$1000-$2000 Gaming PC-suggestions?


Jul 30, 2011
I'm a college student looking to upgrade from my 4ish year old dell desktop to something more capable of playing modern games.
Approximate Purchase Date: hopefully within a few weeks

Budget Range: Anywhere from 1000-1500, Hopefully I'll be able to keep it sub $1500, but it's not a huge deal breaker.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games will be the major computing strain, other than that I'll be using it for home media (definitely getting a Blu-Ray reader) and word processing etc.

Parts Not Required: I'll be hooking it up to my TV, so no monitor necessary.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I'm pretty set on i5-2500k sandy bridge and gtx 570 or radeon 6950

Overclocking: maybe, won't be paying someone to do it however.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, it seems that I will be able to get decent enough performance from a single card without dropping the extra 200-300, but down the road it may be upgraded, or if there's enough room in my budget I'd spring for SLI/CF

Monitor Resolution: HD TV (1920v1280)

Additional Comments: I would prefer if the tower looked less gamer and more subdued. other than that I have made a build on Cyberpower, since I really have no experience homebuilding (and I really don't have anytime with school starting again very soon). I was hoping for any suggestions on: 1) components I do/don't need and 2) where the best place to buy would be. I know everyone here will tell me to build it, and I know that the savings are large, but I have absolutely no experience, or friends with experience, in building computers. Thanks in advance for the help.

*edit- I'm adding the cyberpower build just for reference, it came out to $1433
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Adjustable HDD Cage [+1] (Black Color)
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
Noise Reduction Technology: None
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
Cooling Fan: CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan [-6]
Motherboard: * [CrossFireX/SLI] GigaByte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX MB w/ Lucid Virtu + Intel Smart Response Technology & 7.1 Dolby Home Theater Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+23]
Intel Smart Response Technology for Z68: None
Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module [+10] (Corsair XMS Gaming Memory with Heatsink Spreader)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+246] (EVGA Superclocked)
Freebies: FREE Game - Dungeon Siege 3
Video Card 2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+305] (EVGA Superclocked)
Video Card 3: None
Dedicated PHYSX Card: None
Multiple Video Card Settings: Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor
Power Supply Upgrade: * 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+117]
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive) (I wish the told me what brand!)
Data Hard Drive: None
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
USB Flash Drive: None
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123L 12X BLU-RAY Player & DVDRW Combo [+58] (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: None