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Newbie wanting to build first gaming PC around $1,000

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May 6, 2013 10:51:02 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within two months

Budget Range: $1,000 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, surfing internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter.com (local store), pcpartpicker.com

Country: Kansas, USA

Parts Preferences: not picky, whatever works best together

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: will update later with current monitor resolution

Additional Comments: Windows needed, may want to add SSD later, is i7 needed?

Haven't selected any parts yet.
a b 4 Gaming
May 6, 2013 10:56:50 AM

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 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $988.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-06 13:56 EDT-0400)


OS not included
Monitor included

you could get a cheaper case, psu and a Os would fit in the budget






you also may want to switch to a amd build which contains the fx 8350, +monitor,+OS
fx8350 and i5-3570k are pretty much the same. sometimes the i5-3570k is better, some times the fx8350.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($86.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.95 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1038.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-06 14:04 EDT-0400)
May 7, 2013 5:18:44 AM

Thanks Marcopolo123, I will look into your suggestions. Anyone else have any other ideas or objections to what Marcopolo123 suggested?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 7, 2013 9:41:42 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $985.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-07 12:39 EDT-0400)

Optimised, msi hd 7950 twin frozr OC Beast, very powerfull,
750w for crossfire, this seasonic is a good deal.
Fx6300 enough power, oc it to fx8350 performance.
May 7, 2013 9:47:40 AM

Hi bwilkes!

Check out the Superb and Excellent Tier for a list of the specs you need for your budget.

Since your primary purpose is gaming, I would suggest you go for i5-3570K than an i7-3770K. The difference in performance is negligible.

Good luck!
May 7, 2013 10:08:44 AM

This is what I have so far, still need to decide video card and power supply, any thoughts are welcomed

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.93 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $594.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-07 13:07 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
May 7, 2013 10:20:25 AM
May 7, 2013 10:49:51 AM
May 7, 2013 10:58:46 AM

The only thing I saw that I dont like is the motherboard, get the M5A97 R2.0 ( not the LE board). You get VRM heat sink and usb 3 header on the board with the M5A97 R2.0 board and its usually only like 5 or 10 bucks more, money well spent IMO.
a b 4 Gaming
May 7, 2013 11:22:47 AM



There is no issue, but i would take the nzxt switch 810
The arc midi r2 for 110$ is kinda overpriced
If you want to stay with fractal, take the define r4 its better


October 25, 2013 9:12:02 AM

go for kingston hyperx blue..it is cheaper, has lesser CAS latency and also leaves room for aftermarket cooler.....
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