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New Budget Gaming Build - $1000

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February 6, 2010 4:07:36 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 But willing to pay a little more for a decent monitor

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming > Everything else

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need everything, including monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Core i5 and an Asus 1156 pro mobo, Win 7, 4gig ram, samsung f3

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1080 if possible with the budget

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I know the budget is small, so we'll have to work with it. I really want the core i5.. so some items will have to take a cut. Also, I checked newegg, they are charing a lot for shipping! I remember when it use to be free!
February 6, 2010 4:36:47 PM

First of all, it's really, really, really stupid to grab the i5. You're on a small budget and want to game. The most important gaming part is the GPU. Get the best GPU you can (in this case an ATI 5770) and a good CPU, not the best CPU and a moderate GPU

A build that should work:
-AMD 955 (or 555 if you want it cheap, it's just as good in today's games and will be nearly as good for years to come)
-785 chipset (or 770 if you're not into heavy overclocking and/or multiple GPU and you want to cut further)
-Antec 300 case (or 200, they're roughly equal in all but looks, so pick the one that looks best to you)
-ATI 5770
-Good PSU (corsair, antec, OCZ, any good brand, 500W is enough)
-4GB DDR3-1333 (OCZ and G.Skill tend to offer best value for money)
-Samsung F3 (or Seagate 7200.12 if the F3 is out of stock, which happens often...)
-Keyboard, mouse and monitor that budget allows for.
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February 6, 2010 5:54:18 PM

Should I get Win 7 32 or 64 bit for this build? I think I'm going the AMD route that Silmarunya suggested.
February 6, 2010 5:59:04 PM

it depends on how much RAM your getting, if its higher than 2 GB definitely get the 64 bit, it handles it better
a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2010 6:26:29 PM

Get the 64bit. You could probably spend $5 less on a 5770, but it's not a big deal.
February 6, 2010 6:31:07 PM

So the rest of the build looks good Silvune?
a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2010 6:34:16 PM

Kasceis said:
So the rest of the build looks good Silvune?

Yea.
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