$1,000.00 System Build

Hello everyone,

I'm looking to build a new desktop and was looking for some help.

I would really like to keep it between $900.00 to $1,000.00. I would really like an Intel i7 system. I do have a microcenter 40 minutes away which will bring the cost down quite a bit.

One of my main concerns is a good computer case that keeps cool and is relatively silent. My current desktop uses the following case and it gets very hot and is very loud. Doesn't help that it is an old system and is running 2x Intel Xeon Processors.


I don't care that much about looks. Obviously I don't want it ugly as sin. But my main concern is that it is quiet and controls heat well.

I plan to do some gaming on it, so I would like at least a Radeon 5770 graphic card.

The budget is for the desktop's hardware only. I do not need mouse, keyboard, monitor, operating system, speakers.


EDIT: I wanted to add there were 2 cases I really liked, but wasn't sure how good they are.



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  1. Oh this is going to be fun. There is a really good sale on at the moment on this Antec 902 case. Nice window, huge fans and superior cooling. What do you think?
  2. You need to hurry to get that, GO GET IT NOW!!!!!! ANTEC 902 only 64 bucks!
  3. Typically an i7-9xx CPU machine is ginig to run at least $1500 for a balanced configuration. Consider an i7-870 for your $1000 build. I like the i7-870 over the i7-930 because it:
    - pulls 35 watts less power, so it will be cooler.
    - uses LGA1156 instead of LGA1366, which has less expensive motherboards.
    - the LGA 1156 uses dual channel memory and only requires 4 GB instead of 6 GB.
    - the i7-870 ranks higher on passmark

    Processor: Core i7 870 Processor for $229 at MicroCenter

    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P LGA 1156 for $146 after rebate at Newegg.

    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB for $80
    after rebate at Newegg

    Graphics Card: Palit 1GB GTX 460 for $200 at Micro Center

    Hard Drive: Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB for $60 at Micro Center

    Case: Antec 902
    PSU: Antec TP-750 Blue 750W
    Combo Antec 902 case and PSU for $125 after rebate at Newegg

    Heatsink: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ for $24 at MicroCenter

    DVD Burner: LG 22x for $18 at Micro Center.

    Total is $882 before taxes at Microcenter. Hmmm...almost enough for an SSD - OK to go over a few dollars?
  4. I wouldn't go for the mushkins, reviews are not that great on them. I personally prefer g.skill over any other memory brand. You would be better off with something like these.

    G.Skill ECO 1600MHz Cas7
  5. Mr. Pizza,

    Can you point me to the bad Mushkin reviews? I haven't found one yet. Here is one (close) to the memory above: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1188/6/
  6. In my experience if you have a Microcenter the 930 is the way to go (but they do have the 950s now for about 50 more) I've built using both 1156 and 1366 platforms and the 1366 is more responsive. so far no one else has incuded os in the pricing...

    I7 930 199.99
    gigabyte x58a-ud3r 219 (199 after rebate)
    patriot extreme 6 gig 1600 tri channel 169 (129 after rebate)
    1tb seagate 79 or 1 tb hitachi 59
    lg dvd burner 18
    coolermaster 600w 63.99
    win 7 home prem x64 109
    thermaltake v3 35.99 (25 after rebate)
    sparkle 460 768 159.99
    $1,056.93 with seagate before rebates 986.93 after rebate +local taxes
  7. ^+1

    If you are concerned about the heat then the 1156 might be something to look into. There isn't much of a heat difference but for me in Texas every degree matters.
  8. lupinesithlord said:
    so far no one else has incuded os in the pricing..

    That's because we read his post where he says he DOESN"T need an OS...
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