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Best Gaming PC Build From Scratch, $1,500 usd limit

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November 15, 2010 8:58:28 PM

Hello guys, i would like to make a new system and i need some help with finding hardware, this will mostly be used for gaming.
will possibly need to buy windows 7 as well
my total budget will be in the range of 1,500 usd and from scratch.
personally i prefer intel hardware over amd.
Thanks for the possible suggestions.
November 15, 2010 9:26:08 PM

Do you need a Monitor?
November 15, 2010 9:33:41 PM

no monitor
and need a case and graphic card and everything else
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November 15, 2010 9:36:29 PM

I am in the same boat, just bought Civ 5 and I am having major issues with my ATI video card and memory leaks. I built my current unit only upgrading the Video card and hard drives over 7 years ago, it has been able to handle everything relatively well until now.

I am looking for a motherboard, (I have a huge server tower that can fit most style MB's, currently I am ATX?) and a decent power supply, I want to say 450? I have to check.

I figured it was time for an upgrade, I am running a RAID configuration on two 600 GB Seagate HDs, but it is RAID 0 I think, it is the raid where it stripes data, so I have no backup.

Anyway, not to steal the thread, but any help would be appreciated,

I am thinking new processor, MB, sound and video card, A couple new HDs to provide me with backup to my current RAID configuration or wipe my current units and use them as back up drives, oh and of course RAM!!! I can probably salvage the rest from my current unit, I could care less Intel to AMD.
November 15, 2010 9:43:02 PM

I hope your problem will get solved asap
November 15, 2010 9:52:11 PM

@ mtnation, cut and paste what you've posted into a new thread please.

@ DarkLoke, i will try so see what i can conjure up for ya. Will you be assembling the rig yourself?
November 15, 2010 9:56:55 PM

yes with some help of a friend
November 15, 2010 10:23:00 PM

Here goes, You will be able to get all of this for $1,363.90 (after mail-in rebates) keep in mind that you will have to do just a tiny bit of research as to what fan would be a good match for the heatsink. Alot of these are combo deals so unless you act quickly, they may not be available...

Motherboard / Windows 7 COMBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

= $249.98


Video Card # 1 / CPU COMBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

= $395.99


Video Card # 2 / Power Supply COMBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

= $327.98


Case / Hard Drive COMBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

= $119.98


Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler

= $62.00


RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

= $79.99


Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers

= $189.99


DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

= $17.99

November 15, 2010 10:26:32 PM

If anyone else has any suggestions to any of the components, please say so. Above is exactly what i would get if i had $1,500.00
November 15, 2010 11:37:53 PM

the 1st link doesent work
November 16, 2010 11:40:42 AM

Like i said, the combo deals may end by the time you look into them..., here's a link to the motherboard and the Win 7 separately... You still will not go over the $1,500.00 that you budgeted.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Windows 7: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
November 16, 2010 12:01:22 PM

i think my build i just submitted for review is very similar heh heh
November 16, 2010 8:42:37 PM

the msi gtx 460 hawk is another graphics card to look in to
November 16, 2010 9:06:20 PM

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Model #:GFC-00599
Item #:N82E16832116754
Return Policy:Software Standard Return Policy
In Stock


$94.99
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Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
Model #:BX80605I5760
Item #:N82E16819115067
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock


$208.99
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ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:p 7P55D-E Pro
Item #:N82E16813131621
Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock


$179.99
. . G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Model #:F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Item #:N82E16820231303
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock


$94.99
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COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Model #:RC-932-KKN1-GP
Item #:N82E16811119160
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock


$139.98
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PNY XLR8 VCGGTX4601XPB-OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) OC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:VCGGTX4601XPB-OC
Item #:N82E16814133326
Return Policy:VGA Standard Return Policy
In Stock


$199.99
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CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active ...
Model #:CMPSU-750HX
Item #:N82E16817139010
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock



$149.99
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:HD103SJ
Item #:N82E16822152185
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock



$74.99
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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #:D RW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock


$19.99
G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series FM-25S2S-120GBSR 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:FM-25S2S-120GBSR
Item #:N82E16820231415
Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock



Save Cancel $239.99

Subtotal: $1,403.90

All parts from newegg with all discounts apllied.

November 16, 2010 9:10:37 PM

ThirdDarkness, basically you recommended the same thing as me except a bigger case, less one video card and added an SSD...
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November 16, 2010 9:13:14 PM

They're both options. The SLI build will have better gaming performance, while the build with the SSD will feel a little snappier at non-gaming tasks.
November 16, 2010 9:14:40 PM

yeah, i edited it, LOL Also, the OP said they have no monitor... or it seems that's what they said anyway...
November 16, 2010 11:07:04 PM

Wow,my bad, I guess I didn't read your specs as closely as I thought Jonpaul. I am sorry about the dupe specs. Many pardons.
November 16, 2010 11:40:49 PM

For 1,500, get an i5 Quad with a 1156 MB, a decent 500GB drive and any essentials and spend the majority of your money on a good GPU like a GTX580 if gaming is your concern.
November 17, 2010 12:41:11 AM

Third Darkness said:
Wow,my bad, I guess I didn't read your specs as closely as I thought Jonpaul. I am sorry about the dupe specs. Many pardons.



No need to apologise, LOL, it was a compliment if anything.
November 17, 2010 1:13:52 AM

blackhawk1928 said:
For 1,500, get an i5 Quad with a 1156 MB, a decent 500GB drive and any essentials and spend the majority of your money on a good GPU like a GTX580 if gaming is your concern.

That'd be one 3rd of his budget :o 
November 17, 2010 6:45:20 PM

^Really?...Cause the GTX580 or ATI5970 Alone cost 1/3 of of his budget...and this talk about the cheapest ones available. If you count other essentials, aka case, ram, mb, cpu, psu, hdd...etc it wil be over 1,000. So wouldn't that be over 2/3rds? And if he has left over money he can add another GPU, get an SSD, get more ram, get a more powerful CPU...etc.
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