Gaming PC for $1000, including OS + potential overclocking and upgrade options

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Hey all,

Here is my $1000 build. I did have a previous post as well which was about the 850 euro build, on which I got some great feedback. This time I'm trying other combinations of components to see which build fits best. My budget is flexible, and I posted in dollars because I would have to look for the best deals on my own anyways for when I buy online from either Germany or locally here in Switzerland where I live.

What do you guys think about this build for $1000? I think it's a reasonable budget for my first build, and can be upgraded down the line. I went with the GeForce GTX 970 for its amazing price/performance ratio. Not sure which brand yet, so I've included the ones that had some good reviews for the cooler. I could also put in 2-way SLI, given the motherboard. For overclocking the CPU, I've included the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. I could always go for the Core i5-4460 if I decide not to overclock, and then drop the CPU cooler as well so that's worth noting. No SSD as I'm not too concerned with boot times or read/write speeds. I could always add an SSD in the future. I think the Corsair RM 550W 80+ Gold should be more than enough for this build. I expect it to consume somewhere between 325-375 Watts, so there is a good margin. The case was a personal preference, I really like the Define R4 from Fractal Design. I added an extra case fan because I want to have more air intake than exhaust for positive pressure. I would have dust filters for all the intake fans of course. Finally, the ASRock Z97 Extreme3 was a good choice for the motherboard. I don't want to buy an H81, H87 or H97 board because I would prefer not be limited by the board should I decide to OC in the future.
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  1. i say get a r9 390 or go down to a i5 4460 and get a 390x it has the same performance as the gtx 980 for way less money
  2. Wazero said:
    i say get a r9 390 or go down to a i5 4460 and get a 390x it has the same performance as the gtx 980 for way less money


    I'm not getting the GTX 980 actually. Although you are right about the R9 390. The only reason I'm not getting it is because it is a lot more power hungry, around an extra 100 watts I think. I would have to change the power supply if I get the R9 390. And for my 1080p gaming needs, 8gb of vram is too much although it doesn't hurt.
  3. Arnav Bhatt said:
    Wazero said:
    i say get a r9 390 or go down to a i5 4460 and get a 390x it has the same performance as the gtx 980 for way less money


    I'm not getting the GTX 980 actually. Although you are right about the R9 390. The only reason I'm not getting it is because it is a lot more power hungry, around an extra 100 watts I think. I would have to change the power supply if I get the R9 390. And for my 1080p gaming needs, 8gb of vram is too much although it doesn't hurt.


    not really the 390 only uses about 60 more w then 970 under full load during a strest test
  4. Wait 4 days for i5-6600k, Z170 boards, and DDR4?
  5. Wazero said:
    not really the 390 only uses about 60 more w then 970 under full load during a strest test

    I see. In that case, I might actually think hard about the R9 390. Generally, I've noticed that AMD cards take a bit more power, although I'm not saying this is always the case. But I see your point. For the same price, get equal or marginally better performance, higher vram with only a bit more increase in power.
  6. Eximo said:
    Wait 4 days for i5-6600k, Z170 boards, and DDR4?

    I'm VERY tempted. Right now I'm still at the planning stage, still doing research, etc. If I'm completely honest, building this system might take a while because I still have to save up a bit more. Realistically, it might even be christmas before I get around to starting this so really, I could wait for the prices to go down, and also for the market to get a bit more saturated in terms of choices for the motherboards.
  7. Yeah, release days prices can be high. Processor will probably only go down only about $20, but the motherboards really dive once the competition starts.
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