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August 13, 2012 3:19:06 AM

Sup guys, my friend pieced together a PC about 3 months ago but then decided not to pull the trigger. I'm currently in the market for a gaming rig and he had the pieces still bookmarked so I asked him for the links. I wanna be able to play games like Guild Wars 2 and anything else coming out afterwards on full blast.

Unfortunately the MOBO he had listed is now discontinued.. I'm trying to keep the PC under $1000 and with the pieces I have listed below, it leaves me approx $130 on the MOBO.

I'm willing to budget on other pieces if you guys feel I need to spend more $$ on a quality mobo. Also, still a noob at building PC's so any help is greatly appreciated guys. <333 (GeForce GTX 560 $244) (Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz $220) (CORSAIR 650W Modular Power Supply $125) (Mushkin 120GB Solid State Drive $105) (Corsair Case $99) (Mushkin RAM 8GB $47) (COOLER MASTER Heatsink $35)

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a b 4 Gaming
August 13, 2012 3:52:26 AM

Z68 Extreme3 Gen3.
a c 412 4 Gaming
August 13, 2012 4:08:32 AM

For $1K I would suggest 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 ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($379.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1033.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-13 00:08 EDT-0400)