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Build an Under $1,500 Best Custom Gaming PC 2014

Updated on September 19, 2014
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My January 2013 Build included a 250GB SSD, 3GB GTX 660TI SC, i7-3770k, and uses the CM Storm Enforcer Case. If I were to build it today I'd probably go with a Haswell processor, 1150 motherboard, and GTX 760 or 770 graphics card. Early 2011 I took the plunge and installed the EVGA GTX 470 into my new rig.  It runs all of the latest games including BF3. In 2012 I recommend the GTX 560 TI as a high performance alternative.
My January 2013 Build included a 250GB SSD, 3GB GTX 660TI SC, i7-3770k, and uses the CM Storm Enforcer Case. If I were to build it today I'd probably go with a Haswell processor, 1150 motherboard, and GTX 760 or 770 graphics card.
My January 2013 Build included a 250GB SSD, 3GB GTX 660TI SC, i7-3770k, and uses the CM Storm Enforcer Case. If I were to build it today I'd probably go with a Haswell processor, 1150 motherboard, and GTX 760 or 770 graphics card.
Early 2011 I took the plunge and installed the EVGA GTX 470 into my new rig.  It runs all of the latest games including BF3. In 2012 I recommend the GTX 560 TI as a high performance alternative.
Early 2011 I took the plunge and installed the EVGA GTX 470 into my new rig. It runs all of the latest games including BF3. In 2012 I recommend the GTX 560 TI as a high performance alternative.

Updated: September 19, 2014

So you want to build a gaming computer, but you are on a budget. Where should you spend your money for maximum bang for your buck performance without leaving out any crucial details?

In this article we're going to assume that you are going to build your gaming computer for under $1000, we've listed several options for each category you'll come across. This way you can pick and choose where you'd like to spend your money. Depending on the options listed below you can build a gaming computer for between $688-$1423.

*Building Tip - Building your own gaming computer for the first time can be intimidating. If you know someone that has done it a few times, then I would recommend you ask if they can help you out for a few hours. If not, then don't be afraid to try it out yourself. We've listed some great compatible options that should make for a great gaming pc. Once you've put one together, the next one should be much easier for you to grasp. Each part that you order will give you instructions on where to put it. If you pay attention to your motherboard's instructions, then it won't be long before you are up and running.

Best Gaming Computers Under 1000 2013 Custom PC Builds

Where should your money go first?

Best Video Cards for Gaming

You can have a beefy machine, but if your video card isn't up to par, then it doesn't really matter. It's not going to run what you want it to run. A nice video card should be a good percentage of your overall budget. I would recommend between 15-25% of your money go towards this. You'll see that I also recommend you spend around the same amount on your CPU. This way you can avoid the bottleneck that can sometimes occur if you spend too much on one or the other.

Top Rated Cards Under $300

Updated 3/29/2013: When it comes to the best gaming video cards around $300, I recommend going with one of two GPU; the GTX 660TI, or the Radeon HD 7950 for good quality, durability, and bang for your buck. If you're going to overclock, then the HD 7950, with the new driver updates should have the edge here.

What about SLI / Crossfire?

If you want to use SLI / Crossifre in this price range, then consider dual HD 7850s which will probably put you more on par with something like the GTX 670. That being said if you want to Crossfire, then be prepared to use more energy, deal with more heat, and driver issues.

Radeon vs. GeForce

In 2013 I'm excited about how the competition is going between these two giants. Both manufacturers are competitive at each price point. This should mean good things to come this year as well as many years to come. While I don't prefer one vs. the other I do recommend you check out benchmarks comparing Graphics cards in each price range. Usually a site like Tom's Hardware is good for this.

I recently updated my gaming rig with the EVGA GeForce GTX 660 TI Superclocked. You can see pictures from my PC to the right.

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My Favorite Graphics Card for the Money in August 2013

5 stars for The EVGA GTX 760 SC

Best CPU for Gaming 2013 Custom PC Builds Under $1000

Intel Vs. AMD

While the competition may have waned in 2011 I am cautiously optimistic about where AMD and Intel were in 2012 and where they're going in 2013. While the two competitors were far apart in 2011 with Intel's Sandy Bridge release and AMD's Bulldozer release, Piledriver has made up some of that ground.

i7-4770k vs. i5-4670k?

