Gaming $1500-1600 rig, need advice on parts

Hey all!

This will be my first upgrade in 5 years, so it’s quite a big one. I would like your advice on some of the new hardware and what types of purchases I should make to get the best bang for my buck. I have been reading these forums nonstop for the past couple of days and still cant come to a conclusion, so I figured I would just ask all of you! I didn’t want to break this into a bunch of smaller posts so I figured this would be the best forums to do it on. Thanks for your input.


BUDGET RANGE: $1500-1600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - 90% of it is WoW, the other 10% is FPS aka crysis, L4D, and RtS 

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: the only things I WILL be keeping from the old computer are speakers, keyboard and mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I don’t want to go through the hastle of building myself so I was thinking ibuypower or dell outlet.


Should I splurge on a new i7 920, or stick with quad core or a phenom?

If I do go with the i7 920 I would probably have to give up crossfire or SLI to keep it within budget. Is a second video card really worth it in the first place for what I am going to be doing?

If I get only one card, would you recommend the 4870 or the GTX 275/285?

And last, the power supply, I have been reading that a good quality 750 watt is good enough to support everything including an SLI or Crossfire setup, is this what you would suggest?

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe - As far as a cooling, would a standard case system and fan work ?


MONITOR RESOLUTION: This would also have to be included in my budget but I have also been thinking of upgrading my monitor for some time, preferably something I can play 1920x1080. Currently using Samsung syncmaster 192mp ( Thoughts?
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  1. ^
    Ummmm so why are you posting on the New System Build forum if you are planning to buy a boxed computer?

    Just curious. Everyone in this forum is going to tell you to build it yourself. Fair warning. And they will all make fun of Dell for the price range you are looking at.
  2. You can build a nice i7 and single card(gtx 285) and a 24" monitor no problem.

    The sites, Ibuypower or dell, you in the u.s.a? cause if you are, havn you not heard of newegg?
  3. +1, if you are going to get an i7, it's best to build it your self, for the price we give you and parts, it will be atleast 500$ + anywhere on a prebuild then your looking at getting a monitor which will be around $800+ on a prebuild. :) build your own build please.

    Meaning, we will hit $1600 on your build, the Prebuild will be $500+ or $800+ higher than what we give you.
  4. ^
    See told you.
  5. Quote:
    Ummmm so why are you posting on the New System Build forum if you are planning to buy a boxed computer?

    I was curious as to what you guys thought I should use parts wise. There were no forums for posting about a boxed comp =0

    The sites, Ibuypower or dell, you in the u.s.a? cause if you are, havn you not heard of newegg?

    I have heard of it and been to it many times, the thing is, I don't feel comfortable building my own from ground up. Its still an option though, and lets say I did order everything off of newegg, can I get some advice on the parts i listed above?
  6. $1500-$1600 = i7 all the way

    Just go to and start piecing stuff together, at least what you know. Post it on here with links and we can go from there. We just like something to start with. You tend to get more help if you already have a starting point that we can pick apart. And trust me we will, everyone has a different opinion, so you end up making the choice.

    +it easy to build a computer anymore these days. The hardest part is installing the OS, and Vista is EASY.
  7. Hrmm ok, ill do that and edit this in a couple hours, thanks!
  8. I'll give some things to look at for all parts

    Motherboard: EVGA x58/Asus p6t/Asus P6t Deluxe v2/Gigabyte ud3p x58

    CPU: i7 920

    GPU: gtx 285/4870x2(power hungry)/gtx 275/4890(possible Dual cards)

    Memory: tight timing: CL 7-7-7-24/ CL 8-8-8-21(is alright, tighter the better the performance, looser, more stability).
    G.Skills/ OCZ/Corsair/mushkin.
    DDR3 1600 (12800)

    HDD: Western Digital Black(fastest out of WD's)/ Some Seagates are fine.

    WD Black 640gb/WD Black 1Tb.

    Case: Best mid Towers: RC-690/ Antec 900(902)/ Coolermaster Storm Sniper.
    Best Full Towers: Cosmos 1000/Antec 1200/Coolermaster Haf 932.

    PSU: for 1 single card, 750tx/pc power cooling 750w/ 2 cards 850tx or 1000hx corsair.

    Should look at the i7 920 combo with its asus p6t motherboards aswell to lower prices.

    optical drives you should look into yourself for your liking, Coolers, theres plenty of good coolers out there.
    For instance: s1283v/Coolermaster V8/Truecooler/ blah blah and on and on.

