$1K build - I need a little help

I've never built a gaming pc, or any pc for that matter. But it's about time I did.

I have $1000 USD to spend.

I have no idea how to OC, but I will learn. So I want the components of my PC to have some OC ability. Also I would like to have future upgrades, maybe crossfire GPUs or additional RAM etc.

Now that's said, here's what I have lined up for my rig.

Case:
Antec 900

Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P

Video Card:
Sappire HD 4870 1GB

CPU:
Intel 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
I will OC this once I find out how to around 3GHz (Tutorials welcomed)

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W

HD:
WD 640GB

RAM:
Consair 4GB (2x2GB)

DVD/CD:
DVD Burner

There it is, I have a mouse and Keyboard.

I need all the advice I can get. Is this a good build? The primary use of this PC will be games.

Thanks,
Juss
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  1. If you dont require a monitor i would stronly consider an X58/I7 920 unit...will take all of that $1000 but a superior unit. In the end the i7 will cost you about 100-200 bucks more.
  2. Here's a tutorial:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/240001-29-howto-overclock-quads-duals-guide

    Get this PC P&C 750W PSU instead of the 750TX.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011&Tpk=S75CF
    It's a little better, the layout is smarter IMO (the hot air goes out to the back, not vertically), and it's $30 less if you buy soon.

    Spend a little more on RAM and get this instead:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731
    It is better for overclocking.
  3. grieve said:
    If you dont require a monitor i would stronly consider an X58/I7 920 unit...will take all of that $1000 but a superior unit. In the end the i7 will cost you about 100-200 bucks more.


    I'm trying to put together a 1k i7 build and it's nearly impossible. If you can post your item links for said build that'd be great.
  4. grieve said:
    If you dont require a monitor i would stronly consider an X58/I7 920 unit...will take all of that $1000 but a superior unit. In the end the i7 will cost you about 100-200 bucks more.


    That would be better, true. For example X58 can do Crossfire at full 16x+16x speed, while the GA-EP45-UD3P can't and will lose about 10% of the fps when used with HD 4870 Crossfire. Still, for that budget, I like his choices very much.

    Antec 900 $110
    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P $117
    Sapphire HD 4870 1GB $245
    Q6600 $190
    PC P&C 750W $70
    WD 640GB $80
    Mushkin 4GB (2x2GB) $45
    DVD $30

    Total $887, and if you add Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit $100 you end up with the whole $1000 budget taken.

    Upgrading to i7 920 would cost something like: $300 (i7 920) + $260 (GA-EX58-UD4P) + $145 (DDR3, 3GB, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231237) instead of $190 (Q6600) + $117 (GA-EP45-UD3P) + $45 (DDR2, 4GB). That's $353 more, not $100-$200. It's probably worth it, especially if he's sure he will add that second card.

    Edit: nice work, grieve. I wouldn't downgrade the video card to 512MB, however.
  5. How about this: grieve's build, with the case replaced with an RC-690 ($80)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

    and with the original HD 4870 1GB card ($245). That should cost 1074.96-30+45=1090.
  6. Amazing how the i7 builds are coming down in price.

    I would suggest trying to do one. The cpu will be loafing for years to come.

    To shave a few bucks more, look at the Antec 300 case:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
    $59.95. Shop around, it is often sold for less, and perhaps with free shipping. Cases are heavy, and can add $20 in shipping costs.
    The case has superb cooling, even better than the 900. No "bling" though.
  7. I was recommended to this build, and it looks pretty solid. It will put you at about $900 before rebates. VERY overclockable.

    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137


    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037


    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358


    SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102810


    G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209


    PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011


    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319


    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171


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


    XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019
  8. Thanks a lot on your input.

    I don't think however I will be going with the i7. Even though I really want one, I can't spend more than $1000.

    Is this a good build for a Quad?
  9. juss said:
    Thanks a lot on your input.

    I don't think however I will be going with the i7. Even though I really want one, I can't spend more than $1000.

    Is this a good build for a Quad?


    If you want/need a quad, you must consider a i7.
  10. Look, we all would like to spin up a nice i7, but realistically you could OC a Q6600 and it would probably do the job just fine. If you are uncomfortable OC-ing too heavily, you could find a 9550 which runs with a faster clock speed otb.
  11. juss said:
    Thanks a lot on your input.

    I don't think however I will be going with the i7. Even though I really want one, I can't spend more than $1000.

    Is this a good build for a Quad?



    Your build from the original post is very good.

    If you change the PSU to the PC P&C S75CF it will be $30 cheaper and a little bit better, so do that.

    If you can afford to add those two Xigmatek products that cmill0422 listed, do it, but you don't have to. You can add them later when/if you decide to overclock. Until you overclock, they will not bring you any real benefit. When you do overclock, they will let you reach higher clocks with lower noise and less chance of crashes.

    If you prefer a cheaper case without lights get the RC-690 or the Antec 300. If you actually like the blue lights, check out the NZXT Tempest too. Same price as the Antec 900, same looks, huge, 6 fans.
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