advice on building a gaming computer?

i have a budget of 1000$ and i want to build a custom computer i have a good case and monitor all i need is internal components in my budget.(aka motherboard, graphics card,GPU) any suggestions?

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  • 8 years ago
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    I copy paste my answer to other question and modified it to your need. Above already answered intel version, this one is AMD and i only use newegg:


    AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX


    comment: yeah yeah, intel is better but too costly. This 8 core should suffice for at least 3 years. You better save the money for SSD later. make sure you get 4GHz because you want it to work as fast as it could, right? Don't worry about the heat, the +hsf below will protect the cpu.


    ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS


    Free 8G desktop memory w/ purchase, limited offer

    comment: it got 2x4Gb DDR3-1600 CL9 for free


    2x4Gb DDR3-1600 CL9

    Already get it free from motherboard

    comment: you'll need a smaller ram's heatsink so that this two ram will be put closest to the cpu. Just in case the heat sink for cpu might bump with the high build ram's heatsink. With the additional free ram from motherboard, you have 16 Gb ram in total.


    Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    $69.99 with Rebate

    comment: 750W pure should be enough for any single graphic card (even with dual gpu). I don't believe in crossfire and SLi effectiveness, i still believe 1 expensive card is better than 2 less expensive card in performance and compatibility issues.

    Heat sink:

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+

    $19.99 after $10.00 rebate

    Comment: cheap, good quaity and most popular. What more can you ask? If the free ram is too big for this hsf, put the smaller ram near cpu, this should do the trick.


    OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


    comment: its a must for gaming pc


    Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive



    LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM


    comment: forget the blue ray. It isn't practical and expensive.

    Total without gpu: $625.92


    MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    $429.99 after $40.00 rebate

    Total gaming pc : $1055.91

    The gpu is a bit much, but its second of the best in the market. Its far superior than 7950 around 25%.

    Its really not worth to get 7950, it can't even compete with GTX 670.

    If you insist with AMD gpu, then pick 7970 that cost $379.99 after $20.00 rebate

    It will make a perfect $1005.91 if you change the gpu into 7970 and do note that it already include with 3Tb hdd for storage and hsf for overclocking the cpu when needed.

    I would suggest to add another ram to make it 16Gb. Its not a must, but it will prolong your usage longer.


    Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1600ELK

    too much link, please add the web…


    comment: you'll need a smaller ram's heatsink so that this two ram will be put closest to the cpu. Just in case the heat sink for cpu might bump with the high build ram's heatsink. With the additional free ram from motherboard, you have 16 Gb ram in total.

    Oh forgot extra fan to cool your case:

    2 piece of KINGWIN CF-012LB 120mm Case Fan

    too much link, so i have to edit…

    $4.79 ea.

    comment: one at the back of the case, out flow. One at the top of the case, in flow.

  • 8 years ago

    EDIT: Reread please

    Really sorry about the mix up,didnt see the Canada thing.heres a redone answer.



    mushkin 8gb cl9 1600mhz ram

    pc power and cooling 750 watt

    samsung spinpoint f3

    ocz vertex 4 ssd


    dvd drive


    now to explain everything

    the motherboard is good quality.have one myself.

    the ram has great reviews,is 1600mhz along with cl9 timings so it's pretty great.

    they both also look great.

    the 3570k is the best choice for gaming,some might say the i7 but the i5 is just as good for gaming.

    this is due to the i7 and i5 both having only 4 physical cores.the i7 does have 4 additional threads,virtual cores,but games can't use the additional price isn't worth it.

    if not go i5,gaming wise you don't lose anything.and for recording it's perfectly capable.

    the 7950 was recommended because the drivers make it better than the gtx 680,and the difference between a 7970 and a 7950 isn't justified by the price difference.

    the samsung hdd has great read and write speeds,it also does great even when writing/reading excessively large files.

    the ssd is for recording gaming,making montages,etc.they have insanely fast. nearly 500MB/s sustained read/write.meaning at times it can burst to higher reads and writes to finish up smaller files faster or to minimize times for a large file.

    the power supply has great reviews,is very efficient with the power it outputs,88% efficiency so the bill is can output all of it's wattage on the 12V rail so it's really good in general.

  • 8 years ago

    well with a 1k budget you can get some pretty good rigs.there is only a few things you must know before putting together a new computer make sure your cpu and mobo and ram are all compatable. there are tell us what kind you are looking for so we know what kind of fanboy you are to give out better recommendations!

  • 8 years ago

    Doing research helps. I recommend checking out tigerdirect or newegg to get parts to meet your budget. Also it could be helpful to check out pre built configurations

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