Building a $1,000 Gaming PC

Hey guys, as of you know I have been asking a lot about some of my builds. Now this time I allotted $1,000 budget for this, it's kind of an alienware-look pc without losing alot of performance. I used SSD instead of HDD, since this build is all about gaming performance. If this pass under your comments below, I might start building this pc and sell this for a reasonable price in my computer shop. I also expect it to be an awesome setup regardless of costing alot. Well for my concern before I redistribute this, does this qualify for enthusiastic gamers out there like if this will run BF3 in 60 FPS locked or if you have more recommendation, I can put in it. I would decide for the best answer if he satisfied my decisions. Thank you for reading this.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($118.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus HF1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.99 @
Power Supply: Rosewill 630W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $994.92 (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Following the template in Tom's Hardware :

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or so.

Budget Range: $1,100 or Less (I don't need rebate since once it took me 4 months just to get a $15 rebate)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing Web, Watching HD Movies (This build gears toward the enthusiastic gamers, so focus only on components that can improve gameplay)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS, Headphones and other stuff that won't help on performance of this pc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, and

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: This build must include INTEL and Nvidia. I'm not a big fan of AMD and ATI.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Would like something that can run any game I throw in at ultra.
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  1. can you fill out the how to ask for build advice template. currently, we have no idea what you need and do not need
  2. Already did, just check out the updated thread.
  3. no hard drive is included. if i include the gtx 670 in the build, it would run you over by 60 dollars. if i include a 7850 from asus, it would be much cheaper.

    heres the nvidia build

    heres the ati build

    at 1024, the 670 is overkill. it will rack you up almost 100 fps. for the 7850, it should get you well over 60fps. your call. i didnt recommend the 570 since the 7850 performs the same all while using half the power. you could technically wait for the gtx660 to come out at the end of summer
  4. I liked your Nvidia build, but I don't need optical drives and the ssd from above was my first choice. I also choose Sandy Bridge better in gaming. Since I saw lots of issues about Ivy Bridge getting heated up when overclocking. Well this is kind of awkward, but what I'm asking is recommendation for my current build and if this parts would work great. I didn't know that build template was for use in finding parts for you.
  5. ivy bridge doesnt heat up until you hit the 4.5ghz mark which you shouldnt be anyways. at 4.5ghz, ivy bridge is the same thing as the sandy bridge at 4.8ghz which again you wouldnt and shouldnt be hitting with a hyper 212.

    since you dont need those parts i changed it up a little more

    i got a better version of the 670, got a slightly better case, and got a bigger cpu cooler
  6. Around 815$

    CPU: i5-2500k / 220$
    GPU: HD7850 230$ + free game
    DvD burner: Asus / 16$
    Case: Rosewill chalenger / 50$ (realy awsome for the price)
    HHD: Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 1TB / 100$$
    PSU:Antec 620w / 70$
    Ram: G.Skill 1333Hz 8g (2x4g) / 40$
    Mobo: Asrock z77 / 75$


    +10$ For i5-3570k.

    GPU: + 165$ for a 670gtx. its an awsome card. Running only 2-3% slower then a 680gtx at stock clock and 5% at max overclocking but 100$ cheaper.

    PSU: + 20$ for a more efficient one:
    You could always go for a corsair or a seasonic PSU.

    Mobo: + a few dollars if you go for an Asus or gigabite mobo.

    Rams: If you do a lots of multitasking you might want to go for 16gb but most gamer don't need that much.
    The 1600Hz ram are popular but its mostly for the look then anything else since nothing over 1333Hz will boost your gaming performance.
  7. As I said before, I liked it NVIDIA VGA build, not a big fan of ATI. I would like to see more comments and suggestions.
  8. I'd suggest setting aside at least $120 for a 1920x1080 monitor. Any build we come up with will be utter and absolute overkill for your current 1280x1024 monitor.
  9. Here's a crucial question: Do you live near a microcenter?

    Locations at the top.
  10. Best answer
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz ($229)

    NZXT Phantom Red White Finish ($119)

    Cooler Master TPC 812 ($66)

    Corsair Force Series GT 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive ($129)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($49)

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($134)

    XFX Core Edition PRO650W ($96)

    MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 ($309)

    I Say Get The Intel 3570K Over The Intel 2500K. The Cooler Master TPC 812 Is A Very Good CPU Cooler And Can Compare To Some Liquid Coolers Such As The Corsair H70. The Cooler Master TPC 812 Should Give Your Intel 3570K Very Good Temps. I Don't Know Anything About The Ivy Bridges Getting Very Hot. Mine Does Not Exceeds 65 Celsius At 4.6 Ghz. The GTX 570 Can Probably Run Battlefield 3 At Ultra (With AA) At 45 Frames Average. You Wanted Your Computer To Have The, "Alienware" Look, So I Chose The NZXT Phantom Because It Really Looks Like An Alienware Case In My Opinion.

    In Total The Rig Costs $1082 Not Including Tax. Have Fun Building Your Rig. :D
  11. a hyper 212 will do in any case that doesnt require 4.4ghz+
  12. Best answer selected by Cyb3rw0lf.
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