Gaming PC for Around $1000

I'm putting together parts for a PC I intend to purchase within a couple of months. This will be my first custom built PC. My biggest concern is if the parts will be compatible with each other. Another concern is power and heating issues.

Please look over my parts and tell me what I need to replace or change. My budget is around $1,000, give or take a hundred. I intend to use this computer for general activities plus gaming. I am not a hardcore gamer, but I do enjoy nice FPS rates on high settings.

Starcraft 2 runs well on medium on my 2 year old laptop, but it struggles when there are lots of units or on higher settings. It also randomly dips in FPS rates at times. I will use this computer to play other games besides SC2 as well.

Link to my current build here:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=14884606



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month

BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT
: gaming at higher resolutions, general usage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: no pref

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (only for gfx; I don't plan to oc for other parts) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: might xfire in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

Please let me know what I can improve. If there is something that should be replaced with something else, just let me know.

Thank you.
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  1. Can I please get some help?
  2. Alrite mate, looks like a pretty solid build, a few things i would change

    MOBO GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 - $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443
    Cheaper, overclocks better, and its got usb3 and sata6

    CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz - $96.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103704
    There is no point in getting a dual core for a new build now, this one is a quad core

    OPTICAL - Sony Burner - $20.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039
    i recon you problably want a writer instead of just a reader

    CASE - Antec 300 $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product
    At this price, the antec is a better case

    COOLER - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 - $39.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134
    Probably want to get a decent cooler, keeps the temps down, and its great if u wanna OC
  3. I agree that you do not want dual core. The CPU you suggested is fine if you can unlock the cores but if you cannot you are stuck.

    I would actually go down to a 500gb HDD. As a gamer and general user myself I have never managed to even fill 500gb.

    The money saved there would allow you to get the G Skill Ripjaw CL7 1600mhz RAM instead which is very good.

    Getting a aftermarket cooler is a nice extra as they are better than stock and quieter, but if not OCing your CPU you should be fine without it.

    If you enjoy good FPS at high settings on a 1920 x 1080, I would consider spending the extra cash on a 5850 GPU, it will do very well for a long time to come whereas the 5770 will show the strain much much sooner.
    You may not be a hardcore gamer, but all it takes is one game you play to be too much for the 5770 and you will be disappointed everytime you play it
  4. asteldian said:
    I agree that you do not want dual core. The CPU you suggested is fine if you can unlock the cores but if you cannot you are stuck.

    I would actually go down to a 500gb HDD. As a gamer and general user myself I have never managed to even fill 500gb.

    The money saved there would allow you to get the G Skill Ripjaw CL7 1600mhz RAM instead which is very good.

    Getting a aftermarket cooler is a nice extra as they are better than stock and quieter, but if not OCing your CPU you should be fine without it.

    If you enjoy good FPS at high settings on a 1920 x 1080, I would consider spending the extra cash on a 5850 GPU, it will do very well for a long time to come whereas the 5770 will show the strain much much sooner.
    You may not be a hardcore gamer, but all it takes is one game you play to be too much for the 5770 and you will be disappointed everytime you play it


    agreed on getting a 5850, all depends on the budget i guess

    U sure u can unlock more core cores on that 630? i thought they only go to 4

    hdd wise, all depends on how much extra content you have to put on ur pc, music, videos etc
  5. Hereisphilly said:
    agreed on getting a 5850, all depends on the budget i guess

    U sure u can unlock more core cores on that 630? i thought they only go to 4

    hdd wise, all depends on how much extra content you have to put on ur pc, music, videos etc



    I was actually refering to the CPU the OP had in his wish list - the X2 555 as well as your post. When I said I agree the OP does not want dual core I was refering to your post regarding the CPU you picked - it is a much better choice than the OPs. The OPS CPU is fine if he is unable to unlock the cores but it is risky, whereas your choice is a guaranted Quad which is a better choice.

    It is true, depending on what else he puts on the machine he may need more storage, but even my wife who has games and an insane amount of music, photos etc. on her 500gb she is still no where near filling it after a couple of years.
  6. yeah, i guess he needs to buy the capacity that he thinks he will need
    and yes unlocking cores is always risky, never know what you will get
  7. Tower $792

    Hanns·G HZ231HPB Black 23" $180 free ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254050
    $972 total, you want to get better than a HD 5770 for Full HD gaming ^^ Above build is also CFable
  8. batuchka said:
    Tower $792
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-115.jpg
    Hanns·G HZ231HPB Black 23" $180 free ship
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254050
    $972 total, you want to get better than a HD 5770 for Full HD gaming ^^ Above build is also CFable



    Your build is very nice..and actually under $1k! Question though.. does that monitor support high def? Like I might want to watch movies in high def. Also, how do I copy the parts that you listed to my cart or wishlist? Do I have to manually search for everything?
  9. batuchka said:


    Thank you, you've definitely been a great help. I can wait to put this system together. :bounce:
  10. Ya happy shopping/building and you are welcomed ^^
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