Gaming rig for around $1000 CAN

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next few weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1000-ish. Mail-in rebates can eat a bag of hell.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (WoW, StarCraft 2), Photoshop (DNG conversion, too)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: need everything

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, anything that ships within Canada


OVERCLOCKING: probably not

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: probably not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: minimum 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: want to run Win7, Linux (Ubuntu/Debian)

After 6 or so years of "desktop replacment" laptops for my gaming and photography, I want to switch back to a desktop rig and just use the laptop at the studio. I primarily play WoW, so my graphics need isn't intense at the moment, but I'd like the machine to be able to run some newer stuff and not chug.

I went with AMD to keep the price down, and an X2 to keep it down farther -- I figure I can change to an x4 in a year or so for a simple and cheap upgrade.

I'm not sure if the power supply I picked is decent or over/under-powered. This is my first full build, so any suggestion welcome. All my existing towers still have boards with ISA slots in them :)

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GT-UD3H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache
Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0
x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual
Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA
3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified
CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core
i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail
DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 - Retail
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard - Retail
Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming
Mouse - Retail
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

That puts me a smidge over $1000, but I can hold off on the mouse/keyboard for a while and use some extras I have around.
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  1. All i will say is go for a ati 5000 series, or just ATI in general
  2. WoW is a very outdated game, and doesn't need HD 5800 to run. Heck, even HD 4850 is fine, but you're getting W7 + DX11, get the DX11 card (HD 5770).

    The PSU is kinda expensive. Look for a cheaper one.

    COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply - Retail $50 at

    Not in the same league as the Antec, but it will work. One of my friends has been running a CM 1000W for over a year w/o a hitch.

    I'd get a cheaper psu & case, then use the savings to get an x4:

    AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail $110

    It's slower in most games than the X2 you listed, but you're set for the future. You can overclock it to 2.8/3Ghz if you feel the need.

    If you shop at and price match everything with, you can lower the cost further. Or look for deals in at
  3. Contrary to what p55ibexpeak said, stick with that PSU. Cheap PSUs are asking for trouble. Antec makes a quality PSU, and you do not want to skimp on the thing that makes it all go.

    One suggestion I have is to trade the WD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB. Yes, it is smaller, but it would be faster, and a little cheaper. (EDIT: deactivated on, but you should be able to find it elsewhere.)

    Another would be to drop from the 5770 to a 5750 (saving $20-30). This should be good enough for that resolution. While it may not match the performance, it's a little nicer on your budget.
  4. Cooler Master is a good brand. IT IS GOOD DON WORRY
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