"budget" Gaming PC under $1k

Hello all,

I am looking to build a "budget" PC mainly for gaming. I am sorta new at this, but have some basic knowledge. Any advice /input / help /etc would be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Ideally, in the next few days, not much longer than a week

Budget Range: 850-1000 Before or After rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming above all, everything else 2nd

Parts Not Required: Completely new build, so besides keyboard/mouse and monitor, I need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: preferably Newegg

Country: Good ole USA

Parts Preferences: Not too many preferences, leaning more towards AMD and I really like the Raidmax Smilodon I have been looking at. Below is my newegg wishlist with what a friend and myself have picked out as a start.
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=19121372

Overclocking: Maybe. I have limited experience with this, but I can always learn.

SLI or Crossfire: Again, maybe

Monitor Resolution: Since I have a shiny new 32", 1280x768 would be ideal

Additional Comments: Would prefer system to be quiet, It will be running Windows 7, IMO, I think that the graphics card my friend selected is lacking; thoughts?


Thanks!
~R
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  1. wishlist is not public
  2. Without seeing the wishlist here you go:

    Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
    PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620W - $89.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Pro 4 - $110.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
    HD: 500GB Seagate Caviar Blue 7200 RPM - $79.99
    Optical: Lite on Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99

    Total: $1069.92

    A little bit over budget but you get the best GPU in its' price range.
  3. Oops! Sorry about the wishlist.... Here it is:

    Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156078

    mobo: ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 AMD A75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131764

    Video Card: MSI N430GT-MD4GD3 GeForce GT 430 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127668

    PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182067

    CPU: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB X2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231402

    HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136767

    Optical: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

    Sounds: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102042
  4. jokemaster87 said:
    Oops! Sorry about the wishlist.... Here it is:

    Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156078

    mobo: ASUS F1A75-M PRO FM1 AMD A75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131764

    Video Card: MSI N430GT-MD4GD3 GeForce GT 430 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127668

    PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182067

    CPU: AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB X2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231402

    HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136767

    Optical: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

    Sounds: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102042


    I'd scrap that whole build - do not go that cheap on the PSU or the GPU. Raidmax is an awful brand who's notorious for producing a lot of crap, and I wouldn't trust that PSU. The sound card isn't needed either, and an i3-2120 or i5-2400 will run circles around the Llano any day of the week.

    If you want want a build around that range this would be far better:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 - $89.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 - $121.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
    RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $42.99
    HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
    Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Power Color Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    Total: $857.92

    With this build it will run circles around the former build - no matter what you plan to use the system for as the GPU is far better and so are the PSU and CPU.
  5. Thanks for all the help. I ended up scrapping that build, going with the i5, Asrock and a 7850. Scrapped the sound card as well; realized the redundancy.
  6. jokemaster87 said:
    Thanks for all the help. I ended up scrapping that build, going with the i5, Asrock and a 7850. Scrapped the sound card as well; realized the redundancy.


    Yeah sound cards aren't needed unless you're hooking your PC to some high end audio equipment - most people usually don't which is why they're generally not recommended around here.
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