$1000 Gaming PC

Hey guys,

Building a $1000 pc for a friend. Primarily plays WoW:Cata and D3 when it comes out, some CAD, photoshop etc.

I was thinking of simply copying the September $1000 pc build and tweak it a bit, but figured I would post first and see what the consensus was.

I believe the September build was better suited than the new December build that came out today based on a lot of feedback in the comments.

I prefer Intel and Nvidia, but am open to suggestions.

Someone Posted Cata uses 6 cores? Would an i5 not be the best option?

I know some time has passed so I'm looking to upgrade the Sept PC a little, the budget is not strict @ 1000, can go to around 1100 most likely.

Better GPU/CPU? Is anything on the horizon worth waiting for, or will this suffice for a few years to come?
I prefer a 1 GPU set up.
Prefer Newegg
Located in NY

Thanks for the suggestions!

$1,000 Enthusiast System Components

Asus P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156, Intel P55 chipset $125

Intel Core i5-750 2.66 GHz, Four Cores, 8 MB L3 Cache $195

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master HyperTX 3 $30

Crucial 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3-1333 Dual-Channel Desktop Memory Kit $90

MSI GeForce GTX 470 1280 MB GDDR5-3348 $300

Hard Drives
WD Caviar Black 640 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s $75

Lite-On iHAS124 OEM 24x DVD+R, 8x DVD+RW, 48x CD ROM $20

Antec Three Hundred $60

Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650 WATX12V, EPS12V , 80 PLUS Certified $90

Total Cost $985
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  1. Best answer
    CPU+MOBO: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz + ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 (464$)
    RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (71$)
    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB SATA II (69$)
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 470 SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 (249$)
    PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W (69$)
    CASE: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout Mid Tower (79$)
    DVD: ASUS 24X SATA (19$)
    HEATSINK: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus (29$)

    TOTAL: 1,056$ (30$ MIR not included)

    Upcoming Releases: AMD 69xx GPU's, replacing 5870 line and competing GTX 570, releasing in a week. INTEL new CPU's, replacing LGA 1156 i5/i7 line, releasing Jan 9th, 2011.
  2. Wait, AMD is just about to release the new cards (tomorrow) and it seems the pricing is very aggressive. Nvidia will drop the prices like it did the last time AMD launched cards.
  3. I'm not 100% sure, but those games probably wont be the most demanding games. You probably dont need to spend $1000 if thats all you're playing.
    you could always get a middle of the line card now and have the option of crossfire/sli. i hear those gtx 460s are a pretty good deal.
    What resolution is he going to be playing at?
  4. wait for the sandy bridge
  5. Sandy Bridge comes out the second week of jan, no? This computer was meant as a Christmas gift but if waiting will make that big of a difference I suppose I could.

    The point of waiting for Sandy Bridge is to utilize those processors? Or drive down the price of current i5/i7, leaving more money to be spent on a gpu which supposedly will drop in the coming days due to AMD's new release?

    If someone could clear that up I'd appreciate it.
  6. Best answer selected by Jcomps.
  7. - Pair the PSU with the motherboard for -$25

    Then use $20 off CPU code : EMCZNZR48
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