$1000 Gaming PC

I would like a build for a pc that comes to around $1000. It would be good if you left room for later upgrading, and I would like the monitor included in the price, but i wouldn't mind spend $100 more on a monitor

Also before I try to build a computer can you guys confirm that it is doable? I'm not the most techy person when it comes to the hardware of a pc.

I might not be able to do the costum building so I've picked out this computer from newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883227179

would you guys recommend iBUYPOWER? if not would be great if you could supply a link to a prebuilt system that is better than this for around $1000.

finally i'm going to need a monitor so please im open to anything. I don't really care how big but it needs to be around $100.
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  1. I'd recommend spending more on the monitor to get something that's useful. I'll include a great on in the price.

    Also, prebuilts really, really suck. I highly recommend looking into building it yourself. It's not hard at all. Every part has a very obvious location and there are literally thousands of helpful guides out there to lead you along.

    CPU/HSF: X3 440 and Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $97
    Mobo/GPU: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 and HD 5850 $410 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $120
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $19
    Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

    Total: $1,001

    EDIT: Rereading your post, I'm wondering if your budget is $1,000 with the monitor or $1,100 total ($1,000 for the tower and $100 for the monitor). Also, do you need an OS in the budget? If you do and you aren't a student, Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM will cost $100, getting you up to the $1,100 total.
  2. I do need an OS, and I'm not sure really what you mean about the monitor, do you mean with monitor + OS included it comes out to $1,200. Also I was researching and I was told I should be using the Phenom II X4 is this one better?

    and here is another pre-built computer package I found that might be good (I always need an alternative):
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+Elite+HPE-210y+Desktop+with+AMD+Phenom%26%238482%3B+II+Processor%2C+20%22+LCD+Monitor+%26+3-in-1+Printer+Package/9999130300050013.p?id=pcmprd130300050013&skuId=9999130300050013

    and don't know if I mentioned this but I need it to be financed (I guess newegg parts are good because of their financing thing, and bestbuy gives financing on the computer I suggested above)
  3. If you want a Phenom X4 II 965 then plan to add another $100-140 or so. (link doesnt work and you're insane if you considered buying a BB """""system""""")

    As for actually building a system, if you are apprehensive about the process then ask someone for help. Everyone knows someone that can fix a computer so just ask. The person that everyone asks in my family is me. What can I say it's hard to say no to family.
  4. If I were you I'd build my own. I'm actually building one this summer for about the same price, excluding the monitor (I have a 19" HDTV w/VGA). Its best not to buy custom build computers because the people who build it for you can screw up a lot of things if they don't know what they are doing.

    So many things can go wrong when buying a PC like that. Its not to say that its going to happen, but its better if you build the computer yourself. The reason why its not as good as a dell for example is because dell is a company that manufactures several thousand PCs per day! Dells are garbage though, don't buy them. They use special "Dell only" parts and there is no room for modifications. Even installing a new PSU or video card may be impossible without scrapping all of the important components.

    Heres the list of parts I'm getting...

    Nippon Labs Premium SVGA Video Cable 6 ft. Male to Male Coaxial SVGA cable Model SVGAMM-6
    Item #: N82E16812816039
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $4.99


    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118030
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $24.49


    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119197
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $109.99


    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148395
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $59.99


    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131402
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $132.99
    $127.99


    Palit NE3TS25EFHD02 GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814261062
    Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $127.49
    $117.49


    Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...
    Item #: N82E16817371025
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$25.00 Instant
    $139.99
    $114.99


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231277
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $111.49


    LOGISYS Computer CLK12RD2 12" DUAL RED COLD CATHODE KIT - OEM
    Item #: N82E16811994003
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $8.49


    AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision Model HDZ555WFGMBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103846
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $106.99


    Rexus DVI-VGA DVI Male Dual-link to VGA Female Adapter
    Item #: N82E16812267001
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $3.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    -$11.00 Instant
    $119.99
    $108.99


    Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler RR-910-HTX3-G1
    Item #: N82E16835103064
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $17.99
    Subtotal: $917.87
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    Postal Code: GO
    Shipping: $47.23
    Handling: $0.00
    GST/HST: $48.24
    PST: $77.22


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    Now Im not suggesting you get the EXACT same case, or video card, or the cables, or the heatsink... these items are my personal preferance. You can get a case that is $50 less.. it doesnt matter. But I suggest all of the main components. If you're more interested just reply to this. Good luck!
  5. @ninelives: I'll be honest, that's not a great gaming PC. You paid extra for a low performing CPU (the X3 440 performs as good or better for less), got a poor performing GPU (compared to what else is out there), and got a less future proof board. You may want to consider starting your own thread to get exactly what you need. Just saying...

    @dot80: My build above is $1,101 including the monitor and OS.
  6. MadAdmiral said:
    @ninelives: I'll be honest, that's not a great gaming PC. You paid extra for a low performing CPU (the X3 440 performs as good or better for less), got a poor performing GPU (compared to what else is out there), and got a less future proof board. You may want to consider starting your own thread to get exactly what you need. Just saying...

    @dot80: My build above is $1,101 including the monitor and OS.


    send me a quick pm, I want to build a computer with the EXACT Case and psu...

    Send me a message with some more of your suggestions all for under $1000 on newegg (BEFORE TAXES!)
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