Computer help $1000-

Hello toms hardware, I am kinda new to gaming PC's (I know some basics) and I want to know if I could buy prebuilt or build under $1000.

I want to be able to run most games on high or maybe very high at a pretty good framrate and say if recording in fraps as well. Games like Skyrim, GTA IV, LA Noire, ARMA 2 Combined Ops etc.

I'm wanting an i7 processor, 8GB RAM and undecided on GPU maybe a GTX or Radeon card? Please give suggestions.

I'm in Australia and would prefer to buy or build from somewhere in australia (please give recommendations)
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  1. Build of course.

    If you're playing this to mostly play games at high forget the i7 and get an i5.

    HD 7850 is a good mid range card.

    I recommend buying your stuff off newegg.

    When buying a PSU make sure you get a trusted name brand.

    Just some basic tips.
  2. Boy things in Australia are a little expensive :(

    Anyway here's a build I put together. Keep in mind this does not come with an Operating System, please tell me if you need one.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($235.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($145.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.00 @ Scorptec)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.00 @ Scorptec)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($255.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($89.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Total: $1033.00
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-27 12:53 EST+1000)

    An i7 is NOT worth the money for gaming, you won't benefit from Hyperthreading. It's better to go with an i5 and spend the money you save on a beefier GPU.
  3. Is there any chance I could get someone to build it for me? I don't wanna stuff it up? :P
  4. You could probably take the parts to a local computer shop and get them to assemble it for you.

    However, you're missing out on half the fun! :( There's so many tutorials online now that you can't mess it up!
  5. mocchan said:
    You could probably take the parts to a local computer shop and get them to assemble it for you.

    However, you're missing out on half the fun! :( There's so many tutorials online now that you can't mess it up!
    thanks, I'll look into it
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