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October 9, 2012 2:51:16 PM

I'm planning on building a gaming pc for myself soon. I have a budget of $1000, and was wondering if you guys had any suggestions. I've gone through a few guides and have made a list of parts I think are good, but decided to ask for a second opinion.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, but at the latest December

Budget Range: $800-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Basic Word Processing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, Operating System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel CPU's and nVidia graphics cards. I don't have an opinion on most other parts.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Here are the parts I've picked out:
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157330
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460
Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125363
Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

What do you think?
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October 9, 2012 3:33:30 PM

Thanks for the suggestion! I just did a little more research based on what you gave me and got this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jOXS How would that work?

Also, that's a pretty sweet rig. Thanks for the suggestions so far!
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October 9, 2012 3:40:43 PM

That would work, although the i5-2500k is a Sandy bridge processor, so older technology. Same goes for the GeForce 560Ti. The GeForce 660 I selected on my second build stomps it pretty well for about $10 more.
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October 9, 2012 3:49:04 PM

Also, for any "K" processor, which allows overclocking, you'll want an aftermarket CPU cooler if you decide to actually overclock it. Keep that in mind for your build.
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October 9, 2012 5:00:17 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $314.98 save: $25.00
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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
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October 9, 2012 9:10:06 PM

biohazrd35 said:
Okay, I've gone through the suggestions, and this is what I've come up with. How does this look? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jQHt

I'm no math wizard but I'm pretty sure the combo with board and cpu I linked saves you $25.
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October 9, 2012 9:22:34 PM

Yeah, it does. The part picker just doesn't show it. Thanks for showing me that deal! Does it all check out?
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October 9, 2012 9:42:10 PM

biohazrd35 said:
Yeah, it does. The part picker just doesn't show it. Thanks for showing me that deal! Does it all check out?

Ya it looks fine although I would go for a vid card with a non reference cooler like that Gigabyte card you had in your initial build. Clocked higher and runs cooler.

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-... $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: 1033MHz (Base) 1098MHz (Boost) - Memory Clock: 6008MHz
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October 9, 2012 9:52:27 PM

Sweet. I switched out the graphics card to the one you specified, and everything looks good to go. Thanks for all your help!

Its gonna be nice to have a real computer again. My old comp died and I've been using a Raspberry Pi as my main computer for a couple of weeks now. Not exactly gaming performance.
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October 9, 2012 9:52:46 PM

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