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Under $1000 gaming rig, its been so long, where to start...

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May 21, 2012 5:51:45 PM

Ok guys, I am looking to build a new gaming rig for under 1000, been doing some research.

I am getting out of the service soon and starting school and it has been a very long time in the computer world. The last system I build I was a freshman or a sophomore in highschool and its still running these days,
This should crack you up, was an
AMD Athlon XP 3000+ Barton core, oc'd daily to 2.6hzg on air(tornadoe fan soo loud..) and would hit 2.7ghz stable(would boot up at 2.8+, not stable for benching) with even more juice. This was pretty hxc back then...
Dfi lanparty ultra b rev a motherboard (back when DFI was The ***), pretty sure this allowed me those overclocks
PQI Ram that was amazing and overclocked like none other
fancy chrome ULTRA 500watt modular psu, modular *** was new back then...
So yeah its been a while and I cannot believe how much has changed... that rig is still running in the garage though



I am looking to build a new rig that can play BF3, Diablo 3, Skyrim, etc at full settings on a full 1080p 42".
I do not need a mouse, keyboard, speakers, or display (have to use 42" old panasonic, coffe pot broke my 56" Sharp...") OS NOT INCLUDED either

CPU: Looking at the new IB 3570k over the 2500k because of features, STILL not totally decided on which one yet. Whichever I can hit the best overclock on with custom water cooling I will go with, my buddy runs 4.8 all day on his 2500 and I like that..
P.S. I AM NOT IMPARTIAL TO AMD or INTEL, I would not mind going the AMD route if it is feasible. Intel seems the better option for me.
2500k or 2570k
-- $200 - $240

MOBO: Looking for a moderately priced overclocking machine, something that can give me stable voltages throughout the range and decent features, proven reliable yet cheap. Probably z77, something that will last.
Once again, would go AMD or INTEL
$100 - $150

RAM - I would assume 8gb of decent chips would be fine, looking for something that can OC pretty good, up to 1866+, with pretty good timings. G. Skill ripjaw series seems to be a favorite? I am not sure if 16gb would be very beneficial?
8gb - 16gb
$50 - $100

GRAPHICS CARD - This is where I am getting stumped most of all, I want something that will last a while but not burn a hole through my wallet. I am all for AMD or Nvidia, whichever. Maybe a 7950? Best bang for buck.
??? - ??? Under $400 FOR SURE, I can't justify over $400 for a video card considering I'm only a SrA, not a millionaire.

PSU - ??? probably will need 600watts to run this? Doesn't need to be some fancy chrome box with lights, just power.
$60+?

COOLING - Air for now JUST to start off due to simpicity, plan on going custom water, get a power steering/transmission radiator/heater core from the junk yard that could fit in a bay, or maybe a cheap radiator, and a pond pump. Not sure on what CPU block to get, may upgrade to more blocks later on..
CM 212+? for air cooling?
$25

CASE - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005869J4O?tag=banforbucga08-2...
NZXT Source 210
$50

HDD - ?? Not sure, don't need any more than 250gb really, would like a SSD but doubt it.
???


AND BTW What is this case? I've always wanted one but can't find it anymore! I cannot remember what it is!
a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2012 7:13:01 PM

The picture of the case is what I have sitting up in the upstairs office and was my main case for awhile. The model is 2BD-601A-CM01-X-1 and it's a Chieftec Dragon.

http://hardverapro.hu/apro/chieftec_dragon_2bd-601a-cm0...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now as far as your build goes the ram amount only needs to be 8gb you really won't use more than that in gaming.
The cpu and motherboard I would go with the 3570K and the Z77 motherboard. I know you don't care about AMD vs Intel but when it comes to gaming Intel is what you want.
The video card is the one part that is key to a gaming rig and you want to make sure that you don't skinp on it and you want to get a good powerful card that you won't have to upgrade next year. The Nvidia GTX 670 is the card and if you want to later on you can add a second one and that would be all you would need for quite some time.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $399.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99


May 22, 2012 3:59:46 AM

I agree with the above list. The 670 is one of the best, but here are some other top tier cards that don't cost quite as much so you can save money for that case and some extra fans and maybe some peripherals.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $319.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $359.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $259.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99
These are in order from fastest to slowest. Keep in mind that the 670 is faster than all of these. It's not twice as fast as them, but just faster.
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May 22, 2012 10:00:22 AM

I decided to go with the gtx 670, it just seems like the best bang for the buck in a high-end video card.

I am hoping the Samsung 30nm mem chips come back in stock soon, everything I've read about them says they are amazing, they come as 1.3v 1600 with loose timings, but everyone I've seen has posted they can push 9 9 9 9 low 20 1T i'm pretty sure, and can overclock to past 2100 speeds. Not to mention they are cheap.

I'm going to go over my intended budget, but I guess that can't really be helped... there is a certain level of performance I want to meet.

Went with a Cooler Master Silencio 550 for under $90 shipped.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ET4KYO/ref=oh_deta...
thats ordered

MSI GTX 670 oc is ordered

Cooler Master Hyper 212 evo is ordered

1. 120gb OCZ Vertex
2. Rosewill 620watt PSU (cheaper and better reviews than the corsair)
3. ASROCK Extreme 6 (same price as that gigabyte, about $160, but looks a lot better)
4. i5 3570k
5. Hoping to get that amazing Samsung ram soon... secretly a beast

1-5 are yet to be ordered, that will be next pay check when I don't have to worry about bills, mortgage, etc...
4.

May 22, 2012 10:01:43 AM

I would absolutely kill for a Chieftec Dragon, or a Wave Master, but apparently they DON"T MAKE THEM ANYMORE... >:|
or a Lian Li full tower, that would be nice too but I'm not made of money
a b 4 Gaming
May 22, 2012 2:43:10 PM

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313...

As they don't make them anymore I guess they came out with a Chieftec Dragon 11 and I am assuming that there is no longer a company producing any Chieftec cases and this is what I found on E-bay. It doesn't look the same as the original as they changed the design a little.
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