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Building a decent PC Under $1000

Approximate Purchase Date: doesn't matter

Budget Range: $1000 under

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, cd/burner

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com

Country: USA, California

Parts Preferences: intel i7 or i5

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Additional Comments: Never built a computer before. Starting to understand how to little by little.
Plan on playing LOL and BF3 with smooth gameplay.
I've seen some good and budget parts -
ASRock Z68 Extreme3? , GPU - EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi)?
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX?

Any suggestions would gladly be appreciated.
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  1. If your planning on playing BF3 then I would go with a decent video card and the 550Ti isn't going to cut it and you will have to use low settings and a low resolution to get playable fps. The motherboard and case that you listed are ok but you can consider this build.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116505 $209.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $19.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819 $209.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 $49.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095 $89.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 $119.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613 $254.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $54.99

    I don't know if you need a monitor , keyboard , mouse and OS to be included in the budget price and this build here comes to $1009.92 and is just slightly over your budget and if you want to go over your budget even more then you could choose the GTX 670 and the reason for that would be to have a really great gaming rig. It may be too much for you and your budget but I just wanted to throw that out there just in case, Since this is in the prebuilding stage there are always adjustments to be made and changes to get to where you are comfortable with what your are spending and getting for a build. I will just say that this buils with either the 570 or 670 will be extremely good and give you very smooth gameplay. So take a look and see what you want to change and what you want to keep and what you want to add.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130687 $399.99
  2. Best answer
    This build is tax free.


    http://www.amazon.com/Technologies-SOURCE-CA-SO220-01-Steel-Front/dp/B0066130AO/ref=sr_1_38?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1338514068&sr=1-38 $59.03 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    NZXT Technologies SOURCE 220 CA-SO220-01 Matt Steel Mesh Front Mid Tower Case with USB 3.0

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0348766 $59.99 + .99 shipping
    Antec High Current Gamer Series 520W ATX Power Supply

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-Micro-Motherboards-GA-B75M-D3H/dp/B007R9CRGW/ref=sr_1_34?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338511631&sr=1-34 $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX DDR3 1600 Motherboards GA-B75M-D3H

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3450-Processor-BX80637I53450/dp/B007SZ0ECE/ref=sr_1_15?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338407976&sr=1-15 $189.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i5 3450 Processor 3.1 4 BX80637I53450

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-PC3-12800-1600mHz-KitCMZ4GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B004O69XAY/ref=sr_1_8?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338512097&sr=1-8 $29.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Vengeance 4 GB (2x2GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1.5v Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel and AMD 4 Dual Channel KitCMZ4GX3M2A1600C9

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3500641AS-RK-Retail/dp/B000EY5F5C/ref=sr_1_11?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338512275&sr=1-11 $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200RPM SATA NCQ 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive ST3500641AS-RK-Retail Kit

    http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11200-00-20G/dp/B007JCNOZK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1338511115&sr=8-2 $259.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11200-00-20G

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_sim_pc_5 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $844.98


    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338408174&sr=1-1 $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Chronos-2-5-Inch-Solid-MKNSSDCR120GB/dp/B005CGFU4I/ref=pd_cp_pc_0 $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Mushkin Chronos 120 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (MKNSSDCR120GB)
  3. If you get the build above and replace the graphics card with a GTX 670, you'll have a sick rig that will last you several years.
  4. less than 1k? try a z68/2500k/gtx 670 build
  5. Why_Me said:
    This build is tax free.


    http://www.amazon.com/Technologies-SOURCE-CA-SO220-01-Steel-Front/dp/B0066130AO/ref=sr_1_38?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1338514068&sr=1-38 $59.03 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    NZXT Technologies SOURCE 220 CA-SO220-01 Matt Steel Mesh Front Mid Tower Case with USB 3.0

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0348766 $59.99 + .99 shipping
    Antec High Current Gamer Series 520W ATX Power Supply

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-Micro-Motherboards-GA-B75M-D3H/dp/B007R9CRGW/ref=sr_1_34?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338511631&sr=1-34 $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX DDR3 1600 Motherboards GA-B75M-D3H

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3450-Processor-BX80637I53450/dp/B007SZ0ECE/ref=sr_1_15?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338407976&sr=1-15 $189.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i5 3450 Processor 3.1 4 BX80637I53450

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-PC3-12800-1600mHz-KitCMZ4GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B004O69XAY/ref=sr_1_8?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338512097&sr=1-8 $29.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Vengeance 4 GB (2x2GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1.5v Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel and AMD 4 Dual Channel KitCMZ4GX3M2A1600C9

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3500641AS-RK-Retail/dp/B000EY5F5C/ref=sr_1_11?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338512275&sr=1-11 $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200RPM SATA NCQ 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive ST3500641AS-RK-Retail Kit

    http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11200-00-20G/dp/B007JCNOZK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1338511115&sr=8-2 $259.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11200-00-20G

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_sim_pc_5 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $844.98


    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338408174&sr=1-1 $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Chronos-2-5-Inch-Solid-MKNSSDCR120GB/dp/B005CGFU4I/ref=pd_cp_pc_0 $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Mushkin Chronos 120 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (MKNSSDCR120GB)
    +1 but get a GTX670 it violently murders a 7850 ;)
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