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Old February 21, 2013, 11:33 AM
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Hello everyone...

Although I am knowledgeable with computers I have never put one together myself. I've been told this board is the most helpful for this type of advice.

I am looking to build a mid-ranged gaming PC for around $1,000. I am open to all ideas and wanted to see what hardware everyone suggests?

I already have dual monitors, a mouse, and keyboard. So no need to include these in the specs.

My main goal is to have a machine that can play games at the highest level possible. I have been told that for $1,000 I will not get a PC that can run the newest games at max settings. If this is true, how much more will I have to spend to achieve this goal?

Thank you all so much in advance...
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Old February 21, 2013, 11:41 AM
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ALMOST FORGOT:

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. (Gaming and web browsing)

2. What YOUR budget is. (around a 1000 but as high as 1200)

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from. (USA)

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. (None)

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts (monitors, mouse, keyboard)

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds. (Not sure, all help would be appreciated)

8. WHEN do you plan to build it? (In the next month or so)

9. What resolution and settings do you use? (I have two 32" 1080P monitors. I would like to run games as smoothly as possible though.)

10. Are there any specific technologies you want? (SSD and USB 3.0 would be nice)
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Old February 21, 2013, 11:43 AM
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You can get damn close.. I have a build from someone else, Intel Core i5-3570K, Sapphire Radeon HD 7870, Zalman Z9 Plus - System Build - PCPartPicker

That should be pretty good.

Dunno what the story is on playing games on 2 screens, I wasn't able to but then that may be because mine are 2 different resolutions.

Bump the gpu to a 7970 for playing on multiple screens.

The SSD as pointed out in another thread is a bit older but damn good value,
I would possibly bump the case a bit if you have the room in your budget.

That should at least give you an idea of what you can get.
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Old February 21, 2013, 11:47 AM
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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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($296.88 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1106.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Old February 21, 2013, 11:54 AM
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You can get damn close.. I have a build from someone else, Intel Core i5-3570K, Sapphire Radeon HD 7870, Zalman Z9 Plus - System Build - PCPartPicker

That should be pretty good.

Dunno what the story is on playing games on 2 screens, I wasn't able to but then that may be because mine are 2 different resolutions.

Bump the gpu to a 7970 for playing on multiple screens.
Thanks for the reply Dzzope...

Although I originally wanted to play on two screens, I did not think about the fact I would have 1-2" of black bars in the middle of my view (from the borders or the Samsung screens). I have no problem playing on my 32" screen anyway.

I was told that I could use three screens but with my budget I cannot afford a card that can support 5780 x 1080 (or something close to that)...
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Old February 21, 2013, 12:17 PM
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Above is all valid.. though the 660Ti is overpriced IMO, just like all Nvidia cards at the moment.
You can have a 7950 for that price and that comes with 2 free games. And the 7950 should be better at larger resolutions (multi-screen)
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Old February 22, 2013, 02:18 PM
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How does this look?

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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.64 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1185.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 17:12 EST-0500)
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Old February 23, 2013, 11:55 AM
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The Motherboard should have a( RJ45 port ) onboard LAN port.
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Old February 23, 2013, 12:00 PM
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The Motherboard should have a( RJ45 port ) onboard LAN port.
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Gigabit onboard, save the bucks..

Bump the ram to 1600Mhz
WD blue, red is made for raid.
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Old February 23, 2013, 12:47 PM
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Gigabit onboard, save the bucks..

Bump the ram to 1600Mhz
WD blue, red is made for raid.
Thanks for the help guys! Here is the most recent update...

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 ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows ($46.74)
Total: $1197.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 15:46 EST-0500)
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