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Gaming Rig For ~$1000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next Two Months, ~1000$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Some gaming, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD

OVERCLOCKING: NO Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

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I haven't kept up to date on computer parts since the Core 2 Duo processors were brand new and I bought my current laptop for college, a Sony VAIO Core 2 Duo 13.1". I'm not a huge PC gamer but there are some games that just play better on a PC rather than a console. I'm looking to build a PC that can at least play most of the new games out there today. I recently took a look at newegg for some ideas on what parts to go with and ended up spending two hours deciding that computer hardware advances far too quickly to take a 3 year break and try to step back into. I can tell you this, leaning towards AMD processors as they seem to be cheaper, but i'm not looking to overclock.
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    Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

    Maybe this can help you.

    CPU 98.99 Here
    MOBO 84.99Here
    RAM 108.99 Here
    GPU 134.99 Here
    HDD 54.99 Here
    PSU 99.99 Here
    CASE 99.99 Here
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  3. What resolution does your monitor run at? You're going to be sorely disappointed with the 9800GTX+ in a current system. That's like a step back in time. You can do much better for around $1000.

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.333251 $214.98 - $10.00 MIR (Motherboard + OS combo)

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150454

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.325753 $492.98 (CPU + GPU combo)

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=SAMSUNG%20F3%20500GB $54.99

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.335363 $151.98 - $12.00 MIR (Case + PSU combo)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=g.skill_ddr3_1600_4gb_cas_7-_-20-231-303-_-Product $114.99

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192 $23.99

    Total - $1,053.91 - $22.00 MIR's

    Edit: The above build is Crossfire ready. If you don't need Crossfire support, you could easily save money on a cheaper motherboard and PSU to drop the price well under $1000.
  4. My monitor is my TV, a 36" flatscreen. I plan on getting a wireless mouse and keyboard as well. I took a look at the first suggestions and came up with a configuration eerily similar to shortstuff_mt's list, except I subbed in a XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128 instead of the one shorty suggested. I came up with a rig that topped out at $984.92. The only question left is what other things should i grab from Newegg to get this up and running? Cables, paste?
  5. You don't need any cables or thermal paste. The motherboard comes with SATA cables and the stock HSF has thermal paste pre-applied.
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