New gaming rig ~$1000


Sep 16, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: End of September

Budget Range: $1200 before rebate but i would prefer to keep it under 1k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming only

Parts Not Required: Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel proc; no other pref

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: depends on price

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Value and gaming, nothing else matters. While I would prefer to keep the price down, future-proofing this system would be preferable. I want to be able to play BF3, Diablo3 and Skyrim at high to maxed out settings if possible.
Any and all comments would be greatly welcomed.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge

MOBO: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH

GPU: HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB

CASE: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower

Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus


HDD: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit

Any ideas for monitors, keyboard, etc would be great as well.

Thank you

AMD cards run hot, so I would look for a case that leaves you the option to add some side cooling to it and not just a solid piece of plastic. The CM 922 HAF is another case you might want to look into. As far as that "system mechanic software" is's nothing more than bloatware that you would find on a prebuilt DELL or HP. Between Windows 7 and your motherboard your covered. $107.98 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM $142.98 - $10.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B $264.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3SR $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ $304.98 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $154.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $148.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR) <----- Another look at that board <----- PCI-E 3.0 supported by Ivy Bridge for the new generation video cards <----- another look at that monitor on newegg



Sep 16, 2011
That i5 + windows 7 combo is fantastic.

I'm considering this case/psu combo + This ram. Not too sure about the roswell psu, but the case looks good.

Overall this would put the price at about $30-40 more than the setup you suggested, and in total it would be around $1270 :/. I might just dumb down the ram and hold off on the ssd for now. That should get the price down to around 1k, which would leave room for the monitor and other peripherals.