Best gaming system for $1000

Hey guys - I'm sorry for asking a question that I'm sure has been asked a million times before but I did search around and couldn't exactly find all the answers I was looking for so I just figured I'd post.

I'm looking to buy a prebuilt comp for about 1000 bucks for gaming. I wanna play games like SCII, skyrim, diablo III on ultra-settings.

I was considering buying from cyberpower but it looks like alot of people are getting screwed by them so I also need to know a place to buy from. Also I don't know anything about overclocking but I guess i'd be willing to try it (would i need to?) so i guess that factors in too.

Anyway, thanks in advance for your help!
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  1. I guess I'll post what I think I'll get:


    1x COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Model:RC-692-KKN2 Advanced)

    $89.99
    1x ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS (Model:P8P67 DELUXE (REV3))

    $214.99
    1x ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (Model:ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI)

    $244.99
    1x CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply (Model:CMPSU-750TXV2)

    $104.99
    1x Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K (Model:BX80623I52500K)

    $214.99
    1x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 (Model:CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9)

    $54.99
    1x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Model:ST31000524AS)

    $149.99


    total comes out to 999 after rebate....is anything missing here and/or really hard to assemble?
  2. I have no experience with Cyberpower, so I can't comment on that. However, the only thing I would add would be an aftermarket HSF. That will keep the CPU temp low and give you some thermal headroom for overclocking if you go that route in the future.

    You might consider a Z68 board as well. Any particular reason you aren't building it yourself?
  3. How about this for gaming.
    http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Gamer_Xtreme_2200/
    Switch to a case you like I would go this NZXT M59 Gaming Mid-Tower Case with See-Thru Window or this Thermaltake Commander Mid-Tower Gaming Case
    Add in case fans Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case
    switch to ASUS mother board [CrossFireX] Asus P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard LucidLogix Virtu and Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID,2 3 PCIe Gen2, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 3CI (All Venom OC Certified)
    Put on dual cards of [Black November Special] AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card
    [Free upgrade from 6770 1GB Video] Major Brand Powered by AMD
    and lastly power supply upgrade
    800 Watts - XtremeGear Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
    This should allow you to run almost any games you want at highest detail on a single monitor.
  4. dleavitt said:
    I have no experience with Cyberpower, so I can't comment on that. However, the only thing I would add would be an aftermarket HSF. That will keep the CPU temp low and give you some thermal headroom for overclocking if you go that route in the future.

    You might consider a Z68 board as well. Any particular reason you aren't building it yourself?



    I've never built a computer before - is it easy? I'd hate to drop a grand and accidentally blow something up or something
  5. Not too easy but.... - if you can put together an IKEA shelf and you follow the guides at Tom's and the user manuals - I bet you'll be fine. Plenty of helpful people here if you get stuck.
    -Bruce
  6. It is easy to put together your own computer very easy at that.
    I will put together a computer I would buy for a grand from newegg just give me 30 or more minutes.
  7. Ok on that note, should I order these parts (with the Z68 motherboard) from newegg? Am I missing anything?
  8. i5-2500k $220
    Asus ROG Maximus $170
    8GB 2x4GB 1600MHz Corsair low profile heatspreader $60
    Evga 560Ti $200
    750w Antec PSU $100
    LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black $100
    Total: $800?

    EDIT: If your doing OCing to 5Ghz, get H100 for $110
    Total with Cooler: $1000?
  9. Also, for the hard-drive, I was reading reviews that said it can fail or go bad within a year or something? Since when do hard-drives "go bad" what does that even mean? Could I settle for a cheaper hard drive?
  10. Newnoob said:
    Also, for the hard-drive, I was reading reviews that said it can fail or go bad within a year or something? Since when do hard-drives "go bad" what does that even mean? Could I settle for a cheaper hard drive?

