~$1000 build

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Very soon, 1-3 weeks

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Around $1000, I can go over a little ;)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, media design stuff(PS,AE,etc)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Location: DC area, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel (look at planned build)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Needs window and preferably lights xD

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently using Macbook pro for everything, need a more powerful system

PLANNED BUILD:

Graphics:
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

CPU:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

PSU:
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018

RAM:
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145315

Case:
NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070

Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131781


I'd appreciate any feedback or advice regarding the build :D

Thanks!
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  1. There's no reason not to go Ivy Bridge, and the 560TI is kind of a moot point anymore when the Radeon 7850 is a far better GPU in its' price range and the 660TI is due any day now.

    Try something like 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 ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.86 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.82 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $930.60
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 19:01 EDT-0400)
  2. Check out my $1000 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    For the case, you want Window and lights so instead of the HAF 922, switch to this CM Enforcer (-$10 before another $10 MIR): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240
    Total: $1021

    You get a solid 7870 GPU which would provide you with more than enough frames and power. Would suggest dropping down to the i5 3450 if you don't plan to overclock but the i5 3570K is solid in performance fairly nicely priced and would give you a future of OCing if you want to in the future. The 650w will allow enough power to CF the 7870 in the future and the motherboard is cheaper but also performs better.

    7870 vs 560 Ti
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=547
  3. +1 to Q, his build is rock solid for gaming
  4. THanks guys for the info :D

    any suggestions for a monitor? I've been looking at the
    Asus VE248H Black 24" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236102
  5. bigcyco1 said:


    Ugh, why would you get a 900? It's old, outdated, and has no cable management. The Corsair 400R, NZXT Phantom 410, or even the Antec 1100 are far newer and have better cable management and air flow.
  6. g-unit1111 said:
    Ugh, why would you get a 900? It's old, outdated, and has no cable management. The Corsair 400R, NZXT Phantom 410, or even the Antec 1100 are far newer and have better cable management and air flow.
    :lol: it was on sale for 92.99 I like the looks of it but i didn't know it had bad cable management OP i would change the case to the Antec 1100 or Corsair 400R that g-unit1111 suggested well look at all he mentioned since it's your build pick the one you like i personally go with the Antec 1100 out those three though ;)
  7. bigcyco1 said:
    :lol: it was on sale for 92.99 I like the looks of it but i didn't know it had bad cable management OP i would change the case to the Antec 1100 or Corsair 400R that g-unit1111 suggested well look at all he mentioned since it's your build pick the one you like i personally go with the Antec 1100 out those three though ;)


    My theory is that if you're going to spend the money you should definitely get the newest hardware you can get for your budget - that way it will eliminate future hassles.
  8. aznshinobi said:

    Any of these monitors will work. I find 23" to be the sweet spot for 1920x1080. Besides, there is barely any difference between monitors of this panel type.
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