First Gaming Rig

Approximate Purchase Date: End of September

Budget Range: 500$ - 1000$ (More than that, I can't pay)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: New from scratch.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com (Newegg doesn't accept the credit card of my country so avoid it please.)

Location: Asunción - Paraguay

Parts Preferences: Not in particular, as long as it delivers a good performance and low DOA rates.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

- I just want to play my games smoothly without lagging, the new games like max payne 3, deus ex, skyrim and the upcoming ones, oh and PCSX2 emulator too etc.

- I have the means to bring over the parts from amazon so that's no problem. There a company here that has an one office here and one in Miami. I send the parts there from amazon and they send it to me here. But don't take that into account to build the rig, I have the money for that, just stick to the 1000$ please.

- What are the chances of getting DOA components?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Leaving behind my old AMD Semprom.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH HARDWARE GURUS!!
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  1. here:


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($154.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $965.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-15 00:14 EDT-0400)
  2. http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp/B006TVQTHW/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347682799&sr=1-6 $61.28 & 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_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347682920&sr=1-3 $65.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    XFX ATX 550 Power Supply - P1550SXXB9

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-CrossFireX-Motherboard-GA-P75-D3/dp/B007R9CRJE/ref=sr_1_25?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347683298&sr=1-25&keywords=Intel $78.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte LGA 1155 DDR3 1600 Intel B75 CrossFireX PCIe 3G Dual UEFI BIOS and 4 PCI Slots ATX Motherboard GA-P75-D3

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-3450-Quad-Core-Processor-Cache/dp/B007SZ0ECE/ref=sr_1_9?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347683389&sr=1-9 $189.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i5-3450 Quad-Core Processor 3.1 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I53450

    http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Memory-Extreme-Masters-PC3-12800/dp/B008MF3R82/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1347683520&sr=1-11&keywords=patriot+8gb+ddr3+1600 $40.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Patriot Memory Intel Extreme Masters 8 GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 CL9 Memory Kit - PVI38G160C9K

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_4?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347683961&sr=1-4 $74.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-Black/dp/B0057FRTPW/ref=pd_sim_pc_4 $22.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

    Total: $535.20


    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Express-Graphic-GV-R787OC-2GD/dp/B007PJVB3Y/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347683685&sr=1-3&keywords=7870 $259.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $239.99
    Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Overvoltage-N660TI-PE-2GD5/dp/B008SBX6GI/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347684203&sr=1-2&keywords=gtx+660+ti $309.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $299.99
    MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition Graphics Card with Triple Overvoltage and Enhanced PWM Design (N660TI PE 2GD5/OC)

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R7950-TWIN-FROZR-3GD5/dp/B007NG3WR2/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347683618&sr=1-2&keywords=7950 $329.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $314.99
    MSI AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7950 TWIN FROZR 3GD5/OC
  3. All are available on Amazon.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hulo/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)

    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)

    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.69 @ Amazon)

    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Amazon)

    Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.35 @ Amazon)

    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)

    Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($159.00 @ Amazon)

    Total: $977.98

    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-15 01:03 EDT-0400)
  4. Hi i made you two gaming builds.
    The first one is priced at around 500-550 dolars and delivers amazing performance.It's a bit slower than the builds made by topmark (5%) and as fast as the one by idroid.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ECS H61H2-M12 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: OCZ EliteXStream 800W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($24.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $524.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-15 02:17 EDT-0400)


    The second build also makes some compromises on upgradibility but it's performance is unmatched and it's monitor is great too.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2380P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ECS H61H2-M12 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($365.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: OCZ EliteXStream 800W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($24.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus PA238Q 23.0" Monitor ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1000.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-15 02:32 EDT-0400)
  5. No offense, but what a waste of $ on the PSU that is POS. It won't even supply enough of its rated wattage.
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