Need help selecting parts/building a $700-$1000 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Sooner the better, hopefully within two weeks


Budget Range: $700-$1000


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Surfing Internet


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (Prefer buying straight from Fry's/Micro Center in-store)


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: No real preference, Intel/nVidia if possible

Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


I live within five miles of Frys/MC, so it'd be nice being able to just drive there instead of waiting for it to ship to my home.

I am no experience in computer building whatsoever. Zip. Nada. Just thought that would be important to share.

Currently, I can get an i5 2500k and a motherboard for $220 after rebate.


Like I said, I have no knowledge of computer building, or parts, so I don't know if that's good or not.


Processor: i5-2500k
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?sku_list=200121+909002

Could anyone help me out? I'm a bit nervous, since it will be my first time building a computer.
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  1. I have putting together my first build.

    i5-2500k is good but im getting asrock z68 it has future flexibly it will support Ivy bridge
  2. Howz $1,064 .... if ya a student, shud be able to stay under $1,000 by getting OS for $10-25 .... alternate components for $1005 below

    Case - $ 105 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097
    PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition 850 PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022
    MoBo - $ 180 - ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
    CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196
    GFX - $ 225 - Asus GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    HD - $ 75 - Seagate 7200.12 750 GB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148789
    DVD Writer - $ 19 - Asus 24X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Plenty of cooling, room ofr big COU cooler if ya wanna OC, PSU sized for adding 2nd GFX card later on. If ya gotta stay under $1000......

    Saves $60

    Antec 300 Illusion ($70) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
    XFX Core Edition 650 ($60) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014
  3. Is there a reason I should buy the i5-2500k from Newegg for $220 when I can get an i5-2500k as well as a motherboard for the same price from Micro Center? I don't see any difference between the two processors.
  4. its not the processers. the mobo is better
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