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$1000 - $1200 Gaming w/Old Parts - Help with Build

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May 25, 2010 3:21:56 AM

Hi Everyone,

I'll be earning some money over the summer, so it's time for a new PC to replace my ancient laptop. Looking for a $1000 - $1200 pc for playing some of the newest games, and for work in general.

This is my proposed parts list:
CPU - Core i5-750 - estimated $200

GPU - ATI Radeon 5850 - estimated $300

Motherboard - not sure

RAM - not sure, looking for 4GB

SSD - willing to spend $200 on it. Hopefully above 50GB.

2 2.5" to 3.5" adapters - $20 or so. I have a 7200RPM notebook drive, and SSDs are 2.5", right?

Wireless card - $40 - I want to be able to make a wifi hotspot w/Win7 and Connectify.

So in the end, I am looking at about $200-$400 wiggle room for the mobo and RAM. Should I get a fan or some cooling too? I might need to get a new PSU too (see below)

This is what I already have:
PSU - Enhance 400W ENG-5140GH - Is 400W enough? This PSU got good reviews in 2007.
OS - Win7
Optical Drive
Case - Thermaltake Armor Jr. Black
HDD - 500GB Hitachi 7200 Travelstar 2.5" Notebook Drive, also 80GB WD Caviar
Mouse and Keyboard
22" LCD Monitor - 1920x1080

Thanks a lot!
May 25, 2010 4:27:25 AM

^ If you are from US, from where do you prefer to buy the parts from?
And NO that 400W will not suffice for a HD 5850 setup, even though it has got good reviews back then...So you would have to buy a new PSU too...
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May 25, 2010 4:31:15 AM

Here's the template version:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a month
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1200 Before / After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: web surfing, gaming, document editing, graphics editing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
OS - Win7
Optical Drive
Case - Thermaltake Armor Jr. Black
HDD - 500GB Hitachi 7200 Travelstar 2.5" Notebook Drive, also 80GB WD Caviar
Mouse and Keyboard
22" LCD Monitor - 1920x1050

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preferences

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want an SSD.

CPU - Core i5-750 - $200

GPU - ATI Radeon 5850 - $320

Motherboard - not sure

RAM - not sure, looking for 4GB

SSD - willing to spend $200 on it. Hopefully above 50GB.

2 2.5" to 3.5" adapters - $20 or so.

Wireless card - $40 - I want to be able to make a wifi hotspot w/Win7 and Connectify.
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May 25, 2010 4:32:38 AM

gkay09 said:
^ If you are from US, from where do you prefer to buy the parts from?
And NO that 400W will not suffice for a HD 5850 setup, even though it has got good reviews back then...So you would have to buy a new PSU too...


Thanks, I will start researching PSUs now.
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