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$1200, Mostly for Gaming PC

Last response: in Systems
January 23, 2010 7:36:17 PM

Hi Everyone,
I am going to finally build my first computer. I'm looking for a couple of suggestions, and I really want to stay around $1200. I'm pretty much set on a AMD system, I've read alot about i7 vs. 955 BE and I just feel with my budget I'd have to compromise to much with the i7 components.

The biggest dilemma I have is with the case. This being my first build I would like a case with great cooling and a good layout. Any other suggestions on the other components would be helpful also. Thanks in advance.
BUDGET RANGE: $1200 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, video encoding, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, name brand components


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, I will eventually buy a new monitor with 1920x1080

Here's my components I have picked out

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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

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

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

This is one of the cases I have picked out. I'm at $1017 for all this. I could obviously go higher to reach my $1200 and I don't mind if I have a mid tower or a full tower. The extra money could also go toward any other suggestions you guys might have. Thanks for any input

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January 23, 2010 7:48:35 PM

this is much better, as long as you want amd:

thats about 1188.93$. i put an ssd in there, since the 5850 is highly capable, but if you want, you could put a second 5850 instead. also upgraded the ram, case, hdd, cpu, and the mobo.
January 23, 2010 8:01:07 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. It gives me another perspective, I would be interested in an i7, but like I said in the original post, I think it would be to much of a compromise on my budget. That being said, if anyone wants to take a swing at it that would be
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January 23, 2010 8:39:34 PM

I just finished my first ever build and was up in the airf about my case too. I finally decided on the Antec 1200. I absolutely love this chassis! It is big with a ton of fans. Every part in my new rig stays very cool. You will not be disappointed. Here you go...

Make sure you check out the combo deals associated with it. Good luck on your build. I am so happy I decided to build one myself. Everything is up and running and I'm actually proud of myself!

- manooly