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April 14, 2010 12:26:09 PM

I have a budget of 1100$. Please help me with the configuration.
I want to build a complete PC with monitor.

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a b 4 Gaming
April 14, 2010 1:14:36 PM

Wow. Not a whole lot to help you there. Might want to follow the guidelines (link in my signature). We need to know if you need a mouse, keyboard, OS, etc. We also need to know if you can only buy from some specific stores.

Assuming you need nothing but the tower and monitor:

CPU: X3 425 $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $125 after rebate
RAM/GPU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5870 $515
HDD/PSU: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB and OCZ StealthXStream 700W $95 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $80 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

Total: $1,087.

I changed the PSU from a 750W Corsair to the 700W OCZ. The OCZ is a little lower quality, but it's extremely nice on the budget. I also took out the HSF, which isn't necessary and can be added at any time.

If you really want to overclock, here's what you need to change:

Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $83 after rebate
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35 (with free card reader)

Total: $1,103
April 14, 2010 1:21:46 PM

Without any information that one Admiral posted above looks really nice. Especially with a 5870, 750w psu (a good one at that) and a 23" TN monitor.
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April 14, 2010 1:35:27 PM

Antec 300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... : 69.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... : $54

Asus 1080p monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...: $199

Asus m4a785td-V EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... : $99

XFX 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...: $309

Corsair 650 TSX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...: $89.99

G. Skill Rip jaw 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...: $109

AMD phenom x4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...: $163

Optional for overclocking get a coolermaster hyper 212 its like 34 bucks and works great.

This computer should rip apart anything you throw at it.


overall 1098.92 (this is not after tax, but should not be much more)




a b 4 Gaming
April 14, 2010 1:49:23 PM

To compare the two builds:

Mobo: My build has a USB 3/SATA III board with Crossfire support. mkramer's has an older chipset that won't allow Crossfire (4x speed on the second PCIe slot).

Case: I have possibly the best case ever made. It's big enough for anything you may want to put in it (including water cooling kits and the HD 5970, not that you should get those). mkramer has a great case, but it only saves $10 and will not be ther great for expanding.

GPU: The 5850 is a good card, but is already struggling to play some games at max details at 1900x. It will get worse soon. The 5870 destroys every game at 1900x, regardless of detail setting.

RAM: I have CL 7 sticks, mkramer has CL 9 (or possibly 1333 mhz). Mine would overclock better and be faster overall.

CPU: I have a slower CPU, but the CPU doesn't affect gaming performance much. Also, it's been shown that triple core CPUs actually perform better in game (for proof search "how many cores do you need" in the articles section).

PSU: Mine isn't as high quality, but it's still a great unit. It's also extremely cheap for it's quality.

EDIT: Crap. Just noticed my build is over budget. I'll make a quick change...
April 14, 2010 5:10:27 PM

My requirement is an i5 and a ati 5870.
I dont need mouse and keyboard.
I have no plans for Crossfire or SLI.(but for crossfire how much more will i cost?)
I want to overclock my processor.
a b 4 Gaming
April 14, 2010 5:19:49 PM

You're not getting an i5 AND a 5870 on your budget. It's just not happening. With the monitor, the build I posted is the cheapest you're going to get a build with the 5870. At least not without major cuts. An i5 would add $185 (non-Crossfire board) to the build.

Typically, a second PCIe 2.0 slot allowing for 8x/8x Crossfire costs about $30. I think it's a good option to have for the future, but if you don't want it, that's alright too.

If you are absolutely sure you never want the ability to Crossfire, make this change to my build (updated from above):

CPU: X3 425 $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $80 after rebate
RAM/GPU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5870 $515
HDD/PSU: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB and OCZ StealthXStream 700W $95 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $80 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35 (with free card reader)

Total: $1,077

EDIT: Technically, it's out now. However, the 470 is completely irrelevant. It's performance is closer to the 5850 than the 5870, while it's price ($350 MSRP, but judging by the last in stock price, $380) is closer to the 5870. Also, the extra features it has are completely useless, and will continue to be useless for several to many years.
April 14, 2010 5:20:37 PM

I also want to know when gtx 470 will be available.
April 14, 2010 5:41:23 PM

How much is the ideal power supply for crossfire?
a b 4 Gaming
April 14, 2010 5:42:36 PM

Yes, it's a pretty case. Too bad you can't actually buy it. The guy pretty much built that himself.

EDIT: The bigger PSU needed for Crossfire would generally cost $10-20 more. However, since the build was using the OCZ 700W, that price is irrelevant, as a smaller OCZ unit would actually cost the same.
April 14, 2010 5:55:11 PM

i plan to increase my budget bt 200$...
what will be the difference between p55 and h55 chipset

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a b 4 Gaming
April 14, 2010 8:02:29 PM
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The difference is that the H55 is meant for the i3/i5 dual cores. That means it has support to boost the integreated graphics of the chips. Also, most H55 boards are micro ATX and it's rare that they have more than one PCIe slot and the added features. Unless you're building an HTPC, you should stick to the P55.

So given that the budget is actually $1,300:

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $375
RAM/GPU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5870 $515
HDD/PSU: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB and OCZ StealthXStream 700W $95 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $80 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35

Total: $1,302 w/ same monitor

Again, that's a Crossfire enabled build. If you don't want Crossfire, grab the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 for $135.
April 15, 2010 2:46:41 PM

go with what admmiral posted, that pretty much as good as your going to get for price preformance.
April 16, 2010 3:06:27 AM

Best answer selected by ninadpednekar.
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