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TweakTown Sub-lieutenant PC ($1000 USD)

TweakTown System Builders Guide (SBG)


Revision Updates

September 16, 2015 03:19 am:  Many updates!
July 25, 2014 03:05 am:  RAM, GPU and Monitor change, CPU cooler added!
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
AMD FX-6300 6-core CPU - 3.5GHz Base, 4.1GHz Overdrive
$99.99 BUY!  * Manually Updated! Price may be inaccurate *
In our recent tests, even at 4K, a cheaper CPU doesn't necessarily mean you're losing out on a huge chunk of performance. This is a great CPU for a system priced at under $1000.
GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P motherboard
$81.92 BUY!  * Manually Updated! Price may be inaccurate *
For our $99 CPU, you're not going to need an out-of-this-world motherboard. The GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P is a fine motherboard for $81!
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600
$42.96 BUY!  * Manually Updated! Price may be inaccurate *
Crucial has a great kit of RAM available in its Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM, especially when it's under $50.
OCZ Trion 100 Series 120GB SSD
$52.99 BUY!  * Manually Updated! Price may be inaccurate *
Once you go SSD, you don't go back - and now they're way under $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?
WD Green 1TB HDD
$49.99 BUY!  * Manually Updated! Price may be inaccurate *
You're going to need some storage, and 1TB of it should do the trick. The 2TB model is another $30, if you need the additional space.
EVGA GeForce GTX 950 SSC
$169.99 BUY!  * Manually Updated! Price may be inaccurate *
Gaming at 1080p is going to be no problems with the EVGA GeForce GTX 950 SSC. Plus, the entire system will draw less than 350W.
Acer G246HL, 24-inch 1080p LED monitor
$129.99 BUY!  * Manually Updated! Price may be inaccurate *
To match up with our GTX 950, the Acer G246HL is a 1080p monitor that costs just $129.99.
Thermaltake Versa H21 Mid-tower Case
$41.99 BUY!  * Manually Updated! Price may be inaccurate *
The Thermaltake Versa H21 is a $42 mid-tower case with USB 3.0, and plenty of space for the rest of your components. Oh, and it'll keep it plenty cool, too.
EVGA 500 B1, 500W PSU
$48.99 BUY!  * Manually Updated! Price may be inaccurate *
EVGA has quite the winner on its hands with a budget 500W PSU, where for $48.99 you're getting a 500W PSU with a 3-year warranty.
Logitech MK200 Black Keyboard and Mouse Combo
Sorry - Not Currently Available
One of the more basic keyboard and mouse combos from Logitech, but still performs pretty good and looks nice for the price.
Pioneer BDC-207DBK Blu-ray Combo Drive
$45.49 BUY!  * Manually Updated! Price may be inaccurate *
We have Pioneer's BDC-207DBK to read your Blu-ray, DVDs, CDs and more.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan
$31.05 BUY!  * Manually Updated! Price may be inaccurate *
Cooler Master has a great HSF for our AMD CPU, something that will keep it nice and cool for those all-night-long gaming sessions.
TOTAL PRICE: $795.35

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