~1000 Gaming PC Build Help


1-2 weeks




Gaming, photo editing, watching movies


Starting from scratch




Intel i7

: Yes



1920x1080 or 1920x1200


This is what I have thought out so far... Let me know what you think

: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - Retail

Just bought at Microcenter for $218

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $209

Memory: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI - Retail $174.99

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 5770 XXX Edition HD-577A-ZNDC Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150464 $174.99

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395 $54.99

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black EIDE/ATAPI Model SH-S222A - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175 $22.99

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196 $79.99

PSU: Antec EA750 750W Continuous Power "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026 $104.99

Monitor: ST2410 24-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitor
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-1070&~ck=bn&~bk=gr:CategoryRec,g:NextStep,rk: $189.99
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  1. Add in a HSF (+lube) and you're set.

    Honestly for such a proc and mobo you should get a better video like a 5850 or higher but 5770 should be fine.
  2. Just a few suggestions. For your res, a 5850 is better suited.
    Samsung's Spinpoint F3 500GB is the same price and performs marginally better.
    Get a SATA ODD.
    The Scout is a nice case -- it's only problem is that it can be cramped. If you plan on putting an aftermarket HSF on that 930 (which I suggest you do), you might want to consider a different case. And it's not that the Scout is too narrow because IIRC it's 8.6" wide, but the top fan is placed very close to the top edge of the mobo, so you might have trouble fitting in a large HSF without having to remove it. The Scout is also a bit short, so if you do consider a 5850 (and naturally, CF 5850s), you'll want to look at another case.
    Lastly, this is probably just me being picky, but I like to recommend PSUs with a single 12V rail, usually Corsair and XFX PSUs. But I'm only being this picky because most of the parts you picked are exactly the parts I would pick if I were building a PC right now. :p
  3. suggestion. change case. get a cm haf 922. scout cost much. and the haf is almost like scout in terms of airflow
  4. HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

    The Samsung Spinpoint F3 & Seagate 7200.12 are pretty even, so there is little difference between the two. Each has certain applications they perform on better.

    ^+3 on making the switch to the 5850, as it will perform better at your resolution.

    Good alternatives on Cases: Cooler Master HAF 922 and Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced.
  5. About the graphics card:
    Check out the benchmarks. Since you have a similar system to what is used to compare current cards these results will be fairly accurate.

    Note the difference in frame rates between the HD5770, HD5850 and HD5870.

    It will depend a lot on what games you intend to play, but considering how much you have already spent I'd get a little more and get the HD5850.

    *I assume you are getting Windows 7 x64 OEM. You MUST get a 64-bit version of Windows to support all the RAM. Windows 7 is by far the best and the OEM version can be found for just over $100.

    **Get a program to make backups of your C-Drive (Windows and programs) to a secondary hard drive. Acronis True Image is the best. Put the backup in a folder. I use the second highest compression setting and 4.3GB file sizes. Backup AFTER you have Activated Windows. Make a second backup after all updates, drivers etc and then a THIRD backup later. Even do a fourth which you periodically replace (can be done automatically. I do automatic, incremental updates then wipe this backup and start again every six months which works perfectly.)
  6. thanks for the suggestions everybody.

    going to switch out the case to the haf 922 and save up a bit more cash and get the XFX 5850

    will also pick up that HSF.

    this is going to be my first building a pc but i've been doing a lot of reading on here and other sites so hopefully it'll work!
  7. Get this PSU, fully modular and is the most efficient for the money.


    Jonnyguru.com review - http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story5&reid=183

    EDIT - Just went out of stock so scratch that.
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