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First Gaming PC Build ~$1000 Budget

Approximate Purchase Date: Early February, could wait for new release/price drops

Budget Range: $1000-1299

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming MMOs possibly Shooters, Movies/music playback, home office work

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg tigerdirect open to any suggestions

Country: SATX USA

Parts Preferences: Open to anything heard good stuff about the new intel sandybridge nvidia/amd

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: n/a

Additional Comments: This will be my first actual gaming pc before i just had bought name brand pcs and ya never really had a "gaming" pc. Will be my first build but have a friend that would help me build it so i can learn for the future. Dont really need bling just something good that does the job that will last. Will possibly have a hdtv next to my station to stream movies there.
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  2. CPU: i5 2500k $229.99
    CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $29.99
    Mobo: MSI Z68A-GD65 $189.99 ( before $30 MIR )
    Memory: GSkill Sniper 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $43.99
    GPU: MSI TwinFrozrIII 6950 1GB $239.99 ( before $10 MIR and you get Dirt3 )
    HDD: WD Blue 500GB $89.99
    DVD: Asus 24x DVD Writer $19.99
    PSU: PC Power&Cooling SilencerII 750W $119.99 ( before $20 MIR )
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 $49.99

    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 24" Full HD 2ms response LCD $184.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM $99.99

    Total: $1298.89 ( before $60 MIR's )

    NVidia GTX560Ti would be an ok video card as well could maybe save $20 or so if you prefer Nvidia cards.
    Other than that pretty much everything essential is there. Machine with everything + OS + Display.
    Should be able to play games nicely at 1920x1080 and high settings. Plus you should be able to plug in a 2nd video card for Crossfire/SLI whenever you feel like you need some extra juice.
  3. The builds of your friends are good but:
    First build : you need video card , dvd-rw , cpu cooler,OS, the price will be around 1250-1300$.
    Second build : is ok , AMD are more budget builds.Put the OS another 100$. The i5 2500k is the best choice for a gaming build.
    Now is your decision.
  4. thx sosofm your build fits perfect for my price range
  5. Best answer selected by ExquisiteGoD.
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