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January 26, 2013 6:23:34 AM

Hi, I am new to forums. But I have 1000$ to work with to build a gaming pc. Is this enough to build a top rate system?

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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2013 6:52:59 AM


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January 26, 2013 7:04:47 AM

Well I am new to building gaming pc's and I have 1000$ to work with to build one. I was wanting help with what to buy.
a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2013 7:10:02 AM

Filling out the form Finneous linked too will give us the info needed to best help you.
January 26, 2013 7:34:19 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Feb 11th

Budget Range: 1000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet browsing, video streaming, School work.

Are you buying a monitor: I plan on getting a monitor as well.

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using** "need all, building system from scratch."

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, I have used newegg in the past, but pretty much anywhere that has good parts for a good price.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available

Calhoun, Ga. United states.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

No preference.

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe (Maybe)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe (Maybe)

Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if you're upgrading please state what you'd want to get)

idc I just want a hd monitor, 20' in, 720/1080

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

want to be running new games, next gen if possible. For example I want to be able to run Farcry 3 good. That should give you a good benchmark on how good I want the pc to be.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: (e.g. I'm having trouble running game X or my PSU broke)

I am using a piece of crap pc right now, and I am coming into some money and I will have 1000$ to spend on a new pc. I am a avid gamer so that's what the pc is mostly for. Thanks for the responses. :) 
January 26, 2013 7:39:41 AM

I will also need a wireless network card.
a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2013 7:47:29 AM

Not entirely sure, is the monitor included in the budget?
January 26, 2013 7:48:15 AM


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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2013 7:52:46 AM

Tiny bit over, but I dont think $15 is much of a deal-breaker.

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 ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Rosewill Wireless NIC ($25.00)
Total: $985.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 04:52 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2013 7:58:15 AM

I wouldn't waste money on an expensive CPU, mobo and cooler for "maybe overclocking".
January 26, 2013 8:06:49 AM

So what all would this system be able to run?
a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2013 8:19:53 AM

Gaming wise, it'l run pretty much whatever you want at 1080p, with reasonably maxed out settings (no 8x AA, or the like) at a very playable FPS.
And its overclocking ready, so a bit of that will bump up performance a bit as well.
January 26, 2013 8:29:34 AM

Best answer selected by thebrad121.
January 26, 2013 8:31:27 AM

Thank you so much, would this be cheaper if I tried to get them all at newegg. And try to bundle them so I might get the parts at the same time?
a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2013 8:56:53 AM

PCPart Picker sifts through all the various retailers to find the cheapest prices available on components, but theres no reason to stop you from going through one retailer.

If you hit the "Price Breakdown by Merchant" link, it will show you the cost of buying all the components through any one particular retailer.