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Best $900-$1000 gaming rig available

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August 9, 2010 2:46:45 PM

Hey guys! This is my first thread =D, I bought a nice dell a WHILE ago (5-6 years ago), Pentium 4 3.0 ghz HT. Upgraded around 3-4 years ago, Ram - 3gddr2(max'd) / vid card - radeon X1600 512 / sound card - soundblaster xtreme. I'm an avid gamer, MW2, WoW, SC2, and tbh am extremely tired of playing with all settings turned all the way down just to hope for decent fps. I think I've held out long enough and with your help hopefully i can put together a really nice semi-future proof gaming rig. I've never built a system before and would like to get the best bang for my buck at around $900-$1000 and hopefully max out game settings =D.

Side notes - Can I fit a MB with LGA 1366 capability into my budget? Also should i run SLI or go with something like a HD 5830 1g ddr5? I have 5.1 speakers and really like HQ music and movies.

Thank you for the help in advance guys, this seems like an awesome forum! I'll be checking in 247


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP =D

BUDGET RANGE: $900-$1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - HD movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (HP 25" 1080p), Mouse (deathadder), keyboard (Cyborg), DVD Drive (re-using), Hard drive - 750g 7200rpm. (taking it out of my old system, only about a year old)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg? Open to suggestions

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5 or i7?

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not, but possible

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Would like the ability to add a card later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080p 25"

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a case with nice, big, and quiet cooling fans

More about : 900 1000 gaming rig

August 9, 2010 4:26:46 PM

There is no reason to pay $200 for a case. Period. Also, 650W would be a little to small to power dual 5870s. It also appears the OP needs Windows, so there's another $100.

Here's what I'd look at for $1,000 (double checking prices):

CPU: X3 440 $77
Mobo/OS: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 and Windows 7 $215 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and XFX 750W $460 after rebate
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $73

Total: $1,005
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August 10, 2010 1:14:17 AM

Hey blades, thanks for the reply's! I've been looking around/comparing ect.. Check out this build i came up with, keep in mind i'm iffy on the motherboard.. And im def open to suggestions!!




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August 10, 2010 1:18:51 AM

Saleen281 said:
Hey blades, thanks for the reply's! I've been looking around/comparing ect.. Check out this build i came up with, keep in mind i'm a little iffy on the motherboard.. And im def open to suggestions!!




http://i33.tinypic.com/xc5ag8.jpg


That is a good build, motherboard is nice

but get a phenom ii x4 955 instead of a 965, extra money to waste when you could take it up .1 ghz no prob.

and get this ram, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 10, 2010 1:26:13 AM

Mr Pizza said:
That is a good build, motherboard is nice

but get a phenom ii x4 955 instead of a 965, extra money to waste when you could take it up .1 ghz no prob.




Thanks for checkin out the build Mr. pizza! Yea i'm thinking its a great build for being <$1000. Meh, i don't plan on overclocking and 20 bucks at this point, tbh i'm just saying *** it, lol.
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August 10, 2010 1:39:05 AM

Saleen281 said:
Thanks for checkin out the build Mr. pizza! Yea i'm thinking its a great build for being <$1000. Meh, i don't plan on overclocking and 20 bucks at this point, tbh i'm just saying *** it, lol.

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August 10, 2010 3:18:41 PM

Mr Pizza said:
That is a good build, motherboard is nice

but get a phenom ii x4 955 instead of a 965, extra money to waste when you could take it up .1 ghz no prob.

and get this ram, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Only prob i see with that ram is i see it says "Specifically Designed to compatible with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 for Intel P55 motherboard" When im going to be running AMD
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August 10, 2010 4:30:58 PM

That doesn't matter. It's just marketing. You'll just need to make sure the settings are picked up right in BIOS or manually set them, which you should do anyways.
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August 10, 2010 4:32:28 PM

MadAdmiral said:
That doesn't matter. It's just marketing. You'll just need to make sure the settings are picked up right in BIOS or manually set them, which you should do anyways.

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