Trying to build a $1000 PC for the first time

Hey guys! I am thinking about finally taking the jump and building my own computer. I am new to this, so any insight would be invaluable.

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably around July

Budget Range: Around $1000 (the lower, the better)

System Usage: Gaming, Watching movies, graphical analysis and modeling for my college, surfing the internet

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg (suggest anything though, I am open)

Parts not required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Country: USA

Parts preference: The only preference I have is Intel CPUs

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No (but open to the possibility if you think I should)

Monitor Resolution: No preference

Additional Comments: I don't care if this build looks pretty or anything. I just want it functional and as future proof as possible for this price. I also would love to include a SSD. I might need a Windows 7 OS, any place I can get that for cheap? I also don't care about the optical drive, just something cheap and functional


My ideas:

EVGA Geforce GTX560 GDDR5 1GB


G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB

Intel i5-3550 Ivy Bridge

Samsung HD502HJ/ST500DM005

SanDisk SDSSDX-120G-G25

Power Supply:
Cooler Master RSA00-AMBAJ3-US

Antec 900 ATX Mid


Thanks guys, I'm looking forward to your help!
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  1. change z68 to z77 it is newer and about the same price than the old generation z68

    i recommend a z77 ASrock extreme4

    if gaming is more of the preference than you should focus the build around the GPU instead of the other stuff to get better FPS

    for GPU i would like to go with a 7850 they are really nice cards and will run a lot of games on high

    case and HDD combo
    300R is a really nice case for cable management

    1000W is to much even if you are planing on doing a SLI i recomend this one
    620W is all you will need you can move up to 700W if you want to for future SLI/xfire

    with the new 22nm for GPU they will take less power so if you take a 7850 it will be taking around 50-200W and with a second it won't be much more
  2. I would personally ditch the SSD and put that money into GPU!

    can always upgrade to an SSD down the road.But the reality is other than loading quicker you won't see much game performance gains. I'd rather wait the few seconds (HDD) and have better graphics...
  3. dont get low voltage ram. they have no real benefit. get some 1.5v ram. nothing higher and nothing lower. you can always pick up a cheap 60gb sata 2 drive and use it as a cache for your hard drive. its not as fast as a full out ssd system but its much cheaper and you do get a lot of performance increase.
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