$900 gaming build


BUDGET RANGE: 1000 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming,surfing internet,music,movie,
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard/monitor/mouse/case/hard drive/disk drive



PARTS PREFERENCES: iv always been a amd fanboy but im finally switching to the darkside and i really like asus

OVERCLOCKING: maby if i could figure out how 2



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: just want it to be fast. run games at mid-max settings(wow,sc2,c&c,eq,cod..)

so after weeks and weeks of trying 2 decide what parts 2 choose i think if finally narrowed it down.. keep in mind i want this pc 2 last me for about 3-4years( i will get a better graphics card probably a Radeon HD 5850 around xmas) but ya what do ya think?

Motherboard-$210: ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX

CPU-$290: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core

Memory-$100: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Graphics Card-$170: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

Power Supply-$110: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified

Total w shipping: $881.94
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  1. ^ For games IMO the i7 9xx is not required and that too for a single graphic card solution...

    My pick -
    AMD Based
    X4 955 + HD 5870

    Gigabyte 870A + GSKillz 4GB DDR3

    Antec EA 650W - Actually you wont need even 650W for a single card setup, but with the promo code, this is a good deal...

    Total - ~$730

    Intel build -
    i5 760 + Gigabyte P55A-UD3

    XFX 650W + XFX HD 5870

    Corsair 4GB DDR3

    Total - ~$870...
  2. i was reading that 1156 chipset is going 2 be obsolete very soon and 1366 is the new i dunno if that right or not my computer knowledge is very limited... and even tho the 17 isnt reguired wouldnt it still make everything else faster like downloading music/movie or photoshop and things such as that
  3. ^ As a matter of fact, even the LGA 1366 will be replaced next year...

    And as for the performance, the i5 is as good in gaming and is also decent in other tasks...
    In Photoshop, you would notice the difference, but not in music/ movies downloading...Also these chips have very good overclocking ability...
  4. Some good builds suggested by gkay09.

    Your setup is very lite on GPU compared to the CPU for a gaming PC, also, you need a 3x memory kit to take advantage of the triple channel memory offered by the LGA1366.

    If you are concerned about longevity and future CPU upgrades (without having to buy a new motherboard and the new technologies this would give you), the AMD setup would probably be the way to go for you.
  5. iv narrowed it down 2 these 2 mobos and these 2 cpus....o and also i think after xmas im going 2 get 2 graphics cards so thats why i got the 750w power supply

    and one more thing would it improve my computer speed if i got a 120gb SDD and just kept all my music/movie on a external hard drive because i usualy only use about 80gb of my 250gb hard drive and if i put my music/movies on a external id only use like 40gb--- and price is not a big concern of mine i have about $1500 saved up and i wanted 2 have enough left over 2 get a iphone but i guess that can wait if it has 2

    MOTHERBOARD Choice 1- ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s-$185

    Choice 2- ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s-$150


    Choice 1-AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 AM3 125W Quadcore-$180

    Choice 2- AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 CacheAM3 125W Sixcore-$200

    this is the SDD i was thinking of getting.... OCZ Agility Series OCZSSD2-1AGT120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal-$260

    and after xmas im going 2 get two of these. or whatever is the best for the price range at the time..$290 SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5
  6. Mobo - ASUS 890GX

    CPU - X4 955 - Reason
    - When overclocking, you can reach the levels of the 965 without any issues...
    - 6-Core especially the 1055T doesnt perform good in gaming.

    SSD - Dont go for that one, get this instead -
    Vertex 2

    But rather spending that much on a bigger SSD now, get a 60GB one and when prices come down, add 1 more in RAID 0...
  7. Best answer
    ^ Why did you choose that PSU ??
    And as for rest of the parts,
    here is one with combos...

    RAM - IMO lower speed with tighter CAS is better...

    PSU + Graphics card -
    XFX 650W + XFX HD 5850

    Total - ~$765 without the SSD...
  8. And go RAID with only OCZ SSDs, as only their firmware supports Garbage collection in RAID...
  9. kk im a go with yr exact setup but the motherboard says Memory Standard DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1333/1066 and the memory u linked is ddr3 1600.. will it still work? i know a lil bit about computers but deff not alot...

    and ya im still debating on the SSD,,,,, is the performance signifitantly noticable? and r u saying i should get 1 now and 1 later when the price drops and run them in RAID 0.. and ya ill get the ocz ones
  10. ^ Yes DDR3 1600MHz will work - Well actually it means you can set any speeds upto DDR3 2000MHz...

    SSD - In boot times, app load times, it is significantly visible...But not in in-game performance...
  11. Best answer selected by jackjoson1205.
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