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First Time Gaming Build for $1000

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Hello everybody!
I have been using my laptop for the last 3 years and recently I have gotten into gaming on my computer. My laptop can barley run minecraft and it's time for an upgrade. I'm looking for a gaming comp. I would rather build it, but I could buy it. My budget is $1000 dollars. I have an old monitor I could use, but I would like to get a new one.

Any feedback is appreciated

Thanks!
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hJC2

Very rough and some stuff you'll want to tweak, I left some stuff blank because it's personal preference.
post #3 of 6
That setup is fine, but he wants a new monitor. So instead of that mobo, get an asrock extreme 4. The 7950 is great, along with the cooler and the cpu. Although you can get a hyper212 evo and save 40$. Now, get the cheapest 1080p monitor. Also, get a 600w psu, its more than enough and cheaper. I dont know If u can get a ssd, but If u can grab a 60gb agility 3 for like 50$. Its not the best ssd due to using sandforce but its cheap

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Edited by Tabinhu - 9/17/12 at 9:04am
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I've also heard a lot of great things about the 660 ti if you're looking to join the green team. However you could always go with a lesser video card and save some $$ depending on what kind of games you play/plan on playing. (For example you don't need a super computer to play minecraft)
     
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i5 2500k @ 4.0ghz Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 Diamond HD 6950 2gb @ 900MHz core 1400MHz mem Gskill Ripjaws 8gb 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Hitatchi 500gb Liteon DVD 22x Arctic Cooling i30 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer 23" 1080p 5ms response Adesso MKB-135B Mechanical keyboard hec X-Power Pro 650 Antec Three Hundred 
MouseAudio
Engage Wired Optical Mouse Plantronics Gamecom 780 
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RP2803 1.79Mhz NES motherboard RP2C02 5.37MHz 2KB onboard RAM 
Optical DriveCaseMouse
Cartridge Reader NES case NES controller 
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A10 5800k stock Gigabyte A85X Crucial ballistix 8gb @ 1866MHz Western Digital 250gb 
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I usually just go to Newegg to find the approximate cost of my build, and then see if I can save money through MicroCenter (pending if you have one near you). That being said, for $1000 you could easily get an i5-3570k and an HD7950 or GTX670, but with a monitor you may have to cut costs in a few departments. If you do have a MicroCenter around you, an i5-3570k is a no-brainer, it's like $180 and $50 off a motherboard with it, costing as much for both as a 3570k alone on newegg. (If you do plan on getting a good monitor, I'd suggest getting this one, it's gorgeous: ASUS VS239H-P).

Something to consider if you are playing a lot of Minecraft is that Minecraft tends to be more CPU-intensive and like its RAM, especially if you are running a server.
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Eyefinity 3x 23" ASUS VS239H-P IPS LED Display Corsair K95 Cherry MX Reds Corsair CMPSU 750TX Antec Eleven Hundred 
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sim~build (Click to show) Here's a sim~build around your budget based on i5 3570K overclockable procie added a cpu cooler CM hyper 212 evo to OC that procie for extra performance, went with a bang for the buck mobo asrock Z77 e3, with a sufficient 8GB low voltage 1600 mushkin, more than enough in gaming, added a 120GB mushkin SSD for that OS/apps for that snappy boot and fast loading of programs, a separate 1TB of 7200rpm hard disk for file storage, a decent 80+ powersupply rosewill 630W to run that sapphire HD7850 videocard even on crossfire, included a optical drive LG x24 for that legacy disc installation, all house in a gaming case the NZXT gamma in all out black-theme, compact but with good airflow & was able to include a cheap decent monitor but exceeded the budget for a full HD 1080p HannG 21.5" LED with DVI connection.
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Logitech G11 Mushkin Enhanced Joule 800W 80+ Silver Cooler Master Elite RC-311 Razer DeathAdder 
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Razer Goliathus Control DIGITUS 5.1 Surround Home Theater System - DA-1... 
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Lite-On iHBS112-29 12X 3D Internal Blu-Ray Writer  3R System Iceage 120 Boss II  LG Series LH70 32" (32LH70YR) Full HD LCD TV Asus 18.5" VH197D LED  
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