Gaming PC around $900-1000, buying parts next day or two


Jul 19, 2011

After a long-time of lurking, reading, and researching, I think I've finally built a PC to my specifications. Any and all help would be appreciated. I want this machine to be the most bang for my buck currently, while still being really upgradeable in the future. Is this a good motherboard to keep for a few years?


Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of this week

Budget Range: Up to $1000 upfront if needed, but lower is better.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games(Minecraft, Valve-everything, SC2, and later Diable 3 and Battlefield 3), schoolwork, Folding@home

Parts Not Required: I'll be picking up a keyboard, mouse, headset, and speakers separately. I've also already got a 1920x1200 monitor for use.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, due to lack of tax

Country of Origin: The US

Parts Preferences: No preference, but I've heard many good things about intel processors currently

Overclocking: Yes. down the line

SLI or Crossfire: Hopefully, but not currently

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I picked the case due to cheapness and numerous fans, but I am willing to switch to one. From the pictures, the fan lights come a cross a slightly kiddish; if anyone actually has the case, I'd love their opinion. I also know an SSD would be much faster, so it is one of my near-future upgrades. In the current build, the hard drive/DVD drive are bundled, and so are the MOBO/processor.


CPU-I5-2500k Sandy Bridge

Motherboard- ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Case- Antec 300 Illusion Black Steel

GPU- PowerColor AX6950 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

PSU- OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply

Memory- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

OS- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

Hard drive- Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200 RPM

Disk Drive- Sony DVD drive

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Jul 19, 2011
@why_me - is it worth going with the mobo and a i5-2500 and just not bother with over clocking at all? I was planning on over clocking later, but your recommendation stops it...

Sorry about that, I clicked on the wrong combo link. It's fixed now. :)

No that boards not a great over clocking board...I was thinking of price point. For a board that's going to get you to 4.6 or better but might fit your budget, look at the Asrock P67 Extreme4 on newegg and cheaper I think @ <----- that's it on newegg <--- this board should get you near or at 4.5ghz