Solved Gaming\Media Center PC 1300-1500 Tags: New Build Media Center Systems Product Last response: September 8, 2009 10:05 PM in Systems Share Belbrion September 8, 2009 9:23:39 PM Hi all, Thanks in advance for the help. I'm looking to put together a PC that can run games well and also has the storage capacity and performance to be a Media Center PC using Windows 7. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week would be nice, but I can wait until next week for more future proof parts BUDGET RANGE: $1300-1500 USD SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, media center, everything else PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com PARTS PREFERENCES: After reading all the i5 reviews, I definitely prefer Intel. I'm could go either way with ATI\nVidia. OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: the quieter the PC, the better. Here's what I've thought would be good so far. Video cards selected based on TH Aug 09 video card article http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2387-5.html I was thinking that I would setup the 4 HDD's in a RAID5 configuration to get the most space out of them and hopefully a performance boost as well. Also, is the 750W power supply is enough for this number of disks and Crossfire? More about : gaming media center 1300 1500 Best solution Proximon September 8, 2009 9:34:35 PM I have no objections to your list, except for the MSI board. Gigabyte would be a more dependable choice, historically, and you seem to want to upgrade the build later. Just an alt suggestion on the CASe and PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Antec 900 and TP-750 TP-750 might be a slightly better PSU than the Corsair, and it is modular. Both are great of course. I doubt you'll be buying a second 4870 in a few months... I strongly suspect they will be gone. Something to consider if you were hoping to CF that one. Share Proximon September 8, 2009 9:40:22 PM Hmmm I missed the whole "quiet" part. This is a good deal. One of the better CM PSUS... not that I like CM PSUs in general, but this one will be OK for a single GPU build. Quiet case, quiet PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... m 0 l Related resources Best gaming/media center PC - Forum $1100 gaming/media center pc need help - Forum looking for the best bang for buck gaming/media center - Forum Gaming/Media Center build advice ($1500) - Forum 1300-1500$ Gaming Pc - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Belbrion September 8, 2009 9:46:39 PM Cool, thanks for the recommendations! I'm picking up 2 of the 4870's from newegg. That being the case, what PSU is recommended? And yes, I'm definitely buying with an eye to upgrade at some point in the future. m 0 l shortstuff_mt September 8, 2009 9:52:02 PM You'll want to stick with your original idea of a 750W PSU for crossfire 4870's. Either the Corsair 750TX, Antec TP-750, or Antec EA750 would work fine. I like the Antec 900/TP-750 combo Proximon linked to above. This is a nice CPU + motherboard combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (i5 750 + GA-P55-UD4P) m 0 l Proximon September 8, 2009 10:05:33 PM Then I definitely think the 850TX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Or, is quiet is even more important, this Enermax: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedNeed to upgrade my pc for better gaming performance, have 1300-1500$ to spend Forum SolvedUpgrading Gaming/Media PC Forum SolvedNew Builder Seeking Help: $1300-$1500 Gaming PC Forum Solved$1300-1500 gaming pc Critique Forum SolvedGaming PC ~ $1300-1500 Budget ----- Australian Build----- Forum Solved$600-800 gaming/media PC, strictly core components Forum Solved$1300-$1500 Gaming PC Forum SolvedBuilding a $1000-$1200 gaming/media work PC Forum Gaming/Media PC Forum Help with a $1300-$1500 gaming PC Forum New 1300-1500 Gaming PC Forum GAMING PC BUILD ($1300-$1500 STRICT BUDGET)! Forum First time gaming pc build (IVY BRIDGE) $1300-$1500 Forum $1300-$1500 New PC Build Advice Needed-($25 BONUS INSIDE) Forum $1300-$1500 work/gaming/internet PC Build Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !