New build for under $1000

Hi guys, I would like to get a whole new gaming setup. I'm not looking for anything over the top I just want something that will handle todays games with a decent framerate. Im going to be upgrading to this whole new setup from an early 2009 20" imac with the e8135 with 2gb RAM, 9400m, and 320gb hdd. I'm not going to be doing anything extreme like video editing or coding so I'm not entirely sure if I really need a strong cpu like the sandy/ivy bridge. I currently have a Toshiba l755d-s5204 as well and I really like that but my wife is always on it so I figured maybe I should get a good desktop computer.
Do any of you guys know if I will notice a big difference if I go to a 965 BE, 4100, 2500k, or 3570k from my Imac? Thanks for the help guys.

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever I sell my Imac

Budget Range: I would like the computer and monitor below $1000 preferably below $800 if possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing Internet, Movies, Music.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade: None, whole new system

Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, tiger direct, any really.

Location: Pocatello, Idaho United States

Parts Preferences: For the CPU preferably Intel 2500k or 3570k with Z77 but will be content with AMD 965 BE or 4100. For the GPU I don't care, just something thats a good bang for the buck. Oh and would like a modular PSU.

Overclocking: Yes, I haven't overclocked before and I would like to learn how to.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, for the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: N/A would like it to be atleast 1080 though.

Additional Comments: I would like to have a decent case, nothing over the top but not a plain case. Would also like a SSD for OS and Games in the budget along with a 1tb HDD. I also want something that could handle skyrim or battlefield 3.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm currently running an Imac with an Intel E8135 with a geforce 9400m and figured its probably time for an upgrade.
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  1. Here's a good gaming build.

    cpu - i5 3570k $215 ncix.com

    cpu cooler - cooler master hyper 212 evo $28 ncix.com

    mobo - asrock z77 pro3 $102.55 newegg.com

    memory - corsair vengeance low profile 8gb 1600 $40 newegg.com

    hdd - wd blue 1tb $78 ncix.com

    ssd - ocz vertex 4 128gb $100 newegg.com

    gpu - his iceq x 7850 $200 newegg.com

    psu - pc power & cooling silencer mk iii 500w $56 ncix.com

    case - rosewill redbone $40 newegg.com

    optical drive - lg $18 newegg.com

    monitor - asus ve228h 21.5" $124 ncix.com

    total is just over $1000. You could save and get a i5 3470, no cpu cooler, and a asrock h77m motherboard. That would save you like $85 and you would only lose a little performance(no overclocking cpu).
  2. oakleyguy89 said:


    My build would out perform that setup and mine comes with a 128gb ssd enough for the os and games that combo comes with a 30gb ssd. The combo is a good deal but the 7850 is better than the 560ti and a 30gb ssd is very small.
  3. True, so how much difference would shipping be from 3 different stores compared to keeping it into one?
  4. oakleyguy89 said:
    True, so how much difference would shipping be from 3 different stores compared to keeping it into one?


    The shipping was added to the total $1001.55 It might be a little more the cpu cooler didn't say free shipping so the total might be like $1005
  5. Sweet thanks for the build! Hopefully my imac sells soon! Will I notice a big difference with this setup?
  6. For a $1,000 gaming rig, a 7850 is too weak. My $630 rig has a GTX 660 (non-Ti). Here's what I recommend: Just search these parts in google, and the first result will be the newegg page with the item.

    ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

    MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

    Any Optical Drive: $20

    Total is $1,080, a CPU cooler would be an extra $25 or so. This may break your budget by $80, but it's going to offer much better gaming performance than the previously mentioned 7850 system. The 660 Ti should be switched out for a 7950 if you're playing at 2560x1600. You can cut it down to $1,000 by getting a cheaper case, and an i5-3450. A less massive hard drive can also cut the cost, but make sure you don't go with a cheaper PSU. The optical drive is also optional.
  7. seanpull said:
    For a $1,000 gaming rig, a 7850 is too weak. My $630 rig has a GTX 660 (non-Ti). Here's what I recommend: Just search these parts in google, and the first result will be the newegg page with the item.

    ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

    MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

    Any Optical Drive: $20

    Total is $1,080, a CPU cooler would be an extra $25 or so. This may break your budget by $80, but it's going to offer much better gaming performance than the previously mentioned 7850 system. The 660 Ti should be switched out for a 7950 if you're playing at 2560x1600. You can cut it down to $1,000 by getting a cheaper case, and an i5-3450. A less massive hard drive can also cut the cost, but make sure you don't go with a cheaper PSU. The optical drive is also optional.


    You forgot the monitor :non:
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