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. 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... Related resources $1100 gaming/media center pc need help - Forum 1st Build 1300-1500 Budget - Forum New Gaming Media Center PC build Help - Forum Gaming/Media PC - choosing parts - Forum $1500-$2000 Gaming/Media 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. 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) 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... Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumNew Build: $800 Gaming/Media ForumGaming/Media build for ~$1,500 ForumBuilding a new PC , would appreciate feedback ForumBlack screen & hang when playing video ForumNeed your experitse on making a Q6600 media/gaming PC ForumNew System Build Help ForumHello I'm building my first comp heres what i got so far... ForumHello I'm building my first comp heres my potential setup. any ideas? ForumFeed Back on a $1500 or less gaming build please ForumWhich of these computers is better? ForumSpeckles, Crashes, etc. in Windows 7 Media Center ForumNeed Help w/ Budget Win7 Media Center HTPC ForumMedia Center build issue ForumNew media center build $300- $400 ForumWhat to choose for a homebuilt htpc/media center? More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !