Sub 1000$ Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this month or the next.

Budget Range: 1000$. I may be able to squeeze a little more in if necessary.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Web

Parts not needed: Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect, or any other store where I can get the best price.

Location: Michigan, US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Most likely

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future but not right now

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I have been wanting to build a gaming pc for almost a year and I finally have the budget for a decent system. I am relatively new to this sort of thing and I would really appreciate some advice! I do have a parts list but I'm not sure if it is the best I can get for my budget.

Here's what I'm thinking

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
$99.99 $99.99

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$129.99 -$10.00 Instant $119.99

GPU: XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with ...
Mail in Rebate Card
$259.99 -$10.00 Instant $249.99

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Out Of Stock
$124.99 -$35.00 Instant $89.99

GPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
$219.99 $219.99

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$99.99 -$28.00 Instant $71.99

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop
$49.99 $49.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$84.99 -$10.00 Instant $74.99

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
$17.99 $17.99

CPU Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
$19.99 $19.99

(Still need an OS, keyboard, and mouse)

Subtotal: $1014.90 (Without Shipping)

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  1. Pay a few $ more and the i5 3570K.
  2. okay but ive heard the 3570k is not worth getting over the 2500k
  3. And why is that?
  4. the 3570k only gives a 8-11% increase in performance and it costs more.
  5. $230 for 3570k and $220 for 2500k. I say it is worth it.
  6. Sounds good! do you have any more build advice?
  7. Change the motherboard to a Z77 Pro3 Gen3 for $103. Z68 isn't compatible with IVB unless you have a SB CPU to upgrade with.
  8. alright
  9. change your video card a 6950 is not worth 250 a 7850 or 570 is but not a 6950 here get one of these instead SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-00-20G) $239.99
  10. The Detroit Microcenter has the 3570K for $190 and with Z77 Pro 2, it comes to $235.
  11. You can get this PSU it's cheaper and made by seasonic
    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $15 off w/ promo code XFXPS550, limited offer
  12. Pro 2? Do you mean Pro3?
  13. Yes. Pro 3.
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