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First Build, $1000 budget

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August 9, 2012 5:47:26 PM

Hey Guys, I've finally gotten tired of the consoles and I'm switching over to PC gaming. :sol: 
I've got a media PC a grabbed from Wal-Mart about 2 years ago... runs decent for what it has...

AMD Athlon x2 II 2.8Ghz
GeForce 6150 SE (integrated)
3GB Ram
500 GB HDD
:lol:  I know right...

So I've gotten some money saved up and I'm shopping around... As of right now I'm gearing towards this:

NZXT Phantom Full Tower Case
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Intel HD Graphics 4000
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA
GeForce GTX 580 1GB GDDR5 (Given to by a friend)
NZXT Hale82 750w B80 Bronze

So like title says, I'm looking for something to run the latest and future games 2-3yrs (realistically) on a $1000 budget.
Suggestions or Comments?

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August 9, 2012 6:01:01 PM

Drop the sabertooth motherboard and get a cheaper model, unless you need it for certain features. Used the saved cash and put it towards an SSD
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August 9, 2012 6:03:33 PM

That's an incredibly expensive motherboard you've chosen. Also, that ram seems to be overpriced as well. I'd also avoid Seagate hard drives, they've got bad reputation. Furthermore, you forgot a power supply unit and operating system. Lastly, you'll want to add an SSD with that budget. How about this?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White/Red) ATX Full Tower Case ($128.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.62 @ Amazon)
Total: $995.52
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 14:03 EDT-0400)
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August 9, 2012 11:36:44 PM

Thanks, for the suggestions.

Forgot to say that the Asus Sabertooth Mobo was given to me. (Won it at a college Raffle) LUCKY!
Already got the 750 watt PSU.

Question: the MOBO says it can take DDR3-1866... is it cool to pop in DDR3-2133?

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August 9, 2012 11:56:27 PM

saikiel said:
Thanks, for the suggestions.

Forgot to say that the Asus Sabertooth Mobo was given to me. (Won it at a college Raffle) LUCKY!
Already got the 750 watt PSU.

Question: the MOBO says it can take DDR3-1866... is it cool to pop in DDR3-2133?


Lucky you!

well, i really dont recomend you any RAM kit above 1600+Mhz because they dont offer any performance gain and the ones that are rated @2000mhz+ have tall heatskins and they dont allow you use certain air cooler, i have a 32GB 2400mhz and the dims are VERY tall, i only have them because watercool my PC

Anyways, here is my recomendation of parts you should get for 1000$ without PSU,GPU and motherboard.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($229.00 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1007.78

PS: most people will tell you that the i7 3770k is not needed for gaming and they are probably right ...but you can afford it so why not? besides, futures games are going to be more optimized to make use of more cores (wich is what HT in the i7 does) giving you a performance boots, and that PSU will surely allow you to add a second GTX 580
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