$1000 Gaming Build v3

Approximate Purchase Date: Within this month
Budget Range: Around 1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming while recording with Fraps, Watching/rendering HD videos, surfing
Parts Not Required: Mouse and Keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None, but I had success with Nvidia GPUs
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 - for now, may buy a better monitor when I get some more $

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX = $145

MOBO:ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard = $140

GPU:2 PNY RVCG98GTXPXXB GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card = $180

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL = $90

HDD and HDD2: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive = $110

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM = $100

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case = $70

CD 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 - Bulk - OEM = $20

PSU:CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply = $110

Monitor: Asus VE205T Black 20" 5ms 1600 x 900 WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 50000 :1 (ASCR) = $125

Total = $1090 without rebates, $1070 with


Would I need an extra fan for the 2 GPUs or will the one's in the case and CPU be enough?


This would be my first build, 3rd revision. RATE IT!
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  1. ^ I would do it like this -

    X4 944 + Gigabyte 890GX - IMO Crossfire is better suited for AMD

    GPU - You sure you want to use a 3 gen old graphic card ??
    HD 6850 - This would be more powerful than 2 9800GTX combined,...
    Also with the below PSU and the above mobo, you can add 1 more in Crossfire later on,...

    PSU + RAM
    Corsair 8GB DDR3 + Antec TP 650 - Can easily power 2 graphic cards

    LCD - ASUS VH222H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD

    HDD - Samsung F3 1TB

    CASE, OS and DVD - Same

    Total - ~$995 | ~$945 After rebates,...
  2. just an alternate from gkay09s but his is really good

    asus 890GX PRO/USB3 and phenom 955 $277.99

    HIS 6850 for $179.99

    if you going for a 650 psu you can also get corsair 650tx $79.99 AMR
    and the ram you pickedyou can keep cause of the $10 off promo

    im actually looking at building a simmilar system i already got the same case for $55 andspinpoint f3 1tb for $55 aswell just hunting down the parts hehe
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.585992 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $129.98
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $109.98
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073 $209.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130551 $149.99
    MSI P67A-GD53 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427 $49.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-5&pf_rd_r=0WTZP6BVYETKEAAD5S00&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939291&pf_rd_i=507846 $59.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335 $21.99 FREE SHIPPING
    LITE-ON 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 Writer LightScribe Support

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XU78OA/ref=asc_df_B003XU78OA1388789?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=pg-469-34-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B003XU78OA $182.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    PNY XLR8 GTX 460 1024 MB GDDR5 Overclocked PCI-Express 2.0 DVI-I+DVI-I+Mini HDMI Graphics Card VCGGTX4601XPB-OC

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236078 $149.99 FREE SHIPPING Check out w/ $10 promo code EMCKJJJ69, ends 1/17
    ASUS VW224T Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 5000 :1 (ASCR) Built-in Speakers

    Total: $1,054.91 *not including rebates, shipping, etc..
  4. ^ +1
    Good job 'why me', you are quite the combo deals' hunter, excellent. For 1000 USD, one can (and IMHO must) go for a sandybridge system. I would only drop the screen for later upgrade and grab a better mobo, like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131682&cm_re=Asus_P8P67_Pro-_-13-131-682-_-Product
  5. I like all the suggestions so far.

    And is Sandy Bridge worth it with a $1000 budget? (vs an AMD Phenom II)
  6. ge8ff said:
    I like all the suggestions so far.

    And is Sandy Bridge worth it with a $1000 budget? (vs an AMD Phenom II)

    Look at the build I posted on here...and then you tell me.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833.html <---- Intel Sandy Bridge review/benchmarks

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i5-2600k-i5-2500k-and-core-i3-2100-tested <--- Another great review on this cpu
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