I5 gaming build...$800-$1000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: around 2 weeks
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: mostly gaming, general use
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (examples: keyboard, mouse, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: intel

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (examples: 1920x1080

I5 processor $180 @ Microcenter
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=15144688
<< the rest what do you guys think?? ($869.92)
total $1050


either that or this desktop http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229128
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  1. I would stay away from cyberpower, especially if you are able to reuse peripherals. For that much money, you can build a nicer system and with higher quality parts. As long as you stick to good brands for everything, you can put together a really nice i5 system.
  2. ooh well ive put one together...waitin on advices n opinions lol.. :D
  3. This $965 ($935 if i750 bought for $180) i750, 4GB (7CAS, 1.5V) Vista build supports SLI & Crossfire and includes a GTX275 for gaming @1920. Case, keyboard, mouse, speakers not included.

    Save $30 by using a lower tier mobo and give up SLI. Save $100 by using still lower tier mobo and smaller psu, giving up SLI & Crossfire. Change graphics card for lower resolution or better price performance, perhaps save $100.

    Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128400

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC - Retail $95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    GIGABYTE GV-N275UD-896I GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125290

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677


    Compared to the Cyberpower build:
    Processor - Same
    Memory: CAS unknown, probably 9. $17 less.
    HD: 1TB Larger, Cache & quality unknown. No change in price.
    Optical: Less capable. No change in price.
    Vid Card: 4850, $120 less.
    Xtreme Gear Keyboard & mouse: $30 more for wired or wireless keyboard and mouse.
    NZXT Beta Case = $50 more
    PSU: Unknown 600W $65 less
    Mobo: non SLI/Crossfire, save $70

    About $192 less than the suggested build. IOW, you could build the Cyberpower for $743.

    If you do go Cyberpower, buy direct from them and spec at least a quality name (Corsair, Antec) psu.

    {Edit} Corrected pricing math
  4. you did? I thought you were still building it.. link comes up empty. You might have to save it as public
  5. Twoboxer has a good build, another bonus is you don't get the crappy mouse and keyboard that comes with the bundled systems like that. At least they didn't complete the crap package by throwing in awful speakers
  6. Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 650W Power Supply
    $179.99 -$15.00 Instant $164.99


    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    $74.99 $74.99


    ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
    $229.99 -$30.00 Instant $199.99
    .

    EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
    $194.99 $194.99

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL
    $79.99 $79.99


    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    $109.99 $109.99

    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B
    $29.99 $29.99
    Subtotal: $854.93


    my build...(1st timer ) hehe

    twoboxer's build is good but i also need to add the monitor into that budget range...highest i can go is $1100
    tryin to downgrade twobox'er's a lil bit
  7. I'll get specific. Do you need KB and mouse?

    [Edit] NM, I see the monitor - $200, 1920 res
  8. i do not need kb, mouse, or os
  9. Take my $935 build, then make these changes:

    Add monitor, +$200 = $1135
    Add case linked below, +90 = $1225
    Use your mobo, -$60 = $1165
    Use your Vid Card, -$25 = $1140
    Use psu linked below, -28 = $1112

    IF YOU REALLY DON'T NEED VISTA, take $110 off this build.

    To hit $1100, you can set a budget of $78 for your case, shop harder for these parts (Newegg doesn't always have the best prices), pick up ONE combo at Newegg that combines these parts (I didn't look for them), etc.

    You could start taking $10 off memory, disk, etc, but those $10 do take away from the entire package.

    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

    SeaSonic SS-500ES 500W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM $67
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151040
  10. This build includes a 4890 gpu.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.245596 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $124.90 Free Shipping*
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE - Retail

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P55M-D2 Combo Price: $299.98 | $284.98 - $15 off with P55 combo purchase w/ code OMGi5COMBO Free Shipping
    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ MATX Motherboard
    Intel Core i5 Processor i5-750 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1156 CPU, Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.256275 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $259.98 Free Shipping*
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181 $49.99 Free Shipping*
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030 $29.99 Free Shipping*
    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

    Total: $749.84

    *Same mobo/cpu combo as above, but @ newegg (this combo cost more at newegg).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.246589 Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $304.98 Free Shipping*
    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
  11. thanks for teh advices..gonna check out all the parts then imma probably buy them
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