First Build, Under $1000

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Browsing, Gaming, Photo Editing, Watching Movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, possibly dual-monitor in the future

Additional Comments: Preferably running silently + cool.

CPU: Intel i5-3570k ($230)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H ($119+ $8 Shipping)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB DDR3 1600 ($55)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo ($35)

GPU: MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($250)

SSD/HDD Hybrid: Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB ($90)

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W Modular($90)

Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D ($162)

DVD Drive: Asus 24xDVD-RW ($21)

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium ($100)

Total: $1160
All parts listed have shipping costs included.

I would like to get this under $1k or as close as possible. Also, I am a first time builder and that's my reasoning for getting a 650D + modular psu. I don't want to have overheating or cable management issues in my build.

I've also been told that my ram won't fit with my after market cooler that I have selected, is this true?

Please leave your feedback and if something's not compatible please tell me!

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  1. Graphics card: Heres a better one at $10 cheaper. MSI stuff typically has a massive premium on them.

    If your concerned about the RAM and heatsink conflicting, get Low Profile RAM. I dont know if it comes in blue.

    If 500GB will be plenty of storage for you, its no issue. But I would suggest getting a Terabyte traditional HDD instead of a top tier 500GB HDD/SSD hybrid at the same price. But again, if 500GB is all you need, get the Momentus.

    As for cutting cost, You are going to have to compromise something to get close to $1000.

    If your not overclocking, a H77 motherboard will save you some cash, though I would stay with Z77 to keep your options open.

    Another thing would be the case (A $160 case on a 1k budget is a bit much). Both these cases have good cable management and airflow.

    This case is good.

    Or if you dont like the HAF aesthetic.

    Well, hopefully that answers some of your questions.
  2. Thanks, keep the feedback coming!
  3. Yes, easiest thing to cut down is the case. I got a cheapo case that I love the look of and the side window, but cable management is hell. It does have a ton of fan mounts though, so airflow is good even with jungle cables (I also have a non-modular PSU).
  4. if you have a micro center the ib 3540 are 149.00. your not going to see any diff is speed or gaming between your chip and the ib chip.
  5. Here's a build suggestion. Have a look . It reduces the total, but includes a much better GPU:

    Motherboard & HDD: $160 -Biostar TZ77B & Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB(Cheap motherboard, for your needs, with ample storage)

    PSU & RAM: $75- Corsair CX500 & Corsair Vengeance 4GB ( 500 watt PSU is more than enough for your needs, unless you plan to add another GPU, RAM is a single 4GB kit to accomodate in the budget)

    CPU & Optical Drive: $223- i5-2500K & Samsung(It's not the latest CPU from Intel but it's a great overclocker)

    CPU Cooler: $30- CM Hyper 212 (Optional but, if you plan to overclock then you will need them)

    GPU: $400- EVGA GTX 670(a powerful GPU for gaming needs, even in multimonitor setup)

    OS: $69- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Cheap one from another site)

    Case: $55- Antec 300 Black(It's not bad , but you can choose whatever case you like but keep it around this budget)

    Total(Excluding Rebates): 1012 USD

    Rebates: $20

    That should do it.
  6. Ok guys, thanks for your feedback so far.

    I agree with you guys about the case.

    I like Corsair's cable management solutions so I think I will get a Corsair Carbide 400R case instead. This will bring my cost closer to $1100

    Do you guys think I need any extra fans for the case with all of the other components I have? Will the fans supplied be sufficient?

  7. yams_22 said:
    Thanks, keep the feedback coming! $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black $54.99 - $34.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    LEPA B550-SA 550W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $339.98 save: $10.00 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios $34.62 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO $74.99 & 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 $21.48 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 DVI-I x 2 / Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, GV-N560OC-1GI $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

    Total: $1,103.01 *not including mail in rebates
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