$1200 gaming build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Over the next few months. Would like a build idea now so I can watch for parts on sale.

BUDGET RANGE: $1200.00 USD max before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Server file compiling, 1080 movies, general use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Everything required.



PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type : Higher Quality parts. I would like to avoid lesser brands. I also like the Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case but will consider others.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, at a later date.


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    AMD System

    Mobo: Either ASUS M4A89GTD 890GX w/ USB 3 (~$149) OR Gigabyte 890FX-UD5 (~189.99)

    CPU: Phenom II X4 955, 965 ($160-$180), OR Athlon II 620-640 (~$100)

    PSU: Corsair 650 TX/HX to Corsair 850TX/HX ($100-$160) OR Seasonic Gold Series (~180) OR Antec Earthwatts/TruPower series ($50-$160)

    Case: Antec 300 Illusion is good

    CPU HSF: H50 ($79.99) OR Xigmatek Dark Knight ($45) OR Thermaltake Frio ($60) OR Cogage TRUE Spirit ($30) OR CM Hyper 212+ ($50)

    GPU: For AMD system, single ATI 5770 (~$160 Sapphire, XFX, or Powercolor) OR Geforce 9800 GTX+ ($129.99 EVGA, Zotac, old BFG cards) OR GTX 460 (~$200 EVGA, ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte) OR ATI 5770/5750 CrossfireX (~$330) OR ATI 5850 (~$300 reference)

    HDD: 1 TB 7200 RPM /5400 RPM (~89.99-$119.99 Samsung, Seagate, WD has SATA 6.0) OR 2X 1 TB in RAID 0/1 (~$180-$200) OR 2 TB HDD (~$140-$200)

    ODD: Lots of OEMs to choose from, but look into the ASUS DRW-B1ST

    Speakers: Creative T3130 (~$50)

    Monitor: Generic 1080p monitors (~200 ASUS, Samsung, Dell, HP, Acer)

    OS: XP Pro SP3 (lol) OR Win 7 64 bit Professional-Ultimate (~$200 for Upgrade versions, more for Full versions)

    Mouse: Generic Microsoft Optical Mouse (~$10)

    Keyboard: Generic keyboard (~$15-$30) OR Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard (~$50)
  2. Here is a config...

    X4 955

    Mobo -

    RAM - 4GB DDR3

    CASE - The Antec 300 Illusion is a very good option...others...

    PSU -

    Video card - HD 5850

    HDD - Samsung F3 1TB


    Monitor -

    CPU Cooler -

    Here I have not included any combos, which are available in plenty in newegg, but tend to change frequently...So at the time of your purchase, do look for those...
  3. Intel System (P55)

    CPU: i5-750 (~$199.99)

    Mobo: P55 Chipset Mobos with USB 3 and SATA 6 (~$140- $200) from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, or EVGA

    RAM: G Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 1.5V (~$110) OR other DDR3 1600 RAM sticks from Crucial, Kingston, or Corsair

    PSU: Same as AMD system

    Case: Antec 300 Illusion

    CPU HSF: Same as AMD system

    GPU: 9800GTX+ SLI (~$250) OR 260 GTX Core 216 (~$180-$200) OR 5770 (~$160) OR 460 GTX SLI (~$440) OR other choices from AMD system (CrossfireX or SLI)

    HDD: Same as AMD system

    ODD: Same as AMD system

    Speakers: Guess which ones..

    Monitors: You get the picture...

    OS: Gah!

    Mouse: .....

    Keyboard: =)
  4. Well, hope you can build a well balanced system from salvaging the above. Good luck on your build.
  5. Anonymous said:
    Well, hope you can build a well balanced system from salvaging the above. Good luck on your build.

    Thank you very much!
  6. Baralis said:
    Thank you very much!

    No problem, good luck on your build =D
  7. Best answer selected by baralis.
  8. I cannot decide if I want to go with the 955 or the i5 750 build. Both are within a few dollars of one another. Since I compile server files regularly and the i5 preforms better in this area but at the cost of a lesser GPU in the same price range.

    Which do you feel would better suit my needs? 50/50 gaming/compiling.

    i5 750 & GTX 460 1GB with a 650W PSU.


    955 be & ATI HD 5850 1GB with a 750W PSU.

    Remember I do plan to OC and SLI/Crossfire down the road.
  9. Hmm...if you are willing to lose some file compiling performance for an unlocked processor and better graphics, then I would go for the AMD system. But the difference could be rounded out with a speedy HDD/s. The AMD system would be my choice, with the advent of new standards such as USB 3 and SATA 6 coming, the increased bandwith would probably increase your performance. A beefier PSU also provides more headroom for overclocking.
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