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February 23, 2010 5:44:56 PM

I have never built a PC and I'm looking to finally make that leap. I don't want to dive into the most expensive cutting edge rig for my first shot so I want to build a very budget minded rig.

Assembly isn't my concern, I'm sure I can work through videos of that. What I need help with is choosing parts that are compatible. I have no clue how to go about researching that.

I'm looking to spend $1,000 or less if possible to get a PC that will last me a couple years of mid-range gaming. I don't need the highest resolutions or the best frames per second. I just want an average gaming experience.

Could the community here kindly assist with choosing parts for this type of a PC? Thanks kindly in advance for any time and information you can share.
February 23, 2010 5:47:01 PM

I'm sure there may be a format I should post this in so I will check that. It occurs to me now though that I should share I won't need a router, monitor, keyboard, mouse. All I'm looking for here is the PC itself and I have no brand preferences for anything.
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February 23, 2010 5:47:49 PM

Do you have any parts already? Do you need an OS? What types of games do you want to play? Do you have a monitor already? Answered What's the resolution of the monitor? We really need some info to help you the best we can. Look at the guidelines from the link in my signature.

Here's a great gaming PC for $1,000:

CPU/Mobo: X4 620 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $221
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105 after rebate
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and Antec Earthwatts 750W $463
HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40. HSF only needed if you want to overclock the CPU.

Total: $974. This will play any game at max details at 1900x. Of course, if you need an OS, it's over budget...
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February 23, 2010 6:05:39 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Do you have any parts already? Do you need an OS? What types of games do you want to play? Do you have a monitor already? Answered What's the resolution of the monitor? We really need some info to help you the best we can. Look at the guidelines from the link in my signature.

Here's a great gaming PC for $1,000:

CPU/Mobo: X4 620 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $221
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105 after rebate
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and Antec Earthwatts 750W $463
HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40. HSF only needed if you want to overclock the CPU.

Total: $974. This will play any game at max details at 1900x. Of course, if you need an OS, it's over budget...



I would only have parts from a 4 year old Dell XPS so I doubt anything is useful at this stage of the game. I have another install of Windows 7, but even if I need to buy that OS again then I'd consider it outside of the $1K budget that I am limiting for hardware.

I have no preferred website for hardware or physical store except that I refuse to set foot into a Worst Buy. :p 

All I can tell you about the monitor is that it is a ViewSonic HDMI 1080p Full HD monitor that I got on a "one day only" sale at Costco. 24" widescreen and I believe 1980x1024 resolution.

As far as games go I'd be playing Dawn of War II, Starcraft 2, Star Trek MMO and hopefully in the near future the Knights of the Old Republic MMO. Anything else that I'd play would be something so old like Heroes of Newerth/DoTA/League of Legends.

No overclocking, gaming and word processing only. I'm going to put this in my new office and tell my wife I have to work real late from time to time so I can actually get some games in. :D 

I don't think there is anything to add other than this right now. My price point here really is just for the case and what goes in it. It will be sitting where my cruddy old Dell XPS 600 was sitting.
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February 23, 2010 6:14:53 PM

Actually, if it's 1080p, the resolution is 1920x1080, but that doesn't really matter.

Since there isn't any OCing, drop the HSF, freeing up $20. Then, switch the CPU/mobo combo to this one with the same board and the X4 925. That should bring the total to $993.
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February 23, 2010 6:59:52 PM

I think I'll give this a shot, thanks kindly for your time MadAdmiral.
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February 27, 2010 7:10:39 AM

pancake_toes said:
I think I'll give this a shot, thanks kindly for your time MadAdmiral.


Kick Ass Gaming Rig. Brought to you by PC Magazine, Volume 15 No. 2 Feb 2010

Prices Found at Newegg.com

Part List:
CPU-AMD Athlon II X4 620 ($99)
MOBO-Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2 ($57)
Memory- Patriot 4GB DDR2/800 ($85)
Video Card- Sapphire Radeon HD5770 ($166)
Hard Drive - Seagate 500GB Barracuda 7200.12 ($55)
Optical Drive - Samsung SH-S223C ($26)
Chassis- Rosewill R220 (19$)
Power Supply - Cool Master RS-460 ($35)
Operating System - Windows 7 Home Premium ($105)
Total Cost- $647+ whatever shipping costs to your address
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