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Building $1000 Gaming PC

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April 4, 2010 9:13:24 AM

Hi, I apologize if this is in the wrong section.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks
budget range: around 1000-1500 but I want to keep it as close to 1000 as possible after rebates.
System Usage (from most to least important): Gaming, surfing, Music, and word processing.
Parts not required: monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse
Preferred website: newegg.com.
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: No preference
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitors Resolution: 1920X1080
Additional Comments: I plan on getting both Microsoft Windows 7 Home premium and Microsoft Office 2007 student packages.

I like to keep my options open. I wanted to make a computer w/ intel however AMD seems to be the more cost effective way to go. I have 2 builds that I have worked out with AMD and Intel CPUs and was wondering if I could get some comments on them.

Intel Build

2.66Ghz Intel Core i7-920 8MB Cache Quad-Core
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm CPU Fan/Heatsink
ASUS P6X58D Premium (Intel X58, 3xPCI-E, 8-Ch Audio, LAN, 8xSATA2, 6xDDR3, 1394)
6GB (2GBx3) PC3 12800 DDR3 1600Mhz Memory Lifetime Warranty
500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA300 (Hitachi)
22X LG SATA Dual Layer DVD+/-RW/CDRW w/Nero
1GB ATI Radeon HD5770 GDDR5 PCI-E DVI/HDMI (Major Brand)
Antec Black 300 (3 5.25, 6 3.5 bays) 2 Fans, Front Audio/USB/1394
750watt Corsair CMPSU-750TX
Onboard LAN included
Wireless B/G PCI Adapter
Onboard Sound included


AMD Build

AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4Ghz 6MB Cache FSB 4000MHz HT
ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm Blue LED CPU Cooler Fan/Heatsink
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-USB3 (AMD 790X, 2xPCI-Ex, 8-Ch Audio, LAN, 6xSATA2, 4xDDR3, 1394)
4GB (2GBx2) OCZ PC3 12800 DDR3 1600Mhz Memory Lifetime Warranty
1.5TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache Serial ATA300 (Seagate)
22X LG SATA Dual Layer DVD+/-RW/CDRW w/Nero
1GB ATI Radeon HD5770 GDDR5 PCI-E DVI/HDMI (Major Brand)
Foxconn Black FX-TS001A (3 5.25, 5 3.5 bays) Fan, Front Audio/USB
750watt Corsair CMPSU-750TX
Onboard LAN included
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 PCI-Ex


Thank you in advance for taking your time to help me

~student

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April 4, 2010 9:30:41 AM

First of all,it would be nice if you used the pattern for requesting help for building new PC's.

For your price range,i think i5 750 is your best deal.Switch i7 920 to a i5 750(and change the mobo accordingly),ram to 4gb DDR3, upgrade the 5770 to 5850 if possible, and voila, you have a better all-rounder.
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April 4, 2010 12:00:01 PM

So would a computer with i5 and 5850 graphics card be better then the AMD build as well?

which build is better to go for my price range, Intel or AMD? Also what is the importance of Triple channel Ram support, would I need it?
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April 4, 2010 1:11:06 PM

To be frank you dun need anywhere near $1k to be gaming on 1280 x 1024...unless you want to upgrade to a new LCD hehe Heck a 770/785/760 mobo and a AthlonII X3 for like $70 and something like HD 5670 and it's all good seriously...
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April 4, 2010 1:24:15 PM

There we go - $453 AR, free ship Cool running and merely sipping (not guzzling) power too!



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April 4, 2010 2:10:43 PM

Im so sorry, I posted my monitor and not the one I intended to use. I wasn't including the monitor in the comp. price and I was planning on dealing with that separately, the ones I have been looking at though are in the 1920X1080 range.
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April 4, 2010 5:02:52 PM

gbrish said:
So would a computer with i5 and 5850 graphics card be better then the AMD build as well?

which build is better to go for my price range, Intel or AMD? Also what is the importance of Triple channel Ram support, would I need it?


Yep,an i5 with 5850 will be better than the AMD build u posted(although a phenom 955 build OC'ed could match the performance of the i5).

For your price range,i would definately go Intel/ATI (best bang for the buck)
Finally, triple channel Ram doesnt provide a significant advantage in gaming,you shouldnt be concerned.
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April 5, 2010 1:12:14 PM

Well for your AM3 build you configured here's one more geared for bang for buck i.e big frames for low dollars and it's still waayyy below a grand hehe Stick to onboard sound? Actually for a largely gaming rig Toms did a study/article recently and the sweet spot is actually triple cores hehe $775 AR including ship

This would be more geared for Full HD gaming
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April 13, 2010 6:33:12 AM

Best answer selected by r_manic.
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