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Need help picking out parts for gaming PC build

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July 21, 2012 7:12:19 AM

Hello, I am looking into building a gaming computer and could use some help picking out the parts. It's honestly a bit intimidating to a beginner, so I could use some help as to what parts are the best and most price efficient.

My budget is $800-$1000 (preferably more on the side of $800, but I will compromise on that if it's really worth it). At this point I will not need to buy a monitor. I'm planning on buying an OEM version of Windows 7 to keep the price down.

I strongly prefer room to upgrade in the future and I need at least 1TB of hard disk space. Apart from that, I don't have any real preference as to whether AMD or Intel, Nvidia or ATI, etc.

I'm looking for some build ideas I could take a look at and compare.

Thank you for your time.
July 21, 2012 12:13:35 PM

just stick with an intel processor and get the best video card your budget allows and you cant go wrong
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July 21, 2012 12:50:01 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K $219.99
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MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $119.99
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RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB @1600mhz CL9 $45.99
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GPU: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 570 $249.99
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HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB $89.99
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ODD: Samsung DVD Burner $16.99
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Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer $79.99 $69.99 after mail-in rebate
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PSU: Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W BRONZE Certified Modular $84.99 $64.99 after mail-in rebate
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CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT $46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... TOTAL $954.91 AFTER MIR $924.91
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July 21, 2012 1:00:54 PM

You could go a little cheaper by getting a 7850 and a smaller PSU with my above build there is nothing wrong with ATI video cards and the 7850 is only a little bit slower than a 570 about 5% but it uses less power and has more vram it can be overclocked to almost match a stock GTX580 the GTX 570 can be overclocked to match a stock GTX 580
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