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September 18, 2011 7:53:50 AM

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.

More about : gaming 1000

September 18, 2011 9:05:38 AM

Pure gaming build:

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:$972.92 without rebates and shipping
Rebates:$40.00

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September 18, 2011 9:15:35 AM

Processor : Intel Core i5 2500K - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HeatSink : CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

RAM : Gskill Ripjaws X Series 8(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 - $52
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics : XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply : XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive : LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD - $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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.
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September 21, 2011 9:08:00 PM

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.
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September 21, 2011 10:59:24 PM

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=N82E168...
CPU COOLER:
ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
46.89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
MOBO:
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel z68
124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
OPTICAL:
LG CD/DVD
16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
subtotal
975.81
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a b 4 Gaming
September 21, 2011 11:03:05 PM

Looks good, that card is excellent from what I've heard
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 22, 2011 2:41:14 AM

@ 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
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a b 4 Gaming
September 22, 2011 2:48:16 AM

It's not FANTASTIC, but it is a solid one. He defiantly does NOT need to change it.
http://hardocp.com/article/2011/02/23/raidmax_rx1000ae_...

Better deal as stated.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

The case, seems OK
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3321/in_win_dragon_sla...
But it would restrict more expandability. With that said. I recommend the HAF 912.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-912-KKN1-Haf-Cha...
Cheaper off Amazon and is larger.
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September 22, 2011 4:38:03 AM

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?
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October 1, 2011 11:55:41 PM

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October 2, 2011 12:52:23 AM

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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