Budget gaming PC $1000

Hello Everyone,

Been a long time since I've updated my computers, been using Macs lately for what I do. Anyways looking to build a new gaming rig from scratch. The budget will be about $1000, and that includes a new monitor and OS.

So lets get started.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Early February

Budget Range: $1000ish (pre rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some programming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) New machine, need all parts from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Only preference is to try to keep shipping low, no specific loyalties to a site.

Location: Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel CPUs, no preference aside from that.

Overclocking: More than likely

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, need to look more into it

Your Monitor Resolution: Ideally want a min res of 1900x1080

Additional Comments: Will want to run Crysis 3 at a respectable setting. Only other game currently spending time on is GW2.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Haven't had a dedicated gaming rig in years. Its time to get one.

Thanks again for the time anyone puts into replies.
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  1. CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Value 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Intel 335 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Microsoft Desktop 400 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1003.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 20:30 EST-0500)

    This will give you some ideas - small footprint, emphasis on gaming, super-speed and reliability with that SSD (worth every penny, and you can add a hard drive later if you need more storage), and it should run Crysis 3 on Ultra at about 40fps @1080p. Depending on how demanding the game ends up being. It will run Crysis 2 on Ultra at 60fps @1080p, no problem.

    I would get everything from Newegg, but that's just me - they have amazing service, lots of items with free shipping, and the items usually ship faster than you expect.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1055.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 20:28 EST-0500)
  3. Pre-Rebates

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cougar Volant (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1005.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 20:49 EST-0500)

    If you are thinking about SLI/CrossFire, you need to go with the AsRock Z77 Extreme 4 and a higher rated PSU (700-750W).
  4. What's the general consensus on SLI/Crossfire?
  5. ^ get a single most powerful card, and if it is not sufficient anymore, SLI.xfire it
    avoid dual configuration on low-mid end card
  6. Spector said:
    What's the general consensus on SLI/Crossfire?


    You will have a much better experience with a single GPU. A better high-end card is usually better than 2 cards of lower performance. Usually, when it is time to upgrade, there are two options. One, buy another GPU and SLI/CrossFire or sell your older card to help with the cost of the newer card. I usually suggest the latter of the two.

    One big concern with SLI\CrossFire is microstutter and I can vouch for this. Here is my example. I have two 560 ti's in SLI and while I was waiting for the second card, I played Diablo III smooth as butter. I put the second card in, and voila, there was some microstutter.
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