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November 13, 2012 4:03:10 PM

Heya, I have no experience at all with building and upgrading systems. I do however need a new PC and since I wasn't able to find something satisfactory for my 1000 USD budget, I decided to try building it myself! Problem is I really don't know what parts to get or even how they're supposed to fit together.

I'd like something that can at least run everything on the market now relatively smoothly (I'm not expecting to run Crysis 3 on max with a budget like mine, but at least stuff like Skyrim on decent settings) as well as do other stuff such as surfing the internet and movies etc.

Anybody able to help?

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November 13, 2012 4:19:11 PM

Does that budget include monitor /keyboard / mouse / OS? Are you reusing any parts?
November 13, 2012 4:20:01 PM

I already have a monitor, keyboard and mouse, but I won't be reusing any parts. I'll need to buy the OS, too.

Well, nobody really needs to buy software these days, do they, but I prefer doing it the legal way. :p 
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November 13, 2012 4:33:51 PM

It's $24 over $1000, so if going a little over is unacceptable, then say so and I'll try changing it around a bit.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nArF

What do you think of that?
the i5-3570K is the most expensive CPU worth buying in a gaming build with a budget far under around $2000.

The ASRock Extreme 4 is a high end board with a lower mid-end price that gives it seemingly unbeatable bang for your buck as a motherboard.

This cooler is a fairly decent cooler. Ivy Bridge doesn't respond well to getting expensive and high end coolers and thanks to a combo deal with the CPU, this cooler was almost free, so why not?

A 2x4GB DDR3-1600 1.5V kit is really all that any modern gaming build needs and this is the cheapest high-quality kit.

Western Digital Caviar Blue is easily perhaps the best consumer desktop hard drive line for 1TB and lower despite being so cheap. If you want something both more reliable and higher performance than these, you'd have to go for a more expensive enterprise/professional drive such as a new Caviar Black or VelociRapter. I chose a 500GB model assuming that you won't need more. If I assumed wrong, please say so and I'll fix it.

Crucial M4 isn't the fastest SSD around, but it's up there most of the time and it's easily one of the most reliable. Since gaming doesn't really take any advantage from a faster SSD and this is currently the cheapest of its reliability and performance consistency class AFAIK, I chose it.

This Gigabyte WindForce Radeon 7950 is easily the best $300 or less gaming graphics card available overall.

This RoseWill Challenger case is one of the most well-reviewed and highest rated cheap cases that you'd ever find. With excellent air flow and good build quality for such a cheap case, it was a no-brainer, especially with the combo deal that it has on the DVD drive.

This Antec EarthWatts Green 650W power supply is an above-average quality PSU with good efficiency. It's not a record breaker or anything like that, but it'll get the job done reliably.

Also, I threw in a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64.
November 13, 2012 4:41:34 PM

Oh, going a little over $1000 is acceptable, I'll just flip my couch. :p  I can't say for myself if that's a good build since I have no experience, but the specs definitely look worth the money. What sort of performance should I expect from it? Like what's the highest settings I can expect on some recent games etc?
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November 13, 2012 4:50:53 PM

blazorthon said:
It's $24 over $1000, so if going a little over is unacceptable, then say so and I'll try changing it around a bit.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nArF

What do you think of that?
the i5-3570K is the most expensive CPU worth buying in a gaming build with a budget far under around $2000.

The ASRock Extreme 4 is a high end board with a lower mid-end price that gives it seemingly unbeatable bang for your buck as a motherboard.

This cooler is a fairly decent cooler. Ivy Bridge doesn't respond well to getting expensive and high end coolers and thanks to a combo deal with the CPU, this cooler was almost free, so why not?

A 2x4GB DDR3-1600 1.5V kit is really all that any modern gaming build needs and this is the cheapest high-quality kit.

Western Digital Caviar Blue is easily perhaps the best consumer desktop hard drive line for 1TB and lower despite being so cheap. If you want something both more reliable and higher performance than these, you'd have to go for a more expensive enterprise/professional drive such as a new Caviar Black or VelociRapter. I chose a 500GB model assuming that you won't need more. If I assumed wrong, please say so and I'll fix it.

