Gaming PC around $1000

Hey guys I am a real noob when it comes to building a desktop, so please bear with me. I have been looking around at some prebuilt desktops and they all seem to be lacking in computer graphics and performance. Mainly, I am going to be using this computer to play games like Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 and would like to run these games on ultra graphic setting without any fps lag. Also the ability to easily multi-task would be an added bonus as well because I am a student and I will have some online classes to take care of in the near future. I really don't know what parts i should be looking for and I would really appreciate it if someone could find me a solid build. Also is it really worth it in the end to build your own pc, then to buy a prebuilt one? Thanks guys!

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: Max= $1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: heavy gaming, internet surfing, video editing, movies

Are you buying a monitor: N/A

Parts to Upgrade: New Build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, preferably Windows 7 64-bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect, newegg, any others that are trustworthy

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Columbia, MO USA

Parts Preferences: I've heard that AMD is a good brand, other than that i don't know

Overclocking: Preferably yes

SLI or Crossfire: Doesn't matter to me

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: A cool case would be great as well, maybe LEDs if they are not too expensive

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: my current desktop is running on it's last leg...its a 2003 compaq, that should be self-explanatory
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  1. what about the opt drive and the sound card? And do I really need that high end of a graphics card in order to run games on ultra?
  2. This build allows you to add another one of those cards later for a dual card set up. If you can make the 2 hour drive to the St. Louis MicroCenter store you can easily knock off $100+ off this build but those deals are in store pick up only. That case comes with an LED on/off switch, multi channel fan controller, large 200mm side fan, dust filters, etc... That board down below was just recently released hence the reason there aren't any review on it yet. As far as a sound card goes you can pretty much skip that. The boards these days are nothing like the old school boards in regards to sound clarity. If you switch up to a 7870 and a Cooler Master 922 you can knock off another $60 off this build.


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_8?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348313590&sr=1-8 $105.28 + .00 shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-CP-9020015-NA/dp/B008RJZQSW/ref=sr_1_24?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346646210&sr=1-24 $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1066148 $336.98 save: $13.00
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A2EUTVCJXLAJ4K $32.08 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

    http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-GH24NS90B-Super-Internal/dp/B00632SB2I/ref=pd_cp_pc_1 $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    LG Electronics GH24NS90B 24 X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - Bulk without Software - Black

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Cache-Desktop-Drive/dp/B0088PUEPK/ref=dp_ob_title_ce $84.79 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Western Digital 1 TB WD Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171646 $94.99 FREE SHIPPING
    SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006 $299.99 - $279.99 after $20.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING
    SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_z $90.70 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $1,188.62 *not including shipping & rebates
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($287.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1116.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-22 07:59 EDT-0400)
  4. bigcyco1 said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($287.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1116.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-22 07:59 EDT-0400)

    Not bad. :) Combo that board with the cpu then look at the Corsair Vengeance low profile (black) to save another $3 and for another $11 you can step into that 7950 I posted and you should have enough left over for a 750w psu to push two of those cards.
  5. Why_Me said:
    Not bad. :) Combo that board with the cpu then look at the Corsair Vengeance low profile (black) to save another $3 and for another $11 you can step into that 7950 I posted and you should have enough left over for a 750w psu to push two of those cards.
    Good recommendations and Thanks!
  6. Is it worth it to buy a pre-built? No way. Pre-builts always make compromises to keep the price attractive.

    If you chose your components then you could have a professional put it together for $30, or even a friend that has done it before is fine.

    If you build your own you could make a $1000 rig that is comparable to a $1400 pre-built rig. It's a huge difference. If you really want to game, then you should build your own. I've done it once, and I'm 100% sure I made the right choice.
  7. runnerbh said:
    what about the opt drive and the sound card? And do I really need that high end of a graphics card in order to run games on ultra?


    Add the opt drive if you want but don't get a sound card unless you're talking about the Asus Xonar Essence + ~$1000 sound system.
  8. visiontek vs. sapphire?
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