$1000 Xfire Gaming Rig

A friend of mine wanted a complete gaming rig for $1000 (including Optical drive/HD) so I tried to make the best out of what I could buy (I went $10 overboard due to shipping but rebates cancel that out). At first I wanted to crossfire two Sapphire Radeon 5770s (Vapor X) but was it really worth the extra $80? So I swapped that out since I had to budget cut everywhere to keep it as close to a grand. I had to add SATA cables so it's $1014 total.





GPU (x2)








Optical/Hard drives

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  1. For starters, it's very difficult to use a power supply as a cpu or as RAM. ;)

    Please repost the CPU+RAM

    I would also recommend getting a 5850 instead of 2 5750s. It is generally recommended to not use crossfire to start off with, that way you can add more graphics power in future.
  2. I didn't dig through the links, but here's possibly the best gaming build you can get for $1,000.

    CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $243 after rebate (with a free game)
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
    GPU: HD 5870 $390
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $70
    PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 750W $165 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20

    Total: $998
  3. ah sorry about the links but I fixed it.


    tbh, I thought about putting in a 5850 but I just thought 2 5750s would get the job done for less. Originally it was suppose to be 2 5770s but I went over budget with them in this build
  4. Ok...

    Well with the links fixed, you had some problems. First, OCZ makes terrible sticks of RAM. They have all kinds of compatibility issues. Second, it's a triple channel kit, which is made specifically for the i7. They'll be very slow with AMD systems because AMD builds use dual channel RAM. Finally, the 965 is just a more expensive, slightly overclocked 955. Save the money and get the cheaper one.
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