$1,000 AMD build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: mid september

BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 maybe slightly over

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, web surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or Intel, leaning toward 5850 for GPU

OVERCLOCKING: / / Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / / eventually - one card to start

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: looking for best gaming build going either with an i5 intel proc or an AMD proc which i know less about but am not opposed to. 4 gigs of ram. HD at least 750gb. Mobo should be upgradable. I do need Windows.
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  1. Check this guide out first to get an idea of whats available in your price range.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended-builds-usage
  2. muckle said:
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: mid september

    BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 maybe slightly over

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, web surfing

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (US

    PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or Intel, leaning toward 5850 for GPU

    OVERCLOCKING: / / Maybe

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / / eventually - one card to start

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: looking for best gaming build going either with an i5 intel proc or an AMD proc which i know less about but am not opposed to. 4 gigs of ram. HD at least 750gb. Mobo should be upgradable. I do need Windows.


    Just FYI you didn't specify a monitor resolution.


    Here's something I would do...

    CPU/Mobo i5-750/Asus Mobo

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.495074

    OS/Case: Antec 300/Windows 7 64 bit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-129-042

    PSU/Ram: Corsair 850 W/ 4 Gb Gskill Ripjaws

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492823

    GPU: XFX Radeon 5850

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150477

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint f3 w/15$ off promo code

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    DVD: Sony DVD burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    and use OEM heatsink until you decide to OverClock.
  3. I posted in your other thread, but here you go...

    1gb Spinpoint/Thermaltake case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492986

    ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA/ASUS DVD-ROM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.496783

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)/CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492823

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz/XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.494114

    Win7 OEM for System Builders: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116752

    Total before shipping: $1044.91

    The only thing I'm not sure about is the ASUS DVD-ROM, but it got good ratings and came with the combo...
  4. Well, mgrz has me beat by about $10 :p

    Touche...
  5. i know i want to do crossfire in the future and prob start out with a ati 5850.

    Now I probably won't buy for 2 or 3 weeks, but I'm trying to get an idea of my design.

    CPU/MOBO combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.480252

    this seems sufficient for me - the MOBO looks good and upgradable. I could get an X4 635 2.9x4 for 99 and save a little money even. depends on the performance hit.

    RAM/GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.493443

    from what i understand this is a good version of the card. I intend to add another later.

    CASE/OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-119-216

    i heard this is a good case!

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003

    dont know much about power supplies but this was recommended.

    Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142

    i guess this is worth adding.

    this build comes out to 996.92 before shipping. please let me know what you think.
  6. muckle said:
    i know i want to do crossfire in the future and prob start out with a ati 5850.

    Now I probably won't buy for 2 or 3 weeks, but I'm trying to get an idea of my design.

    CPU/MOBO combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.480252

    this seems sufficient for me - the MOBO looks good and upgradable. I could get an X4 635 2.9x4 for 99 and save a little money even. depends on the performance hit.

    RAM/GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.493443

    from what i understand this is a good version of the card. I intend to add another later.

    CASE/OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-119-216

    i heard this is a good case!

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003

    dont know much about power supplies but this was recommended.

    Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142

    i guess this is worth adding.

    this build comes out to 996.92 before shipping. please let me know what you think.


    The Ram/PSU combo me and Insane_Asylum poster is a really good deal, the PSU you picked out is good too, but Corsair is probably the best brand for PSU's and the GSkill Ram is definitely more reliable than the RAM. Consider that Ram/PSU combo and just purchasing a gpu by itself...
  7. mgrzTX said:
    The Ram/PSU combo me and Insane_Asylum poster is a really good deal, the PSU you picked out is good too, but Corsair is probably the best brand for PSU's and the GSkill Ram is definitely more reliable than the RAM. Consider that Ram/PSU combo and just purchasing a gpu by itself...


    That comes out to $987.92 with those changes. Still would like input on the mobo and CPU. i'm primary gaming. I have no allegience to AMD or intel.... but i was lookin at the i5's.

    this seems like a solid build tho.

    MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX + AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.480252

    Win7 + COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-119-216

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492823

    Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142

    GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125318


    $987.92 before shipping! can I do better for my primarily gaming pc...? if so plz elaborate. and at the risk of throwing in a can of worms tell me how this CPU+mobo would compare to an i5 for my purposes.
  8. Here's a decent article with some comparisons

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/819

    There will be plenty of people who tell you both ways, but the i5 is a bit better and a bit more expensive. Although the Mobo I orginally recomended does not come with USB3.0/SATA 3. Here's probably a better option as far as "future proofing" goes...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.495056

    That's 22$ more than the current Mobo/CPU combo your using, and I would probably go with the i5, but honestly you can't go wrong with either, so if for some reason you find yourself rooting for the under dog all the time, then buy the AMD cpu because you'll be good either way.
  9. muckle said:


    Newest build.


    ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard and ASUS CD/DVD Burner Black E-IDE/PATA Model DRW-22B2S/BLK/B/AS (Bulk)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.496905

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

    Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case and AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.493000

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM and CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492823

    Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142

    GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125318

    *I know there are many versions of this card. I heard this is a good one. if anyone has a better version to suggest i'd like to look... also, i heard some are like 'double sized' for better cooling. honestly i cant tell the difference but i'd think that may be a problem when doing crossfire - esp. 3 card crossfire like this mobo supports!

    comes out to $1,047.87 before shipping. How does it look? Does it all mesh well - any ideas for replacement parts?
  10. That GPU takes up 2 PCI-e slots and just about any 5850 will take up 2 slots, so I wouldn't worry about that. I usually recommend XFX GPUs to people because I've had good experiences with my cards going bad and their "lifetime warranty" coming through. But it's 20$ and that card looks pretty good to me!

    Only other thing...I would consider either the Spinpoint f3

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product

    or the 1.5 TB Caviar black w/ promo code is <10$ more than the 1 TB version...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136592&cm_re=caviar_black-_-22-136-592-_-Product

    Otherwise looks great to me!
  11. That 1.5TB HDD is not a new, fast 500GB platter model. It will probably be the "FASX" when they do come out with it. That old model will be noticeably slower than the spinpoint F3.
  12. dndhatcher said:
    That 1.5TB HDD is not a new, fast 500GB platter model. It will probably be the "FASX" when they do come out with it. That old model will be noticeably slower than the spinpoint F3.


    HD recommendation, dndhatcher? I'd like a TB but like 750gb would suffice. Also it'll prob be a week or two before i purchase to take into account for limited time promos.
  13. The Sammsung F3 1TB or Seagate 7200.12 1TB would be the ones. If you act quick the Samsung F3 is really cheap. ($15 off if you use the promo code, and free shipping). You could order it today and know it will be good no matter what else you choose.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
  14. dndhatcher said:
    That 1.5TB HDD is not a new, fast 500GB platter model. It will probably be the "FASX" when they do come out with it. That old model will be noticeably slower than the spinpoint F3.


    Are you saying the Caviar Black is not a new fast model like the f3? I could be wrong, but I don't think the WD model would be that much slower than the f3, slightly but not by any large amount.

    But the f3 definitely gives you better price per gigabyte, better performance etc. I was just throwing out something else that had more storage.
  15. mgrzTX said:
    Are you saying the Caviar Black is not a new fast model like the f3? I could be wrong, but I don't think the WD model would be that much slower than the f3, slightly but not by any large amount.
    That is precisely what I am saying.
    That 1.5TB model is the same as the WD1001FALS (3rd from the bottom).
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/HDD-6Gbit,2528-7.html

    The F3 is almost 50% faster in throughput. The overall performance difference isnt quite that high obviously, but it is very noticeable to have your boot and load times drop 25% when you upgrade from an older HDD to an F3 (which I experienced myself upgrading from an old Seagate 7200.10).
  16. dndhatcher said:
    The Sammsung F3 1TB or Seagate 7200.12 1TB would be the ones. If you act quick the Samsung F3 is really cheap. ($15 off if you use the promo code, and free shipping). You could order it today and know it will be good no matter what else you choose.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185


    This I'm definitely not posotive about, but I had been under the impression for a while that the WD1501FASS=WD2001FASS= 4th from top on that list. And WD1501FASS /= WD1001FALS. Which would make the performance difference very slight.
  17. I have not heard that WD released a new 500GB or 1.5TB model with 500GB platters yet, but the manufacturers dont make it easy to keep up to date. The WD1501FASS does Passmark up with the WD1002FAEX, well above the WD1001FALS. Both are 10% below the Samsung F3 models for some reason. I dont know how Passmark weights things so I am not sure how valuable that is to know.
    http://www.harddrivebenchmark.net/hdd_lookup.php?cpu=WDC+WD1501FASS
  18. dndhatcher said:
    I have not heard that WD released a new 500GB or 1.5TB model with 500GB platters yet, but the manufacturers dont make it easy to keep up to date. The WD1501FASS does Passmark up with the WD1002FAEX, well above the WD1001FALS. Both are 10% below the Samsung F3 models for some reason. I dont know how Passmark weights things so I am not sure how valuable that is to know.
    http://www.harddrivebenchmark.net/hdd_lookup.php?cpu=WDC+WD1501FASS


    Thanks for that Link, they sure do make it hard to keep up w/ what exactly is inside your HDD for sure, pain in the butt! :cry:
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