Need advice for finishing a $1000 Gaming Build!


Feb 28, 2011
Hi, I am putting the finishing touches up on this new gaming build. This is my first ever build and I'm in need of your guys help in making sure all the parts are compatible and that I'm not missing anything (or any last minute changes you may recommend)! My budget is around $1000 USD (I've gone a little bit over :na: ) and I added in a new monitor (doesn't really count in the budget). I do not need an OS, Speakers, Keyboard, or Mouse. I hope you can help and thanks for taking a look! :D

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case $140

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $55

GPU: EVGA GTX 570 $340 - $25 MIRB

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO850W $120- $20 MIRB

CPU+Mobo: I5 2500k + MSI Z68 LGA 1155 Mobo $375 - $20 MIRB

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 $30

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $70

CD Drive: LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM $20

Total = 1150
-65 MIRB

Monitor: ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1 $190-$10 MIRB= $180


Apr 21, 2011
How about an SSD at around the same budget? .Here a build which incorporates one :

CPU & OPtical Drive: $226- i5-2500K & Samsung

Motherboard & SSD : $225- Gigabyte Z68X UD3 & Crucial M4 64GB

PSU & RAM : $175- Thermaltake Black Widow & GSkill RipjawX 2X 4GB(80plus bronze certified , modular & cheap memory has $10 off with promo code)

(optional, you can have NZXT case also) Case & HDD: $205- Corsair Graphite 600T & Samsung Spinpoint 1TB

GPU: $325- EVGA GTX 570

Total (Excluding Rebates): 1155 USD

Rebates : 65 USD

Cooler : Go for Hyper 212 from amazon

Monitor you may want to look into :

$200-Samsung BX2331 23" LED Backlit(Reason: $30 off w/promo code EMCKCJE72)
so it will cost $170.

If you are not much into 2ms response time look at this one:

$150- Acer 23" LED Backlit (1920X1080)(it has 5ms response time)


Feb 28, 2011

I personally don't see the use in SSD technology so far XD.