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Review Gaming Computer $1000

Last response: in Systems
August 10, 2011 6:56:06 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next.

Budget Range: $1000 but can go slightly over

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Netflix, Internet usage

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website: and

Country: US

Parts Preference: None

OC: Yes

SLI/Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: N/A, still undecided on the Monitor(If you have any suggestions for a monitor <$300 let me know)

Plan on Playing BF3 and MW3

Here is what I am thinking so far and this is my first build so let me know if there is anything you would change and your opinions about this build.

CPU: i5 2500k,

Mobo: Gigabyye GA-z68XP,

Case: Antec Nine Hundred,

GCU: GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2 GB,

Ram: G.Skill 8gb(2 x 4 GB),

HDD: Western Digital Caviar 1.5 TB Sata 6 GB/s 3.5",

Power: Antec TruePower 550W,


CPU Cooler: Need One.

August 10, 2011 7:18:59 AM

^ Nice build,...
Some suggestions
Mobo + RAM
Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz + Gigabyte Z68

PSU - Antec HCG 620W - Cheaper and more power

GPU - I would suggest the GTX 570 instead,...

CASE - As good actually better with USB3.0

HDD - Go with 7200RPM unless you planning for a SSD for boot
Maybe a SSD
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August 10, 2011 7:30:55 AM

Thanks, Does the fact that the HDD you recommend is only 3GB/s or should that not matter?
August 10, 2011 8:14:12 AM

There's no difference between SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 6Gb/s on HDDs - there isn't a HDD that can put out data up to 3Gb/s so SATA 3Gb/s is fine and no different.

The Hyper 212+ that gkay09 recommended is a good choice and the price on that Lian Li case is really good. I also agree on the GTX 570.

An SSD is a nice upgrade in a lot of areas like boot times and random reads/writes but it will not improve gaming performance much because games don't spend too much time reading from the disk. You will get better load times between levels and things but it won't increase your fps or anything.