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Need advice on building $1000 Gaming PC

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August 7, 2009 9:50:58 PM

-APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Looking to Purchase this Sunday 08/09/2009 after I get all the suggestions I need. I was hoping to keep the price between $900-$1100 USD.

-SYSTEM USAGE: Mainly gaming, a MMORPG (W.O.W. ranged graphics and system requirements), lots of multi tasking while gaming (3 open browser windows to look at forums, while listening to music), internet browsing, audio/video editing, burning, basic things...

-PARTS NOT REQUIRED: *I will be using a Samsung - 32" Class 5 Series - 1080p - 60Hz - LCD HDTV w/ a 60,000/1 contrast ratio* So I will not need a monitor. I do not need a mouse or keyboard I got that.

-PREFERRED WEBSITE: Not too picky but newegg.com is my preferance, it would be nice to order all the parts from one site for convienence.

-PARTS PREFERENCES: I was looking at AMD's Phenom II's. I'm Torn between the X3 720 Black Edition and the X4 940 Black Edition... These are the 2 Chips I was torn between, which one would be best for me, will the 3 core do fine, or would the 4 core be best or is it just overkill?
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I was also thinking of going with a Geforce GTX 275 graphics card, unless anyone would recommend going with an ATI video card, here it is...
XFX GX275XAHFF GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Just remember I will be using a Samsung - 32" Class 5 Series - 1080p - 60Hz - LCD HDTV w/ a 60,000/1 contrast ratio as a monitor so I will need I high end graphics card.

-OVERCLOCKING: Possible since I'm looking at black edition CPU's
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Going towards SLI unless you would at your upmost recomment crossfire, I think its a lot more power then what i need

-MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

-ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I do need an OS, Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP1 would be preferred so if you could include it i would appreciate it. I already think I put too much in here so I will try to stop rambling, I've been researching parts for over a month and I'm so indecisive I'm stuck. If you need anymore information please ask I would be happy to provide it.

**PLEASE NOTE I NEED A WIRELESS NETWORKING CARD, if you could help me find one, I do not have a wireless router I will get that around what kind of wireless card i get.**
August 7, 2009 10:17:50 PM

I have always had good luck with the Gigabyte wireless cards
August 7, 2009 10:25:31 PM

Heres a System I had recommended to me by OvrClkr and I'm digging it...

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX GX275XAHFF GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996599
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand Total: $1018.90

What do you think? Just need a wireless card
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August 8, 2009 2:27:49 AM

If you go with AMD, you should buy ATI cards and Crossfire two 4870... if you can't afford it, you could use two 4850.

Two 4850 rocks way more than I though. It's about 10% less powerful than two 4870.

Right now I don't recommend using two 4890, it doesn't worth the money. New cards using DX11 are around the corner so I will skip on anything not well priced.

Two 4850 in crossfire are stronger than a GTX275 and cost around 160$.

You got the board to crossfire 2 cards, so why not using it?

edit: The only game needing 1GB card is Grand Theft Auto 4. At 1080p, 512MB cards will do the job, but a resolution higher than that will stumble your cards. Anyway, I don't know many peoples playing at higher resolution than 1920X1200.
August 8, 2009 5:15:20 AM

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll take that into consideration, I'm kind of a nvidia fan but I can be sold. Any comments on my build or suggestions on a different one?
a b 4 Gaming
August 8, 2009 8:21:47 AM

Less glitter but raw frames build

Edit: swap for 955BE and good to go
a b 4 Gaming
August 8, 2009 8:25:17 AM

Same song on a more epic scale if u ok with ATI GPUs
August 8, 2009 9:28:34 AM

that is an excellent build
August 8, 2009 8:02:57 PM

Thanks, i appreciate the suggestions
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