New Gaming Build: $800-1000. Feedback and Suggestions Appreciated.


BUDGET RANGE: $800-1000 After Rebates - under 900 would be better but I can go to 1k if justified.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 ready in the future, possibly Dragon Age 2, The Witcher 2), regular internet use, browsing videos etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have a monitor(Acer X213H) and speakers




OVERCLOCKING: Not at this time.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No - I imagine I would just get another single GPU in a few years as a replacement.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 - max for my monitor @ 60Hz

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first new PC since 2002. I had been waiting for Diablo 3 release but I can't take it anymore :lol:. I've helped build some systems but that was at least 10 years ago when we still had to worry about IRQs, motherboard jumper settings etc.

I'm fairly happy with the build I have listed below, I went for as many combos as possible as I've seen others suggest. My one big concern is the OCZ ram and it compatibility with the Asus motherboard in the combo. My guess is that it will register at 1333 and I will have to manually set to 1600 but I'm not too experienced with doing that.

Please let me know what you think of the build I have listed below, if you see any mistakes I've made or if I could get better bang for my buck with different options please let me know. Thanks for taking a look.

Combo - CPU and OS: 255.98 & 10.00 newegg giftcard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX + Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Combo - GPU, RAM and Motherboard: 409.97 - an additional 40.00 in mail in rebates
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card & ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard & OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOE1600LV4GK

Combo - Case and Optical Drive: 72.98
SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model SH-S243N/BEBS LightScribe Support - OEM & COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Combo - PSU and Hard Drive: 139.98
XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power ... & SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Combo - Keyboard and Mouse: 19.98 - 5.00 mail in rebate
Kensington 64370 Black USB or PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard & Kensington K72356US Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse

Additional Thermal Paste: 9.99
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM - will I really need this??

Total is 908.88 + 23.63(shipping) - 45.00 in rebates - 10.00 gift card = $877.51
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  2. Between the 2 builds, if you're not interested in using SLI, I'd go for batuchka's. A 5850 standalone is better than a GTX 460 standalone. The 965 is slightly faster than the 955, but it's just the same thing with a factory overclock. It's very easy to set the speed to that of a 965 if you want to, since they have an unlocked multiplier.

    In regards to thermal paste, the CPU will come with a CPU cooler and includes thermal paste. If you decide to overclock the CPU later (or to start with) then buying a better cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212+) brings with it more thermal paste.

    Also consider buying a low-level gaming mouse like the Logitech MX-518. It's not much more expensive, but can be really great.
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