$1250 (tax+shipping included) gaming pc


BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1350 including tax/shipping, shipping address is in California

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, multitasking, web, document editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS (would be fine buying a headset instead of speakers)


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, ATI GPU unless intel/nvidia is competitive in the price range



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 23" 1920x1080 is what I have selected now

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This pc will be using a wireless internet connection due to location issues in my house, it will be on the same floor approximately 30 feet from the router (D-link 'g'), with 3 or 4 walls in between. I will also be using an old PS/2 keyboard at least until Christmas, and a Logitech MX500 USB mouse.

I played around on newegg.com and came up with this list:

Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR) Built in Speakers - $189.99

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $58.95

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 - $94.99

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA790FX-UD5P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - $169.99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - $189.99

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - $54.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE TOXIC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $219.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $74.99

Headset: Logitech Extreme 3.5mm Supra-aural PC Gaming Headset - $12.99

Wireless Adapter: HAWKING HWDN1 USB 2.0 Hi Gain Wireless-300N USB Dish Adapter - $89.99

Cooling: 3x APEVIA CF12SL-4C 120mm Multi-Color LED Case Fan - $22.47 ($7.49 each)

Tax: $99.32
Shipping: $16.09
Total: $1319.23
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  1. Can't see what monitor you've got picked...

    I'd change your PSU to a Corsair 650/750 TX or a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750. Also, I'd go for a cheaper 4870, and change the memory to G. Skill (a bit cheaper for equivalent/better quality).

    If you've got a G router, do you need an N wireless card?

    Nice build.
  2. OK, I actually ended up changing the monitor after I made the PSU and RAM changes you suggested, so I now have a Corsair 650TX, G.Skill 4GB DDR2, and I hung on to the Toxic 4870 because of its ease of overclocking, which is important to my build. These changes allowed me to change my monitor to a 23" ASUS (1920x1080). For the wireless card, it was the best I could find on Newegg and I do intend to upgrade to an N router later this year. I was also able to up my budget a bit to accommodate these changes, but this is the absolute unchangeable maximum. So, those are the changes I've made, and thanks so much for your help!
  3. As Cpt Deadboots said, the 4870 you chose is a little pricey. I would actually just recommend getting the 4890 as it's about 215 on newegg.

    As for the monitor, I'd recommend the Samsung 2343BWX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001317). It has a higher resolution of 2048x1152.

    If you do decide to make these changes, you'll still be well within your budget.
  4. go for 2x 4770's in CF..... owns on all the reviews
  5. Both options listed above are good ones - but it's up to you. If you want to expand later on, a 4870 is a better option than 2 4770's (you can add another 4870 for XFire later). I understand that overclocking is important to your build - but it's likely that a 4890 will still perform just as well as/better than a heavily overclocked 4870.

    Up to you; it's not my money.
  6. +1 for deadbots suggestion
    if u want upgrades: 4870/4890, (probably need bigger PSU for XFire 4870?)
    if u dont want upgradability, then go for 2 x 4770 in CF
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