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1000$ Gaming Computer

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November 26, 2010 3:03:07 PM

Hello! :) 

Well, first of all; im new to this forum - this is actually my first post - so if im on the wrong section, please correct me. Second of all; im from Denmark, so that'll be my excuse for bad english :kaola: 

Im thinking of spending some money on a new computer, since im only having a laptop at the moment, and im kinda getting into gaming FPS-games, which are two things that don't really get along.

My budget will be like about 1000$ (things appear to be a bit more expensive in Denmark) without any monitor and so on.

As mentioned i will mostly be using the computer for gaming, such as HoN, CoD, MoH and games like that.

Since i don't really know any sites for buying hardware, except danish ones, you'll have to make do with the names of the hardware:

Motherboard: Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
Memory: Kingston HyperX 3x2gb
Graphic card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460
Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB
Power supply: Corsair Builder Series CX600

Price: 980$

I've left out the optical drive and case, since that will be some kind of random stuff.

Since the computer for gaming, is the:
- CPU the right one? AMD or Intel?
- is the graphic card alright for playing Call of Duty etc?
- Should i replace the harddrive?
- basicly; is everything fitting together?
- Pros/cons?

Well, thats about it. Please let me know what i should do/not do.

Thanks in advance,
Jakob Z.

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a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2010 3:15:42 PM

overall the build is pretty good.
However, get either 4 GB or 8GB for an AMD build. 6 Gb is for the intel triple channel 1366 motherboard.

the 890 board is overkill for almost everyone. Get a 770 or 870 instead. AS Rock's 870 Extreme 3 has 2 PCIe-16 slots for crossfire.

Consider getting the 1075T instead of the 1055, as the base 3 GHz is better for games. the 1075t also overclocks better than the 1090 or the 1055. MOST games don't use more than 3 cores right now, but some use 4 (Final Fantasy XIV, GTA 4), and at last one *can* use 6 (Metro 2033), so I'd suggest a 6 core as being more capable of playing games in 2-3 years.

The 460 is a great card, but if you can get an HD6850 for the same price, it works a little better.
November 26, 2010 6:57:20 PM

"so I'd suggest a 6 core as being more capable of playing games in 2-3 years"

... Meaning a quad-core would be prefered? :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2010 7:31:00 PM
November 27, 2010 9:50:21 AM

That build is 170$ below my budget - anythings i should consider upgrading?
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2010 10:36:46 AM

I would upgrade some Carlsberg or something.

You can get this slightly faster RAM, you'll have to set the RAM voltage manually in the BIOS to 1.65V.
Mobo with more recent southbridge chipset
Faster video card
(remember to register it on the XFX site in 30 days to activate the warranty)
CPU cooler (especially if you overclock)
More powerful PSUs (not like you need it now but for futureproof when you change the system) (modular)

You can also get a crossfire motherboard if you want to add a second video card later but I wouldn't bother with that.

With the new mobo, RAM, Corsair PSU and XFX video card:
5.374,00 DKK

Some good cases

Do you have the operating system?
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2010 10:43:58 AM

This Kingston 6GB (3x2GB) HyperX 1600MHz is on the QVL list of that Gigabyte motherboard. It will work great.

A bump to a 650-750w power supply with more PCIe cables would make the transition to a second video card.

An aftermarket CPU cooler is always a good option.

November 27, 2010 11:09:16 AM

That's a couple of great setups, really. Anyhow; i've read a couple of articles and stuff and found, that the intel processors often perform a little better (of course they're a little more expensive), so how's this build?

I mean, sure, its like 200$ more expensive, but its within my price range:

Intel Core™ i5 Quad Processor i5-760
Quad Core, 2.80Ghz, Socket 1156, 8MB, 95W, Boxed w/fan

Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz 8GB CL9
Kit w/2x 4GB XMS3 modules, CL9-19-9-27, for Core i5 and i7, 1.5V

ASUS P7P55D-E PRO, Socket-1156
ATX, P55, DDR3, 2xPCIe(2.0)x16, GbLAN, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0

PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5
PCI-Express 2.0, 2xDVI, HDMI, 2xmini-DisplayPort, 900MHz

Cooler Master GX 650W PSU

Antec Three Hundred Midi Tower Sort

Sony Optiarc DVD±RW burner AD-5260S

The price is 6.333,00 DKK which is like 200$ more than the other build, but is it worth it? Or should i stick with the AMD-build for gaming?
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2010 11:19:09 AM

You can go that way too. Get 2x2GB of RAM, you won't use more the one above is good. Get the Corsair, not the Cooler Master. The difference isn't worth it for gaming IMO but it's a good platform. This CPU is just as fast in gaming
November 27, 2010 11:37:16 AM

Since my laptop is having 4gb of ram i'd like to upgrade that somehow, just to upgrade mentally aswell ;-)

Well, i've figured a new setup here, with the AMD 965.

Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H, Socket-AM3
ATX, AMD880G+SB850, DDR3, 2xPCIe(2.0)x16, VGA, DVI, HDMI, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
Quad Core, 3,4Ghz, AM3, 8MB, 125W, Boxed

XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5
PCI-Express 2.0, "BLACK", 2xDVI, HDMI, 2xDisplayPort, 940MHz

Corsair TX 650W PSU
ATX 12V V2.2, 80 Plus, Standard. 2x 6+2-pin PCIe, 8x SATA, 120mm Blæser

Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 6GB
Kit w/3X HyperX 2GB DDR3, CL9-9-9-2

Antec Three Hundred Midi Tower Sort
Blæsere: 1x 140mm Top, 1x 120mm Bak, 2x USB, Audio

Sony Optiarc DVD±RW burner AD-5260S
DVDRW 24x, DL, SATA, Bulk, Black

The price is 5.942,00 DKK. Is that any better? Recommendations? Btw i really appreciate your help!
November 27, 2010 11:49:22 AM

Both with

Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB
7200RPM, SATA 3.0 Gbps, 3,5", 32MB Cache, 8.9ms
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2010 1:46:39 PM

Nah, the games and stuff don't use more than 4GB of RAM and you can add later if you want. Also that's triple channel RAM, most likely it will work in dual channel too but why bother? Not to mention that it's CL9 as opposed to CL7 - it's slower.

If you don't want that beer you can get a crossfire mobo instead:

Case fan (for the front - intake)
variable speed
blue led

November 27, 2010 1:51:26 PM

The Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H, Socket-AM3 is a crossfire mobo - or am i wrong? :-)
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
November 27, 2010 2:14:21 PM

No, it's:
1 PCI Express 2.0 x16 x16
1 PCI Express 2.0 x16 x4 -> (this is too slow for powerful video cards)

One of the other two I posted but your video card is strong enough so you might not bother with getting a crossfire mobo. By the time that XFX won't cope with the games the HD 6870 will be obsolete and you'll have to get a new generation card anyway. Get the HSF instead.
November 27, 2010 2:40:16 PM

Yea okay, well i got the answers i wanted - thanks a lot! :)