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Best build for gaming performance under $1000?

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January 28, 2013 3:52:19 PM

Hello all, I'm looking to build a new PC under $1000. I'm looking for raw gaming performance, not beauty. I already have a copy of Windows 7, a 256gb Samsung 830, monitor, mouse, and keyboard. I'd like to skimp on the hard drive and put a cheap 7200rpm 500gb drive inside, as I'll use the SSD for most of my things. I'd like the most cost effective and powerful build you guys can think of. Thank you! :) 

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a c 344 4 Gaming
January 28, 2013 3:54:57 PM

from US/canada?
3570k + z77 + 212 evo + are you going with nvidia/radeon card?
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January 28, 2013 3:56:35 PM

AMD Radeon said:
from US/canada?
3570k + z77 + 212 evo + are you going with nvidia/radeon card?


United States. I'll go with whatever gives me the best performance.
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a c 344 4 Gaming
January 28, 2013 4:13:58 PM

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 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $907.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 13:13 EST-0500)
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a c 288 4 Gaming
January 28, 2013 6:10:18 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($314.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($92.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1025.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 15:09 EST-0500)

My video card isn't as powerful as the above build but it's an excellent choice. Also the above build lacks a hard drive - I threw in a solid 1TB Caviar Blue that's reasonably priced.
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January 28, 2013 6:29:36 PM

You have my curiosity, but the post above you has my attention. It's less expensive and packs a harder punch. I do like your 1Tb option though, yet I don't need that much space.

g-unit1111 said:
Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($314.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($92.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1025.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 15:09 EST-0500)

My video card isn't as powerful as the above build but it's an excellent choice. Also the above build lacks a hard drive - I threw in a solid 1TB Caviar Blue that's reasonably priced.

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a c 288 4 Gaming
January 28, 2013 7:34:20 PM

endlessmanager said:
You have my curiosity, but the post above you has my attention. It's less expensive and packs a harder punch. I do like your 1Tb option though, yet I don't need that much space.


There's not that much difference in price between that Power Color 7970 and the 660TI - either card is a good choice for gaming. You could add that card to my build and still come in under $1100. You could also get the Gigabyte GTX 670 and it's the same price.
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January 31, 2013 12:53:24 PM

Best answer selected by endlessmanager.
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