Advice for New Gaming PC ($800-$1000), bare minimum parts.

Hello, I was looking to build a new gaming pc for around $800-$1000, but was wondering what you guys would recommend for a pure gaming pc with the bare minimum parts for a "price to performance" build. My current computer is a Intel Q6600 2.4Ghz, G.Skill 4gb ddr2 (x2 2gb), and Geforce GTX 550Ti. I had this build since 2008, but am looking into a PC that can handle future titles without breaking the bank.


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 1-3 weeks from now

Budget Range: $800-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Gaming, movies, surfing internet, music.

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:None

Location: Chatsworth, California/San Fornando Valley, U.S.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I was looking at this build on PCPartPicker:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4gb) ddr3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar BLue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Any recommended Geforce GTX 760 card that is compatible with this motherboard.
Case: Lian-Li PC-K65 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS123-04 DVD/CD Writer

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:: I'm looking for an Intel/nVidia build. I also just want to note I would like it to be as bare minimal as possible as all I'd be doing on it is gaming, surfing internet, and playing music.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want a new PC that can handle the next generation of games with a "price to performance" build.

Thanks in advance, I appreciate your guys advice.
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  1. Looks good. The only suggestion that I would make is to upgrade to Haswell.
  2. You can do better than that for $1K. Go with Haswell - always get the latest hardware you can get for your budget.

    Try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($265.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $986.57
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-27 16:20 EDT-0400)

    - Better case
    - New Haswell CPU and motherboard
    - Less expensive RAM
    - Upgraded the PSU
    - Included GTX 760
  3. g-unit1111 said:
    You can do better than that for $1K. Go with Haswell - always get the latest hardware you can get for your budget.

    Try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($265.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $986.57
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-27 16:20 EDT-0400)

    - Better case
    - New Haswell CPU and motherboard
    - Less expensive RAM
    - Upgraded the PSU
    - Included GTX 760


    That setup looks good for the price, but I had an ASRock before and it fried on me. Would you say that this particular ASRock is reliable?
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