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Help me build on a budget ~$1000

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February 16, 2012 7:19:59 AM

Hello everyone!

I am in the market for a new PC and want to get one built with a budget of approx. ~$1000, give or take $100-200.

I have no experience with building PCs at all so I hope some of you gurus can help me! :p 

The primary uses for it will be for gaming and image/video editing. That being said I'm looking for a balanced PC (keeping bottlenecks in mind) ideally with a graphics card that is capable of running high-end games (such as Rift, Skyrim, etc.) with little difficulty. I am also not afraid of OC'ing within reason - will make me a sad panda if OC kills the hardware.\

Also looking to go for a SSD instead of a hard drive, not looking to have massive amounts of storage.

One last thing, I will be getting this to replace my 2010 21" iMac for gaming which is spec'd at:
- i5 CPU 3.60GHz
- 8GB RAM
- Radeon 5730m 256mb(?)

I hope that this is a possible endeavor and I thank you all in advance!


edit:

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: ~$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Image Editing, Video Editing, Browsing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Country: China (Hong Kong)

Parts Preferences: No past preferences

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe but not necessary

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: The quieter the better

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February 16, 2012 9:18:13 AM

Been doing some more research and it seems that the i5 2500K is the way to go in terms of CPU?
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February 16, 2012 9:47:37 AM

i5 2500k
2x4GB corsair vengence ram(small heatspreaders)
gtx 570
500 gb wd carvier black
128 gb ssd
sony or any cd/dvd writer x24
asus P8Z68-V LE

u should recemond any sight name at least one
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February 16, 2012 10:00:00 AM

@serialkiller

Thanks for the response, I'd really like to recommend a site but I don't know of any that have local prices (Hong Kong) for me, but I guess newegg.com or any popular site alike would do.


Also I'm assuming I'd need a sound card? I noticed that it isn't mentioned much when people ask others to build a PC for them.
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February 16, 2012 10:32:41 AM

You will only need a sound card normally if your doing pro audio editing/recording. Most on board sound from the mobo is good enough for the average user.
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February 16, 2012 10:44:36 AM

mikerockett said:
You will only need a sound card normally if your doing pro audio editing/recording. Most on board sound from the mobo is good enough for the average user.


I see! Thanks for the answer! :) 


Still looking for some builds (with prices) within my budget!

To make things easier I think I'd definitely be going for a i5 2500K CPU unless there's a good reason not to.
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February 17, 2012 8:29:26 AM

Can you list a few sites in your country that you normally buy from so we can get an idea of costs in your country, then we may be able to offer some builds.
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