Looking to build sub $1,000 gaming rig, first build.


Jul 27, 2011
Hi, I've been interested in building my own computer for a while (My current computer was bought from a customizer site) and I figured that I'd go ahead and buy myself a new desktop to game with in college. I was actually building this rig with Battlefield 3 in mind, but I'll be happy with it if can run most current games well. I'd also like the build to have some room for upgrades or SLI/Crossfire if I ever want to do those in the future.

Approximate Purchase Date: Early August

Budget Range: $900 - $1,000 after rebates and shipping. I'd prefer closer to $900.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, possible video/special effects editing

Parts Not Required: Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: Intel i5 2500k CPU, Nvidia brand GPUs, quieter CPU coolers.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would prefer something water cooled or quiet without any flashy lights, since I'll have a roommate.


Current Build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Bundled with Power Supply - $320 - $50 (instant) -$25 (combo) - $10 (rebate) = $245

Mobo: BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$120 - $20 (instant) = $100

RAM: PNY XLR8 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD3-1600-X8
$42 - $20 (rebate) = $22

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$254 - $9 (instant) - $45 (rebate) = $200

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$65 - $5 (instant) = $60

Case: NZXT Beta Series CS-NT-BETA-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$50 - $10 (instant) = $40

Power Supply: hec XPOWER780 600W(780W Peak) ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI NVIDIA HYBRID-SLI Certified CrossFire Certified Power Supply
Bundled with CPU. See above.

Cooling: CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
$70 - $15 (rebate) = $55

DVD Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit = $99 (I don't think I'd need to give a link for this)

Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor
Bundled with a Razer mousepad. $65 - $1 (instant) - $8 (combo) = $56

Keyboard: LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard

Wireless Adapter: TP-LINK TL-WN722N USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter
$25 - $5 (instant) = $20
Not sure if I'll need this, but just in case.

Current Price: $1006.75 + $11 shipping
After Rebates: $906 + $11 shipping

I have limited experience with messing with the insides of computers, but this will be my first home build, so I'll happily accept any advice. I appreciate all help, thanks.
Here's some ideas to check out. Also I wouldn't buy that HEC psu...it's a door stop if anything.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.683241 $254.98 FREE SHIPPING
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


http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-KKN1/dp/B003ZM7YTA $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.689150 $109.98 save: $35.00 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $29.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1311298228&sr=1-1 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ



Jul 27, 2011
Thanks for the suggestions. My only question is how the Cooler Master CPU fan you suggested would compare to the water cooler I posted. Which cools better and which is quieter? The Cooler Master fan I have in my current rig (TX3, I think) can get pretty noticable and I was hoping for something quiet.

Also, what does the Rosewill case have over the NZXT case I posted and does the Gigabyte mobo support SLI? It only mentions Crossfire, and some of the feedback on it mentions it not having SLI.