Gamer on a budget!

I am giving myself a Christmas gift (early) of a new PC. The only problem is, I am terrible when it comes to the hardware portion of the computing world! I am looking to get the best gaming PC I can for $1,000 and under. The highest price I would go is $1,100 but do try and stay under $1,000!

My current PC/Crap-Bucket:

Tell me if you need more precise info!

As you can most certainly tell, it sucks. Horribly. I originally bought my PC at a time where I didn't play many games. I played video games mostly on my Xbox 360, but have long since abandoned that horrid thing.

I would like to keep anything I possibly can from this rig, but don't expect to be able to keep much. Remember, the cheaper the better! The things that I wish to keep are:

Monitor(s) (28 inch and a 1080p TV)
Mouse (Razer Deathadder)
Keyboard (Razer Lycosa)
Headset/Sound System (Astro A40 with Mixamp)
I am fine with the size of my hard drive, but if it is slow, scrap it.

I don't have any preference towards any particular brands, and don't care about how flashy my case is. A simple black metal box will do just fine. All I want from this rig is to be able to play games as best as I can for under $1,000.

Thanks a bunch for reading, and hopefully helping me out! I don't want to come across as a leecher, but I really need some help with this. I am tired of having to play current games, such as Might and Magic 6, in a 800x600 window with the lowest possible settings. Even then I can only pull off about 10-15 FPS!

Thanks for all of your help!
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  1. Try this build out. It's a little bit over your budget, and I don't know if you need OS or not but if you do I can trim a few things and cut the cost a bit.:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $179.99
    CPU: 3.30 GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance Low Profile (4 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1.5V - $99.99
    HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM - $69.99
    Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Writer - $22.99
    Video Card: EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 560 1GB - $199.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

    Total: $1057.90
  2. Thanks! I don't need an OS, as I already have a 64 bit install DVD.
  3. Processor Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge-based 3.3 GHz CPU $220
    Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Motherboard $119
    RAM G.Skill Ripjaws 8 GB DDR3-1066 Kit (2 x 4 GB) $48
    Graphics Card Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB $265
    Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200 RPM 3.5" Hard Drive $55
    Case Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid-Tower $55
    Power Supply Corsair Enthusiast TX750 750 W 80 PLUS $110
    DVD Burner Lite-On iHAS124 24x DVD±RW Drive $19

    TOTAL : $891

    That was this month's Intel budget gaming PC.
    The 2 GB of RAM in the video card could be useful to you if you're using large monitors.

    Yes you WILL need a new copy of Win 7 for another $100 for reasons I'm not going to try to explain here.
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