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I need a budget build that can handle games at 1080p

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February 16, 2012 7:35:43 PM

I need a budget build gaming rig that can handle playing games at 1080p on high to ultra settings for the least amount of money. I would like to stay under 1,000 dollars if at all possible but still be able to enjoy games like Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Crysis, Witcher 2, SWTOR and future games coming out. I have no experience building a computer so this will be my first. I do not know how to overclock but I am going to try it if I want to get the most out of my budget build. The only condition I need met is the best performing gaming setup at a max resolution of 1080p I have no desire to play on any higher resolution or multiple screens. I am coming from console gaming so I am sure even playing games on medium resolutions will look similar to what the consoles are doing. The cheaper the better but remember I still need to maintain a decent FPS ratio on 1080p on current games.
February 16, 2012 7:49:35 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks

Budget Range: 1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming videos, torrent files, internet.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, tigerdirect, where I can find it cheapest.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Lowest cost without sacrificing reliability Case size Mid or Full

Overclocking: Maybe if I can figure it out

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe if it achieves the means for the least cost

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Would like to Average 60 FPS on most games on highest or ultra settings within reason of course.
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February 16, 2012 7:51:43 PM

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 69.99
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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - 229.99
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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 121.99
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - 41.99
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XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - 239.99
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LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner - 15.99
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - 94.99
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TOTAL = 929.91 (BEFORE MIR & ANY SHIPPING)

For this price range, you are better off staying with the i5-2500k than using an AMD CPU.
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February 16, 2012 8:12:21 PM

Are you sure a single 6950 GPU will support current games on 1080p with decent FPS it seems a little cheap I was expecting the majority of the budget to go toward the GPU(s)
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February 16, 2012 8:16:32 PM

OH YEAH! Dude, the 6790 can handle most games at 1080p with decent frames. The 6950 is a high end card, it'll give you 60-90 fps maxed at 1080 on recent games.
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February 16, 2012 8:26:17 PM

for another $30.00 you can upgrade it to a 2GB 256 DDR5 card. :) 

But yes that card will run most games at 1080 no problem.
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February 16, 2012 8:30:33 PM

ok and all the other hardware he listed was good to go? Should I get a little more wattage on the PSU to cover the event that I want to add an additional GPU down the road?
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