To the right I've listed the CPUs I'd consider for gaming as of right now. If you don't use a lot of applications or do video editing, then I recommend the Ivy Bridge i5-4670k. This is because the i7-4770k simply won't give you $100 worth of additional in-game performance. Those of you who don't overclock should go with the considerably cheaper Ivy Bridge i5-3470. You could also consider the AMD FX-8350 for a workstation / gaming PC build.

In Depth Reading: Best Gaming CPUs for 2013.

CPU Benchmarks:

Want to see benchmark data for all of the CPU we have listed below? Check out

Best Gaming Ram Under 100

If you can afford it, then I recommend purchasing all of your ram at once for dual or mult-channel compatibility. Featured Picture: G.Skill Ripjaws
If you can afford it, then I recommend purchasing all of your ram at once for dual or mult-channel compatibility. Featured Picture: G.Skill Ripjaws

Building a Gaming PC - Best Gaming Ram 2013

Less important than your video card and processor, but still crucial is your ram. Right now if you want to game, then I recommend a minimum of 4 Gigs and 8GB for high level gaming. Remember, more ram is always a good thing.

Having the right speed of ram can also reduce load times and keep all of your applications running smooth. Since you are going to need more than 4 GB eventually, it's very tempting to go with the 8GB right out of the gate on this one. If you simply don't have the money, then try to stick with the same ram down the line.

Tip for Purchasing Ram/Memory

If you're looking to purchase ram, then make sure you do it all at once so that you get the benefits of dual or multi-channel compatibility.


Prices are constantly changing. When looking for Ram/Memory I recommend you look at capacity, timing, speed, and price, and then go with the Corsair XMS3, Corsair Vengeance, Kingston Hyper X, or the featured G. Skill Ripjaw ram.

Best Motherboard for Gaming - 2013 PC Builds

For motherboards just make sure that whatever you purchase matches and the sockets fit. For example Ivy or Sandy go with an 1155 compatible motherboard, for Haswell an 1150 motherboard, for standard AMD processors go with the newer technology in an AM3+ board. AMD APU require a socket FM1 or FM2 motherboard.

*Tip - Make sure that your chipset is Z77 for the LGA 1155 socket motherboards.

The Z77 chipset is the latest and most functional chipset in the line of motherboards built for Ivy Bridge. It gives you Intel Smart Response technology, USB 3.0 Native functionality, PCIe 3.0 compatibility, and most importantly allows you to overclock your CPU, graphics card, and memory.

Featured Motherboards:

I've listed a wide array of my favorite motherboards to the right which may work for you depending on your particular needs and build-style. A motherboard like the Z77 Extreme 3 is perfect for the user who doesn't plan on doing performance overclocking and can save you a lot of money that you can put towards your processor and graphics card. The same can be said about the Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 AM3+ Motherboard.

For overclockers I highly recommend the Sabertooth AM3+ for AMD Builders or the ASRock Extreme 6 Z77 which was recently recommended in a Tom's Hardware article which featured six motherboards from $160-220. Now that it's come down in price even more it's an even better deal.

For more information on motherboards be sure to check out my post dedicated to the best motherboards of 2013.

ASUS Z87 PRO LGA 1150 Motherboard
ASUS Z87 PRO LGA 1150 Motherboard

Probably my favorite 1150 motherboard in terms of price, functionality, and ability to overclock.


Best Gaming Hard Drive 2013

I highly recommend you upgrade to a solid state drive in 2013. It's one of the biggest upgrades I've had on my computer in recent years and I'll never go back. No, it won't give you additional FPS, but yes, you'll notice a huge difference with anything else. For more information you can check out this post as well on the best solid state drives for 2013.

Also, I've listed some great gaming pc towers below, but I have a hub entirely dedicated to pc gaming cases. If you want some in depth reading for picking out your gaming case, then you'll find what you're looking for there.

