Gaming PC (1000$ budget)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: 1000$ Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Browsing, Watching movies, Multitasking
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, and OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I just want the best bang for my buck. I would rather stick with AMD cpu and ati video card.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'm buying a monitor as well and its resolution is 1600x900. I think this resolution is great and so is the monitor.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my second time building a gaming pc. I think the build I came up with is great and meet my needs. I want this build to last 5-10 years maybe? Thanks for helping me!

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Here is the list of parts I came up with. I just want to make sure everything is compatible and works well for a long time. If you have any kind of suggestions please comment.

Hanns·G HZ201HPB Black 20" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 15000:1(1000:1) Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254049

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

GIGABYTE GA-790XT-USB3 AM3 AMD 790X USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128427

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case & Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.410719

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X 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 Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


There are only a few stuff that I'm concerned with. One is that on newegg I found the exact same cpu for the exact same price. I'm not sure which one is better because to me they are exactly the same.
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=n82e16819103674

The above one people are telling me that it doesn't have c3 stepping. What is this? Do I need it? So which one is better? the above linked or the one in my build?

In the future I might want to overclock but I just don't know how to do this yet. The AMD quad core seems fast but I'm not sure if the stock cooler will cool it enough. Should I invest in a cpu cooler?

My friend has a windows 7 pro 32bit disc I can use. Since I'm planning to get 4gb of RAM. Should I consider using 32bit or 64bit?

This will be my 2nd time building a pc so I think it's going to go smoothly. But will everything fit nicely together in the antec 900? Thanks for helping me out again!
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  1. System looks pretty good. Not the most powerful graphics card, but it should suffice; good card for the money.

    As far as I know the C3 Stepping is just a revision. Generally new steppings just reduce power usage, and often increase performance. I'd go for the newer one personally.

    If you're getting 4GB of RAM, 64-bit would be preferable. 32-bit can only see 3GB, so you'd be wasting an entire GB of RAM.

    The Antec 900 is a nice case, and has plenty of room. You shouldn't have any problems whatsoever.

    Good luck.
  2. I calculated the build cost to be around 950$ leaving me enough money to maybe get a cpu cooler. Should I get a cpu cooler if I'm planning to overclock maybe in a few years?

    And as for the C3 stepping which one of the cpu has it? they look pretty much identical to me.

    Also is the PSU enough for the 5770? Thanks for answering my questions.
  3. Get a bigger monitor for that video card.
  4. I would go with 64bit, 32 bit does not support all that ram, the antec 900 is a nice case i have it lots of rooms can get quite dusty but that no hassle
  5. mosox said:
    Get a bigger monitor for that video card.


    I think your right looking for a bigger monitor but 23" monitors are overkill.

    @mac4me123

    thanks for the input luckily my friend has a 64bit version too :D .

    I had found my own answer for the cpu differences: (quoting Sam from newegg reviews)

    "There is some confusion about the processor series, since there are 2 chips that come up when you search for the amd 955. When looking at the big long part number, the one that ends with "MBOX" is the one you want. It supports the newer c3 stepping. The one that ends in "IBOX" is the older version of the 955BE. "


    And can anyone else suggest any more improvements as I want to buy this ASAP during this week.
  6. So here's my new build I've found a great mobo combo with the cpu. Then got a new set of gskill ram since the corsair sale is over. Also found a much better lcd monitor with a great resolution.

    so how's my build now:

  7. Here's a better overall build. Has a 1920x1080 monitor and 5850.

    Case
    Antec 300 Illusion $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    HD
    Spinpoint F3 $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    RAM
    G SKill Eco $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    Monitor
    21.5" Acer 1920x1080 $159
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009219

    GPU
    XFX 5850 $287
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.422132


    GPU/Optical
    OCZ 700w and Lite on $89 w/ $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.418929

    MOBO/CPU/Free Game
    GA 790 UD4 and Phenom II x4 955 $250 w/ $15 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.405957

    Use Promo codes: MBTEN,EMCYTNN22

    Total: $990 before Rebates and shipping


    If you're willing to spend $30 more, you can get a better PSU.

    Corsair 750TX $99 w/ Promo Code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Optical $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151216
  8. banthracis said:
    Here's a better overall build. Has a 1920x1080 monitor and 5850.

