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Gaming PC for around $1,000

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August 25, 2010 3:12:38 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: mid-September

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates - final cost around $1,000. $1100 maybe

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

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers not required.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: no loyalties
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure... honestly i'm at work and i can't check. it's a mid-range 17'' flat panel. my current setup is crap so i'm not sure what its capable of. not my biggest concern though

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: dont care about the case, i'm looking for cheap and functional.


I can get the employee discount with HP and i customized a build from them with a Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-860 quad-core processor [2.8GHz, 1MB L2 + 8MB shared L3 cache and 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [3 DIMMs] from 4GB. Also a radeon 5770 1gb.

Of course I hear that customizing would be the way to go so i'd like to see if i can find a better build frankenstein style.

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August 25, 2010 3:45:20 PM

are u going to OC? and do you want blu-ray?
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August 25, 2010 3:50:22 PM
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August 25, 2010 4:14:02 PM

Above build looks perfect, although I'd personally go with a motherboard that can do SLI / Crossfire and pick up a GTX 460. They are a little bit cheaper (even the nicest OC versions), and perform just about as well... If you kept that motherboard as well, you'd be under $1000.

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August 25, 2010 5:01:11 PM

jasonw223 said:
Above build looks perfect, although I'd personally go with a motherboard that can do SLI / Crossfire and pick up a GTX 460. They are a little bit cheaper (even the nicest OC versions), and perform just about as well... If you kept that motherboard as well, you'd be under $1000.



Yes, I think it looks good too. I've been basically relearning computer hardware for this new purchase (it's been 7 years since a new computer, and that one was a gift (dell!))

Could you please elaborate a bit on the motherboard - that is the component I know least about. I know the basic basics... sli/crossfire is using 2 identical cards right? I suppose that is pretty awesome, considering i get a decent graphic card now and double it up later to juice my performance - and of course the card would be even cheaper by then.

Basically, I want best bang for buck now (don't we all) with the ability to upgrade later.
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August 25, 2010 5:31:11 PM

You're on the right track - SLI / Crossfire is running two identical cards together to increase performance. Running SLI 460s works really well also, there are plenty of reviews on the internet that explain that. For now though, you can just buy the one card, and a motherboard that supports SLI, and add a second card later. There is a difference between Crossfire and SLI by the way, so make sure the motherboard you do get supports SLI if you use nVidia based graphics cards.

Most other options are fairly standard on motherboards, like HD audio, overclocking, back connectors, etc. USB3 and Sata6 are the only two things that are fairly new that you can look out for. Sata6 will not be useful on a mid range system for a couple years probably, however USB3 is useful to some people (charges ipods faster, new external HDs, etc.) I wouldn't worry about it if I were you though.

Anyway, here's a motherboard that I'd suggest:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you really want USB3 right away, here's another board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anyhow, one of those boards + a GTX 460 (preferably 1gb), and the rest of the stuff above and you're set.
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August 25, 2010 8:02:47 PM

Ia agree 5850 is overpriced. Either get a 460 or 470.
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August 25, 2010 9:40:27 PM

Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz Quad-Core Processor + ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - $221
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro + G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX Black Edition 750W 80 PLUS SILVER Modular Power Supply + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Mid Tower Computer Case - $170 with the promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive - $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 Video Card + Mafia 2 + Just Cause 2 + Resident Evil 5 or Street Fighter 4 or Dark Void - $300 - $30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Sony Optiarc Black SATA CD/DVD Burner - $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - $1,020 shipped, $990 after the rebate on the video card.
The processor should be able to get up to around 3.8ghz with the cooler. The motherboard is SLI and the PSU can handle two of the cards when/if you want to add another. All the components are very high quality IMO. I don't think you are going to do better for the money.
You could drop the dvd burner and switch to a bluray burner and still be under $1100 after rebate;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 25, 2010 10:00:50 PM

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MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure... honestly i'm at work and i can't check. it's a mid-range 17'' flat panel. my current setup is crap so i'm not sure what its capable of. not my biggest concern though

Didn't notice this when answering above... Frankly you need a new monitor. For a 17" monitor even an HD5770 would be massive overkill. If you aren't going to be upgrading the monitor any time soon then just grab this or similar instead of the GTX 470 I linked;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 26, 2010 7:01:47 AM

thx all for the good suggestions. as for the monitor, i dont want it to restrict my hardware build decisions... a nicer monitor is a little ways down the road.

I'm definitely leaning toward a nice motherboard that supports sli/crossfire. still undecided on whether to go ati/intel. whichever price is right taking into account performance... i'll get one GPU for now and add another later.

proc TBD but it seems quad core 2.4ish is a minimum i'd want to go ....

4gb RAM seems like a good cheap starting point leaving room for inevitable expansion

same goes for the GPU, at which point i'm undecided. open to suggestions on that one too. i have no particular loyalty to ati or nvidia - all about performance for me, pretty good for now and the ability to add another when ready.

*Also, new to this site, love the community - who knew designing a new build could be so fun?
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August 26, 2010 5:26:29 PM

GTX 460s right now have the best performance per dollar for sure! I'd design the system around one or two of those. If you plan on running SLI 460s ever, you'll pretty much need an Intel system (AMD + SLI works, but not nearly as well as going with an Intel system and SLI). I'd recommend an i5 quad just like the list says above (if you are ever planning on using 2 cards), or else drop down to an Athlon II x4 or something if you just want a single card, and to spend a bit less.
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August 26, 2010 8:44:00 PM

Yeah, for SLI an Intel system is preferable. An AMD system with SLI will need to use an Nvidia chipset and the AMD chipsets are generally considered the best.
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