My son and I needed a new system and we had to stay under a thousand dollars. Problem was we have never built a computer before. It is going to be used for games, surfing and modding android phones. We tried to cut corners were we could when did buy 16 gigs of memory by mistake we thought the memory was 4 gig so we bought 2 so we ended up with 16 gigs. Oh well 30 bucks we probably could have added a case fan etc. We scavenged our hard drive and blue-ray player so when we did the windows test we suffered on the hard drive part which really drove down our score. Everything went together smoothly. The Antec Kuler was the only part that the instructions sucked and about drove me any my son to blows.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.97 @ Amazon) CPU Cooler: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler ($58.05 @ SuperBiiz) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Amazon) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.98 @ Outlet PC) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.98 @ Outlet PC) Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US) Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg) Total: $1071.82 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-09 21:29 EST-0500)
All the temperatures and test numbers were gathered with AIDA64 and Cupid HWMonitor. We ended up under our budget with some last minute rebate offers from Corsair and EVGA.