$1,000 Gaming Build. Updated for TH Guidelines / Want to Buy by Friday

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 3-10 Days of this Post BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Streaming Movies, Expandability, Homework/Surfing the Web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, Operating System, Speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD Quad Core 3.2/3.4.....Corsair PSU......Radeon 5770 or 5780 (Think thats correct?- Whatever has best Combo Deals).....Thinking an Antec Case.....Ripjaw Ram?

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not...

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'm not even sure....Something that will work on a 22-24 inch monitor greatly, 1900x____? perhaps.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just would like an overall build, including a monitor. I have my tax money laying around and is extremely sick of trying to game on my Sony Vaio Laptop!

Like I said above, I'm not too sure how to choose the necessary parts to make sure they all work. What i am really looking for, but also, depending on Combo Deals....(Rough Draft as you take it)

AMD Quad Core 3.2 or 3.4


MONITOR (Although im fairly sure I can find cheaper)

PSU: Corsair

As for graphics, I'm not sure. I play games such as WOW, COD Series, Battlefield Series, Starcraft2, ect......Im by no means a hardcore gamer. Sure would be nice to max out graphics though! I was thinking a 5770, but then again, whatever comes with the best Combo Deals. Hard Drive, Optical Drive-don't really matter all that much to me.

Ram, Again, I'm not sure...Was thinking 4 gig RipJaw? Like I said above many times----Combo Deals!

Anyways Tom's Hardware Forums, I am really looking forward to getting a full Build around $1,000 (900'ish would be even better!!) Once I get a final build and feel that it will blow my out of the water, i would like to purchase it almost immediately before the Combo Deals Expire. Thank you for anyone who Contributes to this thread! :hello:
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  1. Case
    Antec 300 $60

    Spinpoint F3 500GB $55

    G Skill Ripjaw 1600 Cas 7 $100 w/ promo code, ends today

    XFX 5850 $277
    Comboing w/ Free surge protector winds up $3 cheaper than by itself.

    OCZ 700w 80+ and Lite on $90 w/ $20 MIR

    Phenom II x4 955 and GA-790-UD4 $260 w/ $15 MIR

    Asus 23" 1920 x 1080 2ms $199 w/ $20 MIR

    Total $1042 before $55 MIR and shipping ($20 ish)

    A little bit over. If you really want to knock it under $1k then you can use the Normal Antec 300 (not illusion) $15.50 savings and a 21" monitor $30 savings
  2. is OCZ a Solid PSU? I've been told to stick with Corsair...

    I won't have it ordered by today, but that savings on the Ram is only $10 (no biggie)...

    Also, how is that Graphics card compared to say, the 5770?

    Other than the Graphics and PSU Question, this seems like a pretty decent build for $1000. For a grand, this is what you would go with?
  3. OCZ Modxstream line is perfectly fine. If you want a Corsair that'll run xfire 5850's in the future, you'll need at least a 650W one, which is also $70 atm after MIR and promo, but no free optical.

    If you wanna spend $20 more then, sure, grab a 650TX and a $20 optical.

    the 5850 bench's about 40-50% higher FPS than the 5770.

    For a $1k build including monitor, yea, I'd be perfectly happy with this.
  4. That PSU is fine, throw in a random $20 SATA optical and you're fine.

    Here's a 23.6" Hanns G monitor for $170 after promo code.

    You want win 7 64 bit to utilize more than 3gb of RAM.
  5. Now you have my mind set for the graphics card :D

    the only thing I might/would change is the PSU to this:

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


    Whether or not I change out the PSU, this PC will be fully espandable in the future and everything will fit in/work out great?
    Also, I will be using Windows 7, 32 bit I believe.

    Only other thing i didn't see was a Optical Drive, but that's ok. Any decent one should work?

    And, just to save a couple of dollars, I might switch out the monitor to a cheaper one...

    How are your thoughts?
    Anyone else have any opinions?
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