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New Build Advice Less than $1,000

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February 1, 2011 11:33:56 PM

I am getting ready to purchase a gaming pc, and this is what I have come up with after reading a few different websites and several threads on here. This will be my first build and any advice/input would help. Mainly I am just wondering if the RAM/CPU/Mobo will all be compatible. But any suggestions on getting the build better without losing performance would be awesome as well.


Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week.

Budget Range: Less than $1,000 after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, very light picture editing.

Parts Not Required: Do not need Mouse/Keyboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: No preference really. Set on Full Tower and the Monitor I chose.

Overclocking: No, for now. This is first build, scared to try anything fancy.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but for now just the one Video Card.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is what I have come up with as of now.

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer H243Hbmid 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1 Max (ACM) Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COMBO: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX + XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Thanks in advance.

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February 2, 2011 4:41:34 AM

Looks decent, I would try to squeeze something a little better than the 5770 if you plan on gaming. Whats your total with all the parts listed?
February 2, 2011 3:11:42 PM

Aznshinobi and Why_Me have put together some very good builds recently. For a quick guide to what you should get for price, check out aznshinobi's builds here: http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

Batuchka's build is solid, but I'd go with an Antec 300 Illusion case (look up on newegg) and the PSU...well that's a different story. 620W is not enough if you plan to crossfire a juggernaut of a card--which is worth noting if you go with a build like Batuchka's and can spend $80 more than he did (for $1000 total). If you can spend $80 more, you may as well get the GTX 570. You cannot handle two in SLI without overclocking a Phenom II. As to that Phenom II--since money's an issue, the only difference between a 965 and a 955 is the multiplier (so long as you're buying the C3 revision, which matters). Considering the multiplier is unlocked for both...well, the only difference becomes price IF you're willing to open up your bios.
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