1500$ Gaming Build

I’m building a machine for the first time in about 4-5 years so, yeah, it has been a while. I had 2 little boys since and they sucked up most of my money. Well my father-in-law wants me to build him a machine for gaming and general purpose. I will be using this build as a template for a build I would like to do in Dec/Jan. I have been researching some over the past month to get my self back up to date as to what is out there. I put some part together but still need suggestions (particularly on the motherboard and RAM) as if these parts will work together well and any other suggestions you might have.

He has given me a 1500 dollar budget but that is a little flexible


Next couple of weeks…again about 1500 dollars but that is a little flexible

Gaming…….after that general purpose, surfing the internet, excel spreadsheets…nothing major like video editing.

Pretty much everything is required…..but I can pick out the keyboard, mouse…but if you have suggestions please feel free to let me know.

Newegg but any major internet dealer will do……I’m in the U.S.

I know I want Intel over AMD….other then that no preferences…I’ve used MSI motherboards in the past and liked them. I also would like to keep the ATI 5870 on my list

No….he will not know what to do if something goes wrong so I will not be overclocking this for him nor will he be using Crossfire or SLI….single card solution. I on the other hand will be overclocking mine when I build it….but that is for a different time.

I’m looking at 1920 x 1080 monitor right now because he may want to watch Blu-Ray movies

Parts I’ve put together….not set in stone though.

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case – Retail

SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity – Retail

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

HITACHI 0A38016 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail

Pioneer Black 5X BD-ROM 12X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Combo Model BDC-202BK - OEM


Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM

That comes out to about 1300 i said though i need motherboard suggestions and RAM...i'll be talking to him about if he really needs a Blu-Ray player (which i do not think he does) or not in the next couple of days since i will see him.

I realize some of these are out of stock but I’ll waiting for some to come back to purchase….especially the monitor there.

Again thanks for any help and suggestions!
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  1. You won't need 750W for a single GPU, drop it down to 550-600W.

    He won't need a DVD drive if he's getting the Blu-ray one.

    For the mobo, this MSI should be fine

    As for the RAM, this looks good
  2. well i think he wanted to burn disc's straight from another disc without coping the data to a hard drive first...but i still need to talk to him about that.

    thanks for the motherboard and RAM suggestions.....if i wanted to give him more ram i need to still do it in pairs right? so then 8 gigs total? i know he will not need that much but i'm also trying to future proof this thing for him as well.
  3. Yeah, but as you said he won't need it. If he really wants more RAM, then just add more later on as DDR3 prices will most likely lower in the future.
  4. You're going to have difficulty fitting that 5870 in a Scout, hope your handy with a dremel.
  5. I would recommend this PSU as you will not be needing that much power:

    I would also recommend this Mobo if you don't plan to SLI. I believe there is a combo with the I5 that can save you money:
  6. ominous prime said:
    You're going to have difficulty fitting that 5870 in a Scout, hope your handy with a dremel.

    well i'm not set on the Scout...guess i'll check some others
  7. The Scout's bigger brother the Sniper (similar styling), will have room enough for a 5870.

    Also, the Panzerbox has ample room as well.

    The 5870 is 11 inches long, so just make sure whichever case you choose has sufficient room.
  8. i was just looking at a HAF 932 which is a full tower and 20 bucks more....i'll check out the sniper though....thanks!
  9. Best answer
    The 932 would be an excellent choice, a full tower gives you a lot more room to work on the inside, but a mid-tower case leaves a smaller footprint in the room. It really depends on which case you find the most aesthetically pleasing. Also, getting your father-in-law's opinion after you've narrowed it down might not be a bad idea either.

    Also, this MSI board would probably suit your needs, unless you intend on doing SLI or Crossfire down the road, as it only has 1 PCIe x16

    But the other 1156 boards only do x8/x8 crossfire or SLI which will most likely be a bottleneck as newer GPU's come out.

    Also, some budget ram from crucial

    It's in the SBM for the performance PC build and here's a solid review of it,,2372.html
  10. someone else suggested that MSI board as well and since i've worked and liked thier boards in this past i'm thinking i'm going to go with that one.

    checking out that RAM now....and since it is cheaper i think i might just go with it over the G.Skill since i will not be overclocking this machine for him.

    great help so far....thank you.
  11. thanks all for the help.

    new machine was put together this past weekend and so far is running father-in-law will love it......he lives about 3 hours from me though so i think i'm going to need to "break" it in and test it for a while to make sure everything is running well.
  12. Glad it's working well, some stability software you might want to give a go. Memtest, prime 95, and it probably wouldn't hurt to check the temperatures with speed fan or realtemp.
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