Help Trimming Down ~$1000 Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month BUDGET RANGE: 600-800 After Rebates


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers




MONITOR RESOLUTION: At least 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Trying not to break the bank now, but would like to be able to upgrade (especially RAM/ GPU) in the future. The target price range listed is not including Windows 7 or a new monitor as they're not absolutely necessary, though I included them below because if I can find a good deal I would very much like to upgrade both. The total for components listed is around $800 excluding OS and monitor, so I was hoping for some advice on where I might be able to cut costs but still have a good base for a few years. Thanks for any and all advice!


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - $22.99

Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $39.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $99.99

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - $194.99

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $169.99

Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply - $49.99

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - $109.99

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - $199.99

MSI P55-CD53 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $109.99

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $99.99

Total: $1097.90
Total without OS and Monitor: $802.92
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  1. The AM3 platform is more futureproof, you can get the Phenom X4 955 (in gaming, internet, etc is about as good as the i5.

    Check out batuchka's whishlist here:
  2. As above has I may suggest a change to AM3. AM3 will have enough performance for you and will allow you to upgrade to new processors later on. It will also be a bit cheaper than a i5 build. 1156 gets no more processors so an i7 860 is your highest upgrade.

    Your choices seem pretty good, however I'd swap out the HDD for a Samsung Spinpoint F3 as they are generally regarded as the best. Also change the PSU for a good brand such as Seasonic. I'm thinking you might need a little more Wattage too if you wanted to upgrade your graphics card later on. If you were just looking to Crossfire that 5770 then I'd suggest a 550/600W (however you say "no crossfire"...), but you might want to go further.

    With motherboards for an AM3 build, if you don;t want to Crossfire then go with something like this:

    You don't require SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 do you? Also you said "able to upgrade (especially RAM", you don;t require anymore RAM then 4GB.

    Hope that helps.
  3. Hmm now that i think of it: nobody suggested a full blown config nearer towards the minimum point of your budget range so @ $674AR we have:
  4. I would definately drop to a 500gb HDD, the spinpoint everyone mentioned. Personally, as a gamer/internet surfer/movie watcher, I have never actually come close to maxing out a 500gb hard drive. A 500gb will save you about $45.

    Go with Phenom II X4 955 and an AM3 mobo to save some money. AMD gives you the freedom of upgradibility, so if you want you could go even cheaper with the CPU knowing you can upgrade it later. Posibly even dropping the CPU a bit in order to get a better GPU (5850 is a beauty to work on your new monitor)
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