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Gaming PC @$1000

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April 6, 2010 3:01:19 PM


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: 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.


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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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2010 4:08:33 PM

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.
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2010 4:18:30 PM

Here's an idea:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition


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.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2010 10:01:52 AM

$775 AR including ship
a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2010 10:41:02 AM

He already has a 950W PSU.
a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2010 11:07:46 AM

Wohoo even lower then!