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April 14, 2012 12:51:39 AM

Hello, I would like some help with my newest build. I joined Tom's specifically for this but I think I'll stick around longer ;)  Anyway, on to what I would like:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two months.

Budget Range: ~$1000, After rebates.

Aspects from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Social Media, Web Surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and maybe a monitor – include a monitor if you can in the budget.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:;; it doesn’t generally matter as long as it’s safe.

Country: America

Parts Preferences: I want to use an Intel i5 2500k if possible, I know Ivy Bridge is coming out soon however, I’ll watch out for it. But if you can give me a processor that works just as well for cheaper I’ll use it :p 

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.

Monitor Resolution: 1080p.

Additional Comments: I’m hoping for a generally good gaming build that can run games like Skyrim or BF3 at ~60 FPS. MAYBE fraps with Minecraft (Not required). Anything that can do that and run smoothly for a relatively long time, 2-4 years. One thing I’m concerned about is that there is so many motherboards especially with the release of Z77, how would I go about picking one? Other than your recommendations :p  any links to threads that I’m sure are here are appreciated. Any more specifications I’m lacking? I feel like I am. Anyway, suggestions are appreciated!

EDIT #1: ---- I knew I forgot something. SSD's. Are they truly needed? I know they boot programs an OS's faster but they are very expensive per gigabyte and I don't know if it is worth it to buy one along with my HDD.


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April 14, 2012 2:21:27 AM

$1000 build in my sig.

If you need a monitor as well, drop the graphics down to a HD7850.
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April 14, 2012 6:10:47 AM

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