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$1000USD Gaming Computer Build

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December 19, 2009 2:47:56 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 30 days

BUDGET RANGE: $1000USD (up to 1200 before rebates)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference, but preferably from same site.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe if it isn't to technical

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe if it isn't to technical

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 21 inch (will be upgraded to 24 or greater when i get the money)

Thanks!
December 19, 2009 3:27:38 AM

Here is what I think would be a good starting point for you:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case + Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power

Intel Core i5-750

ASUS P7P55D

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3

2X SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB

LG Black 22X DVD+R

Total price = $1,037.93

The 2 5770's in crossfire is on par or even sometimes better than 1 5870. The core i5 will prevent any problems with the cpu bottlenecking the system. The 620W psu should be plenty to run everything along with 2 graphics cards.
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December 19, 2009 1:52:46 PM
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December 19, 2009 1:59:56 PM

Ragsters - That's the hard drive I wanted to try. I wound up getting the Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB single platter hard drive instead.
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December 19, 2009 2:15:48 PM

Nice rig you got there Johnny Lucky! I haven't heard to much about the 500GB WD but I am sure it is just as good if not better. But you are still paying $15 more for WD.
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December 19, 2009 2:17:51 PM

JohnnyLucky said:
Ragsters - That's the hard drive I wanted to try. I wound up getting the Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB single platter hard drive instead.


How do you like that Sabertooth Mobo? I am really interested in it.
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December 19, 2009 6:33:38 PM

Ragsters - I got ahead of myself. UPS is delivering everything Monday afternoon except for the 4770 and Plextor optical drive. I'm recycling those. I still want to get a high end monitor for professional digital image and video editing, rendering, and encoding. That's going to cost.

It took me several weeks of searchng for and reading technical reviews to figure out the cpu, motherboard, and memory combination. The big problem was finding benchmarks and comparisons for the mainstream applications I will be using. It took some digging. The system can easily cruise along at 3.3 to 3.6Ghz without breaking a sweat. It can actually be pushed to 4.2Ghz but heat would be a problem. On Liquid Nitrogen the system can be pushed over 5.2Ghz.
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December 20, 2009 2:32:05 AM

Thank you for the replies! :hello: 
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December 20, 2009 3:05:46 AM

I would definitely go with the samsung F3 if its an option for ya. I didn't include it in the build I posted because it was out of stock. But if it's available take it. If you want better performance now go with the 2 5770's over the 5850. If you want to be able to upgrade easier later take a hit in performance and do the 1 5850 now and add another down the road. The antec 300 is a good case but I would take the NZXT over it because of better cooling.
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December 20, 2009 4:29:19 AM

Ragsters - Those are the two monitors I'm thinking about. The high end LaCie, NEC, and Eizo monitors for professional work are all over $1,000.00. :o 
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