Crucial M4 isn't the fastest SSD around, but it's up there most of the time and it's easily one of the most reliable. Since gaming doesn't really take any advantage from a faster SSD and this is currently the cheapest of its reliability and performance consistency class AFAIK, I chose it.

This Gigabyte WindForce Radeon 7950 is easily the best $300 or less gaming graphics card available overall.

This RoseWill Challenger case is one of the most well-reviewed and highest rated cheap cases that you'd ever find. With excellent air flow and good build quality for such a cheap case, it was a no-brainer, especially with the combo deal that it has on the DVD drive.

This Antec EarthWatts Green 650W power supply is an above-average quality PSU with good efficiency. It's not a record breaker or anything like that, but it'll get the job done reliably.

Also, I threw in a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64.


The total is really going too be even high than the $26 over it's more like $62 over the op budget. Some of the amazon prices are wrong. The psu is $73 and the ssd is $103.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 13, 2012 4:55:31 PM

strife_ff7 said:
The total is really going too be even high than the $26 over it's more like $62 over the op budget. Some of the amazon prices are wrong. The psu is $73 and the ssd is $103.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nAFt

Okay, switched the PSU and SSD out. Now it's $34 over. Added bonus, now it has a modular PSU, albeit slightly less efficient..
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
November 13, 2012 4:56:27 PM

Shaoni said:
Oh, going a little over $1000 is acceptable, I'll just flip my couch. :p  I can't say for myself if that's a good build since I have no experience, but the specs definitely look worth the money. What sort of performance should I expect from it? Like what's the highest settings I can expect on some recent games etc?


It'll max out Skyrim while also having room for some decent MSAA at 1080p.
November 13, 2012 4:59:11 PM

Oh, that'll definitely be enough, then. Thanks for the help, I'll go look up some guides on building stuff like this before ordering any parts, though!
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a b 4 Gaming
November 13, 2012 5:01:09 PM

Glad to help (sorry about missing that Amazon price issue).
November 13, 2012 5:20:00 PM

blazorthon said:
It's $24 over $1000, so if going a little over is unacceptable, then say so and I'll try changing it around a bit.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nArF

What do you think of that?
the i5-3570K is the most expensive CPU worth buying in a gaming build with a budget far under around $2000.

The ASRock Extreme 4 is a high end board with a lower mid-end price that gives it seemingly unbeatable bang for your buck as a motherboard.

This cooler is a fairly decent cooler. Ivy Bridge doesn't respond well to getting expensive and high end coolers and thanks to a combo deal with the CPU, this cooler was almost free, so why not?

A 2x4GB DDR3-1600 1.5V kit is really all that any modern gaming build needs and this is the cheapest high-quality kit.

Western Digital Caviar Blue is easily perhaps the best consumer desktop hard drive line for 1TB and lower despite being so cheap. If you want something both more reliable and higher performance than these, you'd have to go for a more expensive enterprise/professional drive such as a new Caviar Black or VelociRapter. I chose a 500GB model assuming that you won't need more. If I assumed wrong, please say so and I'll fix it.

Crucial M4 isn't the fastest SSD around, but it's up there most of the time and it's easily one of the most reliable. Since gaming doesn't really take any advantage from a faster SSD and this is currently the cheapest of its reliability and performance consistency class AFAIK, I chose it.

This Gigabyte WindForce Radeon 7950 is easily the best $300 or less gaming graphics card available overall.

This RoseWill Challenger case is one of the most well-reviewed and highest rated cheap cases that you'd ever find. With excellent air flow and good build quality for such a cheap case, it was a no-brainer, especially with the combo deal that it has on the DVD drive.

This Antec EarthWatts Green 650W power supply is an above-average quality PSU with good efficiency. It's not a record breaker or anything like that, but it'll get the job done reliably.

Also, I threw in a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 x64.

+1. A very good build.
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