Building gaming PC - $1000 budget, maybe slightly more

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)?
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  1. Hi there, right, this is what i have so far

    CPU - i5-750 - $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&cm_re=i5_750-_-19-115-215-_-Product

    MOBO - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621&cm_re=p7p55d_e_pro-_-13-131-621-_-Product
    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=N82E16820231190

    GPU - Ati 5850 - $279.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150494&cm_re=5850-_-14-150-494-_-Product
    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=N82E16817207002&Tpk=xfx%20650w
    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=N82E16822152181&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product
    Fast, single 500Gb platter, quiet

    OPTICAL - LG Dvd burner OEM - $19.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136168

    CASE - CM Storm Scout - $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196
    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=N82E16835185142&cm_re=scythe-_-35-185-142-_-Product
    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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)
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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?)
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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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