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$700-1000 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks
Budget Range: $700-1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly gaming, recording/editing, surfing the internet, school papers
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Operating System (Windows 7), mouse, Monitor, CD/DVD Burner
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: No personal preference
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: I don't really know much about computers, learning little bits here and there. I am mostly going to play Battlefield 3, Guild Wars 2, Tera, Skyrim, etc. A couple weeks ago I requested a build for a tighter budget pc, but I happened to come across some extra money, so that is the reason I am asking again.
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Here are the parts I have picked out so far:

.Intel Core i5-2500K Processor - $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

.ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

.XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 - $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521

.Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 -$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

.Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB -$99.99
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desktop/dp/B00461LT6S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1335745024&sr=8-2

These parts total to ~$682
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I would like to know if this is a good build, if I should change anything to make it better (and still in my budget obviously), and what I should add. I still need a case and a PSU.

Thank you very much for your help :)
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  1. Best answer
    There are a few things you can do.

    1. Change the GPU to a Radeon 7850 and OC it. It OCs really well and, depending on the non-reference design, runs very cool.
    2. For PSU, since you're not CF/SLIng it, get a 550W XFX Core for $75 or the Antec NEO 520W for $50.
    3. Get an aftermarket cooler like the Hyper 212 EVO.
  2. Thanks for the quick reply as usual azeem. You brought up a couple questions for me. Is it worth it to CF/SLI? I am not even completely sure what CF/SLI is and would possibly be up for it if it is useful. Also, is the 7850 noticeably better than the 6870?
  3. I used to believe CF/SLI is worth it, but I no longer believe it is. You add unneeded heat and not all games are compatible. What games do you play? And yes, the 7850 is significantly better.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=540
    As you can see, in every game, the difference is 10 or more fps.
  4. This is my build, may not be exactly what you want but it is easily changeable as the Asrock970 can use almost anything! :D

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=15318194
  5. Horrible reason to go with AMD. That is the lazy way out. OP, keep your components.
  6. Thank you azeem40, that is exactly what I am looking for. I am going to be playing a lot of MMOs and some of the mainstream games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Dirt 3 so I think I will do without CF/SLI. I will possibly OC though, may need a second opinion on that.

    I have decided to keep all of my parts and go with the 7850 instead. Thank you abhop26 for your input though.

    Now all I have to do is purchase this badboy and get it set up :)

    Thank you again!
  7. Best answer selected by legitasl3alls.
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