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October 5, 2012 4:31:09 PM

In your opinion what is the best specs i can get for gaming within a $1000 budget. I will want the computer to keep up with new tech for the next 6 years or so.
October 5, 2012 4:37:14 PM

caboose2321 said:
In your opinion what is the best specs i can get for gaming within a $1000 budget. I will want the computer to keep up with new tech for the next 6 years or so.


your going to need a much bigger budget to have a computer that will run the games in 6 years time
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October 5, 2012 4:40:46 PM

either way it wont run for 6 years.

info needed

-if you are overclocking
-if you are going to do crossfire/sli
-where are you?
-parts that you already have

and we will take care of the rest
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October 5, 2012 4:43:43 PM

^It will always run games. Just not at Ultra settings or something when it comes to future games. (Most likely High with some settings turned down.) -ehem- Crysis 3 -ehem-

@OP, whats your country, where are you buying from, what parts dont you need, any brand preferences, and what games will you play?

Was reffering to 2nd post.
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October 5, 2012 4:47:54 PM

Ive been looking around online and have found it would be just as cheap to have it built on www.cyberpowerpc.com. Ive increased my budget to around $1200. Im sure if i should go with Intel or AMD processors. It seems to me that I can get a lot more processing power for less money with AMD. I realize now it will be outdated in a few years like any computer.
So any advice on the AMD or Intel processors? Im fairly new at hardware and need some help.
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October 5, 2012 4:53:43 PM

Nw333 said:
^It will always run games. Just not at Ultra settings or something when it comes to future games. (Most likely High with some settings turned down.) -ehem- Crysis 3 -ehem-

@OP, whats your country, where are you buying from, what parts dont you need, any brand preferences, and what games will you play?

Was reffering to 2nd post.


I live in USA, buying from www.cyberpowerpc.com, need all parts, ive always had nvidia graphic cards, ill play all the major games like BF3 and crysis.
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October 5, 2012 4:55:41 PM

Here are the specs of one i have built. What do you guys think? This build costs $975

CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.60 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology

HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (64GB Sandisk Sata III Boot Drive + 1 TB Single Drive Only)

MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)

MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX] GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AMD 970 Chipset Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ Touch Bios, Ultra Durable 2, On/Off Charge, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI

SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+225] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
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October 5, 2012 5:07:15 PM

its not that great

this is way better
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jqnD

-has room for crossfire solutions
-amd has a better price to performance ratio than nvidia
-i5s are much better for gaming than fx
-i doubt cyberpower gives you a good power supply
- and i have a SSD which makes everything way faster

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October 5, 2012 5:16:32 PM

TheBigTroll said:
its not that great

this is way better
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jqnD

-has room for crossfire solutions
-amd has a better price to performance ratio than nvidia
-i5s are much better for gaming than fx
-i doubt cyberpower gives you a good power supply
- and i have a SSD which makes everything way faster



CyberPower makes sure you have a big enough power supply for all you hardware. Ive been experimenting around on there and have found a build im more happy with for $1009. What do ya think? Also another question on the SSD, what exactly does it do? Improves loading time for software installed on it? Would you recommend one?

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)

HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (64GB Sandisk Sata III Boot Drive + 1 TB Single Drive Only)

MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)

MOTHERBOARD: * [CrossFireX] GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, Ultra Durable4 Classic, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x Gen3 PCIe x16, 3x PCIe x1 & 2 PCI (Extreme OC Certified) [+17]

SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+242] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
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October 5, 2012 5:27:22 PM

yeah but they can use any generic power supply. its much safer and a better bet if you know what you are putting in your rig (a high quality power supply like xfx)

its still rather low compared to my build.

also cyber power uses reference design video cards which are completely inferior to custom designs like the one on my 7870 (which performs about as well as a 660ti)

also, SSDs make everything faster. load games faster, boot faster, just work faster. if you add a ssd to your build at cyberpower it would cost more than what i am paying for.
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October 5, 2012 5:40:42 PM

TheBigTroll said:
yeah but they can use any generic power supply. its much safer and a better bet if you know what you are putting in your rig (a high quality power supply like xfx)

its still rather low compared to my build.

also cyber power uses reference design video cards which are completely inferior to custom designs like the one on my 7870 (which performs about as well as a 660ti)

also, SSDs make everything faster. load games faster, boot faster, just work faster. if you add a ssd to your build at cyberpower it would cost more than what i am paying for.