    Case
    Antec 300 Illusion $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    HD
    Spinpoint F3 $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    RAM
    G SKill Eco $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    Monitor
    21.5" Acer 1920x1080 $159
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009219

    GPU
    XFX 5850 $287
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.422132


    GPU/Optical
    OCZ 700w and Lite on $89 w/ $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.418929

    MOBO/CPU/Free Game
    GA 790 UD4 and Phenom II x4 955 $250 w/ $15 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.405957

    Use Promo codes: MBTEN,EMCYTNN22

    Total: $990 before Rebates and shipping


    If you're willing to spend $30 more, you can get a better PSU.

    Corsair 750TX $99 w/ Promo Code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Optical $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151216



    I think the 5850 is just overkill for my build. I don't want to max out the settings but just be able to play modern games. And the antec 900 I believe looks great and I'm sticking with it. However I did find a better monitor with a 2ms response time.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

    Thanks for the replies everyone :bounce:
  9. Wait, I'm confused. You'd rather spend the same money and get a worse computer?

    If all you want is a 5770, then it's entirely doable for $900.

    Also 5ms vs 2ms response time makes no difference.
  10. What kind of monitor you looking to get? And indeed a 577o is all you need to so dont go wasting any of your hard earned cash
  11. banthracis said:
    Wait, I'm confused. You'd rather spend the same money and get a worse computer?

    If all you want is a 5770, then it's entirely doable for $900.

    Also 5ms vs 2ms response time makes no difference.


    Yes. I think the 5770 is great because all I'm going to play is crysis,cod mw2, wow, and dota. But as a veteran what do you think I should do? Will a 5850 in the long run be good? Which monitor would you get? They look identical to me.

    @ nuke123

    I just want a monitor that has the resolution 1920x1080 and has a hdmi port. I'm planning to get this monitor:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236053

    but I just haven't decided yet.
  12. you want to play crysis, mw2, and the others @ 1920x1080, on just a 5770???
  13. ares1214 said:
    you want to play crysis, mw2, and the others @ 1920x1080, on just a 5770???


    I've read around and many people who just got a 5770 crossfire it for a performance boost. but two 5770's wasn't good as a 5850. I'm going to include the 5850 in my build so I have to edit it now :(
  14. My advice is that if you plan on spending $1,000 get a 5850. If you plan on spending $800-900 then get a 5770.

    Just be aware not everything will run well at 1920x1080 on a 5770.
  15. I tried my best on editing my build but it came out as 1000$+. I like the antec 900 and not any other case. The monitor is great with that resolution. I just can't seem to skimp the cost down below 1000$:



    Not included in the pic is the HDD which is the spinpoint f3 and this dvd burner:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    all of this totals to 1078$ and I have yet to include the hdmi cable :ouch:
  16. Ok I'll be honest, I don't think it's all doable for $1000 before rebates. Also, you should totally get the antec 902, it's a definie improvement over the 900 and thanks to combo w/ 7200.12 same price as 900 AFTER rebate.

    Using only quality parts, this is the closest I think you can get.

    Optical
    $21
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    Monitor
    Acer 1920x1080 21.5" $160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009219

    PSU
    Corsair 650TX $90 w/ $20 MIR $10 off promo code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    RAm
    G SKill Eco 1600 Cas 7 $105
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    Case/HD
    Antec 902 and 7200.12 500gb $130
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.416550

    GPU
    5850 $287
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.422132

    CPU/MOBO
    Phenom II x4 955 and GA 790 Ud4 $250 w/ $15 MIR and $11 off with promo code.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.405957

    Use codes MBTEN,EMCYTNR46

    Total $1021 before shipping and $35 MIR. $1001 after both.


    Another $20 for your wireless card though.

    If you need to get it under $1000 you'll need to use a second tier PSU.

    This OCZ 600w 80+ and optical combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.418940

    Brings total to $992 before shipping MIR. $972 after both.
  17. You know, if you're willing to deal with rebates(and use a different case), I totally did a 5870 + Phenom ii X4 995+ 23" 1920x0180 monitor build for $1009 after rebates, and glorious combo/promo code abuse.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/288947-31-1000-gaming
  18. I came up with an entirely new build and hope it is great and last a long time. Most of the combos from above expired I wasn't quick enough :( (was too busy) . SO here's my new build:




    And here is my cpu + PSU combo:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.432017

    It all come up as $1,012.86 AFTER rebate.

    I decided to get a better gpu one tier above the 5770 but one tier less than the 5850. So I got the 5830 instead and I think it's perfect for my resolution. About the motherboard I like it a lot since it has the newest tech in it, but I just don't know if the 6gb/s sata will be compatible with my HDD?

    Everything looks great, if you think anything can be improved please reply. I hope everything fits in my case though :D .
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