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Inexperienced Attempt at a $1000 Custom Gaming Desktop

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July 2, 2010 6:32:32 PM

I'm psyched about playing FFXIV, but I have the cheapest little laptop.. and there's no freakin' way that'll do. I've never actually given much thought to building my own desktop until now... so please, any advice would be extremely helpful. I was using the guide I found on http://www.build-gaming-computers.com/custom-gaming-com... , and I ended up with this:

(Keep in mind that I'm trying to stick as close to the $1000 mark as possible!)

Motherboard: EVGA P55 FTW Edition Motherboard [$200]

CPU: Intel Core i5 750 Processor [$186]

Case: Cooler Master CM690 Nvidia Ed. ATX Case SLI Ready [$80]

Power Supply: Ultra LSP550 550-Watt Power Supply [$40]

Video Card: Diamond 5670PE51G Radeon HD 5670 Video Card [$130]

RAM: Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM [$106]

Hard Drive: Fantom GDP1000EU GreenDrive External Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 16MB, eSATA, USB 2.0 [$80]

DVD/CD Writer: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer [$25]

Monitor: Samsung 2233SW 22" Widescreen HD LCD Monitor [$170]

Mouse/Keyboard: Logitech Cordless Desktop 920000879 EX 100 [$26]

TOTAL: [$1038]

So that's my...attempt. :p  By the way, those are just the prices I could find for each one by doing a quick search. I can probably afford to go up to $1100 at most... But I still want a gaming setup that can run games like FFXIV beautifully, let me use my drawing tablet, surf the web fast, etc. Being able to run Final Fantasy XIV is what I'm mostly worried about though.

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July 2, 2010 6:51:06 PM

Not a very good build. First, the board is overly pricey. Second, the GPU is absolte crap for gaming. Third, the PSU is a POS.

You may want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature. It'd be nice to know where you want to buy from and what other parts you need.

Here's a much better build:

CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $265 after rebate (with a free game)
RAM/PSU: Cosair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and Corsair 750W $170 after rebates
GPU: HD 5870 $390
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $80
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $83

Total: $988
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July 2, 2010 7:13:38 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Not a very good build. First, the board is overly pricey. Second, the GPU is absolte crap for gaming. Third, the PSU is a POS.

You may want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature. It'd be nice to know where you want to buy from and what other parts you need.

Here's a much better build:

CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $265 after rebate (with a free game)
RAM/PSU: Cosair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and Corsair 750W $170 after rebates
GPU: HD 5870 $390
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $80
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $83

Total: $988


Thank you very much! If I'm starting from scratch, are there any accessories/programs/otherstuff that would be useful if not neccesary in addition to what you listed? Would I have to buy an OS, XP or Windows 7 for example? A network card or cooling fan?
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July 2, 2010 7:15:52 PM

MadAdmiral's build is excellent...as are your questions.

If you need a DVD drive, whatever cheap SATA drive you find on newegg should be fine, for between $20-25. Sony SATA DVD burner - $20 + free shipping. MadAdmiral's build included a DVD drive in combo with the case.

You will need an OS, Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM is $95 on newegg, and Win 7 is recommended over XP at this point. The 64-bit OS will allow you to use all of your installed memory, whereas you would be limited to 3-3.5 GB with a 32-bit OS.

If you need to cut costs in order to afford those, switch the 5870 graphics card for a 5850.

Sapphire
XFX
HIS
all $290 + free shipping.

EDIT: Man, they just keep dropping the price on Windows. And of course MadAdmiral found an even better deal for a 5850. :p 
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July 2, 2010 7:22:12 PM

coldsleep pretty much covered it. All you would absolutely need (excluding a monitor, keyboard and mouse) in addition to the above to have a functioning computer is the OS. I wouldn't bother with anything other than Windows 7 Home 64-bit (it's actually $95). There's also a way to get it for $30 cheaper if you're a student (Win741.com).

If you do need to save some money to afford Windows, here's the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 5850[url" target="_blank">.

EDIT: cold added his links...
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July 2, 2010 7:26:27 PM

coldsleep said:
MadAdmiral's build is excellent...as are your questions.

If you need a DVD drive, whatever cheap SATA drive you find on newegg should be fine, for between $20-25.

You will need an OS, Windows 7 Home 64-bit is $100 on newegg.

If you need to cut costs in order to afford those, switch the 5870 graphics card for a 5850.


The DVD drive is cheaper than I thought, but I totally wasn't expecting the OS expense. Oh well, it shouldn't run me over too much if I downgrade the graphics card. It seems to be a great deal for the 5850, but... I was really looking foward to finnaly having intense visuals on my PC. xD No idea what the difference would be, so do you think its worth scraping up 100 bucks for the extra boost?
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July 2, 2010 7:28:33 PM

Oh and just gonna say now, I really appreciate you guys taking the time to help me out. :]
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July 2, 2010 7:39:51 PM

The difference between the 5850 and the 5870 isn't much. Right now, the only game that is playable with the 5870 and not with the 5850 is Crysis. The 5850 can play every other current game out there at 1920x1080 with max details.
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July 2, 2010 8:14:22 PM

Best answer selected by SzuruDusk.
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July 2, 2010 9:12:23 PM

SzuruDusk said:
The DVD drive is cheaper than I thought, but I totally wasn't expecting the OS expense. Oh well, it shouldn't run me over too much if I downgrade the graphics card. It seems to be a great deal for the 5850, but... I was really looking foward to finnaly having intense visuals on my PC. xD No idea what the difference would be, so do you think its worth scraping up 100 bucks for the extra boost?


The 5850 is pretty much the price/performance king at the moment. It's not quite as good as the 5870, but as MadAdmiral mentions, it plays most everything. For the average user, it's probably not worth the extra $100 to upgrade to the 5870.

And if you find your graphics slipping in a year or so, you could always buy another 5850, Crossfire, and get a significant boost.
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July 2, 2010 9:27:25 PM

5850 is the current sweet spot. Highly recommended.
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July 3, 2010 12:14:12 AM

Bring back the GTX260s!!!!!!!!
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