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January 30, 2009 8:17:24 AM

Hey, im admittedly a noob when it comes to building PCs, but i do know a lot about computers in general. Im pretty much looking for the best gaming pc, but will also be good to watch movies/tv on. I was wondering what the best PC i could get with the budget of $1000. I have a few ideas about what i want, but wanted all your guys input before i make any decision. Thanks in advance for any help, ive been reading this forum for a while and you all seem very knowledgeable.

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January 30, 2009 8:53:02 AM

Build around the LGA 775, either the Q6600 or Q9550.

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 heatsink for overclocking.

Gigabyte EP45-UD3P mobo w/ Crossfire.

Sapphire 4870 1GB video card.

PCP&C Silencer 750

WD Caviar Black 640GB

Start with that as a base and build around it.

You should also put your ideas out for our comments--that would help.
January 30, 2009 9:00:48 AM

Im not gonna lie, i really didnt have that many ideas. I just wanted to see wat you guys thought would be good, and then go from there. Wat you posted was very helpful, but if you guys have any other ideas or more specific builds i would like to hear those too!
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January 30, 2009 12:28:26 PM

What Akebono gave is also good. I'd recommend dat you go for the Q9550 though since not many are in favor of Q6600 anymore but basically, anything that is good for gaming, is good for almost anything else about entertainment so you needn't worry bout it. Akebono's specs would be good for you to start on. Best of luck
January 30, 2009 6:04:14 PM

Thanks for the help guys, ill look into all of ur suggestions!!!
January 30, 2009 6:12:22 PM

What's included in the $1000 budget? Monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc...? Is the $1000 just for the tower?
January 30, 2009 7:00:50 PM

The $1000 is just for the hardware, not the monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. I already have a monitor and all that other stuff that i can use, but i shoulda made that clear from the start......
January 30, 2009 7:26:58 PM

This is what I'd buy within that budget:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $279.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $134.99 - $20.00 MIR

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=N82E168... $49.99

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=N82E168... $224.99 - $10.00 MIR

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $40.00 MIR

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-three-hundred-atx-compute... $61.65 (shipped)

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=N82E168... $99.99

Total - $1,067.57 - $70 MIR's

If that's stretching the budget a bit you could go with an E8400 and GA-EP45-UD3P combo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $284.98 - $15 MIR

I'd also pick up a cooler if you go the Core2Duo route:

XIGMATEK dark knight - s1283 120mm CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99
January 30, 2009 7:39:17 PM

Here's an AMD build to give you a few more options:

AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $393.99 (CPU/GPU combo) - $10 MIR

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $188.99

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $40.00 MIR

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-three-hundred-atx-compute... $61.65 (shipped)

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=N82E168... $99.99

Total - $1,015.58 - $50 MIR's
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