First time Build - $1000 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: In a week

Budget Range: Around $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Running applications on 2 -3 VMs

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com but not particular

Country: USA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Hey Guys,

I came up with the following build of after searching through newegg.com and comparing reviews with other websites. I am hoping that you can help me finalize/ tweak this build or suggest any equally good "cheaper" alternatives. I am not very sure about the processor I have chosen since it did not have as many reviews as some of the older processors. Also I am confused about the cooling aspect, please help me understand if the cooling (i.e number of fans with the case and the one extra) is going to be enough now and for future Video/ RAM upgrades. Any suggestions on shaving off a few extra bucks without sacrificing performance would be really great


SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 100315L Video Card with Eyefinity -- $134.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory -- $54.99

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P ATX Intel Motherboard -- $179.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS -- $16.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -- $119.99

Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Processor -- $319.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible -- $36.99

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Gaming Case -- $99.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom -- $74.99

Grand Total: $1,038.91

Thanks a lot for all your help in advance;

Jai
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  1. jkovilak said:

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Running applications on 2 -3 VMs
    Question: What is 2-3 VMs? What are VMs?

    Far as the build I think I would get a way cheaper motherboard.

    This one by ASRock for $94 should be fine (unless you plan to crossfire)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157304

    The Gigabyte motherboard you selected has an aging chipset plus the extra $100 it costs is not going to return you any performance gains.

    The core I7-3770 is a bit over kill at $319. The core I-5 is $100 dollars less and performs nearly as well in gaming.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    With that $170 in savings from the motherboard and CPU I would use it to invest in a stronger video card.

    Your current budget has a HD 6850 priced at $135. Add $170 to it and you can have a $305 videocard which will give you a monster performance increase over the 6850.

    Maybe you could get a 7850 such as this XFX or Sapphire model:

    XFX $269
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150609

    Sapphire $249
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984

    If you have a windowed case you may want to go with the XFX version as it color matches the motherboard better.
  2. VM is Virtual machine.
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