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Best custom gaming PC for $1000?

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I'm not sure this is the right forum for this post, but I'm about to do my first build and I need a little advice on what to get. I want the highest gaming performance I can get (Max settings, 1080P, good framerate), good upgrade potential (SLI for later on), USB 3.0's (at least 2),a little bit eye candy, and 8 GB ram, all on a budget of $1000 (more or less....preferably less). Any advice is welcome on how I could cut some of the price/any incompatibilities/better choices. I wanted to go with an AMD processor (cheaper?) or an intel i7 (best?) because one of my friends strayed against intel due to their higher prices and said I should get AMD with ATI graphics, but I want to go with NVIDIA graphics for sure (unless theres a good reason why not to)

These are the components I've picked out so far:

CASE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146079

HARD DRIVE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136793

VIDEO CARD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738

POWER SUPPLY:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339002

RAM MEMORY:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262

MOTHERBOARD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

OS:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

CPU FAN (Necessary):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

WIFI DONGLE:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815645002
post #2 of 4
Here's my thoughts:
You could save some money by getting cheaper, less "flashy" case, something you can mod later w/ more fans if needed.

Why do you need such a big HDD to start with? You could shave some more money off here by going with a 500GB or less HDD.

Your GPU choice is solid and can be SLI'd later to another one.

DUDE... Get a better PSU! That is the most important piece in your system to keep it running reliably. Here are quality PSU names, and you could also go with less rated power, like 650w: Antec, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, Enermax. There are other quality PSU name brands, but those are the ones that come to my mind. You are going to spend more money here, and less on your case and HDD.

The RAM you've chosen is "meh" but it will get you by for now.

Everything else looks good.

EDIT: One more thing... If you plan on doing any CPU overclocking, you do realize that you won't be able to with the proc you've chosen. Save up some more money and get the 2500K.
Edited by croSSeduP - 1/24/12 at 9:19pm
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Corsair H50 CPU Water Cooling, 2 120mm fans in ... W10 ACER HG270HU Logitech G910 Orion Spark 
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post #3 of 4
Save some money on the hard drive and get the i5 2500k.

I have that ram on an older board and it really is meh.

Look at some of the combo deals newegg is running on the 2500k right now and you can probably pick up some better memory.

Here are a few of the combo deals with 8gb memory:
All are $265 - $275 which is only a little more then you had listed above.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.805907
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.805841
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.805842
Edited by gr3nd3l - 1/24/12 at 10:38pm
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Look at the CM 690 Advance 2 case, good value case, Need to spend at least $100 on a PSU, that thing will kill the system :s, smaller HDD, especially with current prices. Upgrade CPU to 'K' if you wanna OC, if not that will suffice. RAM is cheap, so any old will do for now, but down the line, some better RAM is recommended.
    
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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