Best 80 Plus Power Supplies Under $100 2013

Rosewill FORTRESS Series ATX 12V / EPS 12V 750W 80 Plus Platinum Certified Power Supply FORTRESS-750
Rosewill FORTRESS Series ATX 12V / EPS 12V 750W 80 Plus Platinum Certified Power Supply FORTRESS-750

Going with a slightly more expensive power supply like the Rosewill Fortress will save you quite a bit of money over time. In addition it comes with a 7 year parts and labor warranty.


Building a Gaming PC 2013 Best Gaming Computer Builds

I hope you've enjoyed my hub on building a custom gaming computer under $1,000. If you have, then please leave a comment below.

If you would like me to feature another item on this hub, then leave a comment below and I'll try to feature it.

Gaming PC Builds

If you'd like to take a look at some gaming PC builds broken down in price range check out this website completely devoted to the best gaming pc builds. While it's relatively new it has a few great articles which this website keeps current.


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      Antoine 5 years ago

      Is it a good built for that price?

      CPU = AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core $189.99

      CPU Cooler = Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM $28.79

      Motherboard = ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 $134.88

      Memory = Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 $84.84

      Storage = Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $73.99

      A-Data XPG SX900 64GB 2.5" SSD $69.99

      Video Card = Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB $304.99

      Case = Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower $109.99

      Power Supply = Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $69.99

      Optical Drive = Lite-On iHAS524-T98A DVD/CD Writer $24.99

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      zac 5 years ago

      Hi guys I'm building my first gaming computer, already bought a monitor and haf x case have no limit on money want to know the best possible gaming computer I could build but I need help please

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      Shawn 6 years ago

      From what I have read conventional HDDs cant even transmit data at full SATA 2 speeds so an SATA 3 HDD is pointless.

      SSDs can utilize the extra bandwidth but even they arent maxing it out... yet. :)

      The Momentus XT is a nice option if you only have $100 and your motherboard doesn't support drive caching but if you have an H67, P67, or X68 chipset you are better off with a cheap 20-60gb SSD drive (cache) and a conventional HDD (or 2 in raid 0 or 0+1 is even better). If you catch them on sale you could probably get them both for around $140.

      Very good article though. I have it bookmarked for refrence.

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      shawn 6 years ago

      Zion Predator case is really pretty nice for the price @ Newegg ($70 - $20 rebate = $50)

      You are going to need CPU cooler (~$50 for a good one) and OS (~$100) so your build is more like $850...

      HDD prices have spiked lately but you can still find a new Samsung Spinpoint F3 (or F3R) 1TB for ~$75. Those are RAID / enterprise class drives and they are fast too.

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      Sebastian 6 years ago

      Hi man! Thanks for your nice helpful post! Can you please let me know if i have a nice setup here to run all the games out there?

      -APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case 30$

      -BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard 60$

      -Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x 8x 16x (DVD) 48x 32x 48x (CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM DRW-24B1ST 21$

      -APEX AL-D500EXP 500W ATX12V Power Supply 50$

      -AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Processor, Black Edition (HDT90ZFBGRBOX) 170$

      -Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 47$

      -Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA/300 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive (i found a refurbished one on amazon for 50$ let me know if it isn't a good idea)

      -EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Lifetime Warranty 01G-P3-1563-AR 260$

      All that will cost me around 700$ with the shipping wich is quite cheap! Let me know if u got any other suggestions.


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      alien5 6 years ago

      Thank you very much for your fast reply m8! I really owe you a lot for this.

      Those prices you gave me from the USA are madly cheap.

      Here iin UK are a lot more expensive, at least time and a half. I realy had to cut down from the i7 to the i5, and still think i'll bevor the budget. Cheapest GTX560 TI I can gind in here is £ 170 / $274, compared with the $220 you gave me from NewEgg. I hate this :)



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      alien5 6 years ago

      Hi Brandon,

      Sorry to be a pest, but at the RAM , what is the difference between buffered and unbuffered if there is any?

      I noticed that some of the more expensive ones have the " unbuffered " next to them



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      alien5 6 years ago

      Thank you very much for your very valued input. you really helped me a lot, in making my decision.



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      alien5 6 years ago

      Hi again.

      Just went through my comment, and realized, that in choosing the Graph card, an important thing would be to have the HDMI v1.4 to be able to watch the 3D movies on my Samsung series 7 3D LED TV.



