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
: newegg.com/ncix.com/amazon.com

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)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504&Tpk=i5%203570k

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H ($119+ $8 Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128543

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB DDR3 1600 ($55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo ($35)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

GPU: MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($250)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608

SSD/HDD Hybrid: Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB ($90)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148591

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W Modular($90)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095

Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D ($162)
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Obsidian-Aluminum-Enthusiast-Computer/dp/B004UE1W9K/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339388573&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+650d


DVD Drive: Asus 24xDVD-RW ($21)
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339388656&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+dvd+drive

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium ($100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

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!

Thanks.
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  1. Graphics card: Heres a better one at $10 cheaper. MSI stuff typically has a massive premium on them.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102986

    If your concerned about the RAM and heatsink conflicting, get Low Profile RAM. I dont know if it comes in blue.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    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.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    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.
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advanced-SuperSpeed-RC-932-KKN5-GP/dp/B001EPUQAE/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339419796&sr=1-3&keywords=HAF+922

    Or if you dont like the HAF aesthetic.
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Obsidian-Series-Mid-Tower-CC-9011015-WW/dp/B006L6ZSWC/ref=pd_cp_e_3

    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?

    Thanks.
  7. yams_22 said:
    Thanks, keep the feedback coming!


    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp/B006TVQTHW/ref=sr_1_9?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339439758&sr=1-9 $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194102 $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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.975795 $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

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Pro4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $34.62 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $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

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3500641AS-RK-Retail/dp/B000EY5F5C/ref=sr_1_9?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339441018&sr=1-9 $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

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b $21.48 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-Mini-HDMI-Graphics-GV-N560OC-1GI/dp/B004KM49WO $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

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

    http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monitor-Black/dp/B005BZNDOO $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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