1000 Gaming Rig, First time Build


Sep 1, 2012
First I’d like to thank anybody and everybody who feels like throwing their 2 cents into this build, it is my first full build so I’m a little intimidated by the compatibility of the stuff I’m putting in.
My primary reason for asking is to see if these devices will be compatible with each other, my secondary reason is to see if anyone can give me a better choice of gear, setup, or just any general hey this is a good idea.

Approximate Purchase Date: NLT October 1, 2012

Budget Range: 1000$(+-100$) for parts shipping isn’t an issue)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (RTS, Anything by Bethesda, MMOs) @Home processing (SETI@Home, LHC@Home etc.…) School work

Are you buying a monitor: No (Using my 46” Panasonic Plasma HDTV)

Parts to Upgrade: Full build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (is not factored into the 1000$)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: It’s looking like amazon will give me the best deal (Newegg is a viable option)

Location: Columbus Ohio

Parts Preferences: Intel (unless someone can give me a better reason to go with AMD)

Overclocking: Maybe (once liquid cooler is applied)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1900x1080

Additional Comments: Stealth case, doesn’t need to be flashy. I would like it to be easy to swap out upgrades in the future. I’m also willing to take any and all suggestions for changes, additions, alternate ideas, please include valid argument as to why you believe said change will be beneficial.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: No computer now and building can get me a better rig for way less than buying prebuilt from retailer

Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2

Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower Computer Case

Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive

ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2400 LGA 1155 Motherboard

Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3L

Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155


Jun 4, 2012
Here ya go...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1005.39
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 21:57 EDT-0400)

If you can afford it, upgrade the CPU and mobo to ivy bridge. (i5 3570k w/ Asrock z77 extreme4 would be a great option).

At 1920x1080 res gaming, there's no need for SLI or Crossfire. At your budget, you can easily afford a single, powerful card. The gtx 670 will handle any game you throw at it on ultra settings.

8gb of RAM is more than enough for your tasks. I also wouldn't bother with a SSD at your budget. I'd recommend putting as much money as you can towards the CPU and GPU. A SSD only decreases load times in applications by a few seconds. It has no effect on FPS in games.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.

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