2 Gaming Builds - One w/ $1000, One for ultra, mega, dirt cheap.

Good evening all:

I'm an old PC builder that's been out of the game for about 10 years, so I don't know anything about anything now days. I'm looking for two systems. The first build is a standard $1000 budget gaming build (for me), the second, I want to see the cheapest gaming build you can come up with (for my casual gamer girlfriend).

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.:
By the end of January

Budget Range:
System 1:$1000, before rebates. (I really hate mail in rebates because I never get them half the time, but instants are great. Will accept either.)
System 2: As cheap as possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
System 1: Able to run planetside 2 very well.
System 2: She plays everything, but she mostly plays minecraft, that's why I want a cheap system.

Are you buying a monitor:
A single replacement monitor, separate budget $200

Parts to Upgrade:

I have a Radeon HD 5850 1gb currently, so it'll probably get put into her PC. Everything else will be new.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: New Egg, but I'll buy from any reputable dealer.

Lancaster, PA. No Microcenter :(

Parts Preferences:
System 1: Intel/NVidia
System 2: No preference

System 1: Maybe; I've never done it, though. I also have some interest for liquid cooling, but I've never done that either. Probably neither for this budget.

System 2: No

SLI or Crossfire:
Probably not at this budget?

Your Monitor Resolution:
I'm replacing a 1440x900, nothing bigger than low to mid ~20"

Additional Comments:
Bling is stupid and costs money. None needed here. Mostly a gaming PC. I need a *good* keyboard for System 1 as well, but this is also separate from the budget. Probably nothing more than $150.00 for that. In addition to gaming, I'm also a law student, so I need a good typist keyboard as well as a good gaming keyboard. I don't use macro bells and whistles.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
My system can't run planetside 2, hers won't turn on.
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  1. Ill look into a build for both later.....got some work to do at the moment but the forums are distracting me...haha.
    Anyway for the keyboard look into a filco. Simple keyboard you can get with all types of mechanical keys(recommend blue for a dedicated typing board, red or black for a gaming board, and brown for an inbetween)
    the keyboard company sells filcos and if you want a company US based elitekeyboards is one I believe. They sell leopolds which are basically the same
  2. Build #1

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.96 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: MSI DH-24AAS-17 R DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $916.85

    Build #2

    CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($20.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: MSI DH-24AS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $337.93
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