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New Gaming PC - $1000 price range (currently $1270)

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August 5, 2012 3:25:52 PM

Hey Tom's Hardware forum!

I'm building a gaming PC for my friend and he said he wants it to be right about at $1,000, maybe give or take $40. On the other hand, he said he wants it to be a beast of a system.

I am looking at going with an Intel IvyBridge set up and using liquid cooling (which would be fun for me to put together), but here are the components I have so far. He needs an OS, power supply, e.g., the entire 9 yards. Whatever you all can come up with to help me cut down the price a couple hundred bucks and keep strong performance would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance for your great responses!


Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue EditionĀ  $149.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Promo code BTS504 $229.99

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $244.00

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4X1600C8 $120.00

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $315.00

Cooling: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System $60.00

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $60.00

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver $7.00

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $90.00

Operating System: Windows 7 $80.00

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS $70.00


Total Price (Without Shipping): $1,275.98

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August 5, 2012 5:18:50 PM

you don't need blu-ray get him this
liquid cooling is also a do not need its nice but expensive and risks your system I'd get this it also comes with good enough thermal paste
16 gb of ram is too much you will VERY RARELY use more than 8gb id get this also since thats for sticks its probably quad channel and with a z77 board you want dual chanel ram like the one i sent
full towers are nice but on a budget they are just not needed you could get this or this for a good sub
thats probably all id change unless youd want to go to an i7 and mabye get a 560 ti but you're good where your at thats a good CPU either way


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August 5, 2012 10:44:27 PM

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