Need advice for $1000 gaming rig, first build

Approximate Purchase Date: a few weeks

Budget Range: $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Nothing in particular since im new and havent developed preferences

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is my first build ever. I think i have a good cpu and gpu combo, but i dont know what makes a good motherboard

Here are the parts ive picked out

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

Power Supply:Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

GPU: EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX

Hard Drive:SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Price $962.92
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  1. The challenger won an award for being cheap , not for being good .
    The HAF 912 or ANTEC 300 two are better options .

    You need RAM rated at 1.5 volt or less , or you void the warranty on the processor

    The GTX 570 is not competitive now . If you can afford it then get a 7870 instead,3148-6.html
  2. Thanks, those all seem like good recommendations.
  3. CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.65 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)

    GPU: Radeon HD 7870 ( $359.99@ Newegg)

    Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 ($44.99@ Newegg)

    comes out to around $995: That is a solid build
  4. if you are not planning on SLI go for this board
    GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H and Intel Core i5-3570K saves a lot more than big's build board is $30 less and combo makes it $20 lower so in all is -$50

    Seasonic 620w is good but i think he got the wrong one
    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    go with this supply instead might cost a bit more but it is worth it for having it modular which will make your case nice and clean

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB @ 1600 cost a bit more it is fast it has a 15% discount on it and it looks great with the Mobo

    if you can find the extra $50 in your budget i would like to recommend getting a 670 it is just beautiful, small, doesn't get as hot, and performs godly

    other than that getting a 500GB HD and a 64-128GB SSD is the norm for most build but getting a SSD cost a bit so i think staying with a 500GB-1TB HDD will be fine
  5. After seeing reviews im definitely going for the 670 gtx
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