1000-1500 Gaming Build

Hi,
So I'm looking for a good gaming build. This will be my first build and I'm obviously looking for as much advice as possible. I need everything. I currently own a Mac, and have no keyboard, mouse, monitor, nothing. So this is the works.

Purchase. Next 1-2 weeks.

Budget. 1000-1500, I would like to stay as close to 1000 as possible, but no more than 1500.

System Usage. This will be used purely for gaming. I have my iMac for all other uses. I've been leaning towards an i5 because of this.

Monitor. Yes.

OS. Yes

Website. Don't care. I've been primarily checking Newegg.

Location. Chicago area

Parts. I've been primarily looking at Intel CPUs. But I'm more than open to AMD if it's a better build for the price. In terms of GPU, no idea. Honestly, I would just be taking a shot in the dark if I bought a GPU currently.

Overclocking. Maybe. I have no experience with overclocking, which scares me. But I have some friends that do, and I might get them involved. I've researched superclocked GPUs, but I'm less than thrilled with the idea of paying for overclocking, seems like cheating, and a waste of money.

SLI or Crossfire. Probably not. But if it can fit within the budget, why not have the option.

Moniter resolution. As stated before, I need a monitor. I don't want overkill with whatever GPU I get, obviously.

Additional. I really like everything in terms of gaming. So I'll be running BF3, Diablo III, Borderlands, etc. Pretty much anything but WoW. (I'm not willing to subscribe my life away to Blizzard.) I've done some research, compiled some info for savings, looked at pre-build sites, but I'm looking for as much input as possible.

Why. Peer pressure.

Huge thanks in advance.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1429.49
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    This should be able to play all your mentioned games at 60 FPS on Ultra.
    We can make changes if you want the price to go lower.
    This build cannot SLI/Crossfire. (I suck at trying to fit it in, but the motherboard will support it. Just not the PSU)
  2. Thanks, I like the build. In terms of price, it's in the ballpark, I was looking to get it a little bit closer to 1000. The SLI/Crossfire are definitely not necessary, just something that I was looking at if it would fit into the price.

    I was toying with the SSD drive idea, my question would be the actual gaming benefits to having one. I understand loading and booting the OS off of the drive, but does it actually improve game performance?
  3. What about this? SSDs dont have any performance gains.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 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: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.17 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS424-98 DVD/CD Writer ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1136.45
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  4. SSD improve boot time and loading speed on games especially battlefield, some ppl were able to get into the game 30 seconds before others using the M4.
    The ssd i recommend is:
    Crucial M4
    Samsung 830
    Intel 520
    They are all excellent ssd
    I recommend you use the ssd to store your os and a couple of games
    And have a hdd with 1tb+ for storage so it won't slow down your ssd
  5. ^The HDD wont have any effect on the SSD. Oh and, not Intel SSDs, please. :D Theyre overpriced for their performance.
  6. Nw333 said:
    ^The HDD wont have any effect on the SSD. Oh and, not Intel SSDs, please. :D Theyre overpriced for their performance.


    Intel is overpriced? What? No way. According to AnandTech: 330 beats the M4 in light workload, which is probably most common. Also, the 330 sells with mounting bracket and SATA III cable for $99. The M4 sells for $115= $110 + $5 (SATAIII cable and mounting braket) I think 330 is a great buy and that's why I chose it over M4.

    I have the ASRock Pro 3 mobo. I wish I would have spent an extra $30 for the Extreme 4. Better overclocking, more options (fan controllers and SATAIIIs), and better quality. Also, if I wanted to Crossfire then I'd have that option available, but I'm sure I won't.

    Yes, SSDs boot faster, but applications are much faster. Instantaneous. Also, working in Photoshop, off of a SSD, is much quicker too for saving files. At first I built my desktop without it, but then decided to try it out and I've never regretted it. Best $100 I've spent.
  7. The M4 is slow compared to the Vertex 4 and the 830. Yes, it was good a few weeks or so back, but the 830/Vertex4 has replaced it. Whatever the OP wants. I suggested two builds with and without SSD, so he chooses.

    OP said SLI/CF is not necessary. I chose to save money there.

    I know what SSDs do. :D Planning to buy one this Nov.
  8. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($82.95 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($106.89 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1489.36
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    spent a little bit more money on a monitor with an LED panel which helps lighting for games and such and gives a better color overall.

    i have put inside a 850W PSU incase you want to add inside another video card in the future.

    a 128 GB SSD doesn't have a whole lot of space so i added in 1TB HDD

    the case i choose can be changed, i like low profile, easy to build, and high airflow cases. 500R is also a good case that is easy to build in(almost all of corsair cases are easy to build in)
  9. He said to keep price closer to$1000 so $1490 is way over. Check OP's second post.

    Nw33 has a decent build.
  10. Case: COUGAR Challenger Black Steel Case Full Tower. ($85.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811553008

    CPU : Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo). ($319.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

    Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155. ($134.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546

    RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 . ($41.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5. ($284.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

    PSU : COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 620W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular. ($69.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171068

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache. ($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148845

    SSD : OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SATA III. ($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791

    CPU Cooler : CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid CPU Cooler. ($49.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015

    Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X. ($16.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

    ToTal = $1205 ( without the OS )


    OS : Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit. ($91.99)
    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I
  11. mrdowntownkiller said:
    Case: COUGAR Challenger Black Steel Case Full Tower. ($85.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811553008

    CPU : Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo). ($319.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

    Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155. ($134.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546

    RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 . ($41.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5. ($284.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

    PSU : COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 620W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular. ($69.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171068

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache. ($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148845

    SSD : OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SATA III. ($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791

    CPU Cooler : CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid CPU Cooler. ($49.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181015

    Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X. ($16.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

    ToTal = $1205 ( without the OS )


    OS : Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit. ($91.99)
    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I



    Add in cost of OS and monitor. Then your build is 1500+. Too much, try again.
  12. envy14tpe said:
    Add in cost of OS and monitor. Then your build is 1500+. Too much, try again.


    why don't you try calculating again.

    1205+92+200(doesnt even have to be 200 for a monitor) and that only leads to 1497.
  13. Read OP's comments about how much he wants to spend. There are two posts.

    I made an approximation and it was very close, definitely not close to $1000. Its best for thread starter to weigh in before people create builds.
  14. envy14tpe said:
    Read OP's comments about how much he wants to spend. There are two posts.

    I made an approximation and it was very close, definitely not close to $1000. Its best for thread starter to weigh in before people create builds.


    read your own post again it said 1500+.

    even so his build is very bad
  15. boulbox said:
    read your own post again it said 1500+.

    even so his build is very bad


    Why waste time going to sites and building a computer which is not close to OP's price range? I stated that your build was over priced and used a "+" to remind you its too much.
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