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Old October 7, 2012, 09:48 AM
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High resolutions and Ultra settings in a 1000$ build would mean that some compromise needs to be done. You don't know what AA is? Anti-Aliasing, basically it eliminates the jagged edges from diagonal lines, you might want to google it to see a few examples. The issue is that will tax a lot the graphics card. So for the graphics card I would go along starting from GTX 470/GTX 480/GTX560 Ti 448/ GTX 570. A core i3 would be your best shot, the ones on LGA1156 platform can be overclocked while the ones on 1155 cannot. Something to consider in your buying options. If you opt for the 1156 platform and you go with overclocking, make sure the mobo has VRM cooling, like for example Asus P7P55D EVO motherboard. Oh, and something else, on LGA 1156 only the Intel P55 chipset can overclock. If you go LGA1155 you don't need all these precautions as i3 series on LGA1155 are not overclockable that much. That is the Intel recommendation.
On AMD side you would not go wrong with a Phenom II be it X2, X3 or X4, also the Athlon II X3 are very good for gaming, just make sure to change the default cooler with something more adequate, what comes to mind is Cooler master 212 EVO. Again, if you intend to go overclocking, the same advice of getting a motherboard with VRM cooling applies, you can look at Asus M4N72E for example.
For RAM you can look at 4 GB assuming you will install win 7. The generation, as in DDR 2 or DDR3 will make a difference only in the WEI in windows 7. It is enough for gaming, worst case scenario you can add more later. Chipset wise you can choose anything on AMD side there are no noticeable differences if you use an older nVidia chipset or newer AMD.
As HDD I would recommend the new Seagate drives, the ones with 1TB/per platter, the model you are looking for is ST1000DM003. This new 1TB model has SSD like speeds : 210MB/s read and 165MB/s write.
Power Supply : something with 80 Plus Bronze certification and Single Rail design with power to spare in the 650-750W range like Corsair/Seasonic/Silverstone/XFX brands. Modular or not is a personal preference.
A DVD burner of your choice.

An example taken from (didn't have time to seep through your site)

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM - 89S
ASUS 24X DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - 20$
Intel Core i3-2120 - 125$
ASRock H61M/U3S3 - 90$
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - 22$
Galaxy 67NPH6DV5ZVX GeForce GTX 670 GC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - 400$
CORSAIR TX650 V2 650W PSU - 90$
Grand Total 835$ in canadian prices.

So you get a brand new video card and still have money to spare. The only missing thing is a case, that you choose whatever you can or want, there are plenty cases to choose for 100-150$, I would go Corsair Carbide 400R/500R. Of course the bill would lower if you would be able to find a used GTX 480 or GTX 570 to get your Ultra settings to life.
Hope it helps.

Last edited by MARSTG; October 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM.
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