The Best $1000 Gaming PC - May 2012

This month we move to the Intel Z77 chipset but we stay with the Intel core i5 2500k. Check out the video.

I really wanted to go for an Ivy Bridge CPU. The PCI-e 3.0 is nice and they are a little faster out of the box. However, for gaming, the i5 2500k is still the CPU of choice. It overclocks like a champion. The Ivy Bridge CPU's can't handle the heat. So, what we are going to do is  install a 2500k and OC the dickens out of it. 

I choose the water cooling based on the price. I do not give it my full recommendation. It is good for the money but a little difficult to install correctly. In fact, if you do not install it perfectly, the performance will be totally different. 

Ok, here are my notes for the video:

Motherboard:  ASRock Z77 Extreme4 lga 1155 - $139

·         crossfire, sli, ivy bridge, xfast, gold solid caps

·         digi power

·         VGA, DVI, hdmi onboard!

·         clear cmos on the back

·         4 sata 2, 4 sata 3

·         2800+ DDR3

·         system browser in bios... kinda like device manager in the bios

·         power and reset on the board!

CPU: Intel i5 2500k OEM - $210

Cooling: XIGMATEK AIO-S80DP Water Cooling: $39
GPU: ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7870 - $349

OR GTX 670 (depending on the price)
Ram: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - $59
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power - $89
Case: Rosewill RANGER Gaming ATX $59
SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III - $139
CD/DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $17

To save a little: 

Swap the GPU for a Radeon 6870 $169 (or less)

You could also either swap the SSD or add one of these for storage: Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb $99

posted 4 years 2 months ago

Logan I regret to inform you that nividia's 670 is $400, but it does perform on par if not marginally better then the 7970

posted 4 years 2 months ago

Yeah... made the video last week... uploading from the road. at $400 the price is a little too high for this system... but the performance is insane. 

posted 4 years 2 months ago

Rosewill Ranger -  the front usb's are 3.0 and this motherboard doesn't have a usb 3.0 header so you will have to hunt down a adapter cable (usb 3.0 female to usb 2.0 male)  corsair has them for $15.   not having front usb's is very annoying.

posted 4 years 1 month ago

I prefer samsung green memmory, they overclock as hell. Nice video logan. 

posted 4 years 1 month ago

I've found that the B75 platform is great if you're on a budget and just want the basic MOBO features and overclocking



posted 3 years 11 months ago

Hi Logan: I'm new and am watching your budget build series. I noticed in this build that the ASrock Z77 Extreme 4 you chose has a failure rate of appx. 19-22%. NOT a great choice. As an alterative, the ASrock Z75 pro 3 has a lot of great features as well,  GOT NO MARKS BELOW 4 OUT OF 5 and only costs $85.00!  I think that would be a better selection, especially for a noob like myself.  Here's the link:


Your opinion?


posted 3 years 11 months ago

Yeah I bought an ASrock extreme 4 z77 and it came with defective usb 3.0 po.rts

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Hey can I use i7-2600k instead?

posted 3 years 6 months ago

I love my I5 @4.2ghz. Got mine for 185 :) NEW