Gaming p.c. under 1000

looking to build a quality gaming computer under $1000 need help picking quality parts.

Approximate Purchase Date: not sure

Budget Range: 1000 or less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet,

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, moniter, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: but open to other suggestions

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: would like to go with the i5 2500k

Overclocking: small amount yes

SLI or Crossfire: no

Additional Comments: the only thing I'm sure on this build is the processor so all help is very much appreciated.
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  1. Check out the $850 build here:
    You should be good to go.
  2. Pure gaming build:

    CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge

    Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

    GPU:MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570

    RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

    Case:COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer

    PSU:Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W

    DVD Drive:

    Total:$972.92 without rebates and shipping
  3. Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220

    HeatSink : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30

    Motherboard : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $125

    RAM : Gskill Ripjaws X Series 8(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $52

    Graphics : XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $320

    Power Supply : XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt - $125

    Hard Disk : SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $60

    Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60

    Optical Drive : LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD - $17

    Total : $999 after rebates

    If you won't ever Crossfire that card then I'd suggest you the 650W version of the XFX Pro. That costs $65 less. So the build would cost $734.
  4. thanks for the responses guys I'm gonna look over the suggestions and try to do a little mix and match and see what I can come up with.
  5. how's this sound went for a different case and lower gpu but wondering if I should downgrade my case choice for a better gpu.

    i5 2500k
    ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
    may also downgrade this to up something else

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel z68
    SPARKLE Calibre Series X560 Ti DF GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    never heard of this company how is their quality I like the core and shader clock speeds for a 560ti 950/1900 respectively

    hard drive
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
    IN WIN Dragon Slayer Black 0.6mm SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
    like the general look of this and the dragon rider full tower case
    RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  6. Looks good, that card is excellent from what I've heard
  7. @ azn

    looks good? Raidmax PSU looks good?

    @ OP

    First of all Change that Raidmax PSU with a 750W one of any reputed brand like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic etc. That'll be able to handle two GTX 560Ti's easily.

    Sparkle doesn't make crappy products, that I can tell you. One of my friends bought a GTS 450 of them. I hate (yeah, hate) MicroATX cases. Don't buy one for the sake of the lifespan of your PC components.

    CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ is a better cooler at $18 less.

    You'd want Extreme4 for front USB 3.0
  8. Best answer
    Try to go for the bundles on newegg. You can get the msi twin froz 560ti with the core i5 2500k for $448 and corsair 750W with 8gb of corsair 1600 DDR3 RAM for $148. Also, liteon dvd burner and sata 7200 1TB hard drive (seagate) for $67. The HAF 912 case is $59. For Mobo you can get the gigbyte z68a ud3h b3 or the asrock gen3 extreme3. Total should come to $850. For me it comes close to 1k since I also need a monitor but I have not decided on a good monitor (LED or LCD??) and what is decent?
  9. Best answer selected by knightshade.
  10. I can tell you that my system I just finished building is great. I got the combos I told you above with the rosewell challenger case and a msi twin froz II 560ti and its running great! I was playing BF3 Beta on ultra with pretty good framerate although I prefer High settings since all the eyecandy stuff makes it look weird kinda like slow motion blur and all.
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