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1200 dollars gaming pc help me out here?

my first post on toms hardware (just signed up..) and I am building me a new gaming computer with a strict budget of 1200 dollars yes I've never done this before but a mate of mine suggest me to build one myself rather than buying a complete built computer off the shelf..


a couple of items I got so far..

a monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009158

a mouse

a keyboard

an OS windows 7 64 bit home premium

and lastly the speakers.. these are the things that I got so far and is not a part of the 1200 dollars budget, I'm trying to build a computer from scratch so any help would be appreciated.


things that I need:

graphic card/video card : I'm planning to go for a single gtx 460 1gb but maybe in the near future I might consider to sli it if I got enough cash.(but for now a single gtx 460 is enough for me..as long as it's good enough to run civ 5.)

processor/cpu: I need an affordable cpu that won't be bottlenecking the gtx 460 I'm planning on getting. and if this is not asking too much..I hope that it could be a quad core.

PSU : please reccomend me a good psu with a good wattage to support the gtx 460 that I mentioned above and hopefully at an affordable price :)

motherboard: an affordable motherboard that supports the gtx 460 1gb and whatever the cpu that you guys reccomend me :D now I know I'm asking a bit too much but.. is it possible to get a LGA 1366 x58 motherboard with my budget?

computer case: suggest me computer case that's affordable for my build

memory: suggest me an affordable and good one that could fit my budget.

optical drives: no need to explain.

harddrive: I have no particular brand in mind for the hard drive just reccomend me a good affordable quality hardrive..lol

cooler: A COOLER that's capable enough and affordable enough for this build.

excuse me if I forget anything else that's needed to built a pc.
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  1. ^ You can get an X58 build, but IMO it is not necessary for a gaming build...
    Here is a build which would be as good in gaming for less...
    i5 760 + HD 6870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.539724

    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro + DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.522026

    Corsair 750TX + Corsair 4GB DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514359

    HAF 912
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

    Samsung F3 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    CPU Cooler-
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1288346427&sr=8-1

    And maybe a better monitor ?
    Check out w/ $10 promo code EMCZYNT78, ends 11/1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

    With the monitor - Total = ~$1120 | ~$1090 After rebates...
  2. graphics card: MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack GeForce GTX 460 $215

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127534&cm_re=msi_hawk-_-14-127-534-_-Product

    processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2Ghz $140

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    psu: XFX Black Edition 750w Modular power supply $110 (after rebate)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003&cm_re=xfx_power_supply-_-17-207-003-_-Product

    motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 $180

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128441&Tpk=890fxa%20ud5

    case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $90 after rebate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058

    ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1600Mhz $80

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    optical drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner $40 for two

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM $100 each but buy two for a raid 0 array

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152238

    cooler: Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready cooler $59

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150


    thats a sub total of $1033

    if you can stretch your budget a bit id reccomend dropping in a second gtx 460 now which would bring you to a total of $1248

    or you could stick with that and be about 100 under budget after shipping and everything, plus it gives you scope to change things around to any personal preferences.
  3. Best answer
    Right so as i seen that you have $1200 and you already have monitor, mouse, keyboard, speaker and OS. then why you already not thinking of sli'ing now, there is a set up i put together on newegg it's totally awesome and will max out mostly all games... http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Submit=view

    If the url dosn't work then here are the details:

    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631R $94.99


    HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support x2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349 $479.98 ($239.99 each)

    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002 Was: $169.99 Now: $99.99

    Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    and
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514365 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $169.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
    Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $149.98

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    and
    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.374195 Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $184.97

    Subtotal: $1,029.91
  4. haha dave that link only works on your pc my friend, we dont have the cookies ;)
  5. dave0305 said:
    Right so as i seen that you have $1200 and you already have monitor, mouse, keyboard, speaker and OS. then why you already not thinking of sli'ing now, there is a set up i put together on newegg it's totally awesome and will max out mostly all games... http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Submit=view



    yup the cookies didn't work..

    thanks guys I'm checking the links right now.. :)

    oh and isn't my monitor ggod enough? do I really need a bigger monitor with higher resolution?
  6. thanks for reccomending the ati card but I do prefer the gtx 460 more.. simply because a software I'm using right now has got some problems running with some of the ati card on the market for reasons I don't know..

    so I'm trying to be on the safe side by purchasing Nvidia cards :)
  7. I often see people refer to AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition for a quad core processors are these the only affordable quad core cpu around?
  8. i agree with gkay's build if you want just swap the HD6870 for a gtx 460?
  9. @esaglik nice build, but you cannot do SLI with the 890xx chipsets...

    @HatsOn as for the GTX 460 over the HD 6870, the P55 board allow for SLI as well as Crossfire so you can go either way...
    And about the Quad CPUs, the most affordable ones are the AM Athlon II X4 6xx series CPUs...
  10. thanks all I'm comparing all the stuff right now :D

    I'll pick the best answer soon enough :)
  11. gkay09 said:
    @esaglik nice build, but you cannot do SLI with the 890xx chipsets...

    @HatsOn as for the GTX 460 over the HD 6870, the P55 board allow for SLI as well as Crossfire so you can go either way...
    And about the Quad CPUs, the most affordable ones are the AM Athlon II X4 6xx series CPUs...


    THANK YOU! i was wondering why it wouldent work on a clients pc! ok well im now abour 00 quid out of procket to replace the motherboard and processor for that stupid mistake D:
  12. 400* and acctually no im not cuz it was their selection of parts that was wrong :L ahh the joys of people who think they know everything!
  13. dave0305 said:
    Right so as i seen that you have $1200 and you already have monitor, mouse, keyboard, speaker and OS. then why you already not thinking of sli'ing now, there is a set up i put together on newegg it's totally awesome and will max out mostly all games... http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Submit=view

    If the url dosn't work then here are the details:

    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631R $94.99


    HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support x2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349 $479.98 ($239.99 each)

    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002 Was: $169.99 Now: $99.99

    Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    and
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514365 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $169.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
    Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $149.98

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    and
    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.374195 Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $184.97

    Subtotal: $1,029.91



    I'll probably go with your build but I think I would be changing the graphic card to gtx 460 1 gb will that work?
  14. woops..it looks like the motherboard doesn't support sli for the gtx 460..
  15. Best answer selected by HatsOn.
  16. thanks guys for helping me out :D
  17. Thanks for awarding me with a best answer...... :P.... :D
  18. dave0305 said:
    Thanks for awarding me with a best answer...... :P.... :D



    the pleasure is all mine sir :D
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