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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: newegg.com 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:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    You should be good to go.
  2. Pure gaming build:

    CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

    GPU:MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127564

    RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196

    HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Case:COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240

    PSU:Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044

    DVD Drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Total:$972.92 without rebates and shipping
    Rebates:$40.00
  3. Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    HeatSink : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Motherboard : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&Tpk=asrock%20extreme3%20gen3%20z68

    RAM : Gskill Ripjaws X Series 8(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $52
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    Graphics : XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $320
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150517

    Power Supply : XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt - $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207017

    Hard Disk : SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=Samsung%20Spinpoint%20F3%201TB

    Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060

    Optical Drive : LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD - $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136238&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=9237zpvk9pny


    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.

    CPU:
    i5 2500k
    219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    CPU COOLER:
    ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
    46.89
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118003&Tpk=ZALMAN%20CNPS9500
    may also downgrade this to up something else

    MEMORY/RAM:
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
    51.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    MOBO:
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel z68
    124.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&Tpk=ASRock%20Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3%20LGA%201155%20Intel%20z68
    VIDEO CARD:
    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
    269.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187151
    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
    59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    CASE:
    IN WIN Dragon Slayer Black 0.6mm SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
    64.99
    like the general look of this and the dragon rider full tower case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108236
    OPTICAL:
    LG CD/DVD
    16.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136238
    PSU:
    RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152043&Tpk=RAIDMAX%20RX-850AE%20850W%20A
    subtotal
    975.81
  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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