Under $1000 Quad Gaming PC

I came up with an Intel and AMD gaming PC build. I'm looking for suggestions and feedback. Im trying to keep the budget for computer and monitor below $1200.

Intel Quad:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=15896325

AMD Quad:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=15890625
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  1. I would swap the WD Black in the Intel build to a Samsung F3 1TB (faster and reliable), but other than that, get the Intel build. AMD doesn't stand a chance against the Sandy Bridge CPUs.
  2. +1 Boiler

    Check out my siggy for 1000$ build, you'll get a better mobo and a chip that you can overclock, more memory, and a bit more kick.
  3. I forgot to mention that i'm not an overclocker. I don't have the budget to replace anything that I fry, and I have never overclocked anything before.

    I also don't plan on adding more video cards to the PC.
  4. I'd vote for the Intel build as the chip is a lot faster. If you can squeeze in an SSD for your boot / system drive you will not regret it.
  5. Will I notice a difference between the two builds while playing, or is it only going to matter for benchmarks?
  6. The GTX 560 Ti will be the most significant difference in gaming between those two builds, I'd say that if both builds had the GTX 560 Ti then you would get perfectly playable framerates in both for an equally long length of time.

    If you must get a Corsair 650TX, get the 650TXV2 as that is 80Plus Bronze efficient as well as being better all round than the original TX. However these are better again as they are modular:
    Antec Truepower New TPN-650 80Plus Bronze Modular $80 ($2 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021

    XFX 650W XXX Edition 80Plus Bronze Modular $89 ($30 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207007
  7. this build gives you everything you had in your Intel Build with more storage, more memory, and a better graphics card. for the same price.

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    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $59.99


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231311
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $84.99


    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
    Item #: N82E16819115074
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    $189.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    $99.99


    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817371044
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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    -$15.00 Instant
    -$15.00 Combo
    $159.98
    $129.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.627707


    MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814127568
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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    MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813130569
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    -$60.00 Instant
    -$20.00 Combo
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $454.98
    $374.98
    Subtotal: $959.91
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.620739

    Shipping: $3.99

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    Grand Total: $955.40
  8. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 $59.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013 $69.99
    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130571 $119.99 FREE SHIPPING
    MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.632379 Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $464.98 20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $444.98
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427 $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
    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_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=0CKR72V5FAEA0AX232W8&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939031&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.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHAS424-98/dp/B002SIMPXM/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1302844916&sr=1-1 $24.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

    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=N82E16824236117 $179.99 - $169.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

    Total: $1,125.90 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, etc...
  9. I've had two monitors from ASUS with stuck pixels so far. I don't know if I want to go with them again.
  10. I've owned Asus monitors, and personally I loved them. However, my favorite brand is Dell by far. Take a look at their E-/P-/U- series monitors (increasing in price from left to right). The E-series is a lot like the professional series minus a few stand features (pivoting and height). If you can afford an Ultrasharp, I would say go for it, but the Professional series should work really well.
  11. Add an SSD to genghiskron's build and you're all set
  12. ethel said:
    Add an SSD to genghiskron's build and you're all set

    And then what would the OP do for a monitor ?
  13. I'm not really interested in rebates or ATI video cards. I'm really worried about using a Antec power supply since they have some really bad reviews.
  14. Ughhh I hate biased builders.

    Also you can't base builds off review from Newegg. You base them off reviews done by major websites. Not user reviews, their never right and never smart enough because they don't in-depth enough. Those user reviews are a bunch of bull ****.
  15. aznshinobi said:
    Ughhh I hate biased builders.

    Also you can't base builds off review from Newegg. You base them off reviews done by major websites. Not user reviews, their never right and never smart enough because they don't in-depth enough. Those user reviews are a bunch of bull ****.


    I love reading those reviews on newegg...more for entertainment than anything. They have some good ones like peeps taking 4 eggs of a product because someone was too slow on the rebates, or taking eggs off for buying a card like a 580 and then complaining that their 2005 400w Thermaltake psu won't run it. And the best part of it is that they have their "tech savy" thing next to their name on "high". LOL...what a bunch of tards.
  16. exactly why me, you know whatsup.
  17. I'm not being biased. My un-interest in ATI cards is from past bad experiences with them, that and they don't support PhysX games very well or at all in some cases. The Antec 650W Green power supply reviews from this website don't look promising, considering it doesn't come with a power cord leads me to believe they may have "Gone Green" with other parts.
  18. nccomputer said:
    I'm not really interested in rebates or ATI video cards. I'm really worried about using a Antec power supply since they have some really bad reviews.


    Antec's PSUs are actually very good. I was using a 650W to power an i7-930 and 2x GTX 470s OCed, and it ran without a hiccup. They aren't the absolute best manufacturer (I'd put them 3rd on my list), but you can't beat the performance and quality for the price.
  19. ive heard only great things about antec psus and asus monitors, but if you dont like em:

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    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119233
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $59.99


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185
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    -$5.00 Instant
    $69.99
    $64.99


    SAMSUNG S23A300B High Glossy Black 23" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor
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    -$30.00 Instant
    $229.99
    $199.99


    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...
    Item #: N82E16817139005
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    -$30.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $119.99
    $89.99


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231311
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $84.99


    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
    Item #: N82E16819115074
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $189.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    $99.99


    MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814127568
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813130569
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    -$60.00 Instant
    -$20.00 Combo
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $454.98
    $374.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.620739


    Subtotal: $1,184.90

    Shipping: $3.99

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    Grand Total: $1,151.39
  20. Doesn't mean AMD hasn't improved. In fact, the 6950 2GB beats out the 570 for less, the reason being you unclock it to a 6970.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/292?vs=306

    EA650 Green review:
    http://www.kitguru.net/components/power-supplies/zardon/antec-earthwatts-ea-650w-review-green-2011/5/
  21. I went by your guide aznshinobi, how did you get the price down to $955? My price is almost $1000.
  22. I used Newegg combos instead of seperating products. Combos make all the difference.
  23. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.632414

    If you get that mobo, might as well get a crappy mobo with 1 PCI 2.0 slot. The reason being that mobo doesn't support SLI, none of the boards below 150$ support SLI in fact.
  24. Do you think I should go with the MSI GTX 570 or the MSI GtX 560 Ti?
  25. .
  26. bummer because this build would allow you to SLI, overclock if you ever decide to, avoid antec psus and asus monitors, and pull in under $1200:


    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119233
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $59.99


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$5.00 Instant
    $69.99
    $64.99


    SAMSUNG S23A300B High Glossy Black 23" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor
    Item #: N82E16824001487
    Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$30.00 Instant
    $229.99
    $199.99


    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
    Item #: N82E16817139006
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $139.99
    $109.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    $99.99


    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
    Item #: N82E16814127565
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    Item #: N82E16819115072
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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    -$10.00 Instant
    -$10.00 Combo
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $484.98
    $464.98


    ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131707
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231314
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
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    -$25.00 Combo
    $249.98
    $214.98
    Subtotal: $1,214.91
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  27. That mobo has no PCI slots though.

    I was mistaken before, it was the ASUS CD/DVD drive that they ran out of.
  28. thats correct, you cant have everything for less money. the big decision is do you want to SLI eventually? also what do you plan on using pci slots for?

    edit: if you swap out the combo for this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.633274
    you will have your pci slots and more room to work with, for $30 more, bring you only $10 over budget.
  29. I don't want SLI though. I only plan on using one video card, as stated above.

    I need atleast one PCI slot for my wireless internet card.
  30. the 2nd build that i linked meets all of your specifications:
    no sli
    no oc
    no antec psu
    no asus monitor
    1 pci slot
    under $1200 including monitor

    it also has:
    8gb ram
    usb 3.0
    sata 6
    1tb hdd
    gtx 570>msi twin frozr 560ti

    the build comes in at $1150 total. there is even money to spare for a hyper 212 plus cooler ($27) (which i doubt you will need):
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303062218&sr=8-1

    and the marginal performance upgrade to the i5-2500 ($20):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073&cm_re=i5-2500-_-19-115-073-_-Product
  31. looks great, i hope i was more helpful than annoying. enjoy!
  32. How long do these combos last? I hope they last until next week :C.
  33. Again, drop the WD Black and get the Samsung F3 1TB. You'll get a faster drive (even though it's SATA II) and 250GB more space for $5 less.
  34. Quote:
    Again, drop the WD Black and get the Samsung F3 1TB. You'll get a faster drive (even though it's SATA II) and 250GB more space for $5 less.

    +1
    nccomputer said:
    The Antec 650W Green power supply reviews from this website don't look promising, considering it doesn't come with a power cord leads me to believe they may have "Gone Green" with other parts.

    That is not what they have done. They are just targetting a market who already have power cords from all the other PSUs they've bought, all of which have come with power cords.

    I'm not particularly advocating the Antec Earthwatts Green 650, but the Antec Truepower New is definitely something that should be seriously considered IMO.

    As for bad newegg reviews. Everyone has bad luck and there's a chance for every unit to develop a fault after it has left the factory and QC because of bumps and bruises during transportation; people sometimes even have problems with Corsair PSUs, despite them being the 'best PSU brand'...
  35. Completely forgot to state that I still have my Antec EA 650W (power cord and all ;)) and have been trying to sell it. Only 1 1/2 Y.O., and in good condition. $40 shipped.
  36. I posted this build on the Egg Xpert site and someone said my build only needs around a 500-550W power supply?
  37. nccomputer said:
    I posted this build on the Egg Xpert site and someone said my build only needs around a 500-550W power supply?

    They are correct. 500w + 36amps I believe is what is recommended for those cards. I put a 550w in that build up above that I posted for the fact it gives you plenty of head room for over clocking, adding extra drives, fans, etc... It's that XFX 550w in that build I posted on here.
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