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June 5, 2009 12:26:51 AM

Hey everyone i am asking you guys to please build me a gaming computer that will cost 1000 or less. Please give me the links and the parts in a list alltogether.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of June

BUDGET: 1000~

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Left 4 Dead)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

OVERCLOCKING: Later on

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Must be capable of being overclocked in the future with only air cooling.
June 5, 2009 12:53:00 AM

Amd phenomII triple core processor: $130

Some phenom II compatible mobo: $100

4GB DDR2 RAM: $45

good quality 700w psu: $100

Decent case: ~$70

500GB SATA HDD: $70

DVD burner: $25

GFX card: Anything as good or better than a GTX 260 core 216/4870 1GB ($170+)

If you need a new OS either get windows 7 RC 64-bit for free or get a $100 OEm copy of xp or vista





June 5, 2009 12:54:34 AM

For overclocking get an AFM heatsink for like $30-50
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June 5, 2009 12:55:59 AM

Also if you can afford it get a Phenom II X4 945/55
June 5, 2009 1:10:03 AM



That build leaves $140 for a better video card solution (dual 4870s, 4890s), processor (Phenom II 955), case, or whatever else. If L4D is the most straining game you play, you won't need that 4850x2 and instead can just grab a single 4870, or even a 4850/4770, depending on your monitor's resolution.

That motherboard is AM3 and supports dual CFX, and the PSU has quite a bit of juice, leaving lots of room for upgrading later.
June 5, 2009 1:43:11 AM

ehanger said:
Amd phenomII triple core processor: $130

Some phenom II compatible mobo: $100

4GB DDR2 RAM: $45

good quality 700w psu: $100

Decent case: ~$70

500GB SATA HDD: $70

DVD burner: $25

GFX card: Anything as good or better than a GTX 260 core 216/4870 1GB ($170+)

If you need a new OS either get windows 7 RC 64-bit for free or get a $100 OEm copy of xp or vista


Hey thanx for replying to my post and is this ALL i need to make my computer? nothing else?
June 5, 2009 1:45:05 AM

Fortunex said:
http://i692.photobucket.com/albums/vv287/x_Fortune/build1.jpg

That build leaves $140 for a better video card solution (dual 4870s, 4890s), processor (Phenom II 955), case, or whatever else. If L4D is the most straining game you play, you won't need that 4850x2 and instead can just grab a single 4870, or even a 4850/4770, depending on your monitor's resolution.

That motherboard is AM3 and supports dual CFX, and the PSU has quite a bit of juice, leaving lots of room for upgrading later.


Hey i thank you for having time to look at my post and helping with my new comp but i have a question can i upgrade to 6gb ddr2 ram? and also why did u choose amd? i thought intel was a better brand
June 5, 2009 7:37:31 PM

Intel's core i7 is more powerful than the AMD phenom II but costs a lot more and isn't worth it more gaming unless you have SLI or Crossfire where the CPU will bottleneck the graphics card. The 45nm C2Q's are about as fast as the PII's clock for clock but cost more and are LGA 775 which is a dead end socket.

You are better off with 4GB (2x2GB) of DDR2 ram so you can run it evenly in dual channel. If you REALLY need more ram then get 8GB of DDR2 (4x2GB) but doing so will limit your overclocking ability.
June 5, 2009 8:14:37 PM

Intel is good at the really high-end (i7), but for budget/mainstream builds, AMD is usually a better performer at equal price points.

There will be almost no difference going from 4GB to 6GB (maybe 1%-2% at most).

The Core2 series is a little bit faster than the Phenom II series, but costs quite a bit more and is a dead-end for upgrading, as there are no more LGA775 CPUs being released. DDR3 is also becoming mainstream, so you would have to upgrade from DDR2 to DDR3 next time, unless you bought an overpriced LGA775/DDR3 motherboard.
June 29, 2009 3:56:52 AM

I have wanted to build a decent Gaming PC for a while, and did some searching around and came up with this set-up for just over 1000$. Granted I already have a mouse/keyboard/monitor. Mostly I will be using this PC for gaming, Fallout, Oblivion, Spore... I would like to run them med-high spec'd no problem. I was wondering if I could get some feedback and comments, before I make my final choice.



Case: XCLIO A380BK Fully Black SECC 1.0mm thickness ATX Full Tower Computer Case


Motherboard: MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard


Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card


PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply


CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX


Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1600C9DHX


HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


ROM: LG Black Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive SATA Model GGW-H20L


Total Price: $1,109


I was wondering about the case, if I should spend up and get something better cooled... I also have no clue as to whether I may need extra fans or a heatsink. Also, the Video Card. I thought of going with the GTX 295, but I did some research and this card is suppose to be decent... should I opt for x 2?

Thanks for any help, much appreciated.
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