New Gaming System for $1000


Dec 10, 2012
I would like your feedback on this new system...

I put this system together based on information from this article:
How-to: Build a killer gaming PC for under $1,000

I'm shopping on (free 2-day shipping with amazon prime) and the "other users who bought this also purchased ..." feature also helped me select some parts.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $1000 or less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BFBC2, BF3), Multitrack audio (Digital Performer 9), Video editing (Adobe Premier), Image editing (Photoshop), Web development (Apache, Mysql, Komod IDE, Perl, PHP)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: US - Arizona

Parts Preferences: No real preference. I don't know enough to have preferences - all suggestions welcome.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No for now ... maybe later

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Quiet would be nice. Would prefer not to go too large. Will be taking to LAN parties.

Parts List:
My Amazon Wishlist:

And listing the parts here as well:

Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow Design (RC-912-KKN1)

ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I52500K

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 DVI-I x 2 / Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, GV-N560OC-1GI

Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C​9B

Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i3, i5, i7 and platforms - TX650

Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW

Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-B10-212P-G1​)

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX




Jun 8, 2011

That's a 7850 though


7870 review:,3148-6.html

Worth the extra $10 if you ask me


Jun 8, 2011
Oh and get i5 3570K. Yes, it doesn't overclock to 5GHz the way 2500K does but it's roughly 10% faster clock for clock which means 4,2GHz 3570K will be as fast as 4,5-4,6GHz 2500K. Not that you'll get 2500K to 5GHz with that cooler anyways.