$1000 Budget Gaming PC + Coding + School

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1000-1200 After Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Compiling code, Rendering video & sound

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or any other known site

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Parts Preferences: CPU- Intel(I7) GPU- Nvidia

Overclocking: In the future

SLI or Crossfire: SLI possibily

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Already have a Antec 900 case

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need a new multi-purpose gaming oc


I have done some searching but I have been out of the PC gaming scene for a while. I no longer know what is good or what is a great value. So any insight will help.

For some reason I want the I7 but if the price/performance gains are minimal I will consider I5.
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  1. no overclocking but crossfire in the future. uses a i7 3770 and 16gb of ram

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/epj8

    overclocking and corssfire but uses i5 3570k and 8gb of ram

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/epjJ


    the first rig might perform better given you do video editing
  2. This is what I came up with. Any input on what I have put together?

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/epmd

    I am checking out your links now.
  3. 1: id get ivy bridge but sandy is ok. more features with ivy
    2:the hyper 212 is probably a better cooler. never used zalaman stuff
    3:velociraptors arent that much faster
    4:samsung is cheaper for around the same performance
    5: the 7850 performs the same but uses half as much power
  4. 1. So is the I5 3570k a Ivy bridge? Its only $20 more than my selected CPU so I will change that.
    2. I will stick with Zalman, used them with my first build and it cooled my PC excellent.
    3. So instead of a velociraptor I should just opt for a larger capacity HDD?
    4. Swapped that out to samsung.
    5. I'd like to stay with Nvidia. Never have been a fan of ATI. Is there a better value/performance card I could choose?
  5. the hyper 212 cools better. the zalman is a older design

    2: the velociraptor doesnt give that much of a speed gain. get a good hard drive like the seagate barracuda or the wd caviar black. the caviar black has 5 years of warranty compared to the seagate 1 year. your pick there

    3:no. the 7850 is pretty much the best bang for the buck. if you want to wait a week, the 660ti is coming out on the 16th at around the 300 dollar mark
  6. Alright got the new setup made.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eps0

    I am going to wait for the 660ti as it is the same price as my currently selected card.

    Any other input? Is my mobo and ram good?
  7. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/epu0

    this is more like it
  8. Cool and it's right on budget. Thank you.
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