$1000 Build, Including Monitor

it is james

Jan 28, 2012
Hello all, looking to build another PC, this time for a friend, with a budget of around $1000 max.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: couldn't say, this isn't my build (trying to get this parts list for a friend). I'm fairly certain the purchase will be soon, within a few weeks

Budget Range: $750-1000 after rebates and shipping. Cheaper is better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, other casual computer stuff

Are you buying a monitor: Yes. Please include this in the price

Parts to Upgrade: Building from scratch, need all parts. I would like to upgrade the GPU in the future, so consider that when looking at a PSU, please.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Windows 7 64-bit.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com :)

Location: Washington, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU, no low quality brand PSUs please.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I would like 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: I'd prefer parts that aren't known to fail or have problems. Remember, cheaper is always better.

Here's what I have so far, need to cut down the cost a little bit. I also need a surge protector do be included in the budget.

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


CPU: i5-2400 quad-core desktop 95w processor


GPU: EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL


PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply


Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1


Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Optical Drive:
SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM


Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan


Windows 7: 64-Bit


Surge Protector:
CyberPower 850 6 Feet 8 Outlets 2400 Joules Home/Office Surge Protection


Please let me know what I should cut down on, would really like to cut down about $50, and can't cut out the surge protector.

Thanks all for helping me out again.

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