First Build - $1000 Gaming

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully within a few days.

Budget Range: $900 - $1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Office Apps for School, Internet browsing.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (most familiar with this one, but I will be shopping around to save some cash.)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No real preference; I'd rather hear a few experienced opinions than go with gut instinct.

Overclocking: Light overclocking since I've never tried it before.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: Haven't bought one yet but I'm 90% going for 1920x1080 unless i find a complete steal.

Additional Comments: A bit nervous because I have never built a computer before, but I enjoy the fact that I can get a more personalized build for somewhat lower cost.

I am looking to get the OS on the SSD and maybe a game or 2 on it as well with everything else, of course, on the HDD.

I am looking to play WoW and Diablo 3 for sure and want to hopefully get games like Skyrim or BF3 on high-ultra settings while staying in my price range.

Just looking for ANY advice/critique/help (i.e. "spend more money here, less money here" and "buy this part or get this brand" kinda thing).
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  1. Processor: i5-3570k. $230. Currently the gaming CPU king, it will overclock to ~4.2 Ghz before needing additional voltage.

    Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $130. Great board all round.

    PSU: Silverstone Strider 750W, Fully modular and 80+ Silver. $134 . Pretty good Power supply I personally have this and no problems so far. A short Motherboard ATX cable, but as all the cases il link to are Mid-tower, this wont be a problem. 750W to allow for Crossfire/SLI later if you decide to.

    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws series 8GB 1600Mhz. $47. Good cheap RAM that overclocks well apparently.

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $100.

    SSD: 64GB Crucial M4. $74. Noteworthy for its reliability, its not the fastest though.

    Case: This is largely personal, just depends which aesthetic you like. All of these cases will be fine.

    Corsair 300R. $80

    HAF 912. $60

    Zalman Z9+. $65

    GPU: You should have around $315 left, at that price I would get a HD7870.
    Sapphire HD7870 Ghz edition. $310

    CPU Cooler: puts you a bit above budget, but will need it for overclocking.
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $30.

    Total: $1125 (assuming $70 spent on the case)

    That rig will game quite well, and I know this as its essentially just a no frills version of my rig. Skyrim runs at top settings at a stable 60FPS for me, unsure about BF3, but it should mange high settings.
  2. Thanks so much for the info!
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