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New Gaming PC $1400 budget

Hello all. This will be my first time building a PC and I'd like to know if I have all my bases covered as far as cost efficiency, compatibility, and quality are concerned. I'd like to buy it within the week. I'll list every part and accessory I plan on purchasing just to make sure I'm not forgetting anything.

Parts not required: speakers, software

Preferred website: newegg, amazon

Parts preference: AMD

Overclocking: maybe

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Case: [$140]
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811119160

Motherboard: [$200]
MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813130274

CPU: [$160]
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819103808

CPU Cooling: [$41]
ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118003

GPU: [$305]
HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814161330

RAM: [$105]
A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820211409

HDD: [$60]
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822136319

PSU: [$75]
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817371015

Optical: [$24]
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16827106334

Monitor: [$186]
HP 2159M 21.5-Inch HD LCD Monitor
http://www.amazon.com/HP-2159M-21-5-Inch-LCD-Monitor/dp/B001UHOX2I/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1277127829&sr=1-8

HDMI Cable: [$12]
Mediabridge Ultra Series - 10ft High Speed HDMI Cable - Category 2 Certified - Supports 3D - Audio Return Channel - 4Kx2K - 1440p - 1080p - Blu-Ray - PS3 - XBox 360
http://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-Ultra-Category-Certified-Supports/dp/B0019HL8Q8/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b

Mouse: [$36]
Logitech MX 518 High Performance Optical Gaming Mouse (Metal)
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Performance-Optical-Gaming-Mouse/dp/B0007Z1M50/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b

Mouse Pad: [$10]
SteelSeries QcK Mouse Pad (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/SteelSeries-QcK-Mouse-Pad-Black/dp/B000UYANGM/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b

Keyboard: [$30]
Saitek Eclipse Backlit Keyboard - Red LED ( PZ30AUR )
http://www.amazon.com/Saitek-Eclipse-Backlit-Keyboard-PZ30AUR/dp/B000EA2HD4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1277130887&sr=8-4

Thermal Paste: [$10]
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

Anti-Static Wrist Strap: [$10]
Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899261005&cm_re=anti_static_wrist_strap-_-99-261-005-_-Product

Total: 1404 + Shipping + Tax
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  1. Best answer
    CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $335
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
    GPU: HD 5870 $390
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $80
    PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 750W $145 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
    HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30
    Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

    Total: $1,290. Leaves $110 for the keyboard/mouse. Check monoprice.com for the HDMI. I know they'll have one for almost nothing. The thermal paste and wristband are unnecessary.
  2. MadAdmiral said:
    Working on correcting the links/prices.

    CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $335
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
    GPU: HD 5870 $390
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $80
    PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 750W $145 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
    HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30
    Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

    Total: $1,290. Leaves $110 for the keyboard/mouse. Check monoprice.com for the HDMI. I know they'll have one for almost nothing. The thermal paste and wristband are unnecessary.


    +1 for you!
  3. DVD Burner $20.00 with Free Shipping:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    Case and PSU $260.00:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.410767

    MotherBoard and CPU $280.00 before rebate:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.397503

    Hard Drive $75.00 with Free Shipping:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145304

    Memory $110.00 with Free Shipping:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    Graphics Card $390.00 with Free Shipping and 10% off!
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161329

    Your total before rebates and promo code and free shipping is: $1135.00

    I hope this build will help you make a choice and all you have to grab is a monitor and keyboard and mouse which is EASY!:)
  4. Looks a good build can't go wrong with shanemarines advice
  5. nuke123 said:
    Looks a good build can't go wrong with shanemarines advice http://newcasltestudents.comuv.com/imgs/signature_smiley6.jpg


    Thanks! :)
  6. I'll just point out a few minor problems with shane's build. First, you don't need a 1000W PSU. It's just a waste of money. Second, the X6 CPUs are actually worse for gaming than the i5 (check out any of the reviews). They're also worse than the X4 955 in many games.

    As for mosox's combos, it's a waste of money to spend $180 on a board when a $105 one is just as good (Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4.
  7. MadAdmiral said:
    I'll just point out a few minor problems with shane's build. First, you don't need a 1000W PSU. It's just a waste of money. Second, the X6 CPUs are actually worse for gaming than the i5 (check out any of the reviews). They're also worse than the X4 955 in many games.

    As for mosox's combos, it's a waste of money to spend $180 on a board when a $105 one is just as good (Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4.


    Points well said! As for my 1000W if you even look into the Fermi GPU's you might as well keep for the fact of the moving in Tech is getting harder and harder to keep in the wraps of 600W's or even 800W's. 1000Watts is great cushin. :)

    But I do appreciate your advice on here!
  8. MadAdmiral said:
    CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $335
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
    GPU: HD 5870 $390
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $80
    PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 750W $145 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
    HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30
    Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

    Total: $1,290. Leaves $110 for the keyboard/mouse. Check monoprice.com for the HDMI. I know they'll have one for almost nothing. The thermal paste and wristband are unnecessary.


    Definitely go with MadAdmiral's build. AMD Hexcore suck at games.
  9. Also the graphics card in MA's build comes with a free copy of CoD:MW2 as well as a 10% off coupon... so you end up getting MW2 and a 5870 for 350$... I just ordered mine.
  10. MadAdmiral said:

    As for mosox's combos, it's a waste of money to spend $180 on a board when a $105 one is just as good (Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4.


    There's quite some difference between those two boards, maybe it doesn't justify the difference in the price though.

    Anyway, I stopped recommending the i5 for the gaming systems because I realized that the 1156 socket replaced the 775 as the new Intel mainstream socket and it will be the first one in line to be phased out.

    Also it's much easier to OC the Phenom - many simply don't OC the i5 because it's not that easy to do it but do OC the Phenom and end up with a cheaper and better CPU. All those (955. 965, i5) are in the list of the best gaming CPU's for the money, one can't go wrong with either of them.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-core-i5-phenom-ii,2620-5.html

    Edited to add this:

    http://paulisageek.com/compare/cpu/
  11. Also, many don't overclock the i5 because it's not needed. You are right about the 1156 not having an upgrade path. However, by the time you'll need to replace the CPU, it'll be time to put together an entirely new build.
  12. Thanks gentlemen, I chose to buy MadAdmiral's build almost to the letter with the exception of the HSF and HDD.
  13. Best answer selected by thunderbeard.
  14. I'm glad you got a new build and I'm sure you'll be happy with his build. :)
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