CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Biostar TZ77B ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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And of course you may want to get an Ivy Bridge i5 instead, that's your choice, price should e about the same. Also, I left a bit in the budget for a new monitor. Trust me when I say that you need one. No point in getting a computer that can game well and not be able to fully enjoy what it can do.
As gaming is your primary purpose, you may want a PC that is more balanced for it. A 2500k is tons more processor than a 6870 can use. I'd recommend going with an i3 and spending the money on a better video card.
(prices via newegg)
$45 ($35 with mail in) CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2
$125 Intel Core i3-2120
$110 ASRock Z77 Pro3
$45 G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
$110 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
$40 LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58
$17 LG DVD Burner 24X
$240 HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850
I'd strongly reccomend getting a new monitor. Any modern system, even a $250 one, will max out every game in existence @1024x768
As gaming is your primary purpose, you may want a PC that is more balanced for it. A 2500k is tons more processor than a 6870 can use. I'd recommend going with an i3 and spending the money on a better video card...
$45 ($35 with mail in) CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2...
He already has a PSU.
You gave some great suggestions. The only thing I really disagree with is on the CPU. He may be open to crossfire in the future, and I really don't think an i3 can feed two 7850s.
Intel i5 2500k
asrock z68 extreme3 gen 3
cm hyper 212 evo
500gb samsung spinsomething hdd
13$-20$ optical disk drive
128gb crucial m4 ssd
nzxt source 210 elite(those with extra stuff) or a better case
2x4gb g.skill 8gb ares 1600mhz cl9
if you got some money left or even if you don't go buy your self a better monitor in the next few months
Many of you guys seem to be leaning towards the Asrock mobo while i said i would like a Gigabyte mobo. Could you tell me what's the advantages of the Asrock Motherboard? What makes it better?
Asrock has the newer chipset, has pci 3.0, and it's $40 cheaper. It doesn't have firewire 1394 and it's not SLI capable. If you need firewire, or want SLI, go with the Gigabyte board. Your call on that