    The BenQ 24" seems to catch my eye for the monitor.
  9. Thank you Fullmetall, putting one together right now and surprisingly i have the same specs as what you listed so far. Its getting kinda pricy though, might have to go a bit over my mark =/
  10. It should be in the $1300 for what i've put together, the a monitor around $200 will be fine.
  11. ^
    Just put it together and we will trim the fat for you.
  12. oops, the lg 22x shows 2 qty, suppose to be 1
  13. Almost my exact build, except I went with the EVGA GTX 275 instead of the 4890. I'll let you know how it comes together in a week or so!
  14. I'd change a few things:

    Memory: The OCZ is good but I've read some people have to play with the timing since it's so low. I'd get this G.Skill, which is really good, and you won't have that issue.:

    Thermal goop: I'd use the Ceramique, for the simple fact you don't have to reapply every year like the silver. It's thicker and stays put:

    PSU: the 850 is TOTAL overkill even if he wants a 2nd 4890. I'd choost the 750 for a little savings but yet still upgradable: OR the PC P&C 750: (they also have a black and blue, but for some reason the red is cheaper. I have this PSU and it is awesome and quiet)

    Video: DUDE, Get the Sapphire, it has a $20 coupon code till 5/19 and a $20 MIR making it $205. WHAT A DEAL:

    Motherboard: The ASUS P6T will be fine for your needs, I have it and OC to 4GHZ. THe PCI-E are layed out nicer to. The Deluxe is nice, but you can save $30 if you go non-deluxe:

    Cases: That case is nice... but im just throwing 2 I like out there, they both have all black internatls, which looks sweet. The case is ALL preference
    Thermaltake Elements:
    Antec 902:
  15. Adding the Sceptre 24" for $249.99 puts a total cost of $1577.

    So you could probably look for something else that is around $250-$270 to keep it under the budget.
  16. I dont know how you got 1300, i am a little over 1600 with current build (not including monitor). Here are the parts:

    Antec 1200

    Power Supply:
    Corsair CMPSU - 850TX

    Cooling System (is it really necessary?)
    Coolermaster V8

    Motherboard and processor combo (25 dollars off):
    Asus P6T deluxe v2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 mobo
    Intel Core i7 920 nehalem 2.66

    Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 - 6GB

    Video Card (this is where im wondering if i should trim some fat):
    x2 Sapphire Radeon 4870 1gb

    Western Digital 500 GB 7200RPM

    LG cd/dvd combo RW

    OS(is this the right windows to buy?):
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

    With all this it puts me at 1604. Where would be the best places to get rid of things without seeing too much of a performance loss with the games i mentioned above (wow, L4D, crysis)
  17. dang you guys are fast =o thanks!

    Going to use what you two posted and just stick with 1 video card for now.

    Now ill spend the next few days learning how to stick the comp together.
  18. It must be showing a Qty of 2 or 3 on some stuff then because im at $1577 with a monitor.

    Should do the changed Jay posted and you will probably be able to get a nice BenQ 24"

    BTW, get the windows 7 version thats free untill March 2010.
  19. ^
    - The 850W PSU is overkill, stick with a 750W PSU, it is enough for your system and 2 good cards

    - the ANTEC 1200 is expensive and BIG, do you need it? (fat trimming, but get what you want the case is WHAT you do see)

    - I wouldn't get the 4870 since you can get the Sapphire 4890 for $205 after coupon and MIR. I'd start with 1 for now. Trust me,at 1920x1200 it will be great. You can always add a 2nd down the road when needed and they will be cheaper. (trim the fat and get a single better card)

    - Cooler, unless you plan to Overclock your CPU you can stick with the stock cooler that comes with the i7.
  20. With these changes, it should do you a good $1550
  21. Here is the final list:
    with the promo it drops it down to 1450!

    Thanks so much again! looks solid, tried to build the same thing on both dell and ibuypower and they were an extra 250+ each ;)

    I am going to keep the cooler ive decided. I have a very lazy summer so over the next few days while the parts come in i am going to read up on overclocking, hopefully its worth it. One other thing, how do i get windows 7 beta without windows lol =(.
  22. Here's what I got:
    LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB
    SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB
    PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    1. ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX
    2. Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366
    Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound
    ASUS MK241H Black 24" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

    $1522 without M-I-R's
  23. You can get Vista 64 home premium in a combo with the HDD if you cant get windows 7.
  24. FULLMETALL...... ROCK SOLID BUILD! I like that one.

    Maramo... you link doesn't work, you need to make a wishlist and share it.
  25. mines the exact same as fullmetalls down to the combo processor mobo. Except i had to put vista in there =o totaling about 1587 after rebates. I also ended up going with the spectre monitor.
  26. You did get the OS with the HDD Combo right?
  27. Yeah, ended up getting both. Ive been doing constant research on the cooler v8 and CM 690 case. apparently they will work together without too much issues ( i might have to remove the case fan). The only concern I have now is the thought of actually applying the heatsink and using the compound. The reviews I have read on the v8 say its a huge pain to install, as a first time builder im a little iffy heh.
  28. Well theres also the S1283v dark knight. it comes with retention brackets.
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