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First Gaming PC build ( ~ $1000)

Hey guys :hello: , so im looking to build my first PC. These build will be mostly for gaming with normal internet use and what not. I want High - Max setting with smooth reasonable fps on most games. I've done some research and picked out the build below. Any suggestions? The less I spend the better (i also forgot to add the DVD drive but those are like 20 bucks so it doesn't make a difference) p.s. i already have windows 7 to put on it. :bounce:

Approximate Purchase Date: next couple months

Budget Range: $600-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming>internet>everything else

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country: USA

Overclocking: Maybe 


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136073
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
- $99.99


ASUS VS Series VS228H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824236176
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
- $144.99


MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Item #: N82E16814127608
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
- $269.99

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/4G
Item #: N82E16820104206
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
- $28.99


GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128540
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
- $69.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
- $219.99


Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V ...
Item #: N82E16817182132
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Combo
-$104.98

Subtotal: $938.92
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  1. You need to get a z68 or z77 mobo to overclock. If you will not, downgrade to an
    I5-3450S with an H77 mobo.
    Get this ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    get this hard drive It is $20 cheaper and comes with a DVD drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
  2. for the $1000 range you should definitely have 8GB ram. if you are interested there is a Zotac 560ti for 170 after a mail in rebate on Tiger Direct (the card you linked is better, but also $100 more) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1781498&CatId=3669

    EDIT: i mean that the 560 ti you linked is $100 more, not the one i linked.
  3. here is a 1000$ build. you probably dont need that 1tb drive and OS but who knows?

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8fmi

    here is a 800$ build. You wont need the OS so add a 64gb crucial drive

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8aIx
  4. is overclocking worth it? Im very new to PC's so im not really sure how beneficial it is.
  5. Quote:
    is overclocking worth it? Im very new to PC's so im not really sure how beneficial it is.


    Overclocking is only beneficial if you really know what you're doing - if you don't it can have disastrous consequences. If it's your first time don't get an unlocked CPU - you'll save quite a bit of money there.

    That's a good start but you're going way too cheap on the motherboard and you don't want to limit your expansion options. Go Ivy and switch your video card to a Radeon 7850.

    Try this:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620W - $89.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 - $129.99
    CPU: 3.2Ghz Intel Core i5-3400S - $199.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $42.99
    HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST 7200RPM - $99.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    Total: $900.92

    Add an OS license and a monitor and you're good to go.
  6. I would not overclock because it adds more price than it is worth if you do not fully know what you are doing. If you do it wrong, it is a great way to end up with a $1000 paper weight. Kelthic, that 560 ti looks too cheap, but it could just be a great deal.
  7. Also g-unit1111, you do not need a z77 motherboard if you are not overclocking. The processor would be better than a sandy bridge one. (which is why I suggested one before)
  8. g-unit1111 said:
    Quote:
    is overclocking worth it? Im very new to PC's so im not really sure how beneficial it is.


    Overclocking is only beneficial if you really know what you're doing - if you don't it can have disastrous consequences. If it's your first time don't get an unlocked CPU - you'll save quite a bit of money there.

    That's a good start but you're going way too cheap on the motherboard and you don't want to limit your expansion options. Go Ivy and switch your video card to a Radeon 7850.

    Try this:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620W - $89.99
    Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 - $129.99
    CPU: 3.2Ghz Intel Core i5-3400S - $199.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $42.99
    HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST 7200RPM - $99.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    Total: $900.92

    Add an OS license and a monitor and you're good to go.

    Thanks! Looks great. How upgrade-able is this rig? im looking to get a lot years out of this pc through upgrades
  9. Just a good deal. it has a slightly better oc than an evga superclock card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610 for $70 less.
    3 year warrantee.
  10. adgjlsfhk said:
    Also g-unit1111, you do not need a z77 motherboard if you are not overclocking. The processor would be better than a sandy bridge one. (which is why I suggested one before)
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138358
    Does this look good for a mobo?
  11. That mobo looks good.
  12. adgjlsfhk said:
    That mobo looks good.

    Is the Radeon HD 7850 g-unit1111 suggested better than the gtx 560 ti?
  13. it is equvalent to a gtx 570 but much more power efficent and smaller
  14. Alright. Thanks everyone, so Ive decided on the following rig

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620W - $89.99
    Motherboard:BIOSTAR H77MU3 LGA 1155 Intel H77 - $79.99
    CPU: 3.2Ghz Intel Core i5-3400S - $199.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $42.99
    HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST 7200RPM - $99.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    So will this build be able to handle any current game on high - max settings?
  15. Best answer
    captainmoose said:
    Alright. Thanks everyone, so Ive decided on the following rig

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620W - $89.99
    Motherboard:BIOSTAR H77MU3 LGA 1155 Intel H77 - $79.99
    CPU: 3.2Ghz Intel Core i5-3400S - $199.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $42.99
    HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST 7200RPM - $99.99
    Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    So will this build be able to handle any current game on high - max settings?


    Not max - definitely high. I'm a little iffy about that motherboard though - never had good luck with Biostar (and mATX is *NEVER* a good way to go as you forfeit an incredible number of expansion options). Maybe try this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302
  16. Best answer selected by CaptainMoose.
  17. Alrighty. Thanks everyone! ive decided on the build above with the mobo suggested by g-unit. :)
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