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Building Computer - Budget 1000-1250$

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July 30, 2010 1:07:40 PM

Hello I am new in this forum but its the first time after long years I decided to build a desktop PC and not buy a laptop so here is the config I have planned so far:

CPU: Core i7 940, s1366 8MB Tray

CPU Cooler: Generic CPU Cooler for s1366

Mother Board: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R

RAM: 3X2 6gb ddr3 1333 OCZ

Hard Drive 1 OS: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Hard Drive 2: 1 x WD Caviar Black 1TB, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache, 7200 RPM

Graphic Card: Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X 1GB GDDR5 DX11 2xDVI HDMI DP PCI-E

Sound Card: On Board 7.1 Channel Audio

CDROM: Dvdrw NEC sata x24

CASE: Chieftec Dragon CD-07-B-B Mid-Tower (No PSU)

POWER Adapter: 6AG1B HEC + HEC 600w

My budget around 1250$

It will be great to get some opinions I am always open minded.

Thanks in advance.

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July 30, 2010 1:49:34 PM

If it's for gaming you're spending too much for the CPU/mobo/RAM and too little on the GPU.
July 30, 2010 1:59:11 PM

It is for gaming but what can I change to make it balanced?
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July 30, 2010 6:31:56 PM

OK I read the advice and I posted my spec with my budget.
July 30, 2010 6:40:25 PM

It would be very helpful to know what resolution you plan to game at.
July 30, 2010 7:17:33 PM

Well I dunno I am used to play on 1280 x 800 on my laptop but maybe on desktop is different.
July 30, 2010 8:19:34 PM

Do you have a monitor? Do you need one?

If you could post in the format in the link from mosox and fill out all the information, it would be helpful.
July 31, 2010 7:09:49 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I made my mind on the config.

BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1250$ / After Rebates - dunno if rebates works in Israel

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I dunno if you familiar with Israeli computer websites.


OVERCLOCKING: Yes - if I learn how.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I dunno whats better :(  ??

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Gonna buy full HD LED Screen from LG ( this model.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The case doesnt have to be fancy and quite is also an advantage.
August 2, 2010 3:01:15 AM

Sorry, don't have time for links at the moment.

At that price range, you should be looking at:

CPU - Intel i5-750 ~ $200
RAM - whatever you can find that's 1333 MHz or 1600 MHz and CAS 7 ~ $110
Mobo - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ~ $180
GPU - ATI 5870 or nVidia 470 ~ $320-400
HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 500 GB ~ $55
ODD - whatever is cheap and has a SATA connection ~ $20
Case - HAF 922 or whatever strikes your fancy ~ $100
PSU - Antec, Corsair, Silverstone, XFX 750-850W - $125-150 - make sure it has Active PFC and is 80+ certified

With that build, you should be able to max out anything at 1080p for the time being, and you will be able to CrossFire/SLI later if you decide to. SLI scales slightly better than CrossFire, but for this build it's not really a big deal either way. Getting a bigger GPU to start with allows you to go for longer without an upgrade.