First Build $900-$1000 budget, Need Advice


So I've been wanting to build a gaming rig for quite some time now and I've decided to. Basically just need something that will play games like bf3 and skyrim on decently high settings but not ultra :p

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks

Budget Range: $900-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Purely Gaming, YouTube (bf3, skyrim, cod, minecraft)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Mostly newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, open to others though

Overclocking: Don't really want to mess with it

SLI or Crossfire: Not entirely sure what this is, but don't want to mess with it :P

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
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    Core i5-2400

    Gigabyte or ASUS z68 motherboard. low or high end does not matter, nor does uATX or ATX in this case. Just get the one that has the other features you want, and none that you do not.

    8gb DDR3 1333 ram(2x4gb kit) with Win 7 64 bit OEM copy.

    Vid card - AMD 6850/Nvidia equivalent or above from this chart.,3107-7.html

    Power supply - 80 Plus Certified or better from Antec, Corsair(not builder series), Seasonic, Silverstone, or XFX. The OCZ in my profile is also fine for single card rigs. 650 watts would be slight overkill, but will give you a little overhead for future upgrades. 550 watt would be minimum and would depend on the video card selected.

    Case - more of a personal preference thing, but basically a mid to full tower with good airflow and at least room for 3 120mm fans. 1 front, 1 rear, 1 top is preferred. Some popular choices are Coolermaster HAF series, Antec 300, similar Thermaltakes, etc...

    Hard drives are a bit tougher due to the shortage, but a 500gb Western Digital SATA 6gb/s would be a preferable min. and Blue or Black series.

    DVD RW drive or BlueRay - I have found Samsung drives to be excellent.
  2. Sata3 and sata2 dont make a difference in hdds.
  3. Check This :o

    Intel Core i5-2400 $190 newegg price
    ASRock H61M/U3S3 Mobo $70 newegg price
    EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) $250 newegg price
    Antec 620W PSU $65 newegg price
    RAM 1333Mhz[8GB=4GB*2] $40 newegg price
    HDD7200RPM Western Digital[160GB] $70 newegg price[**Hard Drive Prices Won't Recede Until 2013.So later upgrade to 1TB]
    NZXT Cabinet $40newegg price
    DVD WRITER SAMSUNG $15 newegg price
    ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LCD $190 newegg price

    Total $930
  4. I would suggest going with a H67 motherboard rather than a Z68 because Mike doesn't want to OC, so a Z68 is pointless, especially when paired with a i5 2400.

    CPU: i5 2400 $189.99

    Mobo: ASUS P8H67-V $100.99

    RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) $47.99

    Optical Drive: SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM $23.99

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue $89.99 (could get a 1TB HDD if you think 500GB won't be enough)

    GPU: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII $249.99 (I have personal experience with this card, so that is why I recommend it)

    PSU: SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W $69.99

    Monitor: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms $199.99 (you stated your resolution, not sure if you have a monitor or not, so I added one for good measure)

    Case: Really personal preference.

    Total Cost (without case): $982

    If you don't need a monitor, then that's over $200 to spend on a case (though it would be unwise to do so because most cases over $130 are outfitted to handle 7+ fans and are therefore made mainly for Overclocking).
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  6. Thanks for advice everyone! Very helpful!

    Still have yet to make my decision though :o
  7. Here's a build suggestion. The CPU is capable of overclocking . However if you decide to tinker in the future you will not have any problems.
    I assume you will be needing an OS & Monitor . If you have either of these. Consider looking into an SSD like Crucial M4 64GB worth $105

    CPU & Optical Drive: $237- i5 2500K & Asus

    Motherboard & RAM: $144- MSI P67A G43 & Patriot Signature(2x 4GB)

    OS : $100- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

    GPU: $210- Gigabyte GTX 560Ti

    Monitor: $130- 23" Acer

    HDD: $80- Hitachi 500GB

    Case: $45- XClio NightHawk

    PSU: $60 -Antec Neo Eco 520

    Total (Excluding Rebates): 1006 USD

    Rebates: 40 USD

    There are promos on HDD worth $10, and some other components . Check them out they will bring don your budget.
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