Custom Built Gaming PC under $1000

I want to build a custom computer for my sons 16th birthday but I have no clue as to what I need to buy. My budget is preferably $1000 but I don't mind going over by $100-$200. I would go to the local computer shop but I want it to be a surprise so I want the parts to be ordered online but shipped there but back on topic, please list good parts preferably with a link. Thank you for any help that is given.
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  1. What is he going to use it for? Do you already have some parts? (i.e a hard drive from your old computer or OS/monitor)
  2. No parts and he really wants it for gaming.
  3. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eUQP

    If you have a microcenter near you, they sell the i5 3570K for less. (i think)
  4. Ok I will check and thanks.
  5. Nw333 said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eUQP

    If you have a microcenter near you, they sell the i5 3570K for less. (i think)


    I think you forgot the monitor.
  6. Ah that would help.
  7. Thats personal preference on how big he wants it.
  8. I wouldn't do a i5-3570k because they are most likely not going to overclock. just save yourself $20 and go with the i5-3550.

    There is ZERO point in getting a coolermaster 212 Evo over a 212 Hyper+. they're virtually identical with pretty much the same cooling attributes (except the evo is $5 more)

    I would recommend a better case than the one he suggested since cabling might be a mess since she obviously hasn't done any cable management before. so a better case might make it a lot easier to put together.
  9. That looks like a great build - Evo does do a better job and Ivy's run hotter. Go with the k suffix so that OverClocking is possible. A gtx660TI if you want to stretch the budget a little more.
    -Bruce
    Edit: the 660TI is price wise on par with the 7870 - it would be my choice.
  10. I went to Micro Center and got my Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor and ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard for very cheap.

    The processor for $189.99 and the motherboard for $84.99 for a total of $274.98.

    They gave me $50 off for getting a matching CPU and Mobo at the same time. It's a better deal than you can find anywhere else and it's perfect for your budget.

    Here is my build, see if you like it because it's about the same budget range and it's a pretty f@#$*%&g solid build. Build here :D
  11. Where you planning to also buy a monitor with that money?
  12. killerhurtalot said:
    I wouldn't do a i5-3570k because they are most likely not going to overclock. just save yourself $20 and go with the i5-3550.

    There is ZERO point in getting a coolermaster 212 Evo over a 212 Hyper+. they're virtually identical with pretty much the same cooling attributes (except the evo is $5 more)

    I would recommend a better case than the one he suggested since cabling might be a mess since she obviously hasn't done any cable management before. so a better case might make it a lot easier to put together.

    Actually, there is a point in getting EVO. It does a better job by a noticeable margin. As dish_moose said :D
  13. Nw333 said:
    Actually, there is a point in getting EVO. It does a better job by a noticeable margin. As dish_moose said :D


    I don't see ANY point in spending extra for almost no performance improvements when they're not going to overclock.

    might as well as spend it on the GPU especially since their budget is around $1000-1200 INCLUDING a monitor.


    And also can you tell us what state you live in? because tax is also a problem when buying online depending on where you live.
  14. Yes a monitor has come it the equation and all of these suggestions will be taken into consideration.
  15. killerhurtalot said:
    I don't see ANY point in spending extra for almost no performance improvements when they're not going to overclock.

    might as well as spend it on the GPU especially since their budget is around $1000-1200 INCLUDING a monitor.


    And also can you tell us what state you live in? because tax is also a problem when buying online depending on where you live.

    Correct me if im wrong but, OP never said they were NOT going to OC. Its also a good feature to have when you want to keep the pc for a long time.
  16. Nw333 said:
    Correct me if im wrong but, OP never said they were NOT going to OC. Its also a good feature to have when you want to keep the pc for a long time.


    go back and read OP's post. does she sound like she knows how to go into the bios to mess around with the settings let alone mess around with OC and then testing stability?
  17. killerhurtalot said:
    go back and read OP's post. does she sound like she knows how to go into the bios to mess around with the settings let alone mess around with OC and then testing stability?



    Tehehehe, he said she. :lol:
  18. killerhurtalot said:
    go back and read OP's post. does she sound like she knows how to go into the bios to mess around with the settings let alone mess around with OC and then testing stability?


    Thats why there are tutorials around. :/
  19. I think that this 2 monitors are ok, but im not sure, maybe you guys can help him find a good one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009363

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009317
  20. Nw333 said:
    Thats why there are tutorials around. :/


    of all the people i've helped in real life and online, they got the hardware to do it but got too lazy to do it... even though i/otherpeople provided them with tutorials....
  21. Hiii said:
    I think that this 2 monitors are ok, but im not sure, maybe you guys can help him find a good one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009363

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009317



    Nice finds. I'll tell you one thing though; LED > LCD.
  22. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eVE3
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eVE3/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eVE3/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($128.96 @ CompUSA)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.33 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1113.77
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-18 01:20 EDT-0400)
  23. I'd rather get the 670.
  24. azeem40 said:
    I'd rather get the 670.


    Fit that into a $1200 budget including a monitor and os (and also provide headroom for tax and shipping charges) without going cheap on things...
  25. http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp/B006TVQTHW/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345274094&sr=1-6 $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-550-Power-Supply/dp/B004RJ8EKI/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345274739&sr=1-1 $65.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    XFX ATX 550 Power Supply - P1550SXXB9

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1026118 $266.98 save: $13.00
    Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
    ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $43.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3500641AS-RK-Retail/dp/B000EY5F5C/ref=sr_1_8?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345274239&sr=1-8 $69.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200RPM SATA NCQ 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive ST3500641AS-RK-Retail Kit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127697 $299.99
    MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1345272330&sr=1-2 $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b $90.76 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monitor-Black/dp/B005BZNDOO $136.40 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

    Total: $1,062.08 *not including shipping & rebates
  26. killerhurtalot said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eVE3
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eVE3/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eVE3/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($128.96 @ CompUSA)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.33 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1113.77
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-18 01:20 EDT-0400)

    All that build needs is a cooler for future OCing and its good to go :D
  27. killerhurtalot said:
    of all the people i've helped in real life and online, they got the hardware to do it but got too lazy to do it... even though i/otherpeople provided them with tutorials....


    Well, if they them good hardware with OC capability, its their fault for not taking advantage of it.

    Thats as simple as it gets for me. :D
  28. killerhurtalot said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eVE3
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eVE3/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/eVE3/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($128.96 @ CompUSA)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.33 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1113.77
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-18 01:20 EDT-0400)

    You have a board up there meant for dual cards yet a psu meant for a single 660 ti. Also does the OP have a Microcenter in his area seeing how that cpu is a walk in only deal at that price.
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