Gaming Rig $1000

Approximate Purchase Date: One Week

Budget Range: $1000 (+/- 5%) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: CPU: Intel (IB most likely), CASE: Antec Three Hundred Two, SDRAM: 8GB, HDD: 1TB or 500MB, Windows 7 Home Premium

Overclocking: Not required (but might want to be able to experiment)

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure

Monitor Resolution: Dual Monitors (1680x1050 and 1280x1024)

Additional Comments: I've only built one other PC and that was about 3-4 years ago so I'd like to keep the build pretty straight forward (ex. no effects lighting, liquid cooling seems complicated/potentially messy). Not sure if a SSD is warranted, but might be nice if there is money in the budget, otherwise I'd be inclined to put the money towards a better video card. (prob $400 max on GPU)

Thanks in advance for your assistance!
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  1. Here's what I have been seeing as a possible setup. It looks like a bit more than $1000 though. If it's a good setup I might just go for it.

    CASE: Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX with Upgraded 2 x USB 3.0 - $70

    MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) - $365

    GPU: ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 - $350

    RAM: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 - $44

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 SATA - $100

    DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - $18

    COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - $35

    OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - $100

    PSU: Rosewill HIVE Series 750w, 80 Plus Bronze - $75 (not sure about this one)

    Any suggestions?
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