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      alien5 6 years ago

      first of all, sorry for the previous comment. on most of the forum sites you need to register first, before you can leave a comment, so I wasn't sure about this.

      second,I am thinking of upgrading my computer, which is already giving me a headache, although it was a good PC at it's time.

      actual config ( bought 3 - 4 years ago ) :

      asus p5kpl mobo

      intel Q6600 2.6 quad core CPU

      4GB Samsung DDR2 RAM

      n-vidia gt8800 graph card

      750 WD SATA II HDD.

      I am not a heavy gamer, but I would like to play some 3D games, and maybe watch some 3D films too. Also,I don't want to have to upgrade again for the next 2 - 3 years . Bear in mind, that this would me my first build ( from scrap ). I've done upgrades before, but never started from zero, so this is really huge for me.

      I am thinking (already started ) to upgrade to :

      Antec nine hundred two V3 case ( due to space limitation, would have wanted the twelve hundred , but was too big ) - already bought

      Antec 900 high curent gamer PSU - already bought

      ASUS P8Z68V-PRO mobo - already bought

      Intel i7 2600K sandy bridge CPU or any cheaper suggestions, but to still be OK for the next 2 - 3 years, and for 3D gaming

      EVGA NVIDIA GTX 570 (1280MB) - same as the CPU

      8 - 16 GB DDR3 RAM ( brand suggestions please )

      I don't know if I need any additional cooling for the CPU, although I saw that ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX is at a pretty reasonable price ( around £30, I'm from UK ).

      It would also be a great help if you could suggest what would be the best SSD for the OS, as I am thinking to keep my current HDD for the rest.

      And of course, any other suggestions, and improvements would be more then welcomed.

      My budget is somewhere between $1000 - $1200 ( or £650 - £ 800, of which I already spent £31o on the mobo, PSU and case )

      Thank you very much, and I am looking forward for your reply.

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      Tim 6 years ago

      Hi guys i need help building a computer Maining for Gaming and one with some value i don't want to upgrade it for another 2 years =D

      i need i7/and GPU 570 the rest is a blur and if it stays under $1000 would be a lot more helpful =D

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      noobgamer. 6 years ago

      hi brandon, im just wondering, do you think the evga gtx560 ti superclock price will drop any soon?maybe at the end of the year.i have been searching for good deal for it but its no good. price range below 250. the build i looking was in hardware revolution. pretty awesome site.

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      Rakesh V 6 years ago

      The case is Cooler-Master-Chasis-CM-690-II-Plus-ADVANCE. For the CPU cooler - Cooler Master CPU Fan - Hyper TX3 is this fine ? Else could u suggest something better ?

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      Rakesh.V 6 years ago

      Hi Brandon.. Thanks a lot for the quick response... the PSU i was looking at was Cooler Master PSU(SMPS) Extreme Power Series 700 . Is this going to be fine ? Also, do i need additional fans or cooling for the setup ?

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      khang31 6 years ago

      hello guys,

      any AMD gaming rig budget range 400-500$ excluding LCD/LED..

      thanks in advance..

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      Alex 6 years ago

      Hi! Great article!

      I was thinking about upgrading my pc (for the upcoming battlefield 3). Now it runs on:

      intel Q9400 2.66GHz

      asus p5q3 deluxe

      2x2gb Corsair 1666MHz

      ati radeon HD4870 1GB

      power supply Corsair realpower 650W

      And i chose the following:

      Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz Socket 1155

      Mobo Asus P8Z68-V PRO Socket 1155

      VGA Palit GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Platinum Core 800MHz 1280MB

      My question is: will the 650W power supply be enough to feed this monster?

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      Rakesh V 6 years ago

      Hi Brandon.. Great post.. very informative and very helpful. I am building my PC for hardcore gaming purpose. Below is the config that i have come up with, but am not able to decide on a graphics card. Could you please have a look and suggest any better alternatives ?

      Mobo-ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

      HDD-Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s

      CPU-Intel Core i7-2600k Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

      RAM-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

      I have a GForce 9800GT with me.. can i use it along with any new cards ?



