$1500 Gaming PC


BUDGET RANGE: Around $1500 (After Rebates). A little above isn't going to hurt though.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and surfing the internet whenever I'm not gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.


PARTS PREFERENCES: Would prefer AMD CPU and ATI graphics but I'm willing to try something new

OVERCLOCKING: Yes. Not extreme overclocking, something minor SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not yet.


Build I have picked out so far:

CPU:AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

Motherboard:MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard,

Video Card:SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

Power Supply:CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Hard Drive:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Solid State Drive (For OS and main apps):Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2/64GB 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Memory:G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders – OEM

Case:Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Optical Drive:ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk – OEM

Total Cost after Rebates: $1,522.84

What do you guys think?
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  1. That's actually a pretty horrible gaming build. I'll post a full one for you later tonight.
  2. Here's a build that fits the budget:

    CPU + Case: AMD Phenom II X4 955 + Antec 902
    Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-790XTA UD4
    GPU: XFX 5870
    PSU: Corsair 750tx
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    SSD: Intel X-25M 80GB
    RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws 2X2GB CL7
    ODD: Sony CD/DVD Burner
    OS: Windows 7 OEM

    Total w/ shipping - $1,493.11. After MIR - $1,468.11

    First off, if all you're gonna be doing is gaming and surfing the web, you won't really be needing a six core CPU. With the money saved from that, you can get a 5870.

    Secondly, I swapped out the SSD you had. If the 40GB intel SSD comes back into stock, you can get one of those, or two and run them in Raid 0. I've read that they're amazing.
  3. Best answer
    Full Build

    LG $20 w/ promo code BHDAPR28

    HAF 922 $90

    Spinpoint F3 1 Tb $90

    X25-v 40gb x 2 in Raid 0. $230 total, $115 each

    GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 $140 w/ $15 MIR

    Corsair 750TX $110 w/ $10 MIR

    Windows 7 OEM $99

    or if you are or know a college student go to and get retail PRO or premium for $65.

    5870 and Ripjaw DDR3 16000 7-8-7-24 $485

    Phenom II x4 955 and Hyper 212 Plus $180

    Total comes to $1445 before $25 MIR and shipping

    Phenom II x4 benchs better than x6 in games. Games do not benefit from more than 4 threads. In fact, the benefit from 3 to 4 threads is very minor.

    CM hyper 212 PLus is a much better HSF

    Best performance for money right now is 2 Intel X25-V in Raid 0. Simply put, they beat anything out there by a ton on anands gaming benchmark, and most other benchs. Only Intel supports TRIM for Raid 0 ATM.

    You can technically run xfire 5870's in the future, but it doesn't have enough cables so you'd have to buy molex to 6 pin converters down the road. Easier just to grab a 750TX now.
  4. For pure gaming you may be better off just dropping the SSD's and grabbing a 5970

    $700 and in stock ATM

    You can drop the MOBO to this Gigabyte which is the same board sans xfire. You won't need xfire for the life of the system w/ a 5970.

    Puts final build right at $1502 before $20 MIR and shipping
  5. I Just built a gaming rig for $1500 Cpu=17 860 Amazon for $280
    MB= asus p55d deluxe $199 amazon
    ram Corsair xms3 CL 8 4G 1280 $130 Tigerdirect
    PSU Ultra X 4 850 $ 199
    Video card Sapphire 3sr 5870 $404 Tigerdirect
    Cpu Cooler Ultra X wind 120mm $40 Tigerdirect
    Hard Drive WD Cavier Black 1TB $100 Best Buy
    Windows 7 64b Profes $149 tigerdirect
    No Tax and Free shipping on all but hard drive!!!
    Using old Plextor Optical DVD drive
    Also Using Old Alienware Full tower case
    Awsome right ?!
  6. Thanks for the advice and ideas everyone! I am probably going to go with your build banthracis. I really like the case you picked out; I was lookin to try and find a case with red LEDs and I'm not quite sure how I missed that one. Any final thoughts before I go through and buy the parts. (Oh and it looks like the Solid State Drives sold out so I'll have to wait to buy those).
  7. How big is your monitor? A 5970 is an awesomely powerful card, but if your monitor is only about 24 inches, the 5870 is more than enough to handle everything out there....on the other hand, if you have the money then no harm in getting the bigger card. Though I keep monitors longer than I keep a GPU, so if your monitor is not big I would consider buying a large one and having the 5870
  8. Newegg does a decent job of keeping those in stock. They'll probably be back for sale in a day or two.
  9. Yeah, my monitor is 24 inches. I'll probably just stick with the 5870, it should be plenty powerful for me.
  10. Best answer selected by everix.
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