Gaming build for 1000-1300

Hi all,

Really appreciate all the help you guys give here. I'm putting together a gaming PC after I gather up some funds and wanted to see what you recommend based on my preferences.

Here's the info:

Approximate Purchase Date: ~2 weeks
Budget Range: $1000-1300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet
Parts Not Required: speakers, mouse, monitor (plan to use my HDTV)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, I'd like to keep it simple and have it all come from one place.
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, mid-tower
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I like simple looking cases, don't like LEDs, don't care much for a side window, would like USB 3.0 on front and back, also would like to have the OS on an SSD and the rest of my stuff on an HDD. Don't need blu-ray, but I want DVDRW/CDRW. I'm open to an aftermarket CPU cooler, but not entirely necessary if it doesn't fit in the budget.

Let me know if you need any more info. Thanks everybody!
5 answers Last reply
More about gaming build 1000 1300
  1. ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

    COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1 Black Mesh, Plastic, Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

    CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $69.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $49.99

    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

    ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    $144.99 and a $20rebate makes the final price $124.99

    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    The total for parts listed is $1260.90 including rebates and most of the items are free shipping. The case is more of a personal choice and while it does have the usb 3.0 front and back you can always get one that suits your taste. The SSD is a bare drive with no 3.5" adaptor because the case I chose already has a place for two SSD's so you wouldn't need adaptors. The case has a red led front fan and if you don't like the leds then it's just a matter of unplugging the leds and there are spots to put a lot more fans if needed. I don't know if you plan on SLI later on but if you do then you could upgrade the psu now before you build , a 650w or 750w would do.
  2. Wow this is great, thanks!

    I adjusted your suggestions slightly, went for a smaller SSD and upped the PSU to 750W. Still just came out to $1264.90.

    Thanks again. This is definitely better than the selections I was making on my own.

    my build is very similar to inzone's but it has a slightly better 670. also fully SLI compatable
  4. Nice! I just checked out the video newegg has on the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. For only 5 bucks more than the plus, it's definitely worth it.
  5. You do want to be carefull on going too small with the SSD especially if your using Windows 64 bit which takes up a lot of space and you will have to be watching what you load and where it's going. I used a 64gb SSD when they first came out and it didn't take long before it was getting to where I was running out of space and had to start moving things around and making sure that when I loaded something it went on the other drive. Just a heads up in case.
Ask a new question

Read More

New Build Gaming Systems Product