Gaming PC for 1000-1100

I've been browsing different threads regarding a gaming OC for around 1000 and instead of asking on other people's thread, I've decided to create my own. I'm basically tried of playing games at the lowest settings and no effects and still have trouble running the game.

Approximate Purchase Date: A month or so.

Budget Range: 1000-1100 US after rebate and before shipping/tax

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the net

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg or any other sites within the US that is reliable and good pricing.

Location: California, USA

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: maybe an aesthetically pleasing looking case?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: my current pc is 8 years old and it's frustrating that I can't play any games or have a remotely fast running computer.

I really appreciate your time and help.
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  1. cpu
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    motherbaord
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    graphics card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121637

    ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

    case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007

    power supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    heat sink
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    chose a an aesthetically pleasing high quality case, a silent powerful graphics card thatll chew through games like they are nothings, a power cpu, more than enough ram for ideal gaming, 1tb of hard drive space, free copy of borderlands 2. i suggest finding a way to get windows 7 for free, its not worth paying for
  2. Thanks for the suggestion, I would need to do some more research and see what you guys can approve of the parts. Anymore suggestion would be greatly appreciative.
  3. lol:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.97 @ CompUSA)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($43.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.29 @ Amazon)
    Total: $825.17
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  4. Here you go. You should be able to max out almost all games with this + you can overclock anytime.
    This setup should serve you well for AT LEAST 3 years.

    You can drop the SSD if you don't feel the need of it and you want to cut costs. But I highly advise it for faster boot-ups.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($247.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.29 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1050.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  5. This build allows you the option to add another card later on in SLI. This build will push two of any card down below. It also allows you to over clock. You can always take the SSD out of this build and size up on the video card or better yet leave it as is and when you get the extra money add another one of those cards in SLI.


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-300R-Mid-Tower-Gaming/dp/B006I2H0YS/ref=sr_1_7?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349256469&sr=1-7 $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-ATX12V-CrossFire-Certified-CP-9020015-NA/dp/B008RJZQSW/ref=sr_1_16?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348893800&sr=1-16 $75.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80PLUS BRONZE Certified 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/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348898432&sr=1-3&keywords=CPU%2Bcooler $29.99 & 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=N82E16820231544 $38.99 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/Lite-On-Super-AllWrite-Layer-Drive/dp/B002YIG9AQ/ref=pd_cp_e_2 $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3500641AS-RK-Retail/dp/B000EY5F5C/ref=sr_1_12?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349256358&sr=1-12 $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.amazon.com/gp/product/B0077CR60Q/ref=s9_hps_bw_g147_ir02?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-8&pf_rd_r=0307TDYCGSZ5773AKM44&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1353701242&pf_rd_i=193870011 $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-Graphics-GV-N660OC-2GD/dp/B00942TK8I/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348900476&sr=1-2&keywords=gigabyte+gtx+660 $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD
    Core Clock 1032MHz
    Boost Clock 1344


    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_text_z $90.74 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $1,060.64 *not including shipping & rebates


    http://www.amazon.com/R7850-2xMiniDisplayPort-TWIN-FROZR-2GD5/dp/B007MLSGHE/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349256856&sr=1-3&keywords=7850 $219.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $189.99
    MSI R7850 Twin Frozr OC AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMiniDisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7850 TWIN FROZR 2GD5/OC

    http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-GDDR5-Graphics-11199-03-20G/dp/B007JCNOY6/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349054319&sr=1-2&keywords=7870 $249.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $234.99
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHZ OC 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (11199-03-20G)

    http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Graphics-GV-N66TOC-2GD/dp/B008UG2W20/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348900276&sr=1-1&keywords=gigabyte+gtx+660+ti $299.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI / HDMI / DP SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards GV-N66TOC-2GD
    Core Clock 1032MHz
    Boost Clock 1344


    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R7950-TWIN-FROZR-3GD5/dp/B007NG3WR2/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349054190&sr=1-2&keywords=7950 $321.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $306.99
    MSI AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7950 TWIN FROZR 3GD5/OC
  6. excella1221 said:
    Here you go. You should be able to max out almost all games with this + you can overclock anytime.
    This setup should serve you well for AT LEAST 3 years.

    You can drop the SSD if you don't feel the need of it and you want to cut costs. But I highly advise it for faster boot-ups.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($308.14 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.29 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1084.32
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    You have a motherboard meant for dual video cards up there and a psu for a single one of thoes cards. You can pick up a board meant for a single card like the Asrock Z75 Pro3 for $85 and free shipping on newegg. That would make more sense imo for that build of yours.
  7. Anonymous said:
    cpu
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    motherbaord
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    graphics card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121637

    ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

    case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007

    power supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    heat sink
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    chose a an aesthetically pleasing high quality case, a silent powerful graphics card thatll chew through games like they are nothings, a power cpu, more than enough ram for ideal gaming, 1tb of hard drive space, free copy of borderlands 2. i suggest finding a way to get windows 7 for free, its not worth paying for

    You have a motherboard up there meant for dual cards and a psu that falls short of pushing two of those cards in SLI. You also failed to post an OS and hard drive.
  8. Why_Me said:
    You have a motherboard meant for dual video cards up there and a psu for a single one of thoes cards. You can pick up a board meant for a single card like the Asrock Z75 Pro3 for $85 and free shipping on newegg. That would make more sense imo for that build of yours.

