$1000 Gaming Rig


Dec 26, 2012
Hey guys, I recently posted concerning a $1200 Battlefield 3 gaming rig. I just found out that I will have to lower my budget to $1000. What would you guys change in the following build in order to reach that $1000 limit? Thanks for the help. I truly appreciate it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1100.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-27 00:01 EST-0500)
I would drop the SSD and then upgrade the motherboard to the ASRock Z77 Pro4. You can always add a SSD to your rig in the future once you've acquired the cash.


Oct 29, 2012
If you won't overclock, There would be a lot of changes (cpu, cooleer and board). If you will overclock, I think the best you could do is go with an HDD first, best bet would be a caviar black. Then add an SDD once you have a budget for it.