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1500 Gamer Rig/Professional Opinions needed!

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November 12, 2009 8:14:10 PM

Hi, I am trying to build a best possible gaming computer for $1500 budget.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: waiting for blackfriday deals to come out.

BUDGET RANGE: no over 1500. This is for grand total, tax + shipping included.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, movies, music and photo editing, and surfing.


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, any recommendations?


PARTS PREFERENCES: i5/ 24ich monitor?/

OVERCLOCKING: eventually

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: possible on the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200, this is very important for me because i am planning on playing xbox360 on this monitor also. HD

This is what i was thinking:

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
possibly crossfiring 2 4890s in the future, any recommendations?

HIS H489FN1GH Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
-$10.00 Instant $179.99
i decided on the 4890 over the 5850 because of the budget. possibly buying another 4890 once its price have dropped very low.

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
-$70.00 Instant $109.99

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
any personal experience with i5?

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
how is this ram? opinions needed.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
how is this?

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
-$40.00 Instant $219.99
will this work with xbox360 HD

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
any personal reviews or recommendations?

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

I am very open to make arrangements in the parts to fit the budget.

I am not sure on which keyboard/mouse, speakers, case, and window 7.
November 12, 2009 8:45:50 PM

Check out my post here. It is an extreme gaming PC and only costs $1231.98 AFTER shipping/taxes.

This of course has extras which you probably already have at home that you can knock off of the price: keyboard/mouse, cd/dvd burner, Windows operating system. This will save you almost $200.00.

I have spent at least 25 hours doing research on the best compatible, future-proof system. This system is pretty much guaranteed to last at least 5 years because of its expanding capabilities and motherboard support.
November 12, 2009 9:04:33 PM

For Cases look at Antec 300 illusion, Antec 900, Antec 902, Antec 1200 or the Coolermaster HAF 922 or HAF 932. All have great airflow to keep your system cool.

I have found that when living with other people, headsets are a far more useful way to go than speakers. No complaints about what you are listening to or how loud it is.

Get a wired optical mouse. Dieing or making other players wait while you change mouse batteries sucks. Even a cheap logitech will do ok, though expensive gaming mice give you more button options if you want.

November 13, 2009 3:45:59 PM

If you plan to play XBOX 360 on the screen, I suggest going for a 16:9 monitor instead of a 16:10, like those 23 inches with 1920x1080 native resolution ( FULL HD ). Otherwise, it will look stretched.

PS: You will play xbox 360 2-3 feet away of your screen? Strange for a console... and awfull in splitscreen... ( The only reason I see console are great over PC ( besides some games not release on PC ) is for comfort. Laying down on a couch looking at a big TV with a lot of free space, and friends near, is way better than staying in front of a computer, confort wise )