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April 14, 2009 9:45:56 PM

Well I have a lousy P4 now i want to build a PC with a budget of $1000 USD.
I'm Thinking of a SLI motherboard with a minimum of one 1GB Video card or a video card thats very powerful(EVGA and SLI ready of course), Computer Case, Power Supply, 2 To 4 Gigs of RAM, SLI motherboard(Preferrably many PCI-E slots.) AMD Processor (PHENOM or Better), DVD Drive, 400GB Hard Drive 7200 Rpm, and an operating system(Preferrably Windows XP) + Monitor. PLEASE HELP ANYBODY!!!
April 14, 2009 10:29:08 PM

Well, given that you want SLI, a core i7 setup might have been the better way to go. If you do want a phenom II platform, I would have to recommend an AM3 790X or FX, meaning crossifre instead of SLI. Now given your budget, an i7 setup would be too expensive, here is an AMD setup that should fit your requirements. Got the prices from newegg.com, you could check them out.

Phenom II X3 720 - $135
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 - $125
Sapphire 4850X2 - $250
OCZ 4gb DDR3-1333, CL6 - $65
OCZ 500W ModXStream - $75
Seagate 400GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - $50
LG 22X DVD Burner - $25
ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms 1080p Monitor - $180

Totals to about $920, a bit more room for a case, that is up to you.



April 14, 2009 10:32:46 PM

Man How About A Intel Setup With SLI any Ideas? GOod Definitely Consider This One!
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April 14, 2009 10:40:38 PM

How About A Cheap Windows XP Operating SysteM?
April 15, 2009 12:30:49 AM

jurax04 said:
How About A Cheap Windows XP Operating SysteM?

Why use XP on a powerful system? You'll be missing out on DX10.

What resolution will you be gaming at?

Why not go crossfire if that option is readily available?

And, lastly, what games do you intend to run on it?
April 15, 2009 12:41:03 AM

kevin1212 said:
Well, given that you want SLI, a core i7 setup might have been the better way to go. If you do want a phenom II platform, I would have to recommend an AM3 790X or FX, meaning crossifre instead of SLI. Now given your budget, an i7 setup would be too expensive, here is an AMD setup that should fit your requirements. Got the prices from newegg.com, you could check them out.

Phenom II X3 720 - $135
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 - $125
Sapphire 4850X2 - $250
OCZ 4gb DDR3-1333, CL6 - $65
OCZ 500W ModXStream - $75
Seagate 400GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - $50
LG 22X DVD Burner - $25
ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms 1080p Monitor - $180

Totals to about $920, a bit more room for a case, that is up to you.


Yo Kevin, you just suggested to someone on here a EIDE drive, an over priced vid card for the $$$, and a psu that won't even push said vid card. Please don't be posting in here giving advice like that. Not being a jerk or anything, but if someone here ...like the OP didn't know any better and he actually went out and paid for the hardware you linked, he would have been pretty much screwed.
April 15, 2009 12:41:38 AM

If i wanted to go SLI, i would perfer an i7 setup, but considering your budget, you would have to settle for an nforce 700 motherboard. Maybe something like an nforce 750i with 2 GTX 260 core 216's, and then maybe an e7400.

So maybe you could go with this 4, and leave the others as the same.

Intel Core 2 Duo e7400 - $120
EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 nForce 750i SLI - $160
OCZ Reaper 4GB DDR2-800 - $50
BFG GTX 260 Core 216 - $180

You could eventually double up your graphics card later.

April 15, 2009 12:49:59 AM

Why_Me said:
Yo Kevin, you just suggested to someone on here a EIDE drive, an over priced vid card for the $$$, and a psu that won't even push said vid card. Please don't be posting in here giving advice like that. Not being a jerk or anything, but if someone here ...like the OP didn't know any better and he actually went out and paid for the hardware you linked, he would have been pretty much screwed.


Sry about the hardrive, i jus saw the 400GB's and suggested it. But I have to disagree with you on the others. A 4850X2 is an excellent card for that price. Once it is used properly, it would beat a gtx 285, its even recommended by toms in their most recent vid card for the money post. And you're wrong about the psu as well, that 500W psu is 80plus certified, and has the required pin connectors, a system with a 4850X2 would probably max out at a bit over 300W, do some research guy. To be honest, if it were me, i would prefer a slightly more powerful psu, but i'm recommending a budget system here. I don't know what it is that gives people the impression that they need such high wattage psu's when they're using gaming cards.
April 15, 2009 9:17:09 AM

I think Crossfire Will be Better than SLI and the 4850x2 is just one card running two. So Two Cards in Crossfire Mode in One SLot Good Price!
April 15, 2009 10:18:37 AM

jurax04 said:
I think Crossfire Will be Better than SLI and the 4850x2 is just one card running two. So Two Cards in Crossfire Mode in One SLot Good Price!


Tis the reason i recommended the card in the first place, if you're willing to go the dual card route, and you're on a budget, the 4850x2 is excellent.
April 15, 2009 3:03:59 PM

Extrapolating from the GPU power usage chart, it looks like a single 4850X2 might use around 200W maxed. So, while a good 500W PSU should be able to handle it, it would not realistically power two of them. If you want to be able to run two of them, then something in the 650W range would be more appropriate.
April 15, 2009 8:55:14 PM

Why not consider a more decently priced single slot card like the 4870. I dont think a card like a 4850X2 belongs in a budget system. The 4870 should give you enough performance to play with, and the best bang for your buck. :) 
April 17, 2009 6:01:38 AM

well i'm really going now for 4850x2 and my only problem is that someone took my Windows XP OS CD now i don't know how to upgrade to vista using the upgrade pack..coz the vista OS is really pricy... can anyone suggest a 64 bit OS? whether it will be XP or VIsta or Windows 7...hahha
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