$1,000 Gaming-focused system

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today
BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1,000 (would be nice to be a little under $1,000)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, gaming, gaming, video editing, general use (I have a laptop for most basic tasks)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Buying everything together on Newegg.com would be great

PARTS PREFERENCES: None, really, although I'd probably like to stick with Intel

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: No frills, no "coolness" factor, I just want the best possible performance on my budget.
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  2. Both arguments are good.

    An AMD X3 720 is the best bang for the buck, and it's enough CPU to power a couple mid-ranges GPUs for gaming.

    The i7 build leaves less cash up front for GPUs, but is more expandable.
  3. Proximon said:
    Both arguments are good.

    An AMD X3 720 is the best bang for the buck, and it's enough CPU to power a couple mid-ranges GPUs for gaming.

    The i7 build leaves less cash up front for GPUs, but is more expandable.


    I could change up on that build and switch cases to the Antec 300, and the psu to the OCZ 550w and then with the money saved change the vid card to a gtx 275 or a 4890 for a nice little i7 single card set up.
  4. Or you could do that with a PH2 720... his point was the i7 simply costs more. It's a valid point. It's an equally valid point that the i7 is better. But the 720 is more than 'good enough'.
  5. Thanks for great responses. I had a couple possible builds I could've posted, but this gives me more of an idea of what I'm looking at. This is the first time I'll be building, so this is all a little scary. I appreciate the quick replies.
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