Gaming Computer $1000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next few days

BUDGET RANGE:800 - 1000 if possible before rebates but I have a little wiggle room if it's worth it

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and a little bit of everything but mostly just gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, OS, just need the hardware and the case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Whatever is cheapest, US

PARTS PREFERENCES: whatever works

OVERCLOCKING: I have a friend who if need be will do it for me

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: price versus performance, whatever gets me the most bang for the buck

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Will probably be using a 1920 X 1080, or a 1080p HD tv so basically same difference

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Was planning on being able to spend $2,000 but that fell through. I can handle not playing all games on max, but I do play games like Crysis so the better the gaming PC the happier I am. Would prefer a better single graphics card with the ability to upgrade to SLI or Crossfire when I get the money in april or so.

I know there's a bunch of topics like this but I have no preference for anything, whereas most topics wanted certain parts all I want is the best gaming PC 1k can buy.

thanks
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  1. Ya I've been doing the research on it and the looking up, I have a few builds in mind, but I figure people here will trump me on knowledge of what to buy.

    Been mostly making builds on newegg and tiger but I just wanted to see what other people could do with 1000 bucks

    my biggest thing is whether to go with a i7 or i5 or if it's ok to go with an AMD
  2. gaming, ya I know 1000 isn't much but i've been able to build some decent systems and if AMD is just as good for gaming as intel I could even get more out of it.
  3. High end, crysis, battlefield bad company 2, mostly FPS's with an occasional strategy game which is where the CPU comes more into play. and not really, I mean if it can handle crysis it can handle word documents, internet browsing and some none blu ray movie watching
  4. If that is in US dollar from newegg with a 1000 budget you can get the I5-750 (about 200) with the msi p55-gd55 for around 125, including 4gig of patriot ddr3 1333 at 100$, the PS from rosewill 750w 2x80mm ball bearing for 90$, a mid case from Raidmax smilidon for about 75$ with a HIS ATI 5850 (at 270$) and a WD caviar black 640gig HD around 55$. If you add a 25$ dvd burner from sony and a rosewill multicard ready for another 11$ you will be near your 1000$ budget gaming machine. Enjoy !
  5. LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136177

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    XFX Radeon HD 5870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150443

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371022

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103
    (could be changed if you have a preference or someone else has a better idea)

    Processor/Motherboard combo:
    Option 1.
    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X and AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.349610

    Option 2.
    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X and AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.342967

    Option 3.
    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    EVGA 120-LF-E650-TR LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188060

    GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5850 (instead of the 5870)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125300

    Prices:
    Option 1: $1,032.87
    Option 2: $1,014.87
    Option 3: $1,049.87

    Case can be chosen for your particular likes, make sure a 5870 can fit in it though.
    Ram also can be changed to bring down the price below $1000 very easily.
  6. thanks, I'm checking out both suggested builds.

    Would two 5770's maybe be better than the single 4850/4870 since they're cheaper?
  7. duk3 said:
    LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136177

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    XFX Radeon HD 5870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150443

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371022

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103
    (could be changed if you have a preference or someone else has a better idea)

    Processor/Motherboard combo:
    Option 1.
    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X and AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.349610

    Option 2.
    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X and AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.342967

    Option 3.
    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    EVGA 120-LF-E650-TR LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188060

    GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5850 (instead of the 5870)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125300

    Prices:
    Option 1: $1,032.87
    Option 2: $1,014.87
    Option 3: $1,049.87

    Case can be chosen for your particular likes, make sure a 5870 can fit in it though.
    Ram also can be changed to bring down the price below $1000 very easily.

    +1 on the option 1 and 2 build, wouldn't go with option 3 as the 5870 is much better ;).
  8. Yep.
    That was mainly if he had a deep fear of AMD as some people seem to have :P
    Oh and btw, change the PSU to the

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    With this PSU, prices drop to
    Option 1: $994.91
    Option 2: $1,012.91
    Option 3: $$1,024.91
    (I think I switched the prices for option 1 and option 2 the 1st time, sorry :P )

    And be aware that with xfire 5770s, you are taking away a great upgrade path for another, much cheaper, 5870 in a few months/years.
  9. CPU+Motherboard Combo $160: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.352805

    Biostar motherboards make unlocking cores even easier, but if you want a quad you could change this a little.

    HDD $89: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    RAM $114: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148340

    DVD burner $25: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    CPU Heatsink $60: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10012124

    I don't think you can argue with the price of thermalright heatsinks on zipzoomfly

    CPU fan 22$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608004

    GPU 5870 $394: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10012194

    Final Cost: $1043

    I seriously doubt you can do much better than that. If you didn't plan on overclocking you could use the stock heatsink I suppose, but where's the fun in buying a cpu with an unlocked multiplier and not playing with it =). Also the 5870 is the fastest single gpu solution right now, so to fit that in for just over 1000 bucks makes that build amazing. That card will also make you more happy than I think you know, since you have the possible upgrade path later on that you don't need any time soon. Sure you would have to buy a new motherboard and psu but with Sata 6 motherboards becoming more available I don't think this is a bad idea.

    :edit:

    I wanted to change the Case and Power Supply

    Case $80: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

    PSU $109: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Final Cost after change: $1033

    I couldn't go with trusting that OCZ power supply considering the price of the 750TX now. The difference in quality between them and OCZ isn't as close as people would like you to believe, and this way you don't need to get a new power supply with a new motherboard to do crossfire later.
  10. Thanks for all of the replies, now being I was I've been Nvidia and Intel all my life I'm one of those AMD skeptics, the benchmarks for the Radeons won me over but do the AMD processor perform up to snuff in gaming, from most of the reviews I've read core i5's and i7's blow them away but not many give a good comparison for gaming.
  11. Csmith522 said:
    Thanks for all of the replies, now being I was I've been Nvidia and Intel all my life I'm one of those AMD skeptics, the benchmarks for the Radeons won me over but do the AMD processor perform up to snuff in gaming, from most of the reviews I've read core i5's and i7's blow them away but not many give a good comparison for gaming.


    In general, the CPU doesn't matter a whole lot for gaming...any modern CPU will do. Almost all games right now are GPU-bound. The best strategy for keeping your computer upgradeable is buy the biggest single card you can afford right now, SLI/Crossfire it later or simply buy a newer big card.

    The best bargain CPU you can buy right now is an AMD Phenom II X3. Quad-cores rarely touch the 4th core during gaming, but the 3rd core sees use by handling other tasks while gaming. At higher price points, the i5 is the best gaming CPU, but the motherboards also tend to be a little more expensive as well. An i7 sometimes performs worse than an i5 in gaming, but they make sense if you plan on doing anything else processor intensive, or you plan on SLI/Crossfiring 2 huge cards.
  12. i5 and i7 win in encoding, ect but they are fairly even in games.
    If you can get a 5850 vs a 5870, the 5870 will win even though the 5850 might be paired with a faster processor.
  13. 1. GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H: $139.99

    2. AMD HDZ720WFK3DGI: $104.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.353111

    If i could afford it would this be a better choice than

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.352805

    might as well spend the 80 now on a crossfire capable motherboard instead of 140 later

    thoughts?
  14. Csmith522:
    Quote:

    I mean if it can handle crysis it can handle word documents, internet browsing and some none blu ray movie watching


    If it can handle crysis, it can handle anything lol.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Anyway here is the build i'd for 1080p gaming at a 1k budget ;)

    CPU:i5 750
    RAM:G.Skill 4GB 2x2
    MOBO:Gigabyte UD3
    GPU:ATI 5770
    CASE:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    HSF:Cooler Master Hyper 212+
    TP:AS5
    PSU:Coolermaster silent pro 750watt
    SSD:Intel x25-v
    HDD:SS F3 1TB

    You can ofcourse remove the SSD to save 129.99 and put that into your GPU budget to get a 5850 or something for increased gaming but you will lose the awsomeness of an SSD drive :) Both should come up to around 1k, maybe a little over depending on the specific part types.
  15. CPU+Motherboard Combo $189: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130249

    decided to change to x3 720 and crossfire motherboard combo
  16. Ya I like that alot better Macabre, only problem is I don't see the combo, you only linked the mobo

    and I like it blackhawk probably would stretch for a 5870 though

    Not sure which build I'm gonna go with yet luckily I have about 4 days to think it over
  17. Go with AMD/ATI 5870.
    Better performance, especially on a larger resolution.
    If you aren't doing a lot of CPU intensive tasks like PS, video editing and ect, the cheaper CPU and better (much better) graphics card will pay off.
    Even better, if you get an 890gx motherboard, you will be able to upgrade your processor to a six-core or just a better processor in a year or whenever you want.
    The 1156 is going away faster than AM3.
    This makes upgradeability better.
  18. Quote:
    I would actually go for the i5 750 personaly.


    he wouldn't be able to get a 5870, kind of a waste.
  19. Some people have a weird thing called a budget. ;)
    This means that if they get an i5-750 and a 5870, they will have spent more money than they have to spend on a computer.
  20. True.
    However, you can get a better performing system for the same amount of money (especially for his use: mostly just gaming) and this should be the objective of one of these threads.
    If he wanted to do some cpu- heavy apps than I agree, the 750 or 860 or 920 is great.
    However, as gaming is his objective, than this should be a build for gaming.
  21. well this is what I think:
    Option 3: $1,024.91 + $145

    CPU & Mobo: 1. Intel BX80605I5750: $199.99
    2. ASUS P7P55D PRO: $169.99
    Combo Discount: -$20.00
    Combo Price: $349.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.350115

    HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    $34.99
    $7.56 Std. Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    RAM:CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    Original Price: $114.99
    You Save: $5.00
    $109.99
    Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145263

    GPU: HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
    Original Price: $419.99
    You Save: $40.00
    $379.99
    Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161301

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Original Price: $59.99
    You Save: $5.00
    $54.99
    Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

    Case & PSU: 1. Antec Nine Hundred Two: $109.95
    2. Antec TP-750: $109.95
    Combo Discount: -$25.00
    Combo Price: $194.90
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
    Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $174.90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.345273

    DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
    $19.99
    $1.99 Std. Shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192

    Grand Total: $1,163.85
  22. That looks like a good option to me.
    If you can get 200$ more, I would do that for sure.
    I might switch to the HAF 922 and the cosair CMPSU-750TX for more future GPU size compatibility.
    Also, for 5$ more this CL7 ram looks nice to me. If you want corsair, no big deal.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=gskill_ddr3_1600-_-20-231-303-_-Product
  23. LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161301
    (
    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    ASUS P7P55-M LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

    OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W
    )
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.354210


    Grand total $1011

    I was planning on going with the AMD setup until I saw that combo deal, any one see anything they don't like about this setup?

    thanks
  24. Go for a Seagate 7200.12 1 TB drive instead, they're a good deal better than the7200.11s.
  25. well thats an Mico ATX form factor motherboard, it cuts your upgrade path, by eliminating crossfire and other nice features, the hardrive give you lots of space but sacrificing speed, and the memory is kind of expensive, you can get cas 7 for around the same price, if you dont have the money simple, go AMD, if want intel is gonna cost you some extra money.
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