    HDD usually go bad after 3 years, never heard of HDD going bad in a year... HDD can last you at least 3-5 years before it start having errors...
  11. Can anyone else rate the above? I already have an OS so that takes about 100 bucks out of the total making it pretty tempting..
  12. O and is dual graphic cards good? (seriously read my name i know nothing haha)
  13. dual graphics are better than one more expensive card in most cases trust me that is a good set up
  14. I spent the time to check every component
  15. only thing you may want is a blue ray drive
    or if there is a case you like the looks of better but that one I chose is good as it is especially how much you save as a combo
    also want to get it by tomorrow as some things I chose have coupon codes that help the price.
  16. Andrew - when I said not too easy - remember this is his first - 30 min? I think a first timer that is taking his/her time should be able to easily do it under 3 hours. As for the graphics choice I would suggest a GTX560Ti or a HD6950 if you can swing it for $220-240. If this is too much consider a GTX4601G for $160-190. One good card, in many ways is a better option than 2 in x-fire or SLI. This way you can add another later if you need. It would suck if you need more graphics power down the road and you have to cash in your SLI.
    Think about the games you mentioned - all need major GPU power!!!!
    -Bruce
    .p.s - you may want to go for a z-68 chipset mobo and if you want a decent cooler for a little better price - 212 evo at $33
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  17. I meant let me take 30 min to put together the components that I would buy on newegg not actual assembly
    my first time was 90 min to build computer
    yes if you do go 1 powerful GPU you can upgrade more down the road
  18. andrewcarr said:

    GET 2GB OF VRAM IF YOU WANT 60+ FPS!!!!!!!... Any game on a monitor at 1920x1080 or above, get 2GB or higher than 1GB...
  19. Uhh ok u guys are kinda confusing me but what about what I got here? i'm considering pulling the trigger on this am i missing something?

    COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119216
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $99.99
    $89.99


    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
    Item #: N82E16814130604
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $249.99


    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
    Item #: N82E16817139021
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$35.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $139.99
    $104.99


    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9W
    Item #: N82E16820233199
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $61.99


    ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Item #: N82E16813131792
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $189.99
    $179.99


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
    Item #: N82E16819115072
  20. could u recommend a cooler/ CDdVD?
  21. legendkiller said:
    GET 2GB OF VRAM IF YOU WANT 60+ FPS!!!!!!!... Any game on a monitor at 1920x1080 or above, get 2GB or higher than 1GB...



    Really? It seems like there isn't anything about 1GB for less than like 500 bucks.....
  22. Go with the system I showed you it will work fine and then use this graphics card so in the future you can run an SLI setup
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
  23. Ok not trying to shun you andrewcarr but the stuff I changed i did so b/c it was either cheaper and/or rated higher on newegg


    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $17.99


    COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119216
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $99.99
    $89.99


    HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822145299
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $99.99


    GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814125401
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $219.99


    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
    Item #: N82E16817139021
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$35.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $139.99
    $104.99


    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9W
    Item #: N82E16820233199
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $61.99


    ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Item #: N82E16813131792
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $189.99
    $179.99


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
    Item #: N82E16819115072
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$5.00 Instant
    $219.99
    $214.99


    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$4.00 Instant
    $29.99
    $25.99


    Is anything here like incompatible? like too big for the case or something?
  24. Just bumping this cuz I wanna buy it before the prices change - is anything here incompatible / really stupid?

    Thanks for all your help guys - I'll be coming back when I have to put it all together :)
  25. Everything is compatible the only thing you may want is thermal paste because the stuff that comes with coolers isn't it best. You can't go wrong with this stuff (unless or course you put on the entire product which is way too much).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007
    maybe this cooler too
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082
  26. Ok now I just ran into another (potential) problem - the OS i have is 32-bit. I read that unless you get 64-bit you can't exceed 4gigs of RAM. Also that getting 8Gb on a DDR3 isn't right because it should be intervals of 3? (6, 9, 12gigs etc.)

    Any validity to these concerns? SHould i buy a OS?
  27. Another thing this power supplies are on sale and the brand is good.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049
  28. Alright I threw an OS in there and am buying it all now (with the new power supply and cooler andrew recommended)
  29. ok when you get the parts start another thread with a link to it from here if you need help
    congrats on a nice system
  30. Alright everything came today - now I need help putting it all together :D
  31. Nice please start another thread with a link even pics could help. Good luck with this system should be great.
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