New System $1,000 USD budget

Would prefer:

= or > i5 2600k performance. LGA 1155 Socket.
Pci-Express 3.0 (to keep it upgradeable in the future).
I like the M4 SSD's from crucial, so an OS
Also a larger storage drive
Would prefer a single card to a Xfire configuration, but Xfire/sli capability. (Prefer ATI[or is it AMD?] to Nvidia)
Would need case included.
Blue-ray Drive
DVD drive
A reputable PSU -> Been told rosewill and raidmax are no-no's by others on this forum.
At least 8GB of ram with room to expand.

Just got this request from a friend of mine and I'd at least like to steer him on a fail-safe course. Your help is greatly appreciated, and look forward to hearing some good responses. Thank-you in advance. I will be buying the parts and building it for him, so mistakes will be at my expense >.<.
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  1. You shold use AMD Phenom II X6 processor about $150
  2. hey op can u please list it as mentioned in the start threads of the system section

    and for what are u gonna use these parts ie like gaming or video editing ,rendering or just net surfing :)
  3. serialkiller said:
    hey op can u please list it as mentioned in the start threads of the system section

    and for what are u gonna use these parts ie like gaming or video editing ,rendering or just net surfing :)

    To answer your question, gaming and school work, so nothing too intense, but he would like to be able to have a capable machine that will be able to record while he's gaming so he can make some videos out of it for entertainment purposes.

    Found the How to post thread:

    Approximate Purchase Date: Two weeks from now, March 23rd ish.

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800): $1,000 USD

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HD Movies, School work, possibly business depending how long the system lasts

    Parts Not Required: Do not need mouse, keyboard, Monitor (Will be using an HDTV), PC speakers

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

    Country: USA, CA

    Parts Preferences: CPU Intel, AMD/ATI GPU (HDMI- but I believe this comes with almost all relevant gaming cards), 1155 Socket (for future upgrade to Ivy), PCI Express 3.0 on Motherboard, If possible within this pricerange - a SSD Boot drive for OS and Microsoft office, and a few games, so between 80-128 GB.

    Overclocking: If so, not much; or at least not until it starts bottlenecking the rest of the system.

    SLI or Crossfire: Future crossfire, but not immediate upon build

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: Prefer quiet, but doesn't have to be ninja-style silent, just no annoying buzzing or grinding.

    I would prefer 1155 socket because then it will be compatible with the Ivy bridge that is coming out. It doesn't have to be top of the line, but it should be able to hold true to it's hardware for 4-5 years, and then be able to squeeze a few more years out of upgrading CPU to Ivy, and GPU's to newer generation pci express 3.0 when it is time for an upgrade.

    Hope this clears up what I'm asking for, Thank-you.
  4. hey got it but processor prices are really good on micro center so check out and i even post some links of newegg :)

    Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    EVGA Z68 SLI 130-SB-E685-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

    GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-128 128GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive with Indilinx Everest Controller

    Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD5000AAKS - Refurbished

    OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    TOTAL (with rebates) = $1056 :bounce:

    the price increase is worth it

    or you can downgrade the 570 to 560 ti and will have decrease in performance :pfff:

    post some pics :hello:
  5. Any alternative motherboard with PCI express 3.0? And a GPU that will utilize it?
  6. I like serialkiller's recommendations, but I can tell you that Microcenter in my experience with them tacks on tax and shipping charges to every order and ends up bottom line being no cheaper than Newegg.
  7. +1
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