I5 Gaming Build Sub $1000 Advice Tags: New Build Intel i5 Systems Last response: December 15, 2009 10:06 PM in Systems Share NeoPsiboy December 15, 2009 7:08:46 PM So far I'm looking at: CPU:Intel i5 (Microcenter) $150 GPU:HD 5850 Sapphire http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... (Bing Cashback) $280 Case:Combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Power:Combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $160 HD:Samsung 500 GB SATA II Hard Drive HD502HJ http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SATA-Hard-Drive-HD502HJ/d... 55$ Optical:Sony Optiarc Black 24X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27 Mobo:??? Ram:??? I would prefer a motherboard under $150, preferably avoiding Foxconn, SLI not being a concern. As for ram, the best choice sub $100. Also, will that PSU be enough for this setup and is there any better choice considering my GPU+CPU setup? More about : gaming build 1000 advice | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove cory1234 December 15, 2009 7:44:54 PM The psu would easily be enough, but cooler master isn't known for their quality psus. I would recommend getting a name brand psu such as antec, cosair, or OCZ. Here is some good ram if you plan on overclocking, their are cheaper solutions, but I wouldn't go below DDR3 1600 if overclocking on an i5. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 ( $95, $1 more than 1600) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... If you only plan on using one graphics card: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 (usb 3.0, 6gbps sata) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if you want to upgrade to crossfire later: GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... | Report abuse dndhatcher December 15, 2009 10:06:57 PM The UD3R is not good crossfire, it only has an x4 secondary PCIE slot. You have to move up to the UD4R to get x8/x8 crossfire. | Report abuse Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Systems>I5 Gaming Build Sub $1000 Advice> Related ressources: ForumAdvice on new build sub $ 1000 ForumSub 1000 new gaming build (need advice ) ForumSub $ 1000 Gaming Build Advice ForumSub $ 1000 new build gaming pc advice ForumSub-$1,000 gaming build * ADVICE NEEDED!!* Forum[New Build ] Seeking Sub-$1000 Gaming Computer ForumLooking to build sub $ 1,000 gaming rig, first build . ForumCritique my Sub $ 1000 Sandy Bridge Gaming Build ForumSub 1000 $ Gaming PC ForumNeed advice for gaming build before purchase, budget: $ 1000 - £680 ForumSub-1000 € build - comments appreciated ForumNeed help on a sub $ 1000 build ForumGaming Build: Budget $2,300 ForumCheap new build advice?? Forum£1000+ general use/gaming build ForumCompatibility Question for $1000 all-purpose Forum$700-$1000 Gaming build Forumi7920 Submerged Eyefinity, need advice please. ForumChoice is made , Final bit of advice needed Forum$700+/- Light Gaming PC More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !