Build < 1000 Gaming Computer (Help Wanted)

ASow123

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So I just got a job and was suddenly inspired to build the PC I've always dreamed of. The one that goes "Vroom-Vroom" when it starts up, runs almost everything on ultra, handles multiple tasks (Like a game and the internet + like iTunes or something), the works.

Then I realized money existed and with my spotty hours it'd take too long for me to save up that thousand-something dollars to buy an Alienware or create an iBuyPower so I was suggested building my own PC.
Great.

Here's what I've got so far:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this month or early next month.

Budget Range: Less then a thousand before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, recording songs

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, CD-Drive, Wi-Fi, Network

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: The cheaper the better, I'm fond of New Egg

Country: America

Parts Preferences: No preference.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: The capability is nice

Monitor Resolution: Suitable to change

Additional Comments: A quiet storm. LEDS would be nice but not necessary.
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Processor: i5 2400
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 M, LG 1155
GPU: HD Radeon 6850 1gb
(Considering Crossfire, I'm willing to go NVIDIA because the board also supports SLI. I think I can drop two hundred on a good GPU but not if my CPU is going to bottleneck it at all.)
Ram, Corsair Vengeance 4x4gb, DDR3 1600: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145347
Power Supply: OCZ-ModXStream 750w
(I think I overdid it but I want a little extra.)
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
Case: Gaurdian Case

I know I'm missing a heat sink so if anyone could subscribe one that'd be awesome.

Any tips/changes? Saving money helps.
 

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice <---- this is the sticky at the top of this forum. copy & paste this on here please.
 

ASow123

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My apologies, better?
Thank you for not ripping my head off.
 
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-KKN1/dp/B003ZM7YTA/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336614068&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Series-80PLUS-Performance-compatible/dp/B005A2RJOI/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336604499&sr=1-5 $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910431 $379.98 save: $10.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.908895 $374.98 save: $20.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 $41.99
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3500641AS-RK-Retail/dp/B000EY5F5C/ref=sr_1_10?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336614269&sr=1-10 $70.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200RPM SATA NCQ 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive ST3500641AS-RK-Retail Kit

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0050I1PGU/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0050I1PHO&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=101KWGV51YCAP8HZ0S3E $169.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1463-KR

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_sim_pc_6 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
 

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Couple questions:

During my random googling I found the HD Radeon 6850 to bench better then the GTX 560 TI, is the benching not marginable enough for me to scrape together the extra money for it? Diablo three is on my list of games to play, would both run it at around the same FPS on the highest settings? I realize Diablo 3 benches haven't been released but based on the recommended requirements.

Patriot/Corsair, is there any difference in them other then price and quantity? I remember reading somewhere that each ram has a timing and certain timings give you a small boost when gaming. Any idea what to look for there?

Is the i5 3750k a big upgrade from the 2400? For the price I mean.

If you had to narrow down the choices you've given which would you go with? Is there anything from my build that's salvageable? You seemed to have completely changed it, which I have no problems with at all.
 

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here you go ill give it my best shot

with no Overclocking abilities these are going to be the best choice
Cpu/PSU:CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 and Intel Core i5-3450 - $302.98
Mobo/SSD:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H and crucial m4 64GB - $224.98
NOTE: you said you wanted fast and this SSD will give you a fast start up i would highly suggest not getting it so you can spend more on something like a stronger graphics card
RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB @ 1600 - $46.99
(very reliable company)
Case:Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower - $99.99
(think this one is a little over budget but it has a very sexy look to it if i had to choose a case under 100 it would be this one)
HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB - $119.95
(the great sale for WD has come take it while its on 1Tb for around the same price as 500GB at the same speed)
GPU:HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 - $219 with rebates
it comes very close a bit over $1000

if it is to much just say its to much and i will try my best to make it a little less expensive.

if anything tho i would change the case to make it more of a price to performance ratio and go less on the looks

edit: for D3 i would say go with a 7850 or better if anything(since you will buy it in a month) try to get a 670 that will run d3 very smoothly but 7850 will do the job as well

if anything spend money to get an i3 or a i5 ivy bridge that can't be overclocked and spend pretty much everything on the graphics card
 

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So saying that this was perfectly my budget what would my bench marks be? Can this handle newer games on ultra and is it Crossfire compatible?
 

I switched up that build when I remembered you needed a monitor. I threw a gtx 560 and not the gtx 560 ti in there. The 2400 doesn't over clock (locked cpu) and the 3750K does over clock (unlocked cpu "K").

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944.html <--- look at this.
 

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So what you're saying is the 560 is close enough to both the 560 TI and the HD Radeon for me to save a couple bucks and drop the TI?

Just making sure I'm understanding what I'm reading. It's actually kind of interesting that the 560 beats the Radeon and almost matches with the TI.

Can you look at Aznshinobi's 850 build and let me know what you think?
 

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Does the case come with cooling?
Or let me rephrase that.
Does the case come with adequate cooling that I won't need to buy anything extra or should I opt for a fan or two?
 

He has a good build on that site. I can see a few combo's to be made also. You could go with the asrock z68 extreme3 and 2500K and that gtx 560 I posted up above or if you wanted some more fire power go with the gtx 560ti...the MSI one on amazon.
 

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Which would be better in the long run if I upgrade to an i7 for instance.
And what's the biggest differences between ATI and NVIDIA?
 
Would go with the 7850. (Also it's AMD now ^^ AMD officially dropped the ATI logo awhile back now, about a year)

The 7850 gives you slightly better performance however. MUCH lower temps, way better overclocks (which wouldn't really matter because stock 1GHZ overclocked ones are only about $250 and give you the performance of a GTX 580), lower power consumption, better performance overall.
 

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So is your 850 build something that could run BF3, Ultra, AA at its highest at around playable FPS? 30-45ish?
 

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if you go with my build as suggested i would change the GPU to a 670 since i am thinking you will only be using 1 display

it will run the current games fairly well and newer games should be good for a year or 2

the more you spend the further it will go into gaming after a certain point(would say $2000 point) your just trying to get bragging rights or make your system look the coolest it can be
 

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if you can clearly read the thread saying he will buy it around a month which he should say wait for the 670

670 will beat price to performance if you will only be using 1x 1080p monitor if anything like 2x or 3x i would suggest going with a 7850+
 
^ Please do show me your information performance speculations.
http://www.maximum-tech.net/nvidia-gtx-660-is-6-months-away-gtx-670-price-revealed-12421/
Judging by that, even though it is euros, it'll be around $350-$400 range of cards. Being only one tier down from the flagship, you can't even compare it to the 7850. The 7850 is meant for mid-range, maybe a viable comparison is the 7870 or the 7950 but definitely not the 7850.

Plus OP would like to save money, and the 7850 OC would provide him with more than enough performance at a lower price. Not to mention the GTX 670 would likely be in short supply. How can you be able to keep up with demand of another card when you can't maintain a decent supply of your flagship?
 
Well just did some research on my part. Considering the release is in less than 12 hours. Performance preview here:
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4710/nvidia_geforce_gtx_670_2gb_video_card_performance_preview/index1.html
The 670 is a great card, however considering that it's not even close to opposing the mid-range, more like the Enthusiast level. The price would probably most likely be at least $400 which although would cause headaches for AMD, still isn't in, as mentioned, in the OP's price range.
 

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