$1000 range gaming build for ABSOLUTE NOOB

Hello :D!! I am looking to build my very first computer to use it for hardcore gaming. My range is anything below or slightly above $1000 (this includes case), and about $1300 if you count the monitor.
I know there is a guideline I am supposed to follow when asking this, but I am too much of a beginner to follow it: I know for sure, I will never figure out how to overclock anything, so that is not an option.
I just would like your guys' thoughts and opinions of the best system I could build for gaming in that price range ( I would REALLY appreciate it if you could give me full specs, and that you know all the parts you tell me will work together)
Thanks in advance for anyone who helps :D!!
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  1. I have a small idea of what parts I think I want, but I honestly don't know if these are good or not, and what case goes with these =/
    Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155

    Graphics card: EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750

    CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz Quad core

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
  2. you forgot hard drive lol
  3. Thats a good build, maybe just skimp on the case a little bit though. You can get a good case for 40 or 50.
  4. Here is what I think you should get. Price includes shipping.

    Optical Drive:
    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151233
    $23

    Case:
    COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227
    $50

    CPU:
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    $220

    HardDrive:
    HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299
    $87

    RAM:
    G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424
    $37

    Monitor:
    Acer G245HQABD 23.6" LCD Monitor Black 5ms Full HD Widescreen 300 cd/m2 ACM 80,000:1 (1,000:1)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009305
    $159

    Motherboard:
    MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130583
    $115

    Power Supply:
    Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371051
    $92

    Graphics Card:
    (2 of these for SLI) ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $400

    Grand Total: $1183

    Thoughts:
    You'll be able to play any game for the next few years. I saved you $117 out of that $1300 to get a decent mouse/keyboard/controller etc. My only suggestion for building it is PUT IN THE DVD DRIVE AND HARD DRIVE BEFORE YOU PUT IT TOGETHER. lol. When I built my first computer, I put everything in except those two. Then it was impossible to do it with everything blocking the way (motherboard, Ram, cpu) So I took it all out and put it back in. lol. Good luck, watch many videos to make sure what you are doing. This will play Battlefield 3 at probably 100 fps average if not higher. Most of these parts consist of my upgrade build (parts I shall be getting).
  5. By the way, you should buy a SLI bridge because I don't believe that motherboard comes with one O___o.

    http://www.amazon.com/nVidia-NVIDIA-SLI-Connector/dp/B002BZ0D2C/ref=pd_cp_e_1

    You can get one from Amazon.com here ^.

    If you do decide to overclock in the future, like what mc_conor posted, this Cooler is very decent.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835288001

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    -Arlen10
  6. Lol don't know why I forgot HDD/SDD. Arlen10s GPU suggestion is great if you don't mind using SLI.

    I use 2 x 560ti 2GB in SLI myself. They are considerably better than a 580 BUT...

    If you do you need a half decent case and a lot of case fans to keep the temps under control.


    The only thing about the 560s is to if your getting a new GPU get one with at least 1.5GB VRAM.

    Games in the not so distant future will be eating up that VRAM. BF3 needs 1.5GB + to run ultra @ 1080p.
  7. Processor Intel Core i5-2500K $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme3 $122
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    Case Cooler Master HAF 912 $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
    PSU SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620w $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095
    Memory G. Skill Ripjaw 8GB DDR 3 1600 $45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    Video card EVGA GeForce GTX 460 $160 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130750
    Optical Drive LG Black 12x Blu-Ray $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136232
    Monitor Acer S200HLAbd $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009317
    Keyboard and mouse Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 $26 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126197
    O/S Microsoft Windows 7 Home 64bit $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    Hard Drive Hitachi 500GB SATA II HDD $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

    Grand total: $1072 plus shipping and prices subject to change.


    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  8. Thanks A TON to everybody who replied! I know I forgot the optical drive and hdd because I really don't know, but now I do.
  9. Here is what I think you should get. Price includes shipping.

