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April 19, 2009 6:50:31 PM

I have never built a computer before but plan on buying all the parts and getting my local computer shop to assemble it all. Could anyone come up with a good gaming system for around $1100? I am such a newb with all this i can't seem to come up with too good of a system.

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April 19, 2009 7:06:01 PM

durd123 said:
I have never built a computer before but plan on buying all the parts and getting my local computer shop to assemble it all. Could anyone come up with a good gaming system for around $1100? I am such a newb with all this i can't seem to come up with too good of a system.


Also, that budget doesn't include a moniter. I would like for speakers, a mouse, a keyboard, and an OS to be included in that budget. My approximate purchase date will hopefully be sometime this coming week.
April 19, 2009 7:16:52 PM

browse around newegg and see what strikes your fancy.
www.newegg.com if you are in US.
id say for that budget work around E8500 or phenom II x4 920.
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April 19, 2009 7:28:58 PM

I have been browsing newegg for a few days now and honestly it confuses me! Haha i'm new to computer building so i get confused easily. Could anyone come up with an i7 rig for around 1200?
April 19, 2009 8:12:13 PM

Anyone? :??:  It would be extremely helpful for someone to come up with a rig for me!!
a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2009 10:16:49 PM

durd123 said:
I have been browsing newegg for a few days now and honestly it confuses me! Haha i'm new to computer building so i get confused easily. Could anyone come up with an i7 rig for around 1200?


This build is set up so you can add another gtx 260 later on if you choose and run them in SLI. It's also set up to over clock.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-mo... <=== Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-750w-tx-series-80-plus-... $109.99 Price After Rebate(s): $99.99 Shipping: FREE
Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 ($184.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 Free Shipping*
XFX GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 Core Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty: World at War w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 Free Shipping*
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... $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,152.89 | $1,127.89 w/rebates *not including shipping

* Same build as above but with different psu and vid card...it's also set up to run SLI later on by adding another vid card.

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-650w-tx-series-80-plus-... $94.74 Price After Rebate(s): $74.74 Shipping: FREE
Corsair TX CMPSU-650TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 Free Shipping*
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Total: $1,097.64 | $1,062.64 w/rebates *not including shipping
a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2009 10:53:15 PM

durd123 said:
I added all those products on newegg and my subtotal was $1,290.83 before tax not $1,152.89. Did i do something different?
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/TemporaryWishList.asp...


Not sure...it says your list is empty. I will say to you what I say to everyone on here. If you are going to set yourself a budget for a gaming rig, do not screw yourself and limit your shopping to only newegg. If you check my build up above, the psu is from "buy.com" and the i7 OEM is from "ewiz". Also I didn't include taxes seeing how there is no sales tax where I live.

I will post one more i7 build, but a cheaper one set up for a decent single vid card.
a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2009 11:11:15 PM

Here's a decent single card set up. You would want to switch out the case and psu to run that card in SLI. But it's set up to over clock...just add two cheap 120mm case fans to it...Masscool has decent ones for $5 each @ newegg.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-mo... <=== Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.95 Free Shipping*
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 ($44.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 ($184.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 Free Shipping*
XFX GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 Core Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty: World at War w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 Free Shipping*
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... $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,092.85 | $1,052.85 w/rebates *not including shipping
April 19, 2009 11:32:18 PM

Thanks for the quick response.

I think i am going to go with this build as of right now.
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/TemporaryWishList.asp...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM

DVD/CD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Thermal Compound: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

Is there anything i am missing such as fans or whatnot? Thanks for all the help so far!!!
a b 4 Gaming
April 19, 2009 11:47:54 PM

Switch out the psu on your build. 750w to run two gtx 260's in SLI, 650w to run two gts 250's in SLI. The gts only uses one PCI-E connector not to mention it uses very little power. 650w is plenty for two of those cards in SLI.
April 20, 2009 12:05:43 AM

I am not going to be running two graphics cards though. I was planning on using a single gpu.
a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2009 12:14:14 AM

durd123 said:
I am not going to be running two graphics cards though. I was planning on using a single gpu.


Then you surely don't need that 750w. A decent 550w like the OCZ I posted in my last build will be more than enough, not to mention it's modular so it makes for a cleaner build. And since your going with a single card set up, I would ditch the CM 690 seeing how that's more expensive and it's set up for dual vid cards, and go with the cheaper Antec 300 case. It's a quality case and it's probably the most popular gaming case bar none. It has great cooling, ventilation, not to mention it holds a crap load of fans if you choose to add more in the future.
April 20, 2009 12:18:18 AM

Why_Me said:
Then you surely don't need that 750w. A decent 550w like the OCZ I posted in my last build will be more than enough, not to mention it's modular so it makes for a cleaner build. And since your going with a single card set up, I would ditch the CM 690 seeing how that's more expensive and it's set up for dual vid cards, and go with the cheaper Antec 300 case. It's a quality case and it's probably the most popular gaming case bar none. It has great cooling, ventilation, not to mention it holds a crap load of fans if you choose to add more in the future.



Yeah i looked over your single gpu card setup and i really like it. And could you provide a link to those two 120mm case fans? You have been a huge help!!!!
a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2009 12:23:06 AM

durd123 said:
Yeah i looked over your single gpu card setup and i really like it. And could you provide a link to those two 120mm case fans? You have been a huge help!!!!


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
MASSCOOL FD12025S1L3/4 120mm Case Fan - Retail
April 20, 2009 12:29:01 AM

Thanks!
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