Solved ~$1000 Gaming Build Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: March 3, 2012 3:24 AM in Systems Share darkclownjoe March 3, 2012 2:25:29 AM Approximate Purchase Date: This week(end?) Budget Range: $1000 (~$650 left to spend) System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching HD movies, Light video editing, Internet Surfing Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, 1080p Monitor, OS, Case, DVD/CD Combo Drive, 750GB HDD Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Microcenter Store Country: California, USA Parts Preferences: None, Reliability>Performance Overclocking: Yes SLI or Crossfire: Yes, a bit in the future Monitor Resolution: I am planning on using a single 1080p monitor while playing, but dual 1080p for general usage Additional Comments: -Will Microcenter offer the comparable Ivy Bridge at the same price? -Should I wait for the Ivy Bridge? -If not, which motherboard/PSU should I go for this build? (Options below) Parts I already have: -Rosewill Gear x3 Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case - $64.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -Sony DVD/CD Combo Drive - $19.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB Hard Drive - $179.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit - $99.99 Parts left to buy: -Intel Core i5 2500k Processor - $179.99 (Microcenter) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... -Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler - $35.34 (Amazon) http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... -Kingston HyperX blu 8GB DDR3-1333 Dual Channel Memory - $29.99 (Microcenter) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... -Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Graphics Card - $169.99 (Amazon) http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphi... -Mobos:Spoiler-ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard - $129.99 (Newegg) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 Motherboard - $159.99-$50(CPU+Mobo deal) = $109.99 (Microcenter) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... -Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard - $164.99-$50(CPU+Mobo Deal) = $114.99 (Microcenter) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... -PSUs:Spoiler-OCZ ZT 750W Fully-Modular 80+ Bronze Power Supply - $109.99 (Amazon) http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-Fully-Modular-Performa... -Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750W 80+ Bronze Modular Power Supply - $113.99 (Amazon) http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Perf... More about : 1000 gaming build Outlander_04 March 3, 2012 2:44:01 AM All Z68 motherboards will perform identically at stock speed . Buy the one with the features you want The computer will run well on a 500 watt psu . darkclownjoe March 3, 2012 2:51:17 AM Will it still be able to support dual 6870s? Also, I want to overclock my 2500k, so is there any difference between the boards? I might be adding another HDD and SSD into this build, so I figured I'd give myself some headroom. Related resources New Gaming /Entertainment Build for 1000 -1500 - Forum A good (under $ 1000 ) gaming pc build ? - Forum First Time Gaming PC Build $ 1000 -$1200 - Forum Gaming PC Build $ 1000 budget - Forum [New Build ] Gaming and Digital art pc $ 1000 -1500 - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Best solution Outlander_04 March 3, 2012 2:56:39 AM Share you need a board with two pci-e x16 slots that can run in x8/x8 mode for crossfire performance A 650 watt psu will be plenty for CF 6870's darkclownjoe March 3, 2012 3:24:46 AM I couldn't find a 650W PSU that would save me $10 over the 750W, so I guess I'll stick with the 750W. Thanks for your help! darkclownjoe March 3, 2012 3:24:53 AM Best answer selected by darkclownjoe. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources $ 1000 Gaming Build Forum Budget $ 1000 Gaming Build , incl. OS. Forum Advice needed: ~$ 1000 gaming build Forum New Build Gaming PC Advice (Budget £ 1000 ) Forum Build me a gaming rig for around $ 1000 Forum Best build for gaming performance under $ 1000 ? Forum First Gaming PC Build Under $ 1000 Forum $ 1000 Gaming PC Build Australia Forum First Gaming Build Under 1000 $ Forum $ 1000 gaming build with fx 8350 Forum Gaming PC Build $ 1000 -1300 Forum £900 - £ 1000 (~$1400-$1600) Gaming PC new build Forum [New Build ] Gaming Computer - $800 - $ 1000 Budget Forum Feedback on new build. Forum First build ~$1000 (parts already picked) for moderate mlttskng/gaming Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !