Custom Gaming Rig Under $1000

Alright so, I posted a similar thread back in November but for only $750 and it wasn't that great. now that the prices dropped and I got more money this new PC should be pretty good. Sp here are my reqs:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of March of 2010

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 After Rebates, might be able to go as high as $1050

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the Web, Gaming, HD Movies, Music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, OS, Monitor, HDD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, and any other reliable sites will be considered
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None here, but I did have Graphics Card that picked out. It is a XFX 5770 XXX Edition

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150464&cm_re=5770-_-14-150-464-_-Product

I'd also like a MOBO that has A LOT OF USB ports. I have currently 6 USB Ports and all are used and I need more.

OVERCLOCKING: YES, if it is Easy, never overclocked but not scared too.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe if I have enough money might buy a second 5770 XXX edition

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 X 1050 on a 22" Westinghouse Monitor, but I would like to setup 2 monitors or 3 monitors.

Monitor #1: A Westinghouse 32" LCD HDTV, hook it up via a HDMI-DVI adapter

Monitor #2: A Westinghouse 22" LCD Monitor, hook it up via DVI Cable

Monitor #3: IF I CAN HOOK UP A 3RD, I'll replace the 2nd monitor with a 20" Acer and my 3rd monitor would be also the same


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

1. I dont care much for the case but it has to keep everything cool incase I overclock

2. The Ram should be atleast a 4GB

3. I would like a small 32GB SSD for the OS and a game or two OR a 16GB SSD purely for the OS if I have enough money.

4. The Case need a slot for a media-card reader.

That is about it everybody. I'd like to keep the price under a $1000 AFTER REBATES but if it goes a lil over its fine. Thanks!
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  1. 1. HAF-922 Case.

    2. ASUS 890GX motherboard.

    3. Hyper 212 HSF

    4. AMD 955 X4 CPU

    5. A non- XXX 5770.

    6. CHEAP SATA DVD RW

    7. Intell X25-V 40gb SSD.

    8. COOLER MASTER HYPER 212+ HSF

    Triple XXX is a factory OC that can be done you'reself in 3 clicks, Overpriced and useless.
  2. SSD won't help much. a 5770 = 4870 with directX11. it won't be able to play all games on max settings.

    here's a much better setup.

    http://i44.tinypic.com/25zrslt.png

  3. he said he didn't need a HDD,
  4. You could add this but it would put you over budget by about $80

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227460
  5. +1^ SSD Not worth it...

    He said he alredy had a HDD.
  6. Well then you could squeeze a SSD in the above build.

  7. Switch mobo/processor to this.

    Same price but newer.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.353112
  8. he should do 5770 xfire over 5850.

    5770 xfire= or > 5870> 5850>4890>5830>4870>5770.....
  9. Personally, I would never pick a crossfire setup to begin with. if you go crossfire now you will be screwed later on. You'll have to throw away both of your 5770's and get a new card.

    However if you go with a 5850 you can always add another one down the road, which is much more future proof.
  10. 2 5770s will last you long enogh untill the point where the 5850 cfire is no longer a viable option and you would have to throw away the 5850 anyways.

    (The OP wants this build to last by itself)
  11. Builderbob I have yet to see even one experienced tech in this forum suggest two 5770's over one 5850/5870. Starting out with crossfire = fail.
  12. I didn't suggest it, The Op does. And unlike you, I try to help the OP.
  13. whitefang said:
    Builderbob I have yet to see even one experienced tech in this forum suggest two 5770's over one 5850/5870. Starting out with crossfire = fail.


    Dude what are you talking about one 5850/5870 right now is almost double the price of an XFX HD-577A-ZNDC and in the end to have two of those (5850/5870) would put you over $700 in on just the two gpu's I mean this isn't in this guy's budget... Bob's right in suggesting that for the amount of money he's looking to spend. Two 5770's would be fine future proof vs two 5850's were not talking about an extreme difference between the two. Come on I mean realalistcally speaking, He's not tryna build a god damn time machine.
  14. ramone12781 said:
    Dude what are you talking about one 5850/5870 right now is almost double the price of an XFX HD-577A-ZNDC and in the end to have two of those (5850/5870) would put you over $700 in on just the two gpu's I mean this isn't in this guy's budget... Bob's right in suggesting that for the amount of money he's looking to spend. Two 5770's would be fine future proof vs two 5850's were not talking about an extreme difference between the two. Come on I mean realalistcally speaking, He's not tryna build a god damn time machine.


    +1.

    But I think it could go either way, the price of the 5870 could fall a bit later on, within budget....

    Just look at the GTX 285, Original price of 650$ down today to 250$ street price.
  15. builderbobftw said:
    +1.

    But I think it could go either way, the price of the 5870 could fall a bit later on, within budget....

    Just look at the GTX 285, Original price of 650$ down today to 250$ street price.



    I honestly love Nvidia but the GTX 285 was like $500 by it self but the prices dropped due to the new 470 and 480. I have kind of a PC idea built. Current cost is like $893.19.

    I did skimp on some parts but here is the basics. I'll put links later.

    i7-920 STOCK at 2.6GHz(will OC it to3.5 or 4GHz, IF IT IS EASY)

    EVGA MOBO(kickass board! it was like 98% was 5 eggs out of like 150)

    6GB of Cosair Dominator(Tri Channel)

    XFX Radeon 5770(might replace with the GTX 285 if the price is right!)

    That is it so far. THe HDD is going to be a 750GB Barracuda 7200RPM. and a 2TB external HDD. Lemme know for any more changes.
  16. amoghthegamer said:
    I honestly love Nvidia but the GTX 285 was like $500 by it self but the prices dropped due to the new 470 and 480. I have kind of a PC idea built. Current cost is like $893.19.

    I did skimp on some parts but here is the basics. I'll put links later.

    i7-920 STOCK at 2.6GHz(will OC it to3.5 or 4GHz, IF IT IS EASY)

    EVGA MOBO(kickass board! it was like 98% was 5 eggs out of like 150)

    6GB of Cosair Dominator(Tri Channel)

    XFX Radeon 5770(might replace with the GTX 285 if the price is right!)

    That is it so far. THe HDD is going to be a 750GB Barracuda 7200RPM. and a 2TB external HDD. Lemme know for any more changes.


    Ok build, but the HDD is the 7200.12? If not, get the Spinpoint F3.

    Also, you're better of buying a second 5770 over replacing the 5770 with the GTX 285.

    And the GTX 285 price might not go down, but up, as peope will buy it so they can SLI while they can.
  17. builderbobftw said:
    Ok build, but the HDD is the 7200.12? If not, get the Spinpoint F3.

    Also, you're better of buying a second 5770 over replacing the 5770 with the GTX 285.

    And the GTX 285 price might not go down, but up, as peope will buy it so they can SLI while they can.


    Okay I got everything down and yeah it is 7200.12. What is the 12 for? anyways check out my new post here:


    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/282726-31-compled-build-check-errors
  18. I definitely would NOT go for two 5770 crossfired. They barely beat a 5850 and they cost $45 more

    In some games like crysis warhead, the 5770 CF tied with the 5850. In others the 5770 pulls ahead by a few fps.

    Check out benchies. http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5770-review-test/15

    Remember, if you get two 5770's you'll be screwed later on, no upgradability when they don't perform any more.

    But with a 5850 you will have a few extra years a head of yourself because you can pop in another one.
  19. whitefang said:
    I definitely would NOT go for two 5770 crossfired. They barely beat a 5850 and they cost $45 more

    In some games like crysis warhead, the 5770 CF tied with the 5850. In others the 5770 pulls ahead by a few fps.

    Check out benchies. http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5770-review-test/15

    Remember, if you get two 5770's you'll be screwed later on, no upgradability when they don't perform any more.

    But with a 5850 you will have a few extra years a head of yourself because you can pop in another one.



    Okay, so the GPU is a 5850 but what about everything else? Should I get a i5 or an i7-930? What kind of MOBO? What kind of Ram? And what case and PSU? I will be skimping on the Case now and buy an Antec 1200 in like a couple of months.
  20. if I was you I would just pick up a good Sata 6GB USB 3.0 890GX motherboard and a Phenom II 955

    That way your more future proof then the Intel setup because the 890GX motherboards are going to be supporting the new hexacores.

    If you go AMD you can pick up a 5870 which will crush any intel setup you can afford.

  21. whitefang said:
    I definitely would NOT go for two 5770 crossfired. They barely beat a 5850 and they cost $45 more

    In some games like crysis warhead, the 5770 CF tied with the 5850. In others the 5770 pulls ahead by a few fps.

    Check out benchies. http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5770-review-test/15

    Remember, if you get two 5770's you'll be screwed later on, no upgradability when they don't perform any more.

    But with a 5850 you will have a few extra years a head of yourself because you can pop in another one.


    The 5770 512mb Cfire is 240$, and the 1gb Xfire is 300$, both are cheaper than the 5850.

    The 5770CF does NOT lose to the 5850, in any Xfire supported game It well beat the 5850 by a large margin, and tie/beat/lose by 1 fps to the 100$+ more 5870.
  22. Where the heck do you get your prices.

    CHEAPEST 512mb 5770 $150

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131328&cm_re=5770'-_-14-131-328-_-Product

    CHEAPEST 1GB 5770 $150

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131330&cm_re=5770'-_-14-131-330-_-Product

    Both are $300 but I wouldn't pick up a crappy powercolor with that junky cooling device.

    $169 1GB 5770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447&cm_re=5770'-_-14-150-447-_-Product

    Holy bejesus builderbob, where is a 5770 that's $120? Good lord.
  23. builderbobftw said:
    2 5770s will last you long enogh untill the point where the 5850 cfire is no longer a viable option and you would have to throw away the 5850 anyways.

    (The OP wants this build to last by itself)



    +1 TY BOB! I've been wondering if this was the case with getting 2 5770's or 2 5850's.
  24. Is 4850 CF still a viable option if you have 1 4850? Yes. The only cards I wouldn't crossfire / sli with are 6/7/8 series which are all over 5 years old. Even the 8800 GT sli is a great option.

    So in 5 years, the 5850 crossfire will STILL be a great option.
  25. whitefang said:
    Where the heck do you get your prices.

    CHEAPEST 512mb 5770 $150

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131328&cm_re=5770'-_-14-131-328-_-Product

    CHEAPEST 1GB 5770 $150

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131330&cm_re=5770'-_-14-131-330-_-Product

    Both are $300 but I wouldn't pick up a crappy powercolor with that junky cooling device.

    $169 1GB 5770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447&cm_re=5770'-_-14-150-447-_-Product

    Holy bejesus builderbob, where is a 5770 that's $120? Good lord.


    The Powercooler 512mb was on sale for 120$ the other day, it just ended.

    Anyways, There is no way the 5850 CF will be a good option in 5 years. No way in hell.

    Show me a 2005 card that you would want to pay the orgianl price for and CF, and think it's a good deal.
  26. The 8800 GT is still a very good SLI option for those who have one 8800GT and are on a tight budget. The 8800 GT was released in 2006, which is 4 years ago.


    Advantages of CF 5770 over 5850.

    1. Slight FPS increase.

    Disadvantages of CF 5770 over 5850.

    1. More expensive
    2. No future upgradability
    3. More power
    4. More heat
    5. Poor scaling in some games
    6. Can have driver issues.
    7. Higher electricity bill.

    Nuff said.
  27. whitefang said:
    The 8800 GT is still a very good SLI option for those who have one 8800GT and are on a tight budget. The 8800 GT was released in 2006, which is 4 years ago.


    Advantages of CF 5770 over 5850.

    1. Slight FPS increase.

    Disadvantages of CF 5770 over 5850.

    1. More expensive
    2. No future upgradability
    3. More power
    4. More heat
    5. Poor scaling in some games
    6. Can have driver issues.
    7. Higher electricity bill.

    Nuff said.


    The Higher price thing is bullshit.

    Also, "Slight" doesn't describe the benefit in Xfire games.

    Massive is a better indicator.

    As for all those other point's, yeh, faster cards use more heat and power

    /Surprise.
  28. Faster cards?

    The heat created by both the 5770 and 5850 are the same. So if you were to place a second of either card, the heat would double.

    The watts of the 5770 is 284, the watts of the 5850 is 319. So if you were to place a second 5770 the watts would be 568. Where as a single 5850 is still 319. (this is under load)

    @ OP. If this is the last PC your ever going to build, go ahead and get two 5770's. If you are ever going to buy/upgrade a PC again, DONT go for the 5770 CF. It's a waste of money. Crossfire was NEVER intended to be purchased at the start of a build. It was designed to give gamers the option of adding a second GPU later down the line when there first GPU couldn't handle the new games. If crossfire was intended to be purchased as not an upgrade, then why would any one buy a 5850 over two 5770's?

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  29. whitefang said:
    Faster cards?

    The heat created by both the 5770 and 5850 are the same. So if you were to place a second of either card, the heat would double.

    The watts of the 5770 is 284, the watts of the 5850 is 319. So if you were to place a second 5770 the watts would be 568. Where as a single 5850 is still 319. (this is under load)

    @ OP. If this is the last PC your ever going to build, go ahead and get two 5770's. If you are ever going to buy/upgrade a PC again, DONT go for the 5770 CF. It's a waste of money. Crossfire was NEVER intended to be purchased at the start of a build. It was designed to give gamers the option of adding a second GPU later down the line when there first GPU couldn't handle the new games. If crossfire was intended to be purchased as not an upgrade, then why would any one buy a 5850 over two 5770's?

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    Buecuase they don't have a xfire mobo, or a P55 mobo where bandeith is a problem.
  30. No that's not the reason at all. A crossfire mobo is only a few dollars more.

    Jeeze.
  31. What if they already have one that isn't?

    Then the 5850 is FTW.
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