Gaming pc $1000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week or in the next few weeks BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200 Before / After

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, video editing, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, speakers, OS, mouse, keyboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, or any other sites that reputable




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i'd like to have a cool running pc

i'm considering the intel i7 but im not sure if i want the 860 or the 920 as for the cpu depending on which one i'll but im planning on picking it up at my local micro center since it goes for 200 for the 920 and 230 for the 860
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  1. I'd still recommend the 860. Maybe something like this.


    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel

    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop

    ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower


    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve

    Only comes to about $950 so there's room to upgrade to a crossfire capable motherboard and PSU

    ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
  2. is there a reason you chose the 860 over the 920? wont a tri channel memory be better than the dual? when then new chips come out which board will support the future chips since i want to keep most of the build are at least 4-5 years
  3. Yes there are several reasons.

    1. 860's frequency is higher
    2. 860's turbo mode is far greater
    3. 860's TDP is far lower
    4. 860's intel specified supported ram frequency is higher
    5. 860's overall price is usually lower
    6. Initial very high price of gulftown cpus
    7. Lack of compelling need for 16x/16x crossfire
    8. Limited benefit of triple channel ram

    If you really won't want to buy a new build for 5 years, you could go for the 1366, but keep in mind the prices will initially be very high.
  4. I am in the same situation as the OP. Building a PC within a week and am budgeting 1000-1200$. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    What I am considering so far, i want an i7, Radeon 5850, and 6-8GB of RAM...

    I like the list overall that jbakerlent posted for the most part, as it has i7 and the video card, but the only thing that I wanted better was more RAM. As you can probably tell, i am a newb with parts now days. So if anyone could suggest what RAM setup would be best or whatever for my budget that would be awesome. If its 6GB its gotta be tri-channel and 8GB dual channel correct? which is better/cheaper/bestoption? Thanks!
  5. since im considering a i7 920 build too how does this one look

    Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ... - Retail

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail

    ASUS EAH4890/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

    CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail

    those are most of the parts im considering but im not sure what to get for my ram. will the power supply i selected be enough to run the system since i might consider running crossfire in the future. and has anyone ever tried the corsair h50? just want to see some reviews from the members before think about getting it. also for the asus board what are the differences between the p6t and the p6t deluxe v2?
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