Making a custom pc for around $1000

Approximate Purchase Date: any date from now until Christmas when the sales are the nicest(let me know when the best time would be to buy this system)

Budget Range: 1000-1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: games, 1080p movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS(windows 7 64bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and NVIDIA GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920*1080

Additional Comments: needs to have a window


Here's the list of parts I think would work for my system:

case
If you change the case, make sure it has a side panel

graphics card
I was either going to buy one of these and eventually(within a year) buy a 2nd one or just get 2 460's(1GB)

cpu
I was deciding between this and the 760, how much of a difference would I see between these two for gaming and movie watching purposes?

motherboard
this seemed like the motherboard I would need to run 2 470's or 460's and has a nice $70 discount

ram
I figured in order to future proof my ram I would just get 8gb. or is 6gb enough for gaming and movies?

power supply
I'm not 100% sure if I need 850 for two 470's, if I am wrong let me know

hard drive
I have 2 more of these in my storage computer and was going to add them to this one making 3 of them.

CD/DVD burner
this seemed like the best one that was also cheap, I don't need blu-ray

These are all the parts inside the case, I need to know whether they will fit and if the gpu and cpu will receive effective cooling.
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  1. ^ Hi, fix the links(type the names in-between the ending braces ']' and the "") or paste the names here...
  2. While you do that, fill this and paste it here...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  3. thanks gkay09, I fixed the formatting
  4. ^ I feel that the GTX 460 SLI would offer better value...
    You will get very good performance right now and by the time you would want more graphic performance, there will be newer cards, so you can upgrade to them later on...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125334

    Some suggestions for parts -
    CPU + Mobo-
    The one you have selected is a very good one if you dont want USB 3.0/ SATA 6GB/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.493864

    If you want USB3.0/ SATA 6GB/s, this one...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492249

    PSU + DVD -
    This is a very good 750W PSU and would easily suffice GTX 460 SLI
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.511557

    RAM - I frankly dont think 8GB is required, also if you go with 2x 2GB, you would have 2 slots left,...
    And apart from X58 boards, no other boards support Tri-Channel, so better to stick with Dual-Channel -i.e., 2 or 4 sticks...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492964
    Fan for intake -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185059

    HDD - Maybe a SSD ? As you have 2 1.5TB drives, go with a SSD for boot...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148357
  5. Go with the GTX470, it allows TRI-SLI unlike the gtx 460's plain SLI :)

    With the hard drives, go with an SSD yes..
    A great sandforce, trim and screaming fast in RAID 0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231377&cm_re=g.skill_phoenix_pro-_-20-231-377-_-Product
  6. Here is the current setup. I believe it will run my games in 1920*1080 on my monitor in high settings

    case$77
    Seems like this case provides good overall cooling so I don't have to add anything. It also has a side panel, which I like.

    graphics card$295
    I plan on buying a second one when I see fit.

    cpu$170, turns out I live close to one of these places

    motherboard$130

    I'm considering choosing one of these 4gb ram sets
    ram1$95
    ram2$96
    The only difference I see is the volt usage, what is the deal with that?

    I'm considering one of these 750w psu
    psu1$102
    psu2$82
    The difference I see here is one is 80+ certified while the other is 80+ bronze certified. Which of these 2 is the better one for my setup. Is 750w enough for 2 gtx 470s?

    hard drive$85
    I already have two of these and plan to add a third. Does my system support this setup?

    cd/dvd burner$20

    Total cost including discounts, rebates and shipping is approximately $960

    I am pretty set on a GTX 470 and will eventually get a 2nd one if I need it. I didn't really want an SSD because I like to have a nice amount of hd space to store my files. Would I need a 750w or an 850w psu for the 470 sli setup? Will I have heat issues with this computer? I read that the 470 is really hot!
  7. I updated everything to fit what I got from the input. I was checking out my cpu and I'm not 100% sure if it is compatible with 1600 speed ram, if it isn't can you suggest a good 1333 speed ram? I decided against the SSD because I need space, not speed for my hard drive. I need to know specifically if this system is compatible with everything. I also need to know if I will have heating problems, because I heard the 470 runs hot, especially if I get two of them. I figured the case I picked would cool everything efficiently. Should I wait for something new coming out before Christmas that falls in my price range? When does newegg have the best sales? Thanks for the input, and some more would be nice.
  8. ^ Some suggestions...
    Checked for combos
    EVGA board + Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.505856

    PSU - Definitely Corsair + RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492796

    And if you are wiling to wait till Christmas, then you will get more options - ATI's HD 68xx series as well as newer Nvidia cards...
  9. when are the newer nvidia cards expected to be released?
  10. ^ No solid dates, but they are expected by year-end again not sure though...
  11. Thanks again gkay09, I learned a lot from putting this system together and can't wait to get it. I hope to buy the whole system around black friday taking advantage of all the savings I can.
    Here is the final product:

    I will buy whichever is cheaper on the day I buy it, unless I see another big sale for the antec 900 two
    antec 900 two case $130
    antec 600 case $85

    I will buy one for now, and when I need a 2nd one, I will buy another
    gtx 470 gpu $295

    i-5 760 cpu $170

    I will buy whichever is cheaper on the day I buy the final products

    motherboard 1 $180
    motherboard 2 $140

    4gb of 1600 gskill eco series ram $96

    I will buy which is cheaper on the day I buy the final products
    corsair 850w psu silver certified $140
    XFX 850w psu silver certified $150

    I currently have 2 1.5tb harddrives and will get a
    samsung spinpoint f3 1tb hard drive $75

    cd/dvd drive $22

    Total cost is approximately $1025
  12. ^ Good setup...
    Even though EVGA is preferred over any other manufacturer for Nvidia cards, I would suggest this Gigabyte GTX 470...
    - Custom PCB hence lower power consumption even when overclocked
    - Runs slightly cooler
    - Noise level is very low
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125338
    But as you are planning to buy the parts on Black Friday, I would highly suggest you keep the graphic card options open as newer cards from ATI will be available...

    PSU - IMO 750W would suffice...

    Cases - I like this one better than those Antecs -
    Lian-Li K62
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239
    Or this would also be very good
    COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194
    This also is a good one -
    NZXT TEMPEST EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146062
  13. ya, I plan to buy whichever gpu is best for $300 doesnt matter if it is ati or nvidia, as long as the benchmarks look nice ^^
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