My New Built Less then 1200

Ok guys im thinking about buying new computer and heres what i got so far. My main use is to browse internet watch movies and play counter strike source and GTA4.

Approximate Purchase Date: As Soon as i sell my Macbook Pro

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Movies, Internet, and games(Counter Strike Source and GTA4)

Parts Not Required:Mouse Speakers OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:

Country of Origin:America!

Parts Preferences: I prefer Mobo to be by Asus

Overclocking: Yes Mostlikly

SLI or Crossfire: Yes down the ride

Monitor Resolution:1920x1200

Additional Comments: The case is pretty much chosen and same with the memory. i need 8gb because GTA4 runs better with 8.


COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9

Power Supply
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CPU Cooler
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
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  1. Go with one of these GPU's over the 5770:|14-102-878^14-102-878-TS%2C14-102-932^14-102-932-TS%2C14-102-931^14-102-931-TS%2C14-102-908^14-102-908-TS (The 6850 is a good pick and comes with a free game if u combo it)

    This combo for that mobo & i5-2500k:

    This HDD:

    That PSU is overkill try something like this: or one of these:|17-182-200^17-182-200-TS%2C17-371-031^17-371-031-TS%2C17-815-010^17-815-010-TS%2C17-371-015^17-371-015-S01

    Also 4GB of ram should be plenty
  2. Fill this out:

    For what you're talking about doing with your computer, $800 is adequate. I suggest you go with an i5-2500K, P67, & GTX 560 Ti. There's a lot more parts to be decided, such as if you want a PSU that can handle SLI. But you should start at the link I gave you above.
  3. This is $1066. Can extend system life by adding a 2nd GPU in the future as case, MoBo and PSU can all accommodate.

    Case - $105 - Antec 902 V3
    PSU - $110 - XFX 750 WBlack Edition PSU
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
    RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
    GFX - $240 - Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
    SSD - maybe later - OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS

    Case - