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Old September 8, 2011, 11:42 AM
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Ok, so I need a new gaming pc and i need your help with figuring out what to buy. I'm working with a $1000 budget. Here are the things that i DONT want/i WONT do:

-I don't need a monitor, speakers etc. JUST THE COMPUTER.
-I'm not going to overclock, (or if I will, very mildly only since i'm new to overclocking)
-I don't want AMD/ATI. Just intel/nvidia please. :)
-I don't want an ssd (those things are overpriced. i'll buy one when they're cheaper.)

What i do want to do:

-Possibly go SLi in the future. (but not yet since i'm not willing to buy a GPU less than a 560ti, and i dont have the budget as of now)
-I have a samsung 23" 1360x**** resolution, but i plan to buy a 21-23" 1920x1080 monitor soon enough, but not now.


Here are the things that i've already decided on:
Processor: i5-2500k - $220
Case: Antec 900 two v3 - $120 Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case Im buying this case cos it has dust filters, it gets kinda dusty where i live, so i really need them dust filters. :) if you can suggest a better case with dust filters, that would be great.

Well, that's it! 640$ still up for grabs! Please help! thanks!
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Old September 8, 2011, 12:40 PM
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If you are not going to OC/only want to do a mild overclock, then save a few bucks and get an i5 2400. You can OC by 4 multipliers if I recall correctly and its currently $35 cheaper at newegg.ca. Grab a WD black HDD in whatever size you need. A z68 MOB (my vote for ASUS or Gigabyte) as cheap as you can with the features that you want (can go for a p67 based board for OC if you don't have any desire to run integrated graphics). 560Ti/ 570 of your choice. Seasonic/ Corsair/ XFX/ Antec PSU 650w for non-SLI or 850w if you want it to be sufficient for SLI.
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Old September 8, 2011, 01:32 PM
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not sure that the 902 v3 has a filter for the side intake though. my old 900 used to collect dust there like crazy, perhaps even more so than the front.
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Old September 8, 2011, 06:01 PM
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To save some coin I'd always go with the HAF 912. Filters on the front and bottom. Mounts for 200mm/140mm x 2/120mm x 2/ fans on the top and front. I generally mod my case with a square of aluminum i screw over the side vent from the inside. (Spray painted matte black) I hate a dusty case too. I only use a front mounted 200mm along with the H60 mounted to rear of the case (exhausting not intake like it suggests. Only 3 degrees hotter at high OC's). With a good non-reference cooling solution on the vid card the case is nearly silent.

You do realize that for $1000 you can realistically only get an entry level gaming machine right?

This build will let you OC the chip and/or vid card very respectably if you ever choose to.

LG GH22NS70 Black SATA DVD-Writer 22xDVD+/-R 6xDVD+R DL 48x CD-R 22.99
Corsair (CWCH60) Hydro Series H60 69.99
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3-B3 Socket 1155 Intel Z68 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz 2x PCI-Express GLAN 7.1-CH HD Audio 2x SATA 6.0Gb/s 4x SATA 3.0Gb/s 10xUSB 2.0 2xUSB 3.0 ATX 99.99
ADATA XPG Gaming Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Kit 39.99
Seagate Barracuda (ST3500413AS) 7200.12 SATA3 6.0Gb/s 500GB 16MB Cache (OEM) 39.99
Asus ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5 (830Mhz) 1GB (4000Mhz) GDDR5 249.99
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 80PLUS Bronze Certified 750W Power Supply 99.99
Sub-Total: $622.93

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Old September 8, 2011, 06:28 PM
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Oh, one more thing. Antec likes to mount the PSU's at the bottom, just inverted. I'm not a fan of this as they draw in pre-heated air.
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Old September 8, 2011, 06:46 PM
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PNY GeForce GTX 560 Ti: $209.99

Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3: $155.99

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte PC3-12800 8GB 2X4GB: $49.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB: $39.99
pricematched: Seagate 500GB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III w/ 16MB Cache at Memory Express Computers

Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM: $16.99

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750M: $109.99
pricematched: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX34711%28ME%29.aspx

Total: $582.94

Theres still quite a bit left (I didnt factor in tax or shipping, etc), if you wanted to use it all you can probably get a GTX570, or get some sort of CPU cooler or even get a 2600k. Its up to you, but I think this is a good start. A lot of the parts I posted are on sale at NCIX currently though, so you might have to play around with it if it gets sold out or if you want to wait a few weeks.

The i5 2500k is sold for $210 here: Intel Core
and the Antec 900v3 is sold here for $113: Red Data - Antec Nine Hundred Two V3
So you can save another few dollars if you haven't already bought them. Pricematch with NCIX of course.

I have a Lancool K62. I used to have a Antec 900, I know the one you showed is a lot better than the old 900, but when I bought my Lancool I was VERY impressed with all the little features.
I would definitely recommend it :). Take a look you might like it.

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Old September 9, 2011, 02:04 AM
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hi guys, thanks for the reply!

i really like the HAF 912, i didnt consider it cos when i checked newegg it didnt mention anything about filters. so i guess i'm changing to that.

also, the corsair H60 is a little bit too expensive dont you think? i read somewhere that pre-built water cooling solutions are almost equal, if not a little worse, in terms of performance compared to high end air cooling solutions. So i've thought about it and i was just wondering maybe a coolermaster hyper 212 would be better? plus it's only $30.

@Insomnia9669: don't you think the 570 would be overkill? i'll never use two monitors anyway, or go for any resolution higher than 1920x1080. also, i looked at the k62 lian li, it looks good but again dust filters were missing.
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Old September 9, 2011, 07:57 AM
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2nd for Insomnia9669's recs
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Old September 9, 2011, 01:06 PM
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@Insomnia9669: don't you think the 570 would be overkill? i'll never use two monitors anyway, or go for any resolution higher than 1920x1080. also, i looked at the k62 lian li, it looks good but again dust filters were missing.

The K62 has a filter on the intake at the front. The other 3 fans are all outtakes, so they dont have filters.
I only really recommended getting a 570 if you have extra cash. That 560Ti is really good, a friend of mine actually owns one. He told me you can even OC it and it will have similar performance to a 570. I would just stick with it if you dont want to spend the difference on something.
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