want to SLI, cause if he does he will need at least 750w
  6. Most likely ordering some parts from Microcenter since it's only 30 minutes away and a lot cheaper. So this will save me money on my build.

    CASE: (Can't decide which one, but I'm looking at some of those ones that have a thermometer.)
    MOBO: Here's two similar to the cheaper one on Newegg, any differences or are they all the same?
    GPU: Not a fan of Nvidia so I was gonna go with this:

    Now I think 750w psu would be suffice for me for now and the rest I'm not sure on. Definitely need the monitor, keyboard/mouse, speakers, and OS (possibly not).
  7. Also would this be a better monitor than z_4's?

    I know it is only 21.5" but it has 1920x1080 resolution with 2ms instead of 5ms.
  8. ^ I know you said you will be buying parts from Microcenter, but this is a very good Mobo + RAM combo
    Gigabyte Z68 UD3 + GSKillz 8GB DDR3
  9. Okay, I've been doing some researching and this is what I've came up with.

    CASE: Thermaltake Armor A60 Gaming Mid-Tower Case - $89.99
    MOBO: GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard - $109.99 ($94.99 Rebate)
    CPU: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor - $179.99
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $69.99
    GPU: HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $ 269.99 ($249.99 Rebate)
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $59.99
    DVD: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk - $18.99
    PSU: Sparkle Computer Corp GOLD CLASS SCC-750AF 750W ATX12V / EPS12V - $149.99
    MONITOR: ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor - $189.99 ($179.99 Rebate)
    SPEAKERS: Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - $28.99
    KEYBOARD/MOUSE: Microsoft Black USB Wired Desktop 600 - $27.99
    HEADPHONES: Ozone Gaming Gear ATTACK 3.5mm x 2 Connector Circumaural Stereo Gaming Headset - $29.99
    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - $99.99

    Total: $1,326.87 ($1,281.87 Rebate)

    Little over my budget, but my parents will probably be able to put in a little more. Is that build any good or should I switch some parts out?
  10. gkay09, I know that's a good combo. But the motherboard at Microcenter is cheaper and the ram is the same ones that I have.
  11. ^ Its fine,...
    As for the parts,...
    PSU - IMO I would go with either Seasonic/ Corsair,... Not that Sparkle is bad, but IMO these 2 would be better, also Corsair will give you 7 years warranty,...

    HDD - Samsung F3

    Monitor - That 21.5" is also pretty good,...
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