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First build: ~$1000 gaming rig

My current pc’s days are numbered and this is my first home build so insight is really helpful!

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: 900-1050 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, schoolwork, browsing

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon preferred, but anywhere cheaper/trustworthy works

Parts Preferences: No preferences as long as they are all compatible
Overclocking: I’d like to OC in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (1440x900, adding a second monitor)

Additional Comments: I enjoy gaming but I’m no pro who has to have 70+ FPS.


Here is what I’ve put together so far. How does the compatibility look? As a moderate gamer, should I upgrade the GPU/Mobo? Any other advice for a noob?

Coolmaster HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
Corsair Enthusiast 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
Intel i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
SG Barracuda 1Tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697
Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544
EVGA 560ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604
Coolmaster 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
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  1. I think that looks good if you arent looking for anything EXTREME. I also have the 560ti pared with the i5 2500k and I play Battlefield 3 on Ultra.
    Good luck and have fun.
  2. Best answer
    You could do alot better than that. Check out my $850 build here or my $1000 build:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

    The 560 Ti is great, but the 7850/7870 are much better (the 7850 is slightly better) overclocks higher, runs cooler and consumes less power. So that's one thing and the PSU suggested in the list is going to give you more power for a similar price.
  3. Best answer selected by Ineedatan.
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