Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nov 2012 - $1000 Gaming PC

Description: A little uneventful... this is the exact same thing as the $750 PC, but with an updated graphics card and an SSD instead of an HDD. Still, it's a monstrous machine, only for those who consider themselves hardcore gamers.

Note: MicroCenter has these CPUs on sale at ridiculous prices. If you have a store nearby, I'd recommend you get your CPU and motherboard there for even more savings (easily $100 less than other retailers).

Expect excellent 2560x1600 performance at high settings, and great performance with multiple HD monitors at med-high settings.

Cost Breakdown
Subtotal MIRs Total

Individual Parts
Motherboard BIOSTAR TZ77B $90 $20 Newegg
RAM G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600MHz $25 --- Newegg
Power Supply OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W $75 $10 Newegg
SSD Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB $100 --- Amazon
Case NZXT GAMMA $35 --- Amazon
Graphics Sapphire HD 7970 3GB GHz ed $470 --- Newegg

Type Part Part Price MIR Link
CPU + Cooler Intel Core i5-2500k XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 $210 --- Newegg


SSD: Any of these SSDs will make a good substitute, but the Kingston 3K drives are some of the top-rated and fastest around.
Sandisk Extreme 120GB $100 --- Amazon
Crucial M4 128GB $103 --- Amazon
Samsung 830 128GB $99 --- Amazon
Intel 330 120GB $100 --- Amazon
Intel 330 180GB $100 --- Newegg

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