$1000~ish gaming build.

BUDGET RANGE: ~1000 dollars, after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, game creation, video editing, actual work.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, microcenter





ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Could you guys also make sure all parts are compatible with each other in addition to supplying part change suggestions? I would feel like a massive fool buying this stuff and realizing part A doesn't match part B. :P

EDIT: Also, I forgot to mention- I would kinda like this to be pretty future-proofed; this is the only computer I'll have for 4-5 years, so I would like it to be fairly upgradable for at least casual gaming.

Core i7-930

Newegg Combo: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler

Cheapo Sony CD/DVD RW since I haven't used a CD in like 3 years.

Samsung Pinpoint 1tb Drive


Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
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  1. Very nice case PSU combo there. The PSU will be able to accomodate many future GPU upgrades.

    You will need a fan for that heatsink.

    This set of RAM would be a bit better due to the lower voltage: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (7-7-7-20 1.5-1.6V) 998677B.
  2. Someone actually suggested that heatsink to me, saying it would be all I needed; apparently it is not. Suggestions on a heatsink/fan combo that could handle overclocking?
  3. I'd recommend the Scythe S-Flex 1600 if you want noise to be kept to a reasonably low level as well as having decent airflow.
    Probably either of these if you want a variable speed fan:
    Cooler Master R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm £10
    GELID Solutions FN-PX12-15 120mm £15
  4. spease, the megahalems is a great recommendation... it's top notch, it just doesn't come with a fan. Although, I guess if you're spending $150 on the video card, a total of $65 for a heatsink seems kinda weird.

    If you live by a micro center (which im assuming you do, youre buying the 930!) they have coolermaster hyper 212+ for $19.99. That's probs the best value around.
  5. hyper 212+ are GREAT... especially if you can get one for 19.99! get on that
  6. Would a 212 be sufficient in the future? I do plan on heavily upgrading the gpu, cross firing them, and overclocking the cpu.
  7. Yeah, it gets great temps. Especially for it's price...

    Temps are going to vary from site to site, but this gives you a good glimpse.
    It's getting close to the megahalems and similar... and its $19.99, you can't beat that.
    This is from the Spire review, but the chart just seems to be recent is all.

    It would easily take your i7 930 to 4.0GHz if you so desired.
  8. Check this memory out:

    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    1600MHz RAM rated @ 7-8-7-20, almost the same as the 1333MHz.. for the same price after MIR. It'll help for OC'ing headroom too.
  9. I'll admit I'm not quite sure of the difference there between the ram sticks.

    Will the mobo also be good for future-proofing? That's one of the parts I'm kinda worried about- I've never had to buy a mobo before... and you can't really replace it :P
  10. spease said:
    I'll admit I'm not quite sure of the difference there between the ram sticks.

    Will the mobo also be good for future-proofing? That's one of the parts I'm kinda worried about- I've never had to buy a mobo before... and you can't really replace it :P

    1333MHz (Higher the better) 7-7-7-20 (Lower the better)
    1600MHz 7-8-7-20

    So, its frequency is higher and will allow for higher overclocks, while maintaining similar timings... if that helps. =P

    And yeah that's a good mobo, it's got room for another 5770 also if you want one in the future (which btw is a total of $300, and performs like a 5870 ($400), so if/when you do get another, it will be well worth it)
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