Gaming PC around $900-1000, buying parts next day or two

Hello,

After a long-time of lurking, reading, and researching, I think I've finally built a PC to my specifications. Any and all help would be appreciated. I want this machine to be the most bang for my buck currently, while still being really upgradeable in the future. Is this a good motherboard to keep for a few years?

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Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of this week


Budget Range: Up to $1000 upfront if needed, but lower is better.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games(Minecraft, Valve-everything, SC2, and later Diable 3 and Battlefield 3), schoolwork, Folding@home


Parts Not Required: I'll be picking up a keyboard, mouse, headset, and speakers separately. I've also already got a 1920x1200 monitor for use.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, due to lack of tax


Country of Origin: The US


Parts Preferences: No preference, but I've heard many good things about intel processors currently


Overclocking: Yes. down the line


SLI or Crossfire: Hopefully, but not currently


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Additional Comments: I picked the case due to cheapness and numerous fans, but I am willing to switch to one. From the pictures, the fan lights come a cross a slightly kiddish; if anyone actually has the case, I'd love their opinion. I also know an SSD would be much faster, so it is one of my near-future upgrades. In the current build, the hard drive/DVD drive are bundled, and so are the MOBO/processor.

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CPU-I5-2500k Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Motherboard- ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131705

Case- Antec 300 Illusion Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

GPU- PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131393

PSU- OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018&Tpk=ocz%20modxstream%20pro%20700w

Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426

OS- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Hard drive- Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697&Tpk=Seagate%20Barracuda%201tb%207200%20RPM

Disk Drive- Sony DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039
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  1. I'd recommend some faster RAM, maybe these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    There's a noticeable difference between 1333 and 1600 DDR3 in gaming; if anyone tells you otherwise then they haven't tested for themselves!
  2. The following ram is just as good, if not better. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226099
  3. Only a bit more expensive than your original option, too
  4. Bcminor said:
    Hello,

    After a long-time of lurking, reading, and researching, I think I've finally built a PC to my specifications. Any and all help would be appreciated. I want this machine to be the most bang for my buck currently, while still being really upgradeable in the future. Is this a good motherboard to keep for a few years?

    ________________________________________________________________________________________

    Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of this week


    Budget Range: Up to $1000 upfront if needed, but lower is better.


    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games(Minecraft, Valve-everything, SC2, and later Diable 3 and Battlefield 3), schoolwork, Folding@home


    Parts Not Required: I'll be picking up a keyboard, mouse, headset, and speakers separately. I've also already got a 1920x1200 monitor for use.


    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, due to lack of tax


    Country of Origin: The US


    Parts Preferences: No preference, but I've heard many good things about intel processors currently


    Overclocking: Yes. down the line


    SLI or Crossfire: Hopefully, but not currently


    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


    Additional Comments: I picked the case due to cheapness and numerous fans, but I am willing to switch to one. From the pictures, the fan lights come a cross a slightly kiddish; if anyone actually has the case, I'd love their opinion. I also know an SSD would be much faster, so it is one of my near-future upgrades. In the current build, the hard drive/DVD drive are bundled, and so are the MOBO/processor.

    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    CPU-I5-2500k Sandy Bridge
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Motherboard- ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131705

    Case- Antec 300 Illusion Black Steel
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    GPU- PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131393

    PSU- OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018&Tpk=ocz%20modxstream%20pro%20700w

    Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426

    OS- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Hard drive- Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697&Tpk=Seagate%20Barracuda%201tb%207200%20RPM

    Disk Drive- Sony DVD drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039


    That Asus board you chose is meant for a single card. It runs dual cards @ x4. This board down below runs dual cards @ x8. Also that OCZ psu is junk.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.689907 $324.98 save: $25.00 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 $62.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.679767 $72.48 save: $6.50
    LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  5. foilphob said:
    The following ram is just as good, if not better. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226099

    That RAM is actually a lot worse, it's higher latency and the wrong voltage.
  6. @why_me - is it worth going with the mobo and a i5-2500 and just not bother with over clocking at all? I was planning on over clocking later, but your recommendation stops it...
  7. Bcminor said:
    @why_me - is it worth going with the mobo and a i5-2500 and just not bother with over clocking at all? I was planning on over clocking later, but your recommendation stops it...

    Sorry about that, I clicked on the wrong combo link. It's fixed now. :)
  8. From the reviews I read, the motherboard doesn't seem to over clock well due to a locked v-core. Is that able to be worked around?
  9. Bcminor said:
    From the reviews I read, the motherboard doesn't seem to over clock well due to a locked v-core. Is that able to be worked around?

    No that boards not a great over clocking board...I was thinking of price point. For a board that's going to get you to 4.6 or better but might fit your budget, look at the Asrock P67 Extreme4 on newegg and cheaper I think @ amazon.com

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229 <----- that's it on newegg

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128488 <--- this board should get you near or at 4.5ghz
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