Last Check! $1400 - $1600


BUDGET RANGE: $1400 - $1500/$1600 ( Around there. Cheaper is better. Have to buy a desk as well. )

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the internet, Watching movies / videos.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need everything keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, etc.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg ( Will be my first time. ) Amazon




MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a gaming computer. Air filters, good air cooling, cable management. Combos is very helpful!

Other: I was wondering, if I could get something like: Filters here and put them on HAF 922. Also wanting to have this computer a while. So Future proof.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 / / / AMD Phenom II X4 955
What is the difference between these two? Some says it is the same CPU, yet one of them I can get a combo with the Motherboard.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5
GPU: XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 / / / Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333
Optical: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R
Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms / / / ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms
Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 / / / NZXT TEMPEST EVO / / / LIAN LI K60B / / / COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper
Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2 / / / COOLER MASTER RG-TF4-TGU1-GP ThermalFusion / / / ZALMAN ZM-STG2 Thermal Greases / / / GELID Solutions GC-Extreme
Keyboard: Logitech 920-000021
Mouse: Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical - OEM / / / Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical 1.1A - White - OEM
Speakers: Logitech LS21 7 Watts RMS (FTC) 2.1 / / / Logitech LS11 3 Watts RMS (FTC) 2.0
Need help on if everything is compatible. Will it fit. As for the Mushkin Ram, I am willing to get it, it has a lower latency at $10.00 higher. Is it compatible with the Motherboard I chose? When I try to install the OS do I have to go in Bios and do the boot drive of the CD tray thing? If possible I would like HD Monitor or 1080p, maybe both are the same. Some things I listed may go over or under the price range, no clue. Need advice, criticism, help, anything!
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  1. Cas7

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

    But bravo to you for actually doing your homework.

    You sure you want that mouse and KB? Certainly you can do better at staples/best buys and atleast play with some better models. Just saying.... Same with the speaker, if anything that monitor comes with low 2watt speakers. Which should suffice until you get something real with a subwoofer.

    Regarding the filter, cetainly you can cut a thin layer to fit but honestly I don't think it's worth loosing sleep over.
  2. its good to go. and case. a coolmaster haff 922 would be nice. and ram. go for gskill.
    the cpu. maybe a 6core? if not. thats good. and everythings fine
  3. fastx21,

    That is nice ram, almost the same price as the Cas 8 I posted. Problem is, the Gigabyte does not accept 1600. XD I actually would prefer a better Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers. As fr the HAF 922, dust is a pretty big thing here for some reason.


    I thought the AMD X6 was not that good in gaming. As for the ram, G.Skill was my first choice, just say that Mushkin had a lower latency one.
  4. At that budget, I'd do an Intel Build:

    $90 CM HAF 922

    $120 Corsair TX850 ($30 extra but it covers you for XFire and some serious Overclocking)

    If ya want filters and I recommend this combo highly, Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 $240 is $30 more than above.

    $370 ASUS P7P55D-E Pro w/ Intel i5-750

    $105 2 x 2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 CAS 7

    $50 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB
    Note $80 - $30 MIR from tigerdirect

    Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):


    Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.

    $34 Scythe 2100 cpu COOLER

    $6 OCZ Freeze

    $350 ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 w/ DVD Burner

    $100 Windows 7-64 Home Premium

    $279 Asus VW266H Black 25.5" 1920 x 1200 Monitor

    I cut $60 off the video card to get you a much better ($100 more) monitor and still meet ya budget....GFX cards get upgraded more often than monitors so thinking was money better spent here.

    $34 Scythe 2100

    $79 Logitech G15

    $41 Logitech MX-518

    Again, spent more money on KB / Mpuse as all your input comes from these and it pays to get good devices. Better money spent now than later when you toss others away.

    $28 Logitech LS21's (your choice)

    Total $1686 .... a bit over but saves you money down the road.
  5. JackNaylorPE,

    Completely forgot about the Scythe 2100. On this list thing, the Performa beat it. Plus, right now it is cheaper, just around $2.00 though.

    I was considering a Intel build. I thought they were not going to make that many more parts 1156 and the 1366. I figured if the Bulldozer, what ever it is, for AMD comes out, I could pop it into the Gigabyte motherboard.
    I was really considering that Logitech MX518, price is kind of high though. The keyboard looks nice! Still high price point. =P Will look into it though.

    On a side note, the Performa is supposed to have a Mounting system thing that is HARD to use.
  6. yeah. its just for future uses. maybe games in the future would use 6core.
  7. so is there any point in getting more than 2 cores for gaming systems?
  8. fardado07,

    No clue to tell you the truth.


    Nice combos! I just thought the 890FX would be more upgrade/future proof. Also, what do you mean by, "LE Changed a bit."
  9. Sorry for the double post. Anyhow:

    Would it be a better deal to drop down to a 22" Monitor? 1680 x 1050?

    Then drop down to a 5850? Would it be able to handle all games out there?
  10. No, get a full HD monitor, 23" or 24".
    And the HD5850 can handle any game. If you're not a hard core gamer you can get cheaper peripherals.
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