First Time Builder $1000 budget

Hi, I am new to PC building and gaming, but I am really interested in getting into it. I would like to play games like BF3 and Diablo 3 on medium to high settings. I am not skilled in the terminology of computers, so the simpler the better.

Purchase Date: ASAP, as soon as I know what parts to get

Budget: $1000 total

System Usage: Gaming, Internet surfing

Parts Not Needed: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers


Country: US

Parts preference: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Don't want to with first build

SLI/ Crossfire: Not with first build

Monitor resolution: Preferably 1920x1080

Some parts I have are:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Graphics Card:
SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 [...] 6814102987

Not sure if I should go with a cheaper processor and a better graphics card?

ASRock Z77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Maybe get a cheaper Mobo?

Optical Drive:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

Is this enough to power the setup?

Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded 2 x USB 3.0

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 [...] 6820231314

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers [...] 6824236049

CPU Cooler:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

Windows 7

This comes out to around $1150, which is over my budget. I don't know where I can cut out some costs with me wanting to play BF3 on those settings. Suggestions are wanted to drop the cost, but still be able to play the game.

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  1. You do not need a cpu cooleer if you won't OC. also, get an I5-2300 with an H61 mobo because it will be cheaper. These cuts will not affect you and let you get the better 7850.

    Also get a rosewill green series 530 watt psu for $49
  2. If I make those changes, will i be able to play BF3 and Diablo 3 on the monitor listed above, with the medium to high settings? And are all those parts compatible with this motherboard?
    Plus, will all these components be able to fit into the case that i have chosen?
  3. Why dont you get one of the ivy bridge processors? Same cost but newer, just put that in the back of your mind.
  4. The main reason is that ivy bridge processors are $20 more expensive than their sandy bridge counterparts for very little difference in performance. To answer owags7's question, these parts will be able to play BF3 and Diablo 3 as well as you will be able to with this budget. Everything is compatible with your motherboard, but I would recommend this for its lower price.
  5. In terms of how many years the processor would last me, whats the comparison between ivy bridge and sandy bridge without overclocking?
  6. Sandy bridge is very similar to Ivy bridge. Both of these will last you a while before you have problems. The thing that will slow down your computer is your graphics card. Right now processors are as strong as they need to be, and the main thing that holds you back is your graphics card.
  7. Alright thanks. The graphics card you recommended looks good to me. Can you take a look at the case and monitor though? I'm not sure if those will fit all the components.
  8. Check out the Coolermaster elite 430. I used it for my first build in April and I have no complaints. Your link for the monitor is not working. Please fix it.
  9. Here is the link for the monitor.
    And I like that case.
  10. Get a non-K version if you're not going to overclock. i5 2400 is a fine piece of engineering.
  11. From what I've read and heard, I agree with that.
  12. Check my sig :)
  13. The $800 rig looks very comparable to what I listed/ was suggested. Is there a major difference between the two that I'm just missing?
  14. $269.98 save: $10.00
    ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450 <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update $69.99 Free Shipping
    Antec Three Hundred Two Mid Tower Case $59.99 + .99 shipping
    Antec High Current Gamer Series 520W ATX Power Supply $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995 $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black) $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED Monitor - Black | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI
  15. Faster graphics card, and a non overclockable CPU and motherboard, since you wont be needing it anyway.
  16. Ah okay. Thanks. I think with what I already have and the suggestions, I will be able to choose the parts I need
  17. BF3 and Diablo 3:

    Diablo 3:
    My lowly HD5870 graphics card can run Diablo 3 at maximum settings, 2560x1440 at 80FPS (but I have it capped via VSYNC at 60FPS to avoid screen tearing).

    Battlefield 3:
    You need approximately a GTX680 to max out the settings on this game though it still looks great at lower quality.

    *The bottleneck in a modern gaming system is almost always the graphics card so you have to budget the value. I STRONGLY suggest you compare some graphics card benchmarks of Battlefield 3 to see the difference between a GTX670 and an HD6950.

    Gaming system:
    The following video lays out a truly awesome gaming system. The most important part is the GTX670 which is $400. Still, it would be interesting to see how much it would cost (minus the SSD).

    Note the motherboard is a new Ivy Bridge with PCIe v3, and the CPU is quite new but yet reasonably priced. Although this system is slightly more expensive than a similar previous Sandy Bridge, the PCIe v3 bandwidth and better CPU mean it would be much easier to add a better graphics card in a few years without upgrading anything so it may be worth it.

    Anyway here:
  18. I think that the build in the video is too expensive for me. But I understand what you are saying. With the Radeon HD 7850 2 Gb like I'm planning to get I think I can run BF3 on medium or even high settings at 1920x1080. If you see a problem with that let me know.
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