$1600 Gaming Desktop For First Time Builder

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The next couple of weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1600 though I'm willing too go up to $1700 if its worth it

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, schoolwork, browsing through internet (email and stuff), movies and music


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any is good as long as it has good prices


PARTS PREFERENCES: None I just want the best I can get for the price

OVERCLOCKING: i don't know how to overclock right now, but i might learn later. Guides on how to OC anyone?

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not in the initial purchase, but i might when upgrading later

I have no idea what I should get I was looking at Newegg and was thinking of getting an i7-930 with compatible mobo and a GTX 465 GPU but if there's better I'll change that

I need as much advice as possible because i dont want to mess up and make a crappy computer hahaha
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  1. What games and at what resolutions are you looking to play at?

    An i7 CPU is really a waste for gaming as you're paying for threads you don't use.

    For $1400 you can do a phenom II x4 + 5970 build. That'll last you till next gen consoles come out at 1920x1080.
  2. Oh ok so I would wanna be able to play crysis max and newer games like Battlefield Bad Company 2
    Thanks for the help :D
  3. Here's kind of what I had in mind
    CPU: AMD Phenom ii X6 1090T-$296

    Motherboard: I don't know which are compatible

    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB-$76

    RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB)-$150

    GPU: 2 EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi)-$500

    PSU: KINGWIN LZG-1000 GOLD 1000W ATX 12V v2.2-$190

    Case: I don't know yet

    Blu-ray drive

    Keyboard, Mouse and Speakers: not sure

    that's all i have so far but i don't even know if thats good
  4. nah, i would at least go with an i5, but heres an i7 build you might like, you could save money on this build with the RAM and Power Supply.

    ^^DVD drive^^


    ^^Hard Drive^^

    ^^Power Supply^^

    ^^RAM^^ (you could easily save $100 by picking different RAM but i dont have time to browse)

    ^^CPU cooler^^

    ^^Graphics Card and Operating System^^ (assuming you need an OS)

    ^^i7 930 and Motherboard^^
  5. ok so the i7 core is better? and which graphics card would be better?
  6. the i7 is better but only if you were going to use it to it's full potential. %99.99 percent of games aren't going to use the extra threads that is has. so only if you're going to be using programs with hyperthreading support should you get the i7. otherwise go with the i5-750 and the Radeon 5870.
  7. If you live near a microcenter you should consider going there to get the i7 930 which is on sale for $200 and has been for some time. If you are going to go with an i7 I would thensuggest getting the Gigabyte UDR3:


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