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<$1000 Gaming Build

Last response: in Systems
February 26, 2010 4:15:10 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1000 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers



OVERCLOCKING: Probably SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire in the near future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 upgraded in the future

What do you guys think about the following build?
Phenom II x4 955
Gskill ripsaw 4gb
XFX 5770
antec performance one case and truepower 750w PS
WD 640gb HD
samsung dvd burner

Would I be better served spending a few extra bucks for an i5-750 and mobo?

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February 26, 2010 4:24:58 PM

That would be fine for right now, but the build below will be a lot better once you upgrade the monitor:

CPU/Mobo: X4 620 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $221
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
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

Total: $984.

While nice, if you upgrade to a 1900x monitor, that 5770 would not hold together. You would likely have to buy one more or a new different card, thus increasing the cost of the upgrade. If you went with the above, you could easily pay $150ish for a decent sized 1080p monitor and be good to go.