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Gaming Comp for 1k

Approximate Purchase Date: this month (2-3 weeks tops)

Budget Range: 1,000 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming > music production > net/email/misc

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, case, hd, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: ASUS when possible.

Overclocking: probably a bit of OC but nothing i cant air cool.

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I live in fl, so air temps in the summer even inside can get a bit high, so being able to keep it within reasonable temps is a huge plus. It's all going into a full atx tower, so space shouldn't be an issue. Also looking for input on i5/i7 vs fx-8150 for overall performance as well as for gaming specifically.

What i Currently have for the computer itself:
Case - antec df-85

hd - seagate momentus xt 500gb 7200rpm 2.5"

optic drive - asus 24x cd/dvd burner

CPU - Intel i7-2600k

MoBo - Asus Maximus IV extreme-z

RAM - Corsair Vengences 8gb (2x4)

VID - Asus GTX 560 TI

Heatsink - coolermaster hyper212 evo
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  1. [CPU] i5 2400 3.1GHz

    [GPU] Gigabyte Super Overclock Series GTX 570

    [Ram] Kingston HyperX 1333/1600 8GB(2x4Gb)

    [MB] AsRock Extreme3 Gen3

    [PSU] Antec ECO 620w

    [SSD] Plextor M3 Series/Crucial m4/Samsung 830

    [HDD] HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721050DLE630 (0F13178) 500GB 7200 RPM

    [DVD] Lg 22x Dvd Drive

    [CPU Cooler]: Cooler Master 212 EVO

    Total:~ $1000
  2. Best answer
    [CPU] i5 2500k $230

    [GPU] Asus GTX 570 $350

    [Ram] Kingston HyperX 1333/1600 8GB(2x4Gb) $40

    [MB] ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 $133

    [PSU] Antec ECO 620w $70

    [SSD] Plextor M3 Series/Crucial m4/Samsung 830

    [HDD] HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721050DLE630 (0F13178) 500GB 7200 RPM $80

    [DVD] Lg 22x Dvd Drive $18

    [CPU Cooler]: Cooler Master 212 EVO $35

    Total: $1051 w/ 64GB SSD.

    -Drop the SSD for a cheaper price.

    -i5 2500k is the best gaming processor out on the market, because games do not use hyper threading, there is not point in getting a i7 2600k, etc.

    -At this price, intel>AMD

    -GPU is more important once you get to like the i5 2500k.
  3. @somekidxd

    the psu i'll likely end up using is is an antec cp-850 to go with my antec df-85 case, only a bit more and leaves me room for sli later on down the road.

    HDD/ssd i've got covered since i can salvage my current one, so that cuts down on the price a bit.

    A question on the p8z68 though, if i recall it's only got 4x 3pin fan connectors, while the df-85 has 7 fans stock. could use input from someone who actually has a df-85 but am i to assume either way i'll end up needing a controller to power them all? (3 front having speed control knobs built in, but 2 top 2 rear dont as far as i know)
  4. Wouldn't get that PSU. Instead would get one of these.
    Not Modular-
    (Is it just me or does that antec PSU look like its the wrong size? Too tall?)
  5. I disagree with the PSU since it doesn't let you SLI in the future.

    Check out my $900/$1000 build here:

    With my suggestions in my builds, I suggest the Asrock because it's a great bang for the buck. Gives you Ivy Bridge support and PCI 3.0 if you use an Ivy Bridge chip. Plus you get 3 PCI-E 16x 2.0 slots running at 8x/8x/4x if you ever SLI/CF or Tri-CF/SLI
    Another thing is you get a PSU that will allow you to SLI/CF in the future too.
  6. @aznshinobi

    i've had 2 different asrock mobo's in the past, both of which i replaced in under a month, i wont be using any of their products in the future after the poor quality and complete disgrace of a customer support. personal preferences of course.'


    the biggest problem with using a different PSU is the fact it'll end up having to be mounted upside down, as the case has no bottom intake, and in all honesty that would bug me to no end. though pretty much any way you look at it the setup will be using an intake from within the case itself, having the psu in upside down would ascetically be an issue.
  7. I respect that decision. Just thought you should know almost all the MB companies have terrible service. Especially Asus, I've found they're even worse than Asrock and MSI.

    I'd honestly suggest going for the $900 build I had in my link. Mainly for the PSU. You don't have to get the Asrock board but the other parts.
  8. Are you dead set on that case because this one is better.
    Would rather have the better PSU pulling from the case (upside down) versus that other PSU. Mounting a PSU upside down isn't a problem because they are designed to mount either way. That case has enough airflow that the PSU like that shouldn't effect it.
  9. As long as the cases you narrow down to have good airflow, the type of case you select out of those you narrowed down to are personal preference.
  10. aznshinobi said:

    i already own the df-85, no point in buying a brand new case when i've got one that is less then 2 months old sitting around, more money to put into the guts of the comp.
  11. Ahhh OK, yeah then just use the DF-85.

    I'd get an SSD to boot. The Momentus is fast but an SSD is nice to have and it's faster.
    The reason I recommend the Mushkin is because SATA 3 really doesn't have anything over SATA 2 SSD's in real life performance. In benchmarks yes, but in a recent SATA 3 vs SATA 2 SSD comparison, Tom's reported that in Real life situations SATA 2.

    As for the card, I'd suggest waiting a little, until perhaps March since the 7870/7850 is expected to be released and that should perform well and be easy to OC since it uses 28nm. As well as will run cooler and more efficient.
  12. Another thing, don't worry about Write Times on the SSD. You want to limit those so the SSD lasts longer. The Crucial M4 is a perfect example.
  13. Hey Im just throwing my 2 cents out there, Im probably not going to be a huge help by saying this, But when 1k is used to build a computer, Your definitely wanting to include a ss drive, a nice intel i7 2500k+ and a nice gtx card or a nice hd 6890+ card. Anyway all of which I was not able to afford with my limited wallet, haha looky at my signature.
  14. Sorry but the 6890 doesn't exist and its i5-2500k and i7-2600k
  15. Lol, What i meant was a 69xx series and a meant a nice INTEL chip
  16. Lol at the troll (Andrew).
  17. I wan't trying to be a jerk. Just saying.
  18. Best answer selected by Gilgamesh5.
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