Ultimate $1000 Gaming Rig


Sep 8, 2011

Not really sure if the links works lol.

This was orginally suppose to be a $700 micro atx case build, since im in college and i didnt want some big case in my dorm room. But i moved into a private dorm where i hve my own room so i decided i was use a regular tower.(although i still dont want a big ass case with 900 blue leds) I want a simple case that looks nice and doesnt draw tons of attention.

Will mostly be playing WoW, DOTA 2, LOL, SWTOR when it releases and maybe some other games since im mostly an xbox gamer that ocassional plays pc games other then the ones listed above.

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: $1000) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: , gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s)_ Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Reliable brands ( corsair, gskill, asus...etc)

Overclocking: NO0000000000000

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
With no crossfire planned, there is no reason for a 750W PSU. It's too much for a single card build, and will not operate efficiently because your average gaming power draw will be down around 300W.

The Modular TX650 would be a fine choice

The board is OK, but you are getting a small SSD which would be better used with caching I think. So you would be better off with a Z68 board.



Sep 7, 2011
For gaming only, probably the best choice would be a p67 motherboard. But if you get a p67 motherboard, you won't be able to use the SSD caching, available only with z68 mobos.

I would get a p67 mobo and no SSD, by now. When u'll have some money to invest, you will enjoy a lot getting a SSD with 120gb of memory (probably the best so far is the crucial m4 128 gb) which will speed up amazingly your system.

About the case, why don't you take the corsair 600t white edition? It's very clear and well done, also has a usb 3.0 on the front!
http://www.corsair.com/cases/graphite-series/graphite-series-600t.html (black)
http://www.corsair.com/cases/graphite-series/special-edition-white-graphite-series-600t-mid-tower-case.html (white)

So, by now, take out the SSD and use your spinpoint. If u don't trust the SSDs, you may buy a velociraptor to put your O.S. on (you can either choose the sata II or sata III version, and there won't be great difference since a mechanical hard drive can't use fully the sata II connection!)
Sata III = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136929
Sata II = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136802


Sep 8, 2011

Temporary wish list arent something you can share, it takes you to your temp wishlist, not yours.
Im going to change the PSU to the 650w. Im not getting the the 2500k since the k is for overclocking..and im not overclocking. But i gtg and cant finish this lol


Apr 11, 2011
mATX is still viable if you want

Fractal Design Arc Mini Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 Fractal Design Silent Fans

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular High Performance Power Supply

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

ASUS P8Z68-M Pro LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B

PNY VCGGTX560TXPB-OC2-S GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CT040G3B5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

1000$ with 40$ MIR


Mar 31, 2011
Right now I hate the $1,000 price point because a $1,100 machine brings so much more.

Case - $ 70 - Antec 300 Illusion http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
PSU - $ 85 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207015
MoBo - $ 180 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771
CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Cooler - - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
TIM - - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
RAM - $ 53 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
GFX - $ 230 - aSUS GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
SSD - $ 180 - Vertex 3 120 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
DVD Writer - $ 21 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Total $1,099

This rig gives you an excellent case w/ great air flow and a 9.5 jonnyguru performance rated PSU that is capable of handling a 2nd GFX card down the road as an ez upgrade. I don't see Z68 doing anything for you as you described usage is not addressed by any of its advantages. I could be wrong but read the article on the link below to see if you agree. The 2500k is "the" gamers CPU and the 900MHz 560Ti scores numbers just a hair below the 570 and greater than the 6950. If you do the later upgrade to SLI, you'll toast a single 580 by 40% and fall just 1% below twin 570's. The RAM is low profile so won't bother CPU coolers and the Vertex 3 is a latest gen SSD w/ 550 MBps speeds.

To see whether you want / need Z68, read this:


Launched 5 months after the P67 and H67 chipset the Z68 chipset combines the advantages of the H67 and P67 Chipset so that overclocking, dual dedicated graphics cards and use of the integrated CPU graphics is available. Whilst on the surface it would seem that this would be the chipset to go for, how many users that have 2 dedicated graphics cards will actually want to use the onboard graphics when they already have 2 more powerful graphics cards in their system anyway?

The only real advantage is for users that wish to access the HD graphics features such as quick sync, but considering it’s only supported by very few transcoding programs and there are not many people out there that need or will want to transcode, it makes it almost pointless to choose Z68 over a P67 chipset.

Same applies to users that want to overclock the CPU but use the onboard graphics card; it’s a very limited market.

Finally, another feature of a Z68 chipset is known as SSD caching which is where it allows the use of a small (say 10 or 20 GB) Solid state hard drive to act as a cache for a larger ‘traditional’ hard disk. If you are already planning the use of a Solid State drive this feature is redundant.

If you can’t afford a decent size SSD (40GB+) then there are more cost effective ways around using a small SSD and SSD cashing like spending less on a motherboard, (H67 chipset or even a P67 chipset) and putting the saved money into a decent size SSD.

I don't see anything in there that fits w/ your intended usage. Your not OC'ing so that rules out 1st and 3rd paragraph. I didn't see anything mentioned which points to QuikSync so that's 3 down. Finally SSD caching is a non-issue w/ a 120 GB SSD so, no.....I don't see Z68 as doing anything for you.