    Thanks, and this looks good, as far as I know. I really appreciate the help
  10. Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it. As this is my 1st build and I will probably kill myself within the first 10 minutes I am trying to keep it as simple as I can, maybe in the future when I upgrade I will deal with SLI :)
  11. Mc_conor makes some good points. It's up to d3c0d3d to decide between the GPU's.
    lol. I also forgot to include the OS hahaha. Well technically you can download the ISO, burn it to a DVD, then use a Windows Reloader program to get it for free. I don't suggest doing that. Some of my friends did that, unfortunately I didn't know until after I bought Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit O____o haha. Anyway, I do not suggest getting the GPU IntelEnthusiast suggested. It's a GTX 460, that's what I currently have (SLI) it's not good with only one running. You get maybe 30 fps on high, and 40 on low with the right parts. Either go with what mc-conor said or my GTX 560Ti SLI. Also, I don't mean to be mean or anything, but for gaming you are best sticking with what mc_conor and I put. No offence IntelEnthusiast. If you are looking for a gaming keyboard/mouse, these two I recommend.

    Cooler Master Storm Inferno ($40)
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Inferno-Gaming-SGM-4000-KLLN1-GP/dp/B003ZMF26W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324665755&sr=8-1

    Logitech Gaming Keyboard ($60)
    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-002232-Gaming-Keyboard-G110/dp/B002RRLQIO/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_c

    Both very well built. Also that monitor I suggest is probably the best deal I have seen in a while. 24 inches, full 1080p is a great deal for $150.

    Good luck. Message me if you have any questions.
  12. Thanks a ton for the advice :) This build looks great too.
    Do you know how to properly reply to a message, because when I do it just says quotemsg then a bunch of #'s.
    Also, do you know how I can check like 'notifications' per say? Like if somebody replies to my thread?
  13. Anonymous said:
    Thanks a ton for the advice :) This build looks great too.
    Do you know how to properly reply to a message, because when I do it just says quotemsg then a bunch of #'s.
    Also, do you know how I can check like 'notifications' per say? Like if somebody replies to my thread?


    Umm, lol. Not sure. I am new here also. I just hit enter/return twice and it works for me. If someone replies to your thread, you just go to "Forums", then "My Threads". If someone replied, the number of replies will increase. That's what I know anyway lol. There might be an option to get emails when ever someone replies. Yeah. Message me if you need any help building it :D.
  14. Core i5 2500k 3.3Ghz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730R

    Corsair Vengance LP Black DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730R

    MSI Radeon 6950 2GB Twin Frozr III OC - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575

    Antec High Current Gamer 620W PSU Bronze Cert - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048

    OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB Sata 6Gbps HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    Coolermaster Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    ACER 23 Inch 5ms LED 1920x1080 Monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009315

    Coolermaster CM690II Black Steel Tower Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216

    ASUS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Total - $1,398.89

    Total with Rebates - $1,333.89


    PROS -
    i5 2500k is rediculously fast
    Radeon 6950 is a wonderful card for 1080p
    ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO has amazing stability and performance and allows for "One click" Overclocking (For noobs xD)
    Coolermaster Hyper 212+ has excellent cooling performance and will keep your processor extremely cool even when OC'd
    This one has the renowned Vertex 3 120GB SSD - And one of the fastest ones. Install windows on this beast and You'll go from off to fully booted in ~5 Seconds
    Fast, Corsair Low Profile RAM so pretty much any CPU cooler can fit over the top with no issues
    Coolermaster CM690II is a tried and tested Mid tower of high performance and high quality
    High Quality Antec PSU providing enough power to drive even 2 Radeon 6950s

    CONS -
    Slighly over budget.
  15. Arlen10: Oh okay, I didn't know that!

    deadjon: Sweet, thanks for the suggestion!
  16. one thing not to forget like i have when i first did my setup a few years back is the OS like IntelEnthusiast had listed. so make sure you have a os :D

    EDIT: oh yea just forgot to add that depending on what version of OS you get you might want to do some research since for different versions of os they have a limit to how much ram they can have
  17. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  18. i5 2500K + Corsair LP 8GB DDR3 1600 $255
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.805842
    Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $122
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    OCZ ZS 750w $100 ($20 MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049
    Gigabyte 560 Ti $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401
    Seagate 500GB + Antec 300 Illusion $123 ($8 MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.812373
    SanDisk Ultra 120GB $135
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171545
    Windows 7 64-bit $88
    http://www.discountmountainsoftware.com/miwi7hoprfuv6.html?cmp=gp
    LG DVD Burner $18
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136236
    Total: $1051 before rebates

    Get a board supporting Ivy Bridge, PCI 3.0 (If you use Ivy) and one that can use SLI in the future, plus you get an SSD and a HDD. The PSU is enough to support OC'd 2500K and SLI 560 Ti OC.
  19. You can always wait for harddrive prices to drop even further and just use your SSD until then.
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