First Gaming PC 1,100-1,200

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks,

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, streaming video, downloading, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard/mouse, and monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and Tigerdirect

PARTS PREFERENCES: i5 or i7,phenom II x4,Nvidia/ATI, Full case tower doesn't really matter.


SLI/Crossfire: Yes (but ill only buy 1 card first)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Well not much except it just have to include a full tower case for future ugrades. Other than that, I plan on playing Battlefield Bad Company: 2, Crysis, and C:SS.
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  1. Get an ATI HD5770 the best inexpensive card for gaming. Also, I'd go with the Intel chips. They are faster and better these days.
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    The 5770 is a good card, but extremely underkill for the build. Also, Intel CPUs are a lot more expensive (around $100 for an i5-750 over a X4 955), so it's not always the best choice.

    Do you need an OS in this budget? If so, are you a student, or have an educational email address (you can get a discounted version of Windows 7)?

    Here's what I'd recommend (the cost of the OS might put you over):

    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 $490
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
    PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750W $85 after rebate
    Case: HAF 922 $80 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22

    Total: $1,112
  3. Thanks MadAdmiral. That's exactly what I'd been looking for. As for the OS I already have a copy of Windows 7 so no problem. Wonder how cheap would of been if you would of went with an AMD CPU.
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  5. A build with a X4 955 and an equivalent AM3 board (Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4) would have made the total cost of the build $1,022, if you were interested in looking into an AMD build. Of course, that's only dropping to AMD's top of the line CPU. If you really wanted to save some money, the X3 425 can be had for $70 (another $90 of savings) and also wouldn't drastically affect performance.

    The i5-750 build would have better performance right now, but there isn't much room for upgrading the CPU. Intel is moving the LGA1156 socket into the mainstream, meaning instead of making high powered CPUs for the socket they're going to be making low powered cheap CPUs.

    The X4 955 build would be slightly lower performing right now, but has more upgrade potential. The AM3 socket is going to be AMD's main socket for the next couple of years. The socket will see the upcoming six core CPUs (not that you'll need them for gaming) and likely whatever is coming after that.

    That said, you shouldn't feel bad with either the i5-750 or X4 955 builds. They're both great gaming machines, and you shouldn't need a CPU upgrade for a long time.
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