$ 1000 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the Next Two weeks

Budget Range: ($1000) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: ( gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA (Boston to be exact)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually

Monitor Resolution: ( 1920x1080,)

Additional Comments:
I gave up on my 360 and Decided to Build my First Gaming PC.

Ive been doing alot of research and reading but I have NO prior experince

in this category So any feedback and Help would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thank you!


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


CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K


GPU( This one is up for grabs) - HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity


RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL


CASE - Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock


COOLING - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7


HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


*Updated* PSU - CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply




*Updated* Total = 1000.91 USD (Damn 91c cents! Lol)


Im building this for BF3. However its not going to be the only thing I play.

Im a RPG fanatic so Skyrim will probably will never shut off once it comes out! I was

debating between the gtx 570 or 6950(70) But I went with 6950 to

probably go Croosfire sooner than later. Idk if the PSU I selected will be

enough. I willing to Stretch the Budget by another 100 or so. Thank you for

taking the time to Look and offer your advice. Also in Advance please

Excuse my noobish comments. Im a PC virgin. Lol
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  1. It's pretty good.
  2. I like your build but I would swap the video card for this


    and get this psu


    if you plan to SLI. Its always good to have a little better psu from the start, that can bit you in the rear later on.
  3. First Thanks for Veiwing and commenting!

    I figured I would need more power to run dual Gpus. So Im guessing 800w would be enough to power everything with a dual gpu card.

    Also why the reccomendation for the gpu swap. And If I go the the 560 route, would there be a big difference from the -ti from the non -ti unit?

    Again Sorry for the noobish questions
  4. I just put my first build together two weeks ago, so I'm a noob too but I've done tons of research the past year or so and consulted with many friends on the build. I suggested the gpu because I think you would be better off buying a cheaper gpu and paying a little more for a better psu, but if you can afford the better gpu and the better psu by all means go ahead. Also I favor evga cards, I've had them in the past and love them. I have the cheapest 560 and it blows through everything. I can play anything on the highest levels with the exception of crysis, which after sli I should be able to max out. But I would have considered that HIS card if I didn't get the evga.
  5. Ok So I updated the the list adding the better PSU keeping the 6950 and the total
    came up to $1000.91 which is on the DOT for my budget. (wheeeww) lol. Like I said
    though, Im not dead set on the 6950. Im still trying to figure out which will be
    better gpu. Is it going to be Nvidia or Amd! Its like the Battle betwen Coke and
    Pepsi. I cant figure it out! LOL
  6. I don't think it's as much Nvidia vs Amd as it is which manufacturer you choose. I just prefer evga, that's just me.
  7. yea it seems like Evga is popular amongst the crowd of Pc gamers. Looks like I will
    have to do more research then to narrow down this gpu thing.
  8. Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to video cards it seems. Some people like xfx because of their warranty but I've heard mixed things about their customer service. Ive heard good things about gigabyte, asus, evga, xfx, saphire. My sister bought a preassembled systemax with a sparkle 550ti and it runs fantastic about the same performance as my 560. I usually go on newegg and look to see which ones get bad reviews and how the manufacturer responds to those. My opinion on video cards is that you should be able to get a cheaper card like a 560 and than later on sli another and you'll have great performance. Some people say that it's better to buy a more expensive card than to sli or cf but I think I would rather have the two cheaper cards in case one goes down and has to be rma you still have the other. Some people will disagree with that. I paid 189 for my evga, added an extended warranty for 10 and I think I got a free download over on steam. I plan to get another after xmas for sli.
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