A Friend's Gaming PC for close to $1000 Tags: New Build Systems Last response: February 8, 2010 5:46 PM in Systems Share perfectm February 8, 2010 2:59:14 PM Hello All, Trying to stick to the template guidelines as best as possible. I wanted him to come here and get feedback, but he went out and ordered the following items. He wants a future-proof top of the line video gaming system. Any feedback would be appreciated. Component Breakdown: CPU: Intel i5 Lynnfield 2.66 GHz Quad Core Replacement Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D (Crossfire Support) Memory: G.SKILL 2x2GB DDR3 1600 Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon 5770 Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc DVDRW Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM Power Supply: Corsair 750W Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout Keyboard/Mouse: Microsoft Comfort Curve Value Pack Monitor: Asus VW246H 24'' LCD More about : friend gaming close 1000 MadAdmiral February 8, 2010 3:10:28 PM Should have gone AMD with an HD 5850. I would've started with looking at a X3 425/Asus M4A79XTD EVO build, and upgrade the CPU if there's extra budget after the HD 5850. Should have also gotten the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB drive. I'm not a fan of the Storm Scout, but it's not a bad choice. All-in-all, it's not too bad of a build. m 0 l perfectm February 8, 2010 3:25:14 PM What would be the advantages of that system? I think the HD 5850 would obviously be graphics performance. But how about the differences in CPU and hard drive? Performance related or price related? Thanks! m 0 l Related resources $900-$1000 new i5 Gaming Build for newbie - Forum 1000 gaming budget please help - Forum Gaming rig - Forum 1500 dollar gaming pc - Forum Is my pc gaming setup good $1500 - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer MadAdmiral February 8, 2010 3:28:30 PM The HDD is the best available right now, and is cheaper than the WD. The CPU would have no effect on gaming performance, as gaming is bottlenecked by the GPU. It would just lower the price allowing for a bigger GPU. So the suggestions are both better from a price standpoint and a performance standpoint. m 0 l perfectm February 8, 2010 5:40:36 PM Thanks, I will pass that on to him. It may not be too late to exchange his HDD in the order. Does the HD5850 support crossfire? m 0 l MadAdmiral February 8, 2010 5:46:48 PM Of course. It's one of the best cards in Crossfire... m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Crossfire gaming pc? Forum Hope to build a Gaming PC around 1000$ Forum Max Performance Gaming PC Forum 800-1000 Performance Desktop Forum I7 Gaming-Video Edit Rig...Need a few Expert Reviews Forum High performance gaming build for $750 Forum New build Crossfire Radeon HD 7770 Forum Best $800 to $1200 AMD Phenom II x4 BE Crossfire Gaming Build? Forum Hybrid Work/Play Build Advice w/some Crossfire Questions Forum ~800$ gaming build--SSD? Cooler? Mobo/memory advice Forum New under 1000$ Budget/Performance Build Forum $550 Gaming PC - Have Case, HDD, Optical Drive and OS Forum 700-900 Budget Gaming Comp Forum Want to mod my Cooler Master Storm Trooper .. But lost in thought. Forum ~$700 Maximum Performance/Price Gaming System Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !