$1000 Gaming Build, First Time Building

Hello. I've finally got a bit of money to get rid of my crappy laptop. I'm very new to computer building and need some help.


Approximate Purchase Date: Probably this week.

Budget Range: $1000, can go up to $1050 if the little bit will help a lot but i would prefer not to.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, music, movies.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, speakers (I use headphones), OS, I'm not sure about monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but I'll use whatever is best.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Don't know that much about parts.

Overclocking: Don't know.

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know.

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024.

Additional Comments: Not sure if i should get a new monitor or just use mine. I don't know much about parts, overclocking, and SLI/Crossfire. I am guessing it would be no for the latter two with my budget but I'm not certain.

Thanks in advanced for any help.
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  1. Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 ~ $95
    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 960T ~ $125
    Graphics Card x2: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit ~ $165
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ~ $70
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" ~ $180
    PSU: Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze ~ $90
    DVD Burner: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner ~ $16
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower ~ $55
    Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120 ~ $65

    Total: $1026

    Note: Now i know what you are thinking... AMD processor? well i chose this processor because after overclocking and unlocking it will perform as well as the Intel Processor in gaming. This is because when gaming on resolutions above 1600x900 the graphics card is the bottleneck. This system is for people that want to get the most out of their money! The 960t Processor is very unique. It is a quad-core stock but can be unlocked to six cores and then overclocked to 4ghz! And with the ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 Motherboard you can do it all in seconds! The two 6870's again will handle any game 1080p max settings and even handle up to six displays! Also, Sapphire's cards usually overclock very well.

    Get a new monitor or use a 1080p TV cause gaming on 1280x1024 is really old school no dis.
  2. i5 2500k $230
    Asrock Z68 Pro3 $110
    Kingston HyperX 1333 8GB $40
    Hitachi 500gb 7200rpm $70
    Crucial M4 64GB SSD $110
    Gigabyte GTX 570 $345
    Antec ECO 620w $60
    Cooler Master Elite 430 $55

    Total: $1030

    i5 2400 $190
    Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 $122
    Kingston HyperX 1333 8GB $40
    Hitachi 500gb 7200rpm $70
    Crucial M4 64Gb SSD $110
    Gigabyte GTX 570 $345
    Antec ECO 620w $60
    Cooler Master HAf 912 $60

    Total: $997

    Difference between first and second gaming wise will be the same, but the processor on top is the best gaming processor out on the market. If you have the extra money, get the first one. If you don't get the second one.
  3. Ram is slow and the 570 is way slower then the two 6870's which is way more important than having a fast processor.
  4. nagol567 said:
    Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 ~ $95
    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 960T ~ $125
    Graphics Card x2: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit ~ $165
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ~ $70
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" ~ $180
    PSU: Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze ~ $90
    DVD Burner: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner ~ $16
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower ~ $55
    Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120 ~ $65

    Total: $1026

    Note: Now i know what you are thinking... AMD processor? well i chose this processor because after overclocking and unlocking it will perform as well as the Intel Processor in gaming. This is because when gaming on resolutions above 1600x900 the graphics card is the bottleneck. This system is for people that want to get the most out of their money! The 960t Processor is very unique. It is a quad-core stock but can be unlocked to six cores and then overclocked to 4ghz! And with the ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 Motherboard you can do it all in seconds! The two 6870's again will handle any game 1080p max settings and even handle up to six displays! Also, Sapphire's cards usually overclock very well.

    Get a new monitor or use a 1080p TV cause gaming on 1280x1024 is really old school no dis.


    Ram, you dont need 1600, but if you want to, it still doesnt cost $70. Kingston HyperX 1600 is only $40. Beware of microstutter for CF. SSD+HDD>Cavier Black
  5. nagol567 said:
    Ram is slow and the 570 is way slower then the two 6870's which is way more important than having a fast processor.



    If he wants to, he can change to 1600 mhz and can run CF 6870 with staying in range.
  6. the ram i chose has better timings which still matter at 1600. after 1600 you get no more gains but at 1600 you do.
  7. Does this look good?

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=23083207

    I can't get the i5-2500k from Newegg without a combo so I'll get it elsewhere. I just changed the case and switched the 570 to a 560 ti 448 core.
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