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$1000 Gaming PC, Monitor Included

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July 31, 2009 1:59:32 AM

Hi

I want to create a $1000 gaming PC (original, huh?), but part of that $1000 has to go towards a monitor. That means I have to create a balance between processor/GPU and monitor--if I spend too much on the monitor, I won't have the money to back it up with a good video card, and if I dish it out for an amazing video card, the monitor won't do it justice.

I'll use the supposed rules for posting a system build, and then give my thoughts on parts.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: October, when Windows 7 comes out.

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 or less

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing, Music, Video

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, speakers, mouse, printer, Windows OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, what else?

PARTS PREFERENCES: Mid Tower Case. Modular power supply. From the research I've done AMD seems to be the way to go for PCU's, namely the 720 BE triple core. However, I'm open to Intel.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes --I've never overclocked, or even built before, so how hard is it? Are there any sites that can tell me how?

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or above, again, I must balance this with the video card.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Here is my build:


LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50000:1 w/ Smart Package - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE ST60F 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

NOTE: THE TWO ABOVE ITEMS ARE A COMBO FOR $190 ON NEWEGG.COM!

XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL3KIT25664TB1608 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

NOTE: THE TWO ABOVE ITEMS ARE A COMBO FOR $240 ON NEWEGG.COM!


Here are my final questions:

1. Have I forgotten any components? I know I left a CPU fan out of this build, but from what I hear the stock AMD heatsinks do the job well enough. This partly depends on whether I overclock.

2. Is my power supply powerful enough, or should I upgrade to the 700W ST70F?

3. Will my monitor and video card work out well. IE, is one much more powerful than the other, and therefore unnecessary for this build?

4. Is there a cheaper monitor at that resolution, or a comparable 1920 by 1200 monitor?

5. DDR2 and AM2+, or DDR3 and AM3? I went for the second, because I found good deals on the components.

Thanks in advance for any help.

-carrotinbelgrade

July 31, 2009 3:02:49 AM

2.) Your PSU is enough for a single card. If you want to setup Crossfire, you should look at least at a 750w PSU.

3.) Your GPU & monitor work just fine together.

5.) You choose a triple channel memory which is for the Core i7 boards. You need dual channel DDR3 at 4GB (2*2GB) 1600 or 1333 memory. I recommend the OCZ Platinum's due to their price and most of all timings.

I would look to upgrade your HDD to at least the WD 500GB Black but recommend the 640GB Black. You will see a boost in your performance by doing so.
July 31, 2009 3:08:42 AM

Switch your PSU to the one in this combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

It gives you the option to CF in the future and costs less. You also want to consider a 4890 for 1920x1080 gaming, it will do better than a 4870, but since you are holding off til october the combos now are meaningless as the entire playing field will change with the i5 and the new DX11 graphics cards which are supposed to come out at the same time as windows 7

Come back a week or two before you are ready to buy and we will help you pick through what new has come out since.
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July 31, 2009 3:08:22 PM

The i5 is kind of a more mainstream version of the i7, right? Obviously a shot at AMD's budget gamer niche.

But ATI is really pushing the DX11, so either way I will probably upgrade some components...yeah, I'll post again in October.

Thanks for the advice.
July 31, 2009 3:20:36 PM

Well even though the i5 is mainstream not for enthusiast gamers, it will cause significant changes in the CPU pricing scheme. And AMD may have new boards and processors out by then(hopefully as the newest lineup doesnt give many options).
July 31, 2009 3:25:48 PM


Knock off $100 since u dun need OS from the above ^^ Think you can squeeze in a Full HD 23" at least within budget ^^
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