Help build a gaming pc from scratch

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid September
Budget Range: 1000 - 1300$$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: hardcore gaming, photo and video editing
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Cheap and good quality is what am looking for
Country: Seattle, wa, USA
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia
Monitor Resolution: Anything good for gaming, at least 20 inch


I was thinking about buying iMac or macpro but it sounds like I could get a better machine for the same amount of money!

Thanks in advance :D
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  1. Try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    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 ($349.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1164.76
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 02:03 EDT-0400)

    just add a nice monitor of 1980x1080 perferably bigger then 21.5 or 21.5. This will blow away any mac
  2. Spicy_benie said:
    Try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    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 ($349.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1164.76
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-09 02:03 EDT-0400)

    just add a nice monitor of 1980x1080 perferably bigger then 21.5 or 21.5. This will blow away any mac


    Thanks a lot man, these specs sounds perfect, but don't you think it's better to go with i7 instead of i5?
  3. For a monitor asus makes some nice 24in. ones around $200
  4. Moekad said:
    Thanks a lot man, these specs sounds perfect, but don't you think it's better to go with i7 instead of i5?


    i7's have nothing over i5's when it comes to gaming. Games won't make use of Hyper-Threading (which is what makes an i7 different from and i5). But if you are doing video editing, the i7 will help.

    Oh, and you should switch the 7950 to a GTX 670.
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