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Hello, I'm trying to build a gaming and graphics design desktop for around $1000. I've browsed some of the other threads about building desktops and this is what I've come up with. I've already purchased a 27" monitor, so I did not include it in the specs.

I was also looking into a liquid cooling system. It is very difficult to install and maintain?

Please let me know what you think. Thanks!

$99.99 -Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

149.99-CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX

$41.99 -RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

$124.99 -Graphics Card: XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

$249.98 -(2)- Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$89.99 -Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

$49.99 -Case:COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

$94.99-CPU Cooler: Antec KUHLER H2O 920 Liquid Cooling System

$25.99 -CD/DVD Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner 24X DVD R 8X DVD RW 12X DVD R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B3LT LightScribe Support - OEM

$19.99 -Card Reader: Rosewill RCR-AK-IM5002 USB2.0 75 in 1 internal Card Reader w/ 3 ports USB2.0 Hub / eSATA port / Extra silver face plate / SATA Power -

$18.99-Wireless Adapter: TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128 bits WEP (WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES)

$99.99 -OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM -

$28.99 -sound: Creative Sound Blaster Audiogy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
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    Drop the sound card, not needed at all, onboard is fine. Drop to a smallest HDD possible, the prices are outrageous.

    DO NOT use AMD CPUs, go for Intel Core i5-2500K @ $220. Add this board for $125.

    Drop the liquid cooler, not needed. CM Hyper 212+ or 212 EVO will do fine for you.
  2. Thanks! Wow, I kinda wanted to go with an AMD CPU. I looked at the reviews and it does look at the i5 is a better option.

    What is the advantage of using the liquid cooling vice van cooling?
  3. That makes sense. Thanks!
  4. Best answer selected by wendy-chan.
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