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October 12, 2012 5:02:33 AM

Hey guys, so im trying to build a new desktop cause my laptop is barely handling the games I play (my laptop is not top of the line, but it's descent)

Anyway, I've I'm planning on spending at most $1000 for everything, plus whatever peripherals that I'll need to get. I'm really new at this so I would like u pros to help me out =] I already did some research and came up with a list


Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever the parts are on sale, not in a rush

Budget: ~$1000

System Usage: Mostly for gaming, then surfing the web and work

Monitor: I'll need to buy one

OS: Need to get, I can go with Windows 7 Home premium

Preferred website(s) for parts: Newegg, tigetdirect, slickdeals

Location: San Diego, US

Parts Preferences: The things I have on the list, or if anyone has something better for a cheaper price

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 X either 1080 or 1200 (Preferably 1200 though)

Additional Comments: Just trying to get everything within my budget range, and something quiet




Here's the list that I have generated for the parts that I want:

CPU: i5 3570K

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950

Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB

MB: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3

HDD: SEAGATE Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM

SSD: Samsung 830 series MZ

DVD: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Case: Antec 300 Black steel or
Rosewill REDBONE Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply
OR
Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 Enthusiast Series TX650



Can I also please get some recommendations for a decent monitor, keyboard, and speakers?

I really appreciate the help =]

I know with $1000 this is probably too much to ask for, so please feel free to make some comments on the parts that I have chosen


Thanks again

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October 12, 2012 5:20:26 AM

Good start but there's a few things wrong.

1. A 3570K will not fit in a 990FX motherboard. You will need a Z77 motherboard (although I'd heavily advise against purchasing an unlocked CPU if it's your first time).

2. Go with the Corsair TX650 - a bit more expensive but better quality.

3. Get the Antec 300 for your case.

4. The Radeon 7870 GHz Edition is a lot newer for the money and uses less power than the 6950 does.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $996.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Then add whatever keyboard and mouse you want.
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October 12, 2012 5:24:35 AM

thank you so much for the advice, i'll keep an eye on the price for those parts that you have recommended

(thank god i ran this "build" through someone before I started buying parts like a dummy)

thanks again!!!!
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October 12, 2012 5:27:27 AM

nightkidz said:
thank you so much for the advice, i'll keep an eye on the price for those parts that you have recommended

(thank god i ran this "build" through someone before I started buying parts like a dummy)

thanks again!!!!


Yeah before buying there's an incredibly helpful site called PC Part Picker.com that you can input components and it will tell you any incompatibilities you may run into.
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October 12, 2012 5:28:32 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Yeah before buying there's an incredibly helpful site called PC Part Picker.com that you can input components and it will tell you any incompatibilities you may run into.


I see, i will definitely use that site as a reference for future upgrades :) 
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October 19, 2012 12:03:49 AM

Best answer selected by nightkidz.
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