$1000 Gaming PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next month

BUDGET RANGE: Preferably under $1000 after rebates (I could go up to $1100)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I primarily play massively multiplayer games, but would like to be able to play games like mass effect 2 and left for dead 2

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I don't need a keyboard and mouse, but will need all other parts.


PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm leaning towards an AMD processor

OVERCLOCKING: I like to do light overclocking (I am a novice overclocker)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Perhaps in the future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is a computer that will go in my primary living room, so I would like it to be relatively quiet. I would also like it to be as energy efficient as possible. I also need to include windows 7.

The current parts I am looking at can be found in this link

Thanks in advance for the help!
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  1. Linking to the shopping cart doesn't work. You need to create a wishlist and identify the combos.

    To be really accurate, we need a resolution, especially for this budget. There's a world of difference if we're looking at an AMD/HD 5850 build or an i5/HD 5770 build, and that would be decided by the resolution of the monitor (unless you need that too...)

    My first thought would be something like this, but can't be sure if you need a monitor:
    CPU: i5-750 $200
    Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
    RAM: G.Skill 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 $55
    Optical: $25
    PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W $55
    Case: HAF 922 $100
    GPU: HD 5770 $160
    OS: Windows 7 $100

    Total: $1,000
  2. Thanks for the reply..

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    SAPPHIRE 100258-1GHDMI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail

    AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor Model HDZ550WFGIBOX - Retail

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

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

    Acer H213H bmid Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen 16:9 LCD Monitor - Retail

    Total: $957.91

    I'm not super attached to any of these components especially, so let me know what you all think. The monitor on my list has a resolution of 1920 x 1080.
  3. For 1920x1080 that 4850 is really going to strain. Go with a 5770 or 5850. And if your purchase date is soon the modstream 700w is on sale for $79 with a $25 MIR.

  4. I agree with zach538467 and MadAdmiral. You should definately go with the 5770 as opposed to a 4850. A 4850 will likely be ok for games light on graphics (such as MMOs), but it will struggle at that resolution if you try to play more graphically intensive games.

    Also, I noticed that you were concerened somewhat about efficiency. In this case, you might want to look at a power supply thats 80 plus certified. This means that it has greater than 80% efficiency, and as such will draw less power from your wall socket than a PSU of similar wattage that isnt certified.

    The original PSU that you selected IS 80 plus certified. The one zach528467 is a very good deal, but it is NOT 80 plus certified. Just something to keep in mind if you're worried about power consumption.
  5. True, and any time you up wattage you will of course use more power:) If efficiency is a goal, the 600w is better. Or even a 500w earthwatts would do you just fine.
  6. Thanks for the replies, I think I'll go with a lower wattage PSU as well as the 5770. Anyone have a recommended 5770?
  7. XFX has the best warranty, aside from that they are all the same. The black editions ect. are not really worth it imo.
  8. A 4850 is kinda weak for 1920x1080. It would be nice to bump it up to a 5770 (about 50% faster) for $35 more. The 5770 does OK at 1920x1080, playing most games at high-ultra high settings. The 4850 will be play most at high and more demading ones at medium.
  9. I would agree with the previous posters,; spend your money first on the vga card, and the 5770 is a better card. It is also a lower power requirement. a 400w psu with 1 6-pin pci-e connector. I would upgrade to a 5850 before considering sli. But 5770 sli needs only a 600w psu and two 6-pin connectors.

    All the guts of the cards are the same, among vendors, the differences are in the cooling and warranty/support. XFX seems to be the best there. I like dual slot coolers that send the hot air out the back instead of recirculating it within the case. I suggest the XFX 5770:

    For the psu, I suggest a corsair. 450w will do the job, but 550w is not much more:

    If you care about heat and efficiency, consider the new 32nm i3/i5 clarkdale cpu's. Any one of them should be faster and cooler than a AMD X2. Here is a good report on them:
    The prices range from $125 up to $300. Even the slowest i3-530 will drive your 5770 to it's max:
    Do not be put off by the inclusion of onboard graphics, you do not have to use it.

    A basic H55 motherboard is enough:
    P55 motherboards are OK also, you just don't get to use the integrated graphics.
  10. Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM : $27

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail : $94

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM : $105
    If your a college student you can buy win7 pro for $65

    Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail : $40, $15 mail in, $25 (works with am3)

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive : $100 (2 platter drive)
    Thermaltake BlacX N0028USU External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5" & 3.5" USB 2.0 - Retail $37 (free gift)
    Total: $137, -$37 combo = $100

    SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail : $300
    Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply - Retail : $70 (free PSU, w/free shipping)
    Total: $370, combo -$70 = $300

    LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail : $100
    OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail : $80
    Total $180, combo -$30 = $150, mail in -$25 = $125

    GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail : $140
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail : $170 (with new stepping)
    Total: $310, combo -$25 = $285

    Total: $1,099.90, after mail in -$40 = 1059.99

    A tower I configured earlier for someone, and your budget fell into this range, figure you might like the looks of it. Oh yeah the mobo supports USB 3.0, Sata 3.0 and CrossX at dual 8x lanes.
  11. It's a decent build, but a couple of changes.

    HDD: The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB is cheaper at $90. It's also faster, quieter and runs cooler.

    Optical: Not a big thing, but you could save a little by picking up the cheapest SATA burner. I think it's a Lite On for $23 right now...

    RAM: For $22 more, you can get some G.Skill 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks. They'll be a lot faster for not a whole lot more.

    OS: If you're a student, you can also get the Home edition for $30.

    Cooler: The Sunbeam is alright, but for $5 more (and no need for a rebate) you can get one of the best: Coolermaster Hyper 212.
  12. When I posted this the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb was sold out or I would've recommended it over the seagate.

    And as far as RAM is concerned I recommended that one to try to make the budget since RAM doesn't do as much in terms of gaming performance, and with the low voltage on the ones I recommended its not to far fetch to say you might be able to get the same performance out of them as the more expensive CAS Latency 7 sticks as far as timmings are concerned.
  13. The F3's out of stock again? I really need to check that more often...

    As far as the CL 9 sticks getting the same performance as the CL 7, I doubt it. But I put that out there as more of an option. All in all, it's a good build, but I wouldn't just click the links and buy it all. I'd look around for additional combos with the same part from other brands or slight variations of what you can buy.
  14. He needs a monitor too assassin32.

    For <$1100 you can easily do a 5850 + Phenom II x4. Gimme a few minutes I'll pull one together.
  15. Ok Phenom II X4 and 5850 and Win 7 and Monitor all for <$1100

    Lite On $23.99

    Antec 300 $59.95

    HD 5850 $299.99

    G Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24 $93.99
    I'm not too happy with this 9 CAS latency, but decent timing ones are $20 more >.<


    Asus Evo and Phenom II x4 3.0 $255.98 w/ $10 MIR

    OCZ stealthxstream 700w and 7200.12 500GB $119.98
    F3, are sold out again, but the 7200.12 is almost as good, plus it's a great combo.

    Cm Hyper 212 Plus $30

    Monitor Hanns G 21.5" 1920x 1080 $139.99

    OS from the win741.com student deal $65

    Total $1088.86 before $35 MIR and shipping.
  16. Oh if you don't wanna go student deal route, (Technically, only purchaser has to be student, final user can be anyone)

    You can combo win 7 w/ a 5850 for $20 more than the above build. After MIR and shipping (to NYC) it'll put the final cost to $1098.86 after shipping, so still under $1100.

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