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Building gaming PC - $1000 budget, maybe slightly more

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June 14, 2010 10:31:57 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Last two weeks of July BUDGET RANGE: 1000 after rebates(maybe a bit more)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming(Conan)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor(might need to get a bigger one. This one is 19"), speakers, OS(free Windows 7 Pro from school ftw)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Asus, Intel

OVERCLOCKING: Yes(a bit. I've never done it before and I want to try it out) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe(Not now, but I'd like to leave the option open if I want to down the road)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900(19" monitor ftl. How noticeable would it be if I bought a new monitor and went to 1680x1050?)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Preferably quiet.

This is the first time I've ever actually built a computer(My current one I just picked parts and had a local place build it. I want to do it myself this time). I'm looking at doing a bit of overclocking(3-3.5ish?), but not so much that I'd need to get a water cooling system .

I've started to look at stuff myself. I was originally going to go for an i7 920 my build was up at 1000 and I was missing a few components still so I decided to step it back. Can I stick with LGA 1156(i5 750) and still be good for awhile?

This is what I'm looking at right now:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131405&cm_re=asus_lga1156_pro-_-13-131-405-_-ProductASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - 220.19(buying it local. I'll pay the extra $30 to not risk it being DoA from Newegg on my first attempted build)

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&cm_re=i5_750-_-19-115-215-_-Producti5 750 - 208.99 from newegg.ca

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260 Corsair XMS 2x2GB DDR3 1600 MHz mem timing 9-9-9-24(what does that mean?) - 111.49 from newegg.ca

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196&cm_re=storm_scout-_-11-119-196-_-Product CM Storm Scout SGC-2000 KKN1 GP - 125.99(buying local again)

After that I'm lost. That comes to 666.66 so far(ROFL), and I still need a PSU(How big?), video card, HDD(What do I look for in a HDD other than size?), DVD-RW drive and possibly an after-market cooler(do I need one)?

The video cards I'm considering are 5750, 5770 and 5830(~150, ~175, ~250). I want to leave the option of Xfire open down the road. Would the 5830 be over-kill for Conan on maxed settings at 1680x1050(assuming I get a bigger monitor down the road)?
June 14, 2010 11:38:35 PM

Hi there, right, this is what i have so far

CPU - i5-750 - $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cheapest board that Fully implements usb3 and sata 6gbps, a bit expensive, but is a really nice board. Some other people my suggest getting cheaper less feature packed boards, completely up to you, choose your buget

RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $98.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - Ati 5850 - $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the 5850 will be great at those resolutions for a long time, and if you decide to go a bit bigger on the next monitor, it will cover that too

PSU - XFX XXX 650w - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Nice PSU, 650w is easily enough for two 5850s, so upgrades are covered too

HDD -SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fast, single 500Gb platter, quiet

OPTICAL - LG Dvd burner OEM - $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - CM Storm Scout - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Nice portable case (i guess thats why you chose it)
if you want better airflow, go for a CM haff 922, they are similar prices

CPU Cooler - Scythe Mugen Revb - $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A must if you wanna OC, as the stock HSF wont cut it

Total - $1057, a bit over, can be cut down if you need
June 14, 2010 11:39:21 PM

Go with the 5830 if you can, if not.. 5770 is a good card for the money. Look on Amazon.com though, I got my dad's cheaper there... along with a few other parts and ended up saving over $130 by buying a dif. parts from there instead of newegg.

If in the price range, shoot for a 500gb and psu, go with the corsair TX650 or TX750.

I just priced a XFX 5830, WD Caviar Blue 500gb HD and a Corsair TX750 @ newegg for $405.

I'd say go with those 3 right there and you'll have a pretty decent rig
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June 14, 2010 11:39:46 PM

Beitzel15 said:
Go with the 5830 if you can, if not.. 5770 is a good card for the money. Look on Amazon.com though, I got my dad's cheaper there... along with a few other parts and ended up saving over $130 by buying a dif. parts from there instead of newegg.

If in the price range, shoot for a 500gb and psu, go with the corsair TX650 or TX750.

I just priced a XFX 5830, WD Caviar Blue 500gb HD and a Corsair TX750 @ newegg for $405.

I'd say go with those 3 right there and you'll have a pretty decent rig


A 5850 is a way better card, it uses less power, runs cooler, and has more performance! if you can afford it, go for the 5850
June 14, 2010 11:43:12 PM

Sorry, didnt see you needed a cd drive and cpu cooler...

So, if you're going to mostly play conan, go with a 5770. It'll play it maxed. My dad has the 5770 and its a great card for the money and for only $165, Xfire would be nice down the road.

I re did the list, Heres what you said you needed and it totaled out at around $385 now.

XFX 5770
Corsair TX750watt
Cooler Master TX3 cpu cooler
WD Caviar Blue 500gb HD
LG 22x DVD/CD Burner/Drive

(Did it on the Canadian site, came out to be $389)
June 14, 2010 11:44:39 PM

Hereisphilly said:
A 5850 is a way better card, it uses less power, runs cooler, and has more performance! if you can afford it, go for the 5850


No doubt, I just saw the list you put together, That's better than his and the parts I listed lol. But, he said he wanted to CF in the future, will a 650watt run 5850 in Xfire?
June 14, 2010 11:45:30 PM

Beitzel15 said:
Sorry, didnt see you needed a cd drive and cpu cooler...

So, if you're going to mostly play conan, go with a 5770. It'll play it maxed. My dad has the 5770 and its a great card for the money and for only $165, Xfire would be nice down the road.

I re did the list, Heres what you said you needed and it totaled out at around $385 now.

XFX 5770
Corsair TX750watt
Cooler Master TX3 cpu cooler
WD Caviar Blue 500gb HD
LG 22x DVD/CD Burner/Drive

(Did it on the Canadian site, came out to be $389)


a 750w PSU is total overkill for a single 5770, a 550w unit will run 2 5770s no problem
June 14, 2010 11:50:51 PM

Beitzel15 said:
No doubt, I just saw the list you put together, That's better than his and the parts I listed lol. But, he said he wanted to CF in the future, will a 650watt run 5850 in Xfire?


easily, without breaking a sweat
June 15, 2010 12:51:12 AM

Couple of things:

Is the change in mem speed from 1333 to 1600 noticeable?

Do I need to get a thermal paste?

Also, if I decide to get crossfire down the road, do the cards need to be exactly the same for compatibility?(IE, are they like RAM sticks?)
June 15, 2010 1:06:40 AM

Moop69 said:
Couple of things:

Is the change in mem speed from 1333 to 1600 noticeable?

Do I need to get a thermal paste?


I'm not sure, i've always gone for faster ram, so i cant really compare, but it is quite a major stepup

Usually the aftermarket cooler you buy will come with some, but best check befroe you buy. The stock cooler comes pre loaded with paste
June 15, 2010 2:04:37 AM

The change isn't that noticeable, but if you're changing a lot of progs/aps you'll see the difference however.
I don't suggest you to plan for a second card if you don't buy it now as your card will be outdated in maybe 2+ months.
June 15, 2010 3:51:15 PM

I'd buy artic silver 5, its pricey, but GOOD stuff.

The video cards dont have to be the same brand, say you get a XFX 5770... it'll run fine with a Sapphire 5770....

There is some truth in what powerfuel is saying. I built my rig about 1.5 years ago and went with a GTX 285 in hopes of getting a different motherboard and then another 285 shortly down the road.... 1 year after I built my rig, I can't find my card for sale ANYWHERE!! And what boggles me is, it's still a beast.
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