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$1,000 Gaming PC help please

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August 28, 2010 2:51:56 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Monday Aug 30th, my desktop died already :/ 

BUDGET RANGE: Around $1,000 , Can go a little higher if a certain part makes a good amount of difference in performace

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Playing World of Warcraft right now, Internet surfing.

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Microcenter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Processor

OVERCLOCKING: Sure, if the motherboard can do it for me, i'm not too technical :) 

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future, not now though, i believe WOW doesn't use SLI

MONITOR RESOLUTION: No clue, I have a 5 year old 20inch Dell monitor, but looking to buy a new one now.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Mainly playing World of warcraft right now, would like to play starcraft 2 soon. I also need a new monitor but that is not included in my $1,000 budget.


After doing my own research this is what i have come up with so far:

Antec Six Hundred Black Black Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The monitor i was thinking about was this one :
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Couple questions also:
I will be buying my processor from Microcenter down the street, the i7 930 and i7 870 isn't that big of a price difference do you think i should get one of those instead?

I don't know anything about how RAM timmings and stuff works so i just picked the RAM above randomly because i used Corsair ram in my current desktop and never had any problems with it.

What is the best way to find combo deals?
Thank you to anyone for the help in advance.

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August 28, 2010 2:54:24 PM

Do you need a monitor? If you could find the specific model number of your dell that would be awesome.

Re: Ram. 1600 speed is the best for overclocking, lower voltage ram is better, do not buy ram greater than 1.65 volts, timings above 9 are not a huge factor on performance.

If you have a microcenter nearby an 870 may make sense depending on the price.
August 28, 2010 3:02:07 PM

Hi Sp12.

The monitor model was Dell 2001FP.

I would like to buy a new monitor for my build though :) 

I do have a microcenter nearby, its about a 3 min. drive for me :) 

This Ram has less volts:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Does that mean it will be better then the corsair ram in my list above?
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August 28, 2010 3:11:28 PM

The 2001FP is actually an IPS panel. Most sub-300$ offerings nowadays would be a step down in image quality, though resolution increases are always nice.

The monitor is included in the 1000$ budget, right?
August 28, 2010 3:19:13 PM

oh ok, i could keep my 2001fp then. There is nothing wrong with it, i just figured a new monitor would help with my new build.

A monitor is not included in the $1,000 budget. I'd like to spend around 1,000 on just the actual PC.
August 28, 2010 3:29:24 PM

Do you live near microcenter? I like this build, most contentious recommendations being the GTX 470 and ram. GTX 460 could work as well, but the 470 has had some pretty awesome deals recently.

i5-760 210$
MSI-P55a-G55 105$
G.skill eco series 99$
850 watt XFX black edition PSU 105$
Samsung F3 75$
Litescribe DVD burner 20$
GTX 470 240-270$
HAF 922 90$

944 total?
August 29, 2010 1:28:01 AM

sp12 said:
Do you live near microcenter? I like this build, most contentious recommendations being the GTX 470 and ram. GTX 460 could work as well, but the 470 has had some pretty awesome deals recently.

i5-760 210$
MSI-P55a-G55 105$
G.skill eco series 99$
850 watt XFX black edition PSU 105$
Samsung F3 75$
Litescribe DVD burner 20$
GTX 470 240-270$
HAF 922 90$

944 total?


Thanks for the built SP12, is there anything wrong with my Asus mobo i picked out? I have a Asus mobo in my desktop previously and it worked great. guess im one of those people that once something treats me well i stick with it !
August 29, 2010 2:22:23 AM

Nothing wrong with it, it's just a bit expensive. Are there any specific features on the Asus board you want? If not the MSI is of similar build quality.
August 29, 2010 3:41:21 AM

Antec 900 case // Windows 64bit // Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHZ Turbo Boost Available// Dark Knight HSF // 4 Gig Ram (2x2) // 1TB HDD // GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB // CD &DVD Drive

Sounds like you got my build minus the harddrive and new HSF
If you need a new PSU usually the combo deal the Cases with decent PSUs so check that out.

Good Combo with ram with the board you want.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Good Combo with the Processor and GPU you want.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Might cut a little off your price for other better parts?
My build was $1100 but you went for a cheaper case, and probably could get a little cheaper PSU then I did.
I didn't necessarily need the new heatsink either.

The board and processor will use the Intel Turbo Boost tech so your board will "overclock" for you.
August 29, 2010 8:19:07 PM

sp12 said:
Nothing wrong with it, it's just a bit expensive. Are there any specific features on the Asus board you want? If not the MSI is of similar build quality.



I dont really know how to overclock so i liked the ASUS TurboV EVO Auto Tuning on the motherboard, i guess i just hit a button and it Overclocks it for me.
August 29, 2010 8:27:29 PM

MSI has the 'OC genie' button as well. Basically the same thing with a different name. Realistically, automatic overclocking is probably not the most awesome idea.

If you need help manually overclocking it's not super-complex, and there exists a LOT of resources dedicated to it. My biggest advice to the novice/first time overclocker is to read up well and not touch your voltages.

If you're overclocking you'll probably want to add a heatsink to the build as well. Hyper 212+ for 25$ or Noctua D14 for 70$ are my recommendation. http://www.frostytech.com/articles.cfm is an excellent site for info on coolers.
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