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      Samgonz 6 years ago

      mike - that is what i was thinking about doing and i would strongly agree because that way if you get a virus only your OS will get damaged and not all your important files. plues having your OS running on an SSD which is much faster helps.

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      mike 6 years ago

      What about running a SSD for your OS and key programs and a HDD for your other stuff? Can you do that?

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      Samgonz 6 years ago

      Hey Brandon! Was wondering if you could help me with another thing. I want to do 3D gaming and watch movies in 3D but i'm not sure what special things i need like a special GPU. Hope you know about this stuff.

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      Michael 6 years ago

      ok so im very new to building a computer and i wanted to run this build by someone before i actually bought any of the parts so here goes:

      Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge

      MotherBoard: Biostar TPG 7XE (b3)LGA 1155 intel p67

      RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2x2GB) 240-pin DDR3

      Graphics Card: PNY GeForce GTX 560 ti (fermi) 1GB 256-bit

      Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HDIo35J 1TB

      Optical Drive: LITE-ON black IDE DVD-ROM drive

      Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 380B 380W ATX 12V Plus Bronze Certified

      Case: Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-BA-WOPSU black steel ATX Full tower

      ok so thats my build i hope to use it as a gaming computer and i would prefer not to spend that much over 1k

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      Samgonz 6 years ago

      Thanks for the input on the CPU cooler! Now what I'm wondering about is the case. I've seen that the Antec Twelve Hundred has gotten great reviews but its a little dated and i'm not sure if it supports USB 3.0. So i was wondering if there are any newer cases that would be better or if you can confirm the Antec Twelve Hundred features.

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      Samgonz 6 years ago

      I was thinking about getting a CPU cooler and i'm not sure if I should get a Noctua NH-D14 or a ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX

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      Ariscov 6 years ago


      Thanks for your input! I'm a heavy gamer, designer, and programmer. So i play almost every game i can get ahold of haha. Hoping for Skyrim maxed out when it is released.

      So i should get a new Graphics card? or is mine fine for a single unit? I have someone helping me and i guess he will help me with multiple i need it. What does having multiple Graphic cards do to performance for gaming? Or would i be able to even tell?

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      Ariscov 6 years ago

      First time building a computer, and have a pro helping me (been building computers since he was 12). Before i ask him, i wanted to see other peoples opinion.

      I need a case, is the one i want going to be too small? i doubt it but need a second opinion. and i need a power supply. And should i get extra fans or cooling sinks etc? Here is what i have-

      Case - Antec Twelve Hundred

      MoBo - ASUS LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 Supported Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2400 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO

      Processor - Intel Core i7-2600 Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155

      Graphics - EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

      Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

      Drive - Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST2000DL003

      Does this work? Same questions at beginning of the comment and also, would it be worth it getting more Graphics cards? ive seen people with 7 graphics cards and was wondering what that would do.

      Thank you so much for your post! Fantastic help! :)

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      JaimeCeb 6 years ago

      Alright did alittle bit of picking myself =). Tell me what you think.

      GeForceX 470 Superclocked

      Debating on I-5 2500K or I-7

      RIP JAWS

      The WESTERN

      I have a power supply i bought, Just wondering how much Watts would i need for this build?

      Throw some Fans and disk drives and it should be almost complete.

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      JaimeCeb 6 years ago

      Hey Brandon! Stumbled upon your post here and i think you did great.

      Now i was wondering what you would recommend in a build since i'm a noob at this.

      Planning to play SWTOR//League of Legends... Just a few and i was wondering if you could give me some recommendations!

      Build it for what you would think would be a great comp! not over $1000 if possible if not i might have to make a sacrifice =P!

      Thanks BRO YOU ROCK!

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      John 6 years ago

      Great article! It was very helpful in my choices for my next system build. The information I got here and from reading other articles and reviews. I have put together what I think is a really good gaming system that will last a good few years or more. One thing I'm not sure is the CPU cooling. Would you have any recommendations? I'm not looking to OC but would like to have a cooler if I did in the future it would keep up.

      Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

      ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

      2x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

      EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

      Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (system drive)

      Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (game drive)

      Thermaltake XaserVI case

      Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU

      Feel free to comment on the rest of it. :D

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      ImmorTaliS 6 years ago

      And again thank you for the info.

