New Gaming PC Build (~$1000)



PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS (windows 7), Case (Antec 902), CPU (i5-750)



OVERCLOCKING: Yes in the future
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes in the future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like to know if these should be updated to newer better items or cheaper ones that can be found elsewhere.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail This Mobo is now deactivated at so if someone could recommend or suggest another one that would be greatly appreciated. Should also probably mention that I have the i5-750 CPU so I would need a Mobo with a 1156 socket.

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Monitor: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

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

Video Card: I'm thinking the Radeon 5850 but if that much power is not needed or whatnot if someone could suggest another video card it would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. get cheapest p55 and a 640 black caviar from western digital and ur ready to go :D
  2. What is the best brand to get for a motherboard from what is available for the p55 mobos? The graph of the video cards is nice to just see the performance and stuff but what is the best when you consider price and performance and how much performance I will be needing?
  3. the 4890 current best bang for buck i'd say

    for a board
    msi has the best bang for buck
    biostar and asrock has the best budget boards
    gigabyte has always been solid boards but their lay outs been a bit finicky and they the current leader by implementing usb 3.0 and sata 6gb/s into their boards
    asus also been great i always liked their lay out but their boards can be overpriced sometimes
    evga possibly has the best customer support and they have excellent quality boards but they also tend to be on the pricier side of things
  4. Btw is rescawen's advice of just getting the cheapest p55 Mobo a good suggestion or should I be considering other 1156 Mobos as well?
  5. i wouldn say get the cheapest board since the cheapest board wont have sli on crossfire support and wont overclock that well,if you would like some future piece of mind get the

    gigabyte p55 ud4p with usb 3.0

    or a lil bit cheaper but without the usb 3.0

    the msi p55 gd65

    you might also wanna consider the ati 5770 for a card the 4890 will out perform it but the 5770 has dx 11 support
  6. What is the USB 3.0? Sorry if that's a dumb question.

    And does anyone else have a suggestion for a good video card when comparing price and comparison?
  7. usb 3.0 is the new interface port an upgrade of usb ports
  8. 2X5850... (you said you plan to crossfire)

    But sincerely, if you check the prices right now, going 5970 is not something that will cost you much more in the long run.

    I would save money on a single PCIe slot motherboard and buy a 5970... but I think it's a little extreme for you...

    Of course, I am saying this because you want to Crossfire in the future and that I think you should really invest in a 5850... but if you bought 2, it will cost you more. Also, you will need to wait for getting the second card, but the 5970 would gives you the performances right now.

    I don't recommend CF two 5770... you are better going double 4890. The 4850 and 4870 have gone up in prices and they are last generation techs.

    So it's up to you, but a single 5850 or two 4890 is the smartest choice right now. Of course, if you plan to crossfire 2 5850... you are better with a 5970...
  9. To redgarl: Just to clarify or specify, I am not a hardcore gamer. I would call myself more of a casual gamer and therefore I am looking for a video card or video card combination that can handle games like World of Warcraft or Crysis at moderate settings. Nothing extreme.

    After taking the information above into consideration do you still think it would be best to go with the choices you mentioned?
  10. Also what is everyone's opinions on the parts that I have up there already? Are they good parts for their price? Are there better parts? If so, what brand or why is a certain other part better? I would really like feedback on this matter.

    Thank you :).

    On sort of a side note. I posted about a month ago about a similar question and I got a pretty detailed and specific answer that really helped. The poster even listed and linked all the parts he suggested. I'm just wondering if that was a rare response from the general posters of this board or if that is an experience to be expected from these forums.
  11. Well, what more can you ask for? Everyone has been answering you questions. :) And I'd venture to guess that the reason no one is listing a full build is because what you currently have is already solid, which is good.

    If you want some nitpicking options though:

    I'd go for these g.skill ecos over your listed ripjaws
    Similar timings, but the ecos have a lower voltage. It could "save" you a bit in your electricity bill :D. Or add more wiggle room if you choose to overclock 'em.

    I agree with obsidian's MOBO suggestions. I'm assuming you'd want a future proof board if you're a casual gamer and don't plan on upgrading to all the competitive hardware, which the GA-P55A-UD4P is with SATA "3.0" and USB 3.0.
    Just to fill in the gap and give you another option,
    is one of the cheaper, if not THE cheapest, 1156 board that runs crossfire/sli at dual x8. It comes with a few other features and overclocks well (I use this board).

    So now you have 3 mobo choices to pick from, depending on what YOU want. Again, from cheapest to most expensive:
    1. biostar t5 xe CFX/SLI - $135
    2. P55-GD65 - $160
    3. GA-P55A-UD4P - $185

    If your budget was tight, then a 4890/5770 would be a great choice. But IMO, picking up a 5850 with your $1000 range would be a good investment. Even if it is overkill, its new technology and you'll be using it for awhile. Crossfiring would depend on if you need the extra power for a future game; but really, it'll be awhile until you have to worry about that.
  12. How do you know if a motherboard is SLI/CrossFireX ready if it doesn't specifically say so in the title like other motherboards? And are all 3 of the boards you listed SLI/CrossFireX ready?

    On another note, sorry if I seem to be asking too many questions, but this is my first time building a PC and I'm not very knowledgeable about computers yet. Anyways what are the significant differences between the motherboards? I can't really find any differences other than like the number of USB ports and whatnot.

    That is an [EVGA P55 LE 123-LF-E653-KR LGA1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail] and I was just wondering if it is a good motherboard choice because from the specs it doesn't look too different from the other suggested motherboards and it does look nice. Also I wanted to know if it is SLI/CrossFireX ready.

    Thanks for the responses everyone :).
  14. for cxf and sli p55 boards look at the ones where the second PCIe slot runs at x8 or x16
  15. I'm not really understanding what you are trying to tell me.

    Are you saying if the second slot runs at either x8 or x16 it is CFX and SLI ready?

    Or are you trying to tell me that what speed the second slot runs at is basically the only important differences between two motherboards?
  16. the cheaper boards advertised as cf ready with the second slot at x4 really robs the full benifit of crossfire/sli on mid-high end cards even running crossfire on x8 with 5850's dumbs down a bit not much only like 2-3% but on x4 its a much higher loss
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