The reason why i would want to have it built for me is because I dont feel i have all of the experience needed to build it from the ground up. My hardware experiences are limited to installing ram, graphic cards and hard drives. If anyone would want to could you build what you think would be the best system for around $1000.
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October 5, 2012 7:43:56 PM

caboose2321 said:
The reason why i would want to have it built for me is because I dont feel i have all of the experience needed to build it from the ground up. My hardware experiences are limited to installing ram, graphic cards and hard drives. If anyone would want to could you build what you think would be the best system for around $1000.


low experience is not a excuse. if you know how to install ram and graphics cards, you are already half way done. the rest is just plugging cables in (which is lego: if it doesnt fit, it doesnt fit) and screwing stuff in. id rather do it myself, make a few mistakes than get someone else who is putting low quality parts in my rig

newegg has tutorials on youtube. go check out parts 2 and 3. part one you are done here at this forum
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October 5, 2012 8:07:14 PM

TheBigTroll said:
low experience is not a excuse. if you know how to install ram and graphics cards, you are already half way done. the rest is just plugging cables in (which is lego: if it doesnt fit, it doesnt fit) and screwing stuff in. id rather do it myself, make a few mistakes than get someone else who is putting low quality parts in my rig

newegg has tutorials on youtube. go check out parts 2 and 3. part one you are done here at this forum



Thanks a lot dude. Ive been doing research for parts and it is slightly cheaper to do it myself. It would be a lot more enjoyable to do it myself. Im going to look into tutorials. SOme questions that pop up are what kind of mother board i would need and if it will be comparable with everything but some research into it will solve that. But the main issue im confused with is what type of case i would get and how i would get everything in the case right.
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October 5, 2012 8:58:17 PM

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if i had all the money in the world and wanted to buy a new gaming PC today this is what i would build

CPU: i5 3570k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 229.99
Quite simply the best gaming cpu money can buy , can trade it out for an i7 down the road once programs start to take advantage of the benefits it provides over the i5. If your not going to over clock buy the non k version and save ~30 dollars.

MOBO: Asrock z77 extrem4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 134.99 + 7.87 ship
this mobo will allow you to grab an i7 in the future when you have more cash and overclock the *** outta it, as well as overclock everything you already have (i5, GPU, RAM). If you dont plan on overclocking then definitely find another (cheaper) board.

RAM: 2x4 gigs gskill sniper series http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 54.99
great ram runs fast at 1866, can push it further if need be (you wont notice a difference really however, which is why i went with the 1866 as apposed to other higher frequency ram) and anything over 8 gigs offers severely diminishing returns.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2tb 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99.99
might wanna swap this more reliable Western Digital version but youll be sacrificing alot of storage capacity (unless you wanna pony up more cash), i have this hard drive (again on my htpc) and it does me solid. You can upgrade to a higher performance model but with a SSD pairing whats the point?

OD: ASUS DVD burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 19.99
very solid burner with free shipping, if you want to play or burn blu rays then get a blu ray player or burner (will cost alot more though)

PSU: Rosewill HIVE 750w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 69.99 + 2.99 ship
a fantastic price for a fantastic PSU (80+ bronze), includes 2 6+2 pin connectors so you can upgrade or crossfire in the future (or crossfire with an upgrade :pt1cable:  ), and is modular for easy cable management.

GPU: HIS IceQ 7970 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 409.99 - 30 rebate
will let you play any game out now to the absolute MAX at ANY resolution (single monitor, most games multi monitor), and will give you some staying power

CASE: Corsair 400r http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99.99 - 10 rebate - 10 promo
fantastic case comes with 3 fans and has some of the best cable management there is.

CPU COOLER: Coolermaster Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 29.99 - 10 rebate
the goto aftermarket cooler will let you overclock your 3570k nicely. However if you dont plan to overclock then dont bother with this the stock fan is fine. On the other hand if you want to push your overclock youll need a more aggressive aftermarket cooling solution.

SSD: Crucial m4 128gb SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99.99
a solid SSD with plenty of storage for OS and all your favorite applications.

SUB: 1249.90
Rebates: -50
Promos: - 10
Shipping: +10.86
TOTAL: 1200.76

This thing is an absolute BEASTTTTTTTTTTTT. Not to mention it is EXTREMELY upgradeable and overclockable with FANTASTIC cable management and cooling! If you have any extra cash make sure you have a good monitor/sound setup to take advantage of this badboy!

Also i would plug all these parts into pcpartpicker to see if you can save few dollars (should be able to get it down to 1100, if you need to get it down further just drop the 7970 for a 7950), and if you dont plan on overclocking it will come in at 50-100 dollars cheaper.





Thanks dude. Im going to take a look at all of these parts. This looks like an awesome build. If i end up making this ill letca know. You have my many thanks for the help. Im fairly inexperienced in hardware so this will be a fun learning experience.
Thanks
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October 6, 2012 12:12:22 AM

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if i had all the money in the world and wanted to buy a new gaming PC today this is what i would build

CPU: i5 3570k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 229.99
Quite simply the best gaming cpu money can buy , can trade it out for an i7 down the road once programs start to take advantage of the benefits it provides over the i5. If your not going to over clock buy the non k version and save ~30 dollars.

MOBO: Asrock z77 extrem4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 134.99 + 7.87 ship
this mobo will allow you to grab an i7 in the future when you have more cash and overclock the *** outta it, as well as overclock everything you already have (i5, GPU, RAM). If you dont plan on overclocking then definitely find another (cheaper) board.

