Affordable Gaming Setup


BUDGET RANGE: $1000 - $1500 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming mainly, online tv/movies and microsoft office as well, CAD potentially

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Not sure, probably none




OVERCLOCKING: Not currently, but possibility for upgrade would be nice



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Primarily want to run graphics intensive games like starcraft 2 initially, and have the option to upgrade in the future when my finances are more stable

I added the following list to a newegg cart from another post, which i lost the link to. I really don't know anything about this stuff, but I'd like to learn eventually. For now, please just let me know what my best approach is for a solid home computer build. My main goal is to run future games, particularly sc2, on high graphics settings without compromising gameplay.

Also, what about wireless cards? I haven't seen them included in any other posts, but I made the mistake with my current computer of not considering this, and my internet connection has been horrible with this cheap portable thing.

Thank you so much for all the help and feedback you can give. I don't even know what questions to ask. I'm really excited about this project though, and I thank you all for reading my first post in this forum. I'm looking forward to the community's response!


Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118032

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824236049

Item #: N82E16813128435

XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150476

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139006

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Item #: N82E16820231303

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...
Item #: N82E16835103065
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  1. Welcome to the forum. What you have there is a very solid build with little room for tweaking, good work.

    As for the wireless card, I own this one and am pleased with it's performance:

    This one is also on a nice sale, provided you aren't bothered by it's unconventional design:
  2. +1 nice build ( now the fun part of putting it together when it come :) Enjoy it
  3. If ya can afford the $50, I'd upgrade to 1920 x 1200

    At $1,000 I'd do an AMD build....At $1500, I'd do an Intel i7 or i5 build

    If you're overclocking, I'd get a 650 watter (Antec EA-650 / Corsair TX650) for one GFX card, 850 watter (Corsair HX, XFX Black Edition or Antec SG / CP series) if you're planning to XFire in the future.
  4. Thank you so much everyone. I do really like knowing that this build is going to be functional. And yes, I know assembling it will be the fun part :D. I think I will do that monitor upgrade if you recommend it. What's another 50 bucks on something this expensive already? I am a bit surprised by the wireless card thing though. Are those not built into the computer normally? I thought mine was bad because it was external, maybe I'm just behind technology. I will definitely get one of those cards though if that's the way to go. The second one is pretty sexy actually. Thank you so much to everyone that posted. The more feedback the better! Thanks!
  5. Jack does have a point... For gaming, switching out the 955 for a 750 or other Intel processor, probably wouldn't have much effect, but if you do decide to start doing CAD then you may be better off with one of Intel's offerings.
  6. That is also very interesting about the processor. If I were to switch to an intel processor, would the other components need to change? I don't know how their interactions work, but it seems like changing a central component like that would affect the entire design. Is this a concern? And once again, my deepest thanks. You guys rock.
  7. Well, if you chose a i5-750 or a i7-860 then you would only need to change the motherboard, whereas changing to a i7 930 would require replacing the RAM as well. Here's a 860 setup for you to look over.


  8. Only the motherboard would need to change if you switched to an i5-750.
    The motherboard and ram would need to change if you switched to an i7-920.
    This is because the i7-9XX series uses triple channel DDR3 instead of dual channel. Some DDR3 triple channel to look at it would be:
    However, if you are looking at better gaming performance, a better video card would be a better upgrade.
  9. This is a significant price increase. Is the benefit entirely for CAD and such? I generally use work or campus computers for that, so if my computer isn't optimized for it it wouldn't be the end of the world. You've been very helpful, sir, I hope this isn't rude of me. What exactly is the difference between intel and amd anyways?
  10. jbakerlent said:
    Jack does have a point... For gaming, switching out the 955 for a 750 or other Intel processor, probably wouldn't have much effect, but if you do decide to start doing CAD then you may be better off with one of Intel's offerings.

    Well on a budget of 1K IMO the posters build is grate!

    Sure you could go i5 750 you could go i7 930 you could you could you could do a lot of things, but it all make the budget go up.

    IMO the build you have is the best bang of the buck and you can still do auto cad on it, Sure it might be a bit slower at doing it but with the budget that's the price you have to pay.

    You could also drop to a HD 5850 keep the 1920x1080 this would save you 150 and use that for a i5 or i7 860 setup
  11. No, you're not being rude at all... Yes you will see the largest benefit in CAD, not in games - it would by no means be the end of the world. The main advantage the Intel processors have in this case is hyperthreading. I would recommend looking over some benchmarks from here or anandtech to see exactly what you will be losing/paying for.
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