$1000-$1500 System


I'm looking at building a new desktop, but I haven't done it in years. I have done some research, but keep going over my budget by a lot! I am looking to get a good gaming system to play on a 40 inch Samsung TV with a 60hz refresh rate, which has surround sound. I would love to spend $1,000, but could go to $1500. Below is what I have built so far, but they always come out to 1700+. Could you guys recommend what I might tweak to get closer to $1000, but still have plenty of hardware power. I don't really want to upgrade for 3+ years. I like playing games for the first year or two on max settings and then getting the value out of my hardware by lowering settings until I can't play the game. I find most games are ports, so the days of needing a $2000+ system aren't as important. Hopefully I'm right and we can find some parts that I can downgrade or some that I'm buying that aren't recommended buys.

Below is the specs and prices.

Thank you

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case $119.99

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $369.99

TOPOWER TOP-1000WG 1000W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply $79.99

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G

G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GSR $159.99

ASRock X79 Extreme4 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 209.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit $139.99

OCZ Vector Series VTR1-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC $269.99

Intel Core i7 3820 3.6GHz LGA 2011 Boxed Processor Intel Core i7 3820 3.6GHz LGA 2011 Boxed Processor
SKU: 261826 $199.99 $199.99

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 3.5" In
SKU: 646901 $79.99 $79.99
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  1. thats because yours is a editing machine, not a gaming rig. ill tell you what you did wrong

    -the x79 platform is for the ultimate gaming rig or hardcore video editers or people who are going to use their machine to make money
    -32gb of ram is overkill unless you are going to edit a ton of videos
    -cheaper SSDs that perform similarly
    -dont use crappy power supplies
    -no need for thermal paste.
    -cheaper cases
    -cheaper video cards that perform similarly

    this is a purely gaming rig. in this rig ill assume no overclocking or dual video card setups
  2. You don't need 32 GB of RAM, 8 should be fine. Don't need to get such an expensive video card, a Radeon 7870 is similar and also works very quickly, and if you get lucky like me you can pick it up for 195 bucks. The Asus P8Z77 is good enough and is ivy bridge: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820
    You should probably get a 3570k insteaad of that 3820 IMO.
  3. Also, don't get that crappy PSU, get one that will WORK.
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