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TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD)

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Revision Updates

December 07, 2013 15:33 pm:  Entire system has been revamped!
November 21, 2012 10:19 am:  CPU cooler changed to Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
November 20, 2012 13:52 pm:  New FM2 CPU, Motherboard and RAM
May 29, 2012 11:16 am:  New HDD - 1TB to 3TB!
April 30, 2012 15:37 pm:  New video card!
April 24, 2012 15:21 pm:  New CPU cooler!
April 18, 2012 17:08 pm:  Replaced EOL Acer LCD with a newer 2ms Acer LCD monitor
November 04, 2011 02:28 am:  Prices updated - now all pricing is sourced from PriceGrabber
October 28, 2011 01:30 am:  Prices updated - No changes this week
October 19, 2011 18:51 pm:  Prices updated - Mobo and CPU cooler more expensive, case cheaper
October 10, 2011 11:15 am:  Prices updated - Mobo and CPU cooler see decrease
October 03, 2011 08:44 am:  Prices updated - Motherboard is more expensive
September 26, 2011 06:15 am:  Prices updated - RAM, case and optical drive more expensive
September 18, 2011 23:55 pm:  Prices updated - optical drive sees small increase
September 06, 2011 10:30 am:  New case!
September 05, 2011 16:36 pm:  New and faster HDD - 7200 RPM as requested!
September 05, 2011 16:16 pm:  Prices updated - Mobo and optical drive drop, HDD more expensive
September 05, 2011 16:11 pm:  New and better performing CPU cooler with AMD FM1 support
August 29, 2011 11:18 am:  Prices updated - Steady, but motherboard increased slightly
August 19, 2011 05:49 am:  Prices updated - Case cheaper, but RAM, HDD and optical drive more expensive
Intel Core i5-4570 CPU (Haswell, Socket 1150) - 3.2GHz
$198.75 BUY!
An awesome CPU from Intel, something that you won't need to upgrade for years to come.
ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance
$99.99 BUY!
An ASRock motherboard that has some great features, and an even better price. For a $1000 PC, the motherboard really just needs some SATA ports and a full-speed PCIe x16 slot - which this board has, and much more.
2x Corsair 8GB (1x8GB) ValueSelect DDR3
$139.98 BUY!
Again, for our $1000 PC, you don't need super high-end RAM, as we can spare up some of that cost for our CPU and GPU. It's still Corsair, so you can trust it, with great warranty behind it.
Corsair Neutron 128GB SSD
$136.15 BUY!
Once you go SSD, you don't go back - and now they're pretty much $1 per GB, SSDs should be in all PCs. You can swap this with a ~2-3TB HDD if you didn't want the SSD, but most people would already have another drive they have for storage, right?
MSI Radeon R7 260X OC (2GB DDR5 RAM)
$133.99 BUY!
You can game at 1080p with this card in most games, at around 30FPS. 720p gaming should crank out over 60FPS without a problem in today's games.
ASUS VE248Q, 24-inch Full HD LED monitor
$189.00 BUY!
You can't have your PC without a monitor, right? ASUS has a great 24-inch 1080p LED screen for the cheap, right here.
NZXT Source 210 Elite Mid Tower
$45.99 BUY!
NZXT's Source 210 Elite is here to provide the basic chassis to house your rig and a just a little more to meet your needs. Now with USB 3.0, tool-less features, and an additional 140mm top fan for cooling, its modest yet contains all the essentials you need for performance. It's the chassis you can afford, and more.
Corsair CX Series 600W PSU
$72.16 BUY!
Corsair make some of the best PSUs on the market, with this being one of its more value PSUs. It'll definitely still do the job, powering the entire system with no problems.
Logitech MK200 Black Keyboard and Mouse Combo
$16.80 BUY!
One of the more basic keyboard and mouse combos from Logitech, but still performs pretty good and looks nice for the price.
LITE-ON DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
$17.98 BUY!
This DVD writer writes 4.7GB of data in about five and a half minutes to DVD+R/-R, and supports all DVD formats. Intelligent features such as a 2MB buffer, Smart-Burn buffer under-run protection and ABS system reducing vibration and noise work together to ensure that you get accurate, working copies every time, instead of wasting disc blanks on failed write attempts.
TOTAL PRICE: $1050.79

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