Build me a $1000-$1200 gaming PC

I've always bought pre-built pc's, but want to build my own this time. It will mostly be used for gaming. I just don't know what parts (Video card, CPU, memory, etc.) would give me the most bang for my buck.

If anyone could list the parts that they would use it would help. That way I could have an idea.

P.S. Is it possible to build a good gaming pc in a shuttle case (microATX)?

Thanks, RC
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  1. Do you already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse etc?

    Anyway, here we go.

    Motherboard, Asus P5Q pro, the best for single GPUs. $115
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

    PSU: Corsair 550W, $97
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004
    There is also $750W for 10 bucks more, only useful if you plan to Crossfire in the future.

    CPU: Intel E8400, $165
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

    RAM: Mushkin 4gb DDR2 800 5-4-4-12 $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731

    GPU: Sapphire HD4870 512mb $250
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102796

    Case: Antec Nine Hundred, $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021&Tpk=Antec%20nine%20hundred

    HD: WD6400AAKS (Western Digital 640GB) $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

    Optical Drive, Lite-on SAT DVD burner $24
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106263

    Total is $896.
    That leaves enough room for Monitor, keyboard, mouse and anything else you might need.
    Notice if the budget is $1200 and you don't need a monitor then the only worthwhile upgrade would be to change the motherboard to:
    Asus P5E for $200 (+$85 from previous choice)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131219

    The PSU to Corsair 750W for $109 (+$10 from previous choice)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    And the GPU to HD4870x2 for $509 (+$250 from previouc choice)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131116

    Bringing the total to around $1250.

    Also one last thing, if your monitor is 24" or you plan to buy an 24" monitor (1920x1200 resolution) then change the first GPU to the 1gb version for $290
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121277
  2. If I personally had $1,000 - $1,200 for a gaming build, this is what I would buy:

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036 $189.99

    GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128336 $224.99

    G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209 $59.99

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-nine-hundred-steel-atx-mid-tower-computer-case-900-antec-nine/q/loc/101/202997579.html $94.99

    Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply - CMPSU-750TX
    http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-750w-tx-series-80-plus-certified-power-supply-corsair-tx-cmpsu/q/loc/101/206178325.html $103.74 -$20.00 MIR

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 $74.99

    SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801 $299.99

    XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003 $31.99 -$10.00 MIR

    XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019 $8.49

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173 $27.99

    Total - $1,117.15 - $30.00 MIR's = $1,087.15

    What resolution will you be gaming at? The above build assumes 24" and leaves the option for adding another 4870 in full-speed crossfire in the future. You could also go with a P45 chipset motherboard and 4870x2 if you don't think you'll want to do crossfire.

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-13-128-358-_-Homepage&guid=28e23a828ae049b990b0a9ec48cbc426 $136.99 -$20.00 MIR

    VisionTek 900250 Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129114 $519.99

    Don't forget a 64-bit OS.

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $99.99
  3. Yes I already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers. I just need the computer itself.

    Thanks a lot for your input!
  4. +1 for shortstuff_mt's list.

    Try to decide if you're more likely to want that second HD 4870 than not. If yes, it's more cost-effective to get the GA-EP45-UD3P/HD 4870 X2 combination than to do Crossfire. Think of it this way: $225 for the GA-X48-DS4 + $300 for HD 4870 1GB + (guessing) $200 for a second HD 4870 1GB a year from now, you end up paying $725 and you don't even get the full performance for the first year. With the GA-EP45-UD3P/HD 4870 X2 you pay $117+$520 = $637 and get the full speed right away.
    Also check out these products:
    NZXT Tempest $90
    RC-690 $75
    Silencer 750W $110 - 15%
  5. okay where do you live? ill meet you and help you build it
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