$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. Cool and it's right on budget. Thank you.
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