Need advice on a $1000 gaming PC


Aug 9, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: Planned to buy them this week, but need advice.

Budget Range: Around $800-1100 including tax and shipping, but lower better.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I planned to use it for lots of gaming. Occasionally some video editing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: I'd like to stick with the Sandy Bridge series of CPU.

Overclocking: Yes, but not too much.

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900, might change in the future

Additional Comments:

Hello everyone, this is the first time I'm building a new computer. I want to use the best part that can give me max performance while staying under the budget. I did some research and came up with some of the parts myself, but I fear that some of the component might not be compatible with each other. I would like you guys to help me see if the parts help me see if there will be any conflicts or problems with my build or if I'm missing anything.

Also, how high can I overclock the CPU without replacing the stock heatsink and fan or deducing the CPU lifespan? Occasionally, I do some video editing, how much faster will the i7 2600K be compared to the i5 2500K, let's say I'm rendering a 1GB file. According to my research, the hyper threading included in the i7 is absolutely useless on most of the game in the market. What other performance increase can I get from the i7, other than working with videos and photos? Is it worth the $100 switching to the i7?

Some of my other concern is with the PSU. Is my power supply good enough to provide sufficient power for my new computer? I don't know if the brand of the PSU is good enough or not. I saw some pretty cool benchmarking on the Radeon 6870, but I don't know if there are other graphic card that is better than the 6870 with a more reasonable price. I saw some reviews on the ASUS P8P67 deluxe mother board, and heard it's pretty decent. If anyone know a better one, please let me know! I have much more concern since it is my first time building a computer, but I felt like I'm asking way too many questions.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
CD/DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB
Graphic Card: SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Total Cost: Rounded up to $1,090.05 after tax and shipping.

All advice, tips, and feedback are welcome, thank you all! :)


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Better cooler than stock Intel? here...

Games won't take advantage of i7's HT, but when you work on encoding and other media task (Sony Vegas),
Core i7 will be at a advantage over the Core i5.
And at that screen resolution, you won't need SLI or CFX


The psu is more than you need. You'll be good with the i5. Likely not much more performance for you. Not worth it. On stock cooling, you can safely get to 4ghz without going over 80C on full load(in my experience).

I recommend this hdd instead, cheaper, cooler, and faster in many situations.

I think you don't need to spend that much on the motherboard. Just my opinion... I would pocket the extra money or spend it more on the graphics card instead. This motherboard would be enough.



Don't need a cooler. Imo just use the stock cooler for mild overclocks. Unnecessary to spend money on a budget cooler. On one of my pcs, with 4ghz(which will be enough) I barely reach 80C while running Prime 95 for an hour. Once you want to do some serious overclocking get the best cooler you can get. Not worth getting a mediocre cooler for mild overclocks.


Aug 9, 2011
Thank you all for your replies! I'll definitely reconsider my build :)
How will my new computer do in graphic demanding games?
How much faster will the i7 be compared to the i5 in video rendering, percentage wise?
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