My bud asked me to build him a pc for $1000. This would need to include the monitor also (pref 1900xwhatever). I wouldn't bother with putting in an i7 due to the budget, so Im thinking either a core2quad or on of the new phenII amd's. He's big on multitasking and gaming. And due to his itunes/video/porn directory, a huge harddrive would be great also. I'm currious to see what you guys come up with.
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So far it's $550. You're left with $450 for GPU/CPU/PSU/MB/RAM. Obviously it's not possible to buy all that for $450 and actually get a good enough GPU for 1920x1200. I'd suggest getting a MB with integrated graphics for now. Then you can get a good CPU and a reliable PSU. The GPU(s) would have to be added later when your friend has saved more money.
Let's say $100 for a Corsair 750TX and about $50 for 2x2GB DDR2 (or DDR3, depending on the MB you choose). That leaves $300 for CPU+MB, and the MB has to have integrated video (and preferably SLI or Crossfire too).
That just about consumes all the budget. The problem with this build is obviously that it will only work for older games, as is. However, when your friend has saved another $230 he can add a HD 4890 and his games will work really well, at least at 1680x1050. Later he can add a second HD 4890 too and start playing all games with maxed eye candy at 1920x1200.
Alternatively, something like Q9550 + GA-EP45-UD3P would work well too. That's a faster CPU, but the combo costs about $100 more. It would also require you to buy the first video card right away because that UD3P doesn't have integrated graphics.
This is what my friend came up with. Is this any better or worse than what you guys came up with?
Case:Antec 300 $60
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66 GHz $220
CPU Cooler: not sure $30-100
Video Card: Sapphire 100259-1GL Radeon 4870 1GB 256 bit ($190 - Included in combo price below)
Power Supply: Cooler Master RS-700 AMBA-D3 700W $280(combo price for video card and power supply) not sure what it costs seperately)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3?(6 or b cant read my handwriting lol) LGA Intel P45 ATX Intel Mother Board $99
Hard Drive: Western Digital Cavier Black 500GB 32MB cache $65
Memory: A. Data 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM $42
CD/DVD Drive: Samsung 22x DVD+-RModel SH-S222A-OEM $23
OS: Widows VIsta Home ($90-100)
Monitor: Acer 19" widescreen LCD $100
Keyboard: whatever $20-40