Trying to build first gaming computer

Hi, I'm trying to building a good gaming computer and but don't really know what to get at all! So please help!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month

BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1000


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitors


PARTS PREFERENCES: Something that will run Left 4 Dead ( and all new recent games) Smoothly and without problems


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't really know much on building a gaming pc or a pc period ( which is why I'm posting here)
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  1. Here are a couple builds.

    Phenom II 720 & ASUS AM3 790GX $260 $15 MIR [...] mbo.190879
    4GB OCZ Platinum DDR3-1600 $80 [...] 6820227447

    750W PCPAC PSU $110 -$20 MIR, $10 more if you don't want the ugly red one. [...] 6817341011

    Antec 900 $100 [...] 6811129021

    WD Caviar Black 1TB - $100 [...] 6822136284

    Sony Opteric - $30 [...] 6827118032

    HIS HD4890 - $220, $20 MIR. [...] 6814161276

    or if you want the good warrenty and HAWX:
    XFX HD4890 $270, $20 MIR, HAWX [...] 6814150360

    Dark Knight - $40 [...] 6835233029

    OR Core Contact Freezer - $30 -$10 MIR [...] 6835207004

    Total ~ $950 before rebates

    Better overall system, with 4GB DDR3, a triple-core Deneb black edition processor, and an HD4890. The PH2 720 will perform better than the Core 2 in games, and much better in multithreaded applications. The HD4890 is better than the GTX260. If you want to spend more of your budget, you could upgrade to a Phenom II 955, an HD4850X2, or Crossfire 4870s.

    nVidia build:

    as above, but

    Phenom II 720 and ASUS 980a, $290 [...] mbo.198677

    4GB DDR2-1066 $60, $20 MIR [...] 6820227298

    eVGA GTX 275, $265, $20 MIR, Cryostasis, Call of Duty, World at War [...] 6814130478

    $60 more than HD4890 build, more expensive motherboard of similar quality, more expensive graphicas card of superior quality.
  2. Smithereen has a good build there. I've gone in a slightly different direction, building a solid platform to expand on.

    AMD X4 940
    This has a nice price, but it's not a DDR3 compatible CPU, sadly. It's a step up in speed from the X3 720 though.

    ASUS M4A78-E AM2+/AM3 AMD 790GX
    Good crossfire board. Will probably be in combo with this CPU shortly. Newegg has the wrong board listed at the moment, and I alerted them.

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
    You want 1066, lowish price, CAS 5, and lowish voltage. Oh, and a low profile. No raised RAM heatsinks on AMD boards as the RAM is close to the CPU and cooler.

    Scythe Shuriken CPU cooler
    This top-down cooler should fit the board well, and do a decent job. I'm trying to research large coolers with these AMD boards now... there are issues.
    Thermal paste

    Cooler Master HAF A good case that will last a long time. Excellent cooling and ease of use. Nice features.

    PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W
    Not the red one, which would save you 10 bucks ;)

    Saphire 4870 1GB
    You can add a second if you need it later.

    Wd 640GB Caviar Black
    Fast. Lot's of room for a gamer.
    HP retail DVD burner

    $981 before rebates, combos, and shipping
  3. You could drop in the 940 into the 980a board, you'd be around $1000. The AM3 equivalent is over $50 more, though.
  4. Thanks for all your help guys!
  5. What are you going with?
  6. The first build you posted.
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