$1000-1100 gaming rig for a student

Hello, I'm a high school student looking to buy a nice gaming build. Help is much apreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: I Can buy this pretty much today.

Budget Range: 1000-1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, schoolwork( Word docs, prezis etc), surfing the web

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) I have a mouse and OS, and I don't need speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: I would be interested in factory overclocked parts.

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Monitor Resolution: I'm not sure, whatever fits my budget.

Additional Comments:

Thanks for taking a look.a
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  1. Everything should be self-explanatory:

    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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.49 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.49 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $940.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-14 08:23 EST-0500)

    The graphics card is faster than a stock 7950 and can still be overclocked further.
  2. Here you go.This build offers a monitor plus the 7950 is going to offer better performance in games then a 7870.The build only con is locked cpu meaning the cpu cannot be overclocked.

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair C70 Gunmetal Black (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $988.45
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-14 09:33 EST-0500)
  3. 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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.82 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1084.72
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-14 11:57 EST-0500)
  4. Thank you for the extremely quick responses. I'm going to try to buy tonight.
  5. GooD Luck
  6. Hi, I'm targat2's brother. I'm helping him out with this build. We ended up building off your suggestions and came up with this build:

    Does it look good?

    Note: the mobo comes with 2x4GB of ram

    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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1081.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-16 02:22 EST-0500)

    I have another question, is it better to buy all from one seller (newegg) for costumer service and shipping reasons, or to buy from whoever sells cheapest?
  7. hi zakh , the final build looks awesome you both did good gob , about the shipping and customer service , i am the kind of guy that will be buy from the best price place and if i suffer from a product issue i will get back to the place i bought from it doesn't really matter how many parts i bought from them.
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