Building 1000-1200 gaming/home video editing pc

BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing internet, gaming, home video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, other sites fine too.

PARTS PREFERENCES: prefer full tower case, prefer gigabyte motherboards


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 may upgrade next year

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want a system than can stay usable for several years with light upgrades. I usually play games that are a little old (my newest games are Call of Duty 4 and Empire Total War). I need to do some editing of home videos (1394 stream from camera, light editing, burn dvds)

I looked at Newegg site and came up with a proposed build. I appreciate your suggestions.

LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM

Antec Twelve Hundred 750 Blue Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case 750W Power Supply
$239.95 -20 mail rebate

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

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7
$129.99 -25 mail rebate

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
$34.99 like to get the coolermaster 212 combo instead if it comes back in stock

GIGABYTE GV-R577UD-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$269.98 - 25 mail rebates

Newegg total 1086.87 - 70 mail rebates.
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  1. You have made good choices for components. I think, it is good to go.
    My only comment is that the 750W PSU is too much for single GPU but I assume you got it on a bundle with the Antec 1200, so it is OK.
  2. Best answer
    That will work ... I can give you a much better build, for less money.

    An nVidia 250GTS that supports OpenGL 3.2 might be a better choice (might).

    The proc is good ... Ripjaws 1600c7 is better and cheaper RAM kit.

    I'd opt for the Hyper 212+ cooler, for ~$30

    Mobo is good but an 890GX or 890FX would be even better ... even cheaper?

    SAMSUNG DVDR or ASUS ... or Sony Optiarc ... all better than that Lite-On.

    WAY better cases for WAY WAY less money ... HAF-922 is best example ... more?

    PSU ??? PSU ??? Corsair ~500W Crossfire Ready.

    = Alvin =
  3. Look into Sony VEGAS 9 Platinum (Pro-Pack) at $95 ... excellent !

    We SHOULD assume that you WILL be editing HD video at 24Mb/sec, in future.

    The Spinpoint F3 is "golden"

    = Al =
  4. Did not see that bundle with the PSU ... nevertheless ... A HAFF-922 or an ANTEC 300 ILLUSION with a Corsair ~650Watt would xFire 2x5850s without breakin a sweat and would cost (combo) less than $200 (even without any special deals).
  5. Another heatsink that I think would be a good alternative to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, if it doesn't come back into stock is the Kingwin XT-1264 $35.
    I think the rebate on that Corsair set is hard to beat, hopefully you are planning on using it, otherwise Alvin is right in that there are cheaper sets.
  6. I appreciate the suggestions.

    I couldn't find an 890fx motherboard for close to the same cost so I'm going to stick with the 790xta.

    The corsair memory advertised slightly better timings, and with the rebate is $5 cheaper, but if the ripjaws is better memory I will get that.

    What are the advantages of the 250 gts? I see it is a little cheaper. How does it compare in performance?

    I just want a quality case that gives me plenty of room. I selected the antec 1200 because of the powersupply combo and good reviews on newegg. If the 650w psu has plenty of headroom, I will look at it paired with the cases you suggested. It would save me a little money.

    Does it matter much which model of samsung, asus, or sony dvd drive I select or just the cheapest?
  7. Combo Deal Details

    1. ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

    2. Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Combo Discount: -$15.00
    Combo Price: $184.98

    After the HAF-922 ... The Antec 33 Illusion is the most recommended case on this forum and one of the most popular at newegg ... I have one, in my cart ... they are better than "just good".

    This mobo is SO much more jammin than that older one ... I don't even know where to start !
  8. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM ***
    Cas Latency 7
    Timing 7-8-7-24-2N
    Voltage 1.65V


    2x Winner of Customer Choice Award - CD / DVD Burners

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Voted Best Power Supply Manufacturer by Custom PC 2009
    You Save: $30.00
    ($69.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card )
    Free Shipping*


    = Alvin =
  9. XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Double Lifetime Manufacture Warranty
    You Save: $10.00

    Radeon HD 4890
    Excellent 1920x1200 performance in most games

    The Radeon HD 4890 has reappeared on our radar in limited quantities, and remains a fantastic buy at the $200 price point. If the Radeon HD 4890 looks good to you, you may want to act quickly, as stock can't possibly last for much longer.
  10. Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
    Free Shipping*

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX [...] 6819103674

    Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler [...] 6835185142
  11. So ... My build is better ... the GPU is actually faster than the 5770 ...

    MOBO HAS: ... Much better IGP and other features, like future ports.

    Grand total is $885 (*BEFORE* mail in rebates)
  12. Best answer selected by glcasmith.
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