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Gaming desktop under $1000

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June 11, 2012 11:44:56 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the week)

Budget Range: ($800-$1000) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Design & Development, Gaming, Adobe Applications

Parts Not Required: Optical drive, HDD, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, newegg.com, ncix.com, tigerdirect.com

Country: United States

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


I am a Mac user who has had MacBook Pro laptops for the past 6 years. I use bootcamp Windows on my mac so I can play games, but the graphics power isn't good. I want to build a powerful gaming desktop under 1000 that will last 3 or so years.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 (Factory OC)
Memory: Team Xtreem Dark 16GB 1600 (PC3 12800)
Motherboard: BIOSTAR TZ77B
PSU: Rosewill HIVE Series 650W

Will the video card fit inside the case and will the power supply work for it? Later down the road I do plan on getting a cpu cooler like Cooler Master 212 evo. Will their be room for the cooler?

I just want to make sure all the components will work before I make the investment. Any suggestions on this setup or ways to bring the price down without loosing to much performance? Thanks

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June 12, 2012 12:14:25 AM

Check out my $850 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Just swap the 7850 for the GTX 670.

Honestly, no one needs 16GB, even in the near future don't expect many apps to need 8GB. For your usage, 8GB will be plenty for a while. I run PS5, LR3.3 and sometimes Panostitch at the same time w/ 8GB of ram and I'm fine with my i5 2500K.

As for the GPU. I would suggest looking in to SLI in the future as an upgrade. 3 or so years w/o an upgrade is pretty long. I think the 670 will last but at this point w/ consoles holding PCs back it's hard to say.
June 12, 2012 12:55:07 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-radeon-hd...

You can check out the system builder enthusiast build that was just published here at Tomshardware.

As for your build that you have put together I like the video card choice and you should try to keep it on your build list at all costs , the cpu is also a good choice as is the case.
The power supply is a definet no and you need to get a better quality brand but the same size.

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
$84.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $64.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a top quality psu the SeaSonic would be the choice to go with.
You can also save some money by going with 8gb of ram since games will not use more than 5 or 6 gb.
A Biostar mptherboard is not at the top of my list of good quality motherboards but when on a low budget you don't have many choices. You should be aware though that the board only has one x16 slot for a video card and the other is a full length but is a x4 slot and not good for video cards.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This board will be able to support SLI if you decide to add another video card later on. If you are confident that you will not be adding another video card later on then the Biostar board will do.
The Cooler Master case will have no trouble fitting any of the parts you have listed as thier cases are usually good size and roomy inside.
June 12, 2012 1:23:49 AM

Agree with not needing 16GB ram... Unless you are planning on running ram drive.
Hyper 212 EVO dimensions, 120 x 80 x 159 mm (with a 120mm fan)
Source: http://www.coolermaster.co.uk/product.php?product_id=67...
HAF 912 case dimensions, 230 x 480 x 496 mm (widest point) with ACTUAL internal depth of 175 mm.
Soucre: http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/landing/haf912/home.php...

On the coolermaster HAF912 page, they installed the V6GT cooler (164 mm tall / depth, 5mm taller than the 212 EVO) as demonstration. Notice the fifth photo in the gallery.
Source: http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6673
Source: http://www.coolermaster.co.uk/product.php?product_id=66...

Unless they photoshop in the interiors, or else you it will do just fine. ^_^

I would also suggest a modular supply ^_^ keeping it nice and tidy.
In addition, the supply you chose has 2x 6+2pin PCI-E connectors, while the thermaltake I recommend has 2x 6pin and 2x 6+2pin PCI-E connectors. Definitely taking in account for future "upgrade ability".
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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