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      ImmorTaliS 6 years ago

      Oh and one more question i looked at the site you provided and i think i will still choose your recommendation than look for the best at their site but i must ask i have looked at their "Top rated gaming computers of the year" and i must say i am supprised that at the second place there is a PC which costs 530$ on amazon well in my opinion i think it's a bit low. So i came to ask you if you could check it out and tell me what do you think. Im asking these questions becouse this is my first time building a PC so im not very well informed about this.

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      ImmorTaliS 6 years ago

      Hello again!

      Thank you very much for the guide and the answer which i must say came a lot faster than i expected.

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      ImmorTaliS 6 years ago

      Oh and here is a question can you tell me which power supply should i take.

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      ImmorTaliS 6 years ago

      Hello there.

      Is this build anygood for gaming?

      Case-COOLER MASTER HAF 932

      Mobo-ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

      HDD-Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s

      CPU-Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

      Video Card-EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

      RAM-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

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      Matthew G 6 years ago

      Nice article. I bookmarked it as a reference. I am planning to build a gaming rig and this just the thing for me. I am planning to invest at extreme performance but that may take a while for me to raise that kind of budget. It's better to invest more on the latest parts. You will be sure that in sometime in the future your rig can still be upgradeable in the next 3-6 years. It's worth the investment.

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      myi4u 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I am planning to buy a new graphic card at the moment as I am using the motherboard's built in graphic chip. I could really use your detail information here. Thanks a lot, very useful hub.

      At the same time, I am planning to upgrade my processor. It's a LGA775 motherboard. I wonder if it will worth the upgrade or I should just save some money and change the motherboard, processor and ram instead.

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      Lionel 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info^_^ will be getting it tomorrow

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      Lionel 6 years ago

      Hi Brandon,

      Thanks for the info^_^

      My budget is at $1000, but I'm more to watching/downloading movies, multitasking, online and some light gaming such as dota/rpg games. Maybe in future I'll add on a second VGA card. I'm worried bout my mobo, coz I'm looking at long-term. I would prefer to have i7 with a reliable mobo for my 1st build, then slowly add more high end parts. Any suggestion or do I stick with my spec on my previous post.

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      Lionel 6 years ago

      Hi Brandon, here is my build, help me out if this is ok.

      CPU: i7-2600; mobo: gigabyte p67a-ud3-b3; VGA: gt 430 2gb ddr3; ram:2gb ddr3 x 2pcs; power supply-gx550w; casing-Cooler master HAF 912 advance

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      kanishk 6 years ago

      hello brandon, can you tell me wether i should go for ati or nvidia, ati have better clock figures than nvidia at the same price, so that makes ati cheaper, so do they differ on performance than promised

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      Martin Allan 6 years ago from Sunny Scotland

      Great hub - I'm thinking of building a new PC as my current one is really beginning to creak.

      Some good information in here - thanks

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      JG 6 years ago

      Awesome job!

      Would you be willing to do the same thing for an AMD build?

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      wpexplorer 6 years ago from USA

      Dam this is a nice hub. Very thorough. But I like AMD more then Intel :)

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      Dre 6 years ago

      What's the best way to cool your desktop down... best gaming desktop would love to build one want to know exactly what i should get all in one :)

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      shayne 6 years ago

      Is this fersurwpe the best gaming computer for 2011? Because I want it too run the fallout series for years too come and I don't wanna crap my money into another computer that will constantly lockup when I run fallout new Vegas on ultra resolution.

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      Kwazzy 6 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

      Great article! once i get moved and settled i plan on building myself a desktop finally! i wasn't aware the i7 went down in price that much! very happy!

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      PrometheusKid 6 years ago from Heaven

      For video cards is better to get two gtx460 1gb each, and they cost less than $300 and is much faster than the gtx470.

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      Trinsick 6 years ago from Cali

      I wish I had been able to get the i7, but alas I could only afford the i5 which was still a great upgrade for me.

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      spajjie 6 years ago

      Just curious but I was thinking that maybe a Hybrid HDD (half SSD and half HDD) drive would be a good thing for a gaming computer.