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1000$ Gamer Build

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#1
Hey guys,

I've been asked by my roommate to put together a 1000$ rig. He is looking to get back into PC gaming and his 3yr old Toshiba Qosmio laptop died.

I have tried to keep some golden rules in mind when selecting these parts.
1. NEVER skimp on the PSU
2. Make sure it is upgradable
3. Stay within the budget as much as possible
4. Try to make sure the parts are good with a good warranty.
I am rather new to building Intel systems so I am ready to get reamed for screwing up like I am expecting. I usually put together AMD rigs but I know I'd get chewed out for that so I'm trying this instead.

So, here is the list of parts.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yS0J

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG CH10LS28 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbmd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1117.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 19:56 EST-0500)
 
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#2
If its for gaming look at core i5 2500K. Better CPU. Or look at a Trinity setup.....
 
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#3
With a 2500k the and the big video card you might want more like a 750 watt psu, not sure but 650 sounds a little low...

If you got that one of course
 
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#4
With a 2500k the and the big video card you might want more like a 750 watt psu, not sure but 650 sounds a little low...

If you got that one of course
650 is more than enough with 1 card.
 
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#5
650 is fine with 2 cards even if we're talking a good unit and modern cards. I don't even hit 550 with my two 660 ti's.
 
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#6
problem is that the 2500k is still like 200$ new
I was thinking of setting him up with a 965BE and a Good Gigabyte 990FX board but it still goes over budget
 
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#7
650 is more than enough with 1 card.
Im running a 960, gtx570, and a 6950 with a 600W. It still hasn't blown up =D yet...
 
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Display(s) Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' 3ms Full HD 1920x1200 WideScreen LCD Monitor
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#8
Here is a Trinity Build variation of it.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ySKI

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.50 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-D3H ATX FM2 Motherboard ($107.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG CH10LS28 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbmd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1103.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 20:56 EST-0500)

Then As well a Modified Intel setup

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG CH10LS28 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1069.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 21:09 EST-0500)

Here is a 965BE build version too:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($149.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG CH10LS28 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1001.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 21:13 EST-0500)
 
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#9
Here is a Trinity Build variation of it.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ySKI

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.50 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-D3H ATX FM2 Motherboard ($107.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG CH10LS28 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbmd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1103.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 20:56 EST-0500)

Then As well a Modified Intel setup

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG CH10LS28 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1069.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 21:09 EST-0500)

Here is a 965BE build version too:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($149.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG CH10LS28 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1001.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 21:13 EST-0500)

2nd build
 

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#10
2nd build looks ok but consider this:
This Seasonic 620w is $78.99 (nearly $50 off!!!)
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 1...
* I have the Antec version of this model and it runs very well

If you go with a 7870 you can save about $60-80 and their performance is very close to a 7950 (5-10% @ stock and nearly zero difference if the 7870 has a mild overclock)

If you go with AMD then consider the 970 series boards (Gigabyte UD3, ASUS Evo models for example). They have nearly the same features (except SLI in most cases) and are much cheaper. Spend the savings on an FX-6300 and a Xigmatek Gaia cooler if you want some more oomph from the setup. ;)
 
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#11
2nd build looks ok but consider this:
This Seasonic 620w is $78.99 (nearly $50 off!!!)
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 1...
* I have the Antec version of this model and it runs very well

If you go with a 7870 you can save about $60-80 and their performance is very close to a 7950 (5-10% @ stock and nearly zero difference if the 7870 has a mild overclock)

If you go with AMD then consider the 970 series boards (Gigabyte UD3, ASUS Evo models for example). They have nearly the same features (except SLI in most cases) and are much cheaper. Spend the savings on an FX-6300 and a Xigmatek Gaia cooler if you want some more oomph from the setup. ;)
Def agree ^. 7870 is the way to go I think :toast:
 
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Video Card(s) Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC
Storage 1- WD 500GB 1- Samsung F2 1.5TB 1- Crucial M4 128GB SSD 1-256GB ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3 SSD
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