Gaming Rig Budget is $1200



SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. Warhammer Online, Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age, etc..

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, DVD Drive






MONITOR RESOLUTION: Depends on monitor purchase. Probably 1680x1050


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

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD322HJ 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers - Retail

POWERCOLOR AX5770 1GBD5-MDHV2 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

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

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail

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

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

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

With tax and shipping is $1,189.00. I live in TN so I have to pay tax due to a warehouse in Memphis, TN :/

Whatcha think?
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  1. If you are not planning to crossfire in the future you can drop down to a 450w PSU. IF you do want to leave the option open drop to a 650w. Get the spinpoint f3 500gb its $5 for more gb and its faster.
    Why a mATX board?
  2. Was going to get the ASRock for $139.99 but it went over $1200. My wife is firm at $1200 punishable by death.

    Dropping to the 650 might save me enough to step up a little in motherboard.
  3. i think its pointless to spend that much on a tower when on a "budget build". i personally have the Thermaltake WingRS 201 which i paid 30$ for after a MIR, and I have no problems with it... just my 2 pennies... oh and if you dont plan on running xfire/sli then im pretty sure that psu is way overkill (i have 2 9800gt superclocked ed. and im only on 550w with no problems and those run anything i throw at em in dx10 on mostly maxed settings... note: im running at 1280x1024 currently but at my friends who has a 1920x1080 i never experience any lag...
  4. Yeah unless your are way hyped up on case looks get this case. It is about the best case for a budget build...great airflow
  5. Don't forget about combo deals at Newegg. Here's one for your CPU and OS:

    Here's a combo deal for some nice CAS 7 RAM and an inexpensive full ATX motherboar: (G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB ddr3 1333 CAS 7 RAM + Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3L motherboard)

    The 750W PSU is major overkill for a single GPU system. Here's a combo deal for a nice 550W PSU and a SATA DVD burner:

    I agree with the comment above about getting the new Samsung F3 500GB drive. You can get it here:

    I would get a 5770 that vents its hot air out the back of the case. Here's one for the same price as the one you picked:

    SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $169.99
  6. I need to agree with Sonic-Boom about the case. I got it for my i7 build, grate airflow, keeps my CPU cool, also looks nice, would recommend to anyone :)
  7. Another case to look at is the Antec 300 illusion.

    XFXs double lifetime warranty makes them the top choice for graphics cards.
  8. ive also never had the physx problems other ati people have reported but a dedicated physx card might be worthwhile. i would really get someone else advice on that though...

    think that mainly depends on what games your playing too...
  9. I would suggest buying a cheaper case and a smaller power supply. Then apply the savings to a larger monitor to get the most out of your excellent video card.
  10. If I don't plan on doing SLI/Xfire what is the smallest PSU I can go with?

    Also, if I step up to like a 1920x1080 monitor (doubt I can afford to get a x1200) will that single video card be enough for that res?
  11. Newegg has a psu calc tool... I would think a 550 Would be sufficient but I would x2 check that...
    Deadset on i5? Amd is true budget builder IMO... And my regor seems to handle all games without a hitch.. Fc2 on mostly maxed settings at 40+fps.
    55$ well spent... OC's easy too
    and Im pretty sure the amd boards are a bit cheapr than those 1156...

    Hmm there is a 500 PSU combo with the case everyone mentioned. Some people are saying that 5770 requires a huge 12v rail.
  13. The 5770 requires less power than almost any other good graphics card. Anyone who says it needs a huge 12V rail doesnt know what they are talking about. It needs a single PCIE power cable where most graphics cards with anywhere near its speed need two PCIE power cables. That 500W OCZ PZU will easily handle a 5770 and probably would be fine for two of them in crossfire.

    If you look at the benchmarks on the 5770 at 1920x1080 it will play Left 4 Dead at 1920x1200 at very high with 4xAA at over 60FPS. Crysis on the other hand at high with no AA its down to 35. Crysis defaults a 5770 to medium settings. Its a great card at 1680x1050 and a pretty good card at 1920x1080.
  14. Well by dropping the case and power supply down a notch it saved me some. Few of them had combos (mb/ram, case/psu, cpu/windows7) to save more money.

    Upgraded to the 500GB Samsung for another $5.

    I was able to upgrade from the mATX GIGABYTE to ASROCK P55 Extreme and the monitor from a 1680x1050 to this 1920x1080:

    Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

    Sitting at $1120. So still have about $80 to spare on upgrades (maybe another drive for RAID, don't need to worry about data loss. I have another 320GB at home I would use for important data).

    I wouldn't think I would need a CPU cooler since I don't plan on overclocking.
  15. Put that $80 into a nicer mobo, a Gigabyte or Asus.
  16. $1200, $1500 and $2,000 are the most commonly listed budgets....take agander at some of these:
  17. thought you werent doing xfire?? future maybe now or??
    maybe step down to the p55 pro and save even more $$$ for something else..? link is just for the motherboard but you should check out the combos with that as well...
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