<$1000 Gaming PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In a couple of month maybe. BUDGET RANGE: $700-$900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Watching movies, Internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor.




MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200, 1024x768, 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A blue theme going on in the case.


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

Combo GPU & Memory

Combo PSU & Case

Combo CPU & Mobo

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
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  1. Whoa, hold up. You need DDR3 RAM, not DDR2. And btw, blue themes are more common than Vans in a high school.

    Try this:

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail

    Your case/PSU combo and HDD are fine. Another thing, I would wait for the HD 5830 if I were you (you're buying in a couple of months anyway, right?). It'll cost ~$200, putting you at $900.

    EDIT: Oh, I forgot about the OS. If you can, it would really benefit you to up that budget.
  2. Correct about the DDR3. (EDIT: ninja'ed by blackjellognomes! His build is good too, although it might be too expensive for your budget.) Richard, try this combo instead.

    Also, you don't have an optical drive in your list. Normally, I'd just say get the cheapest DVD burner you can find, but if you're doing movie-watching, you may want a Blu-ray drive instead:

    LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner $89.99

    Otherwise, you're probably okay. I'd recommend trying to scrape up enough dough for a Radeon 5850, but it's up to you. Also, if you want to overclock, you'll probably want an aftermarket 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 $29.99

    Good luck!

  3. Maybe wait for the 5830 like you said, but get an amd instead of intel? Saves me about 100 if I get the Phenom II X4. I'm just saying.
  4. If it can save you $100, go for it. The PII X4's are comparable to the i5-750. You also get the benefit of a socket that's predicted to have a much longer lifespan, meaning you might only need to upgrade your CPU and GPU when you feel it's getting slow. Just make sure to get an AM3 mobo with SATA III (6Gb/s) and USB 3.0.
  5. Which Phenom II x4? :) The 955 seems to be the most popular model, and it's $165 - only $35 less than the i5-750. Although it's certainly an option!

    I only recommended the 5850 because I have one, and the only game I've played that I couldn't max out at 1920x1200 is (of course) Crysis. :)
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