    Point taken. Edited my post. :D
  9. Why_Me said:
    This build allows you the option to add another card later on in SLI. This build will push two of any card down below. It also allows you to over clock. You can always take the SSD out of this build and size up on the video card or better yet leave it as is and when you get the extra money add another one of those cards in SLI.


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-300R-Mid-Tower-Gaming/dp/B006I2H0YS/ref=sr_1_7?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349256469&sr=1-7 $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-ATX12V-CrossFire-Certified-CP-9020015-NA/dp/B008RJZQSW/ref=sr_1_16?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348893800&sr=1-16 $75.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80PLUS BRONZE Certified 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/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348898432&sr=1-3&keywords=CPU%2Bcooler $29.99 & 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=N82E16820231544 $38.99 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/Lite-On-Super-AllWrite-Layer-Drive/dp/B002YIG9AQ/ref=pd_cp_e_2 $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3500641AS-RK-Retail/dp/B000EY5F5C/ref=sr_1_12?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349256358&sr=1-12 $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.amazon.com/gp/product/B0077CR60Q/ref=s9_hps_bw_g147_ir02?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-8&pf_rd_r=0307TDYCGSZ5773AKM44&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1353701242&pf_rd_i=193870011 $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-Graphics-GV-N660OC-2GD/dp/B00942TK8I/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348900476&sr=1-2&keywords=gigabyte+gtx+660 $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD
    Core Clock 1032MHz
    Boost Clock 1344


    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_text_z $90.74 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $1,060.64 *not including shipping & rebates


    http://www.amazon.com/R7850-2xMiniDisplayPort-TWIN-FROZR-2GD5/dp/B007MLSGHE/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349256856&sr=1-3&keywords=7850 $219.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $189.99
    MSI R7850 Twin Frozr OC AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMiniDisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7850 TWIN FROZR 2GD5/OC

    http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-GDDR5-Graphics-11199-03-20G/dp/B007JCNOY6/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349054319&sr=1-2&keywords=7870 $249.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $234.99
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHZ OC 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (11199-03-20G)

    http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Graphics-GV-N66TOC-2GD/dp/B008UG2W20/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348900276&sr=1-1&keywords=gigabyte+gtx+660+ti $299.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI / HDMI / DP SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards GV-N66TOC-2GD
    Core Clock 1032MHz
    Boost Clock 1344


    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R7950-TWIN-FROZR-3GD5/dp/B007NG3WR2/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349054190&sr=1-2&keywords=7950 $321.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $306.99
    MSI AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7950 TWIN FROZR 3GD5/OC


    Thanks for the help!
    If no one sees anything wrong with this build or have any suggestions to making it better, then I'll start looking for parts he listed and go with this build!

    Just a quick question, in other threads, it is almost always suggested with a radeon. For the build above, is there a reason why you chose that video card? If it cause of the my budget, I can just increase my budget if you guys have another suggestion for a better performance card.
  10. poignant said:
    Thanks for the help!
    If no one sees anything wrong with this build or have any suggestions to making it better, then I'll start looking for parts he listed and go with this build!

    Just a quick question, in other threads, it is almost always suggested with a radeon. For the build above, is there a reason why you chose that video card? If it cause of the my budget, I can just increase my budget if you guys have another suggestion for a better performance card.

    It's a decent card for the price. Here's a couple of reviews done on the GTX 660 when it was released. Mind you these reviews were done with cards @ stock speeds w/stock reference cooling. That Gigabyte card I posted in that build is over clocked to the max not to mention it includes non reference cooling. I threw those other cards in there not knowing if you had a personal preference. All are new generation cards and it's hard to miss with any of them imo.


    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-geforce-gtx-650-benchmark,3297.html

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6276/nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-review-gk106-rounds-out-the-kepler-family
  11. No preference really, as long as it doesn't steer me wrong. So your suggestion of gigabyte card still stands or would you switch it out?
  12. poignant said:
    No preference really, as long as it doesn't steer me wrong. So your suggestion of gigabyte card still stands or would you switch it out?

    Your putting me on the spot now. :D GTX 670 > 7950 > GTX 660 ti > 7870/GTX 660 > 7850
  13. The decision between nVidia and Radeon, can get more complicated, when you look at particular games. VERY generally Radeon tend to have a more even performance, over a wide range of games, but nVidia do particularly well, in some of the most popular games, like BF3, Borderlands, Portal, and to a lesser extent Skyrim and Shogun. Radeon can be better for Crysis, Metro, and Dirt3, and a lot of the "lesser lights"
  14. I think I'll go with the 7950 since the 670 is slightly out of my total price range.
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