Hello, I am getting ready to build my first gaming pc. Budget is around $1000 and I would like to be able to upgrade it for years to come. I am thinking of going with an AMD processor, and also want to get good reputable parts. I also want to hook this up to a 22 inch led tv. This pc will mostly be used for gaming, with some internet browsing, music and media, along with some light word processing. I already have a mouse, keyboard ect. from the old pc. Thanks for any help.
Approximate Purchase Date: Start buying parts within the next week
Budget Range: around $1000 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, word processing, internet, videos, music
Parts Not Required: Monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, or any site that has the best prices
Country of Origin: Usa
Parts Preferences: Not sure, have had good luck with AMD, also like their cheaper prices.
SLI or Crossfire: either, whichever is better
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Additional Comments: Want a good gaming PC, something I can play all the new games on, with good graphics and detail. Also would like it to be easily upgradable in the future. Also, was talking to a computer programmer last night and he commented that today it is cheaper to buy a computer than build one. It used to be the other way around but not anymore. Any comments?
Purchasing a low end computer pre-built is definitely cheaper. If you want a high end computer that overclocks, is upgradeable, and plays games really well, then building your own machine is the way to go. Your budget is in-between.
For CPU the Phenom II 965 Black Edition or the 2 new x6 AMDs are good for your budget. DDR3 1333 or 1600, 4GB or above would be good. Corsair and G skill are typically good for RAM.
For graphics you have many choices. I don't know about Nvidia, but for ATI a 4850 would be the minimum for what you want to do, but a 5000 series would be a good decision. 2 5770s can run anything today, though you may want to go with a 5850 or so and leave room to add another later.
Motherboards aren't too hard, just make sure it has all the ports, slots, etc that you need, and that it's compatible with your CPU and RAM. That info can be found on either the board or CPU/ram manufacturer's websites.
Other stuff doesn't matter much, just need a DVD drive, HDD (maybe get a SSD for OS and common programs), Case (Antec is good, 300 model is great), and any other accessories you may want. Good luck!
Total $936 The prices here are very good because of several combinations and rebates. Your computer programmer friend would have a hard time matching it with a prebuilt.
If he were to find a model with similar CPU/memory, its parts would tend to be cheaper. For example, a bought computer would quite likely have an Antec 300 case. This build includes and Antec 902. Also, the power supply is highly rated, the hard drive is very fast, cool and quiet and the DVD is 24X instead of 22X or slower.
A bought computer would probably not have a heatsink, 1600 speed memory at 1.35 volts or as nice of a motherboard. The CPU is a Black Edition, which means it is unlocked. This rig is built for overclocking.
One last note: If this were my purchase, I would add a small 60 or 64 GB Solid state drive for $150 or less. It is not included here because that would push the budget to almost $1100.