Gaming PC @$1000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: Around $1000 before rebates. I'm flexible on this point. If there is something better that will cost a little more then I'd be game to consider it.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, on occasion watching TV shows and movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: case , keyboard , mouse , monitor, speakers, psu , sound card

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com as I use them most, but willing to use others.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've used AMD or the last couple years but have no particular preference.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, I'm not versed in it.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 generally

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: If any of the parts that I am considering keeping should be replaced feel free to include them in the new build. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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  1. Do you actually know how big that case is? That review is ancient, and the new GPUs are massive. I'm going to go ahead and suggest that you include both a new case and PSU. Rosewill isn't a high quality unit, and there are good ones that are pretty cheap.

    The sound card is likely to be unnecessary.

    CPU: X4 955 $160
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
    GPU: HD 5850 $300
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
    Case: Coolermaster 690 $70
    PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $80
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
    HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35

    Total: $965.

    This is more than powerful enough for your resolution. That said, if you wanted to upgrade to a 1080p monitor soon, you increase the budget by $100 and get the HD 5870 and an HAF 922 (the 690 might be a tad small for the card). This would allow you to play every game at max settings at 1920x1080. The 5850 would be fine with the exception of a few current games.
  2. Here's an idea:

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

    GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5

    A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB

    LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW

    SAPPHIRE 100282-3CODSR Radeon HD 5850

    CPU cooler - Scythe SCKBT-1000 120mm Sleeve Kabuto 6

    total 871.93

    If you can't remove that lower HDD cage you'll need a new case too.

    You can do a crossfire later on that mobo, if this doesn't interest you you can get a cheaper mobo.
  3. $775 AR including ship
  4. He already has a 950W PSU.
  5. Wohoo even lower then!
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