1000-1500 $ Gaming build

Hi there!

I'm kinda new to building my own PC's, and after hours of searching i realized it would probably be easier just to start my own thread.

I'll primarily use it for gaming, but might throw in some music-recording-work as well.
Screen, keyboard, mouse not included in price.
Don't care much about noise etc. (read: chassis should just be nicely ventilated & spacy), and i won't be overclocking.
So if you could, please help me figure out what to put in my pc! :-)

What i'd like:
An intel processor (i5-2500K or i7-2600K - which one is preferrable?)
12 or 16 GB ram (Don't know what brand is best)
A motherboard that supports USB 3.0 (I'm guessing GIGABYTE is where it's at)
At least 1 GB HDD
I'm not entirely sure about GPU - would you recommend getting a Radeon HD 6950/6970 or a nVidia GTX570?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. i5 2400 if you aren't going to OC ("k" is unlocked for OCing). Micro center has the best price right now if you live near one; or Newegg

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=i5+2400&x=21&y=13

    And 8GB RAM is plenty for current gaming

    But first: what's your budget?
  2. Allright tried to edit, but i'll just post the standard template as a reply instead ;-)


    Approximate Purchase Date: this week

    Budget Range: Around 1200-1500 $

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching HD movies, music-recording

    Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.edbpriser.dk - in danish. If this doesn't work for ya, just use newegg!

    Country: Denmark

    Parts Preferences:
    An intel processor (i5-2500K or i7-2600K - which one is preferrable?)
    12 or 16 GB ram (Don't know what brand is best)
    A motherboard that supports USB 3.0 (I'm guessing GIGABYTE is where it's at)
    Preferrably at least 1 GB HDD (unless it's too expensive atm?)
    I'm not entirely sure about GPU - would you recommend getting a Radeon HD 6950/6970 or a nVidia GTX570?

    Overclocking: Not really

    SLI or Crossfire: Don't think so.

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments:
    Don't care about noise etc. Unless you think it would be wrong, i think i'll stick with stock coolers.
  3. Thanks vollman. I just figured since ram was so cheap atm i'd just get alot of it :D
  4. It won't hurt you if you have the money; it just won't give you that much more in terms of gaming. Most say 4GB is fine and 8GB is great for current games.
  5. I can tell you my current build if you want to know it as a reference and others can edit parts and prices for you?
  6. sounds cool, thanks! :-)
  7. Alright, the prices I cannot vouch for here because I buy when deals hit instead of buying all components at once (I can test items on a second computer). If you can do this, you will save a lot of money.

    Here you go:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&Tpk=i5%202500k

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341044

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147134

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139006&Tpk=650d

    Used Gaia sd1283 that I have laying around lol
    (You can use the stock cooler if not OCing)

    I am going to get the GPU in a couple of months when prices fall again; I am undecided and the graphics from the cpu I can bear until then.

    I am going for a single modest SSD that has enough space for me to use until HDD prices fall.
  8. Newegg will have a Shell Shocker deal on 1TB WD Caviar Black todayat 6PM PST. Might be a good deal; just saw it online.
  9. Check the $1500 build in my sig. Core i5 2500k + HD7970 + SSD.
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