RAM: 2x4 gigs gskill sniper series http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 54.99
great ram runs fast at 1866, can push it further if need be (you wont notice a difference really however, which is why i went with the 1866 as apposed to other higher frequency ram) and anything over 8 gigs offers severely diminishing returns.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2tb 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99.99
might wanna swap this more reliable Western Digital version but youll be sacrificing alot of storage capacity (unless you wanna pony up more cash), i have this hard drive (again on my htpc) and it does me solid. You can upgrade to a higher performance model but with a SSD pairing whats the point?

OD: ASUS DVD burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 19.99
very solid burner with free shipping, if you want to play or burn blu rays then get a blu ray player or burner (will cost alot more though)

PSU: Rosewill HIVE 750w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 69.99 + 2.99 ship
a fantastic price for a fantastic PSU (80+ bronze), includes 2 6+2 pin connectors so you can upgrade or crossfire in the future (or crossfire with an upgrade :pt1cable:  ), and is modular for easy cable management.

GPU: HIS IceQ 7970 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 409.99 - 30 rebate
will let you play any game out now to the absolute MAX at ANY resolution (single monitor, most games multi monitor), and will give you some staying power

CASE: Corsair 400r http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99.99 - 10 rebate - 10 promo
fantastic case comes with 3 fans and has some of the best cable management there is.

CPU COOLER: Coolermaster Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 29.99 - 10 rebate
the goto aftermarket cooler will let you overclock your 3570k nicely. However if you dont plan to overclock then dont bother with this the stock fan is fine. On the other hand if you want to push your overclock youll need a more aggressive aftermarket cooling solution.

SSD: Crucial m4 128gb SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99.99
a solid SSD with plenty of storage for OS and all your favorite applications.

SUB: 1249.90
Rebates: -50
Promos: - 10
Shipping: +10.86
TOTAL: 1200.76

This thing is an absolute BEASTTTTTTTTTTTT. Not to mention it is EXTREMELY upgradeable and overclockable with FANTASTIC cable management and cooling! If you have any extra cash make sure you have a good monitor/sound setup to take advantage of this badboy!

Also i would plug all these parts into pcpartpicker to see if you can save few dollars (should be able to get it down to 1100, if you need to get it down further just drop the 7970 for a 7950), and if you dont plan on overclocking it will come in at 50-100 dollars cheaper.


it looks pretty mediocre for the components.
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October 6, 2012 4:16:10 AM

OP said he had $1000, not $1200. 1866Mhz is useless anyways, when it comes to RAM. The CPU will have it set to lower speeds and you will have to manually overclock it AGAIN in the BIOS, and if Intel finds out, Im pretty sure they WILL void the warranty on the CPU since Ivy is only officially compatible with RAM 1600Mhz and below.
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October 6, 2012 5:49:46 AM

Well, if he likes voiding warranties and the like, there is no point in getting stuff that are under limits, is there? His money. Just giving recommendations and advice.

You also forgot the OS in your build. He said he needed everything. ;) 
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October 6, 2012 1:58:38 PM

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lol aesthetically speaking? or performance wise?
lets see you put something together that does more for that price


actually, why not. and it has the OS as well

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/juSd

-faster ssd
-equal case and psu
-more viable ram option
-and yeah i made a rig that would perform the same if not better for 100 dollars less since you didnt have the OS
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October 6, 2012 3:47:33 PM

SSD: no bro
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/425?vs=639

psu: i can upgrade to a modular one, but would be disadvantageous to you since it would be more efficient

id rather have way better customer support, lower price and sacrifice 1-3c than get a card from a not so great company. HIS is pretty much known for bad customer support (from most of what i read)

nobody uses 2tb unless they have a ton of movies or just dont delete useless info

ram doesnt make any difference in gaming performance. i dont see why you would want to void your intel warranty by running higher speed ram

the case being a cheap knockoff is bull$hit. the 400R is about the same as the 500R which is about the same as the 550D i own. not the best cabling. USB 3 is also mostly irrelevant since 80-90% of people dont really use it (even though i have a ton of those ports) and 50% of people dont even know whats usb3. cooling is just as good. the fractal stock case fans are much better than the ones that come with corsair cases. i have both fans

of course you can get windows 7 off of illegal means but on this forum, its pretty much illegal as well
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October 6, 2012 4:02:35 PM

Ive taken a look at both of your builds and both of them look around the same to me and around the same price range. I dont not need the win7 os. I am going to run linux on it and pick up windows 7 later. Also i do want the USB 3.0 ports on the case because i have a 1tb external HD that is 3.0. Thank you both for the help, ive learned a lot from all of this and am still open to suggestions. Sad thing is that i might not be able to afford it due to my job being terminated at the end of October.. Might have to cut the cost down a bunch and leave it room for upgrades in the future. Any suggestions for an extremely upgrade-able build?
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October 6, 2012 4:08:06 PM

usb3 ports are in the back.
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October 6, 2012 4:09:20 PM

and if you could buy most of the components except for the graphics since intergrated is still good enough for day to day usage but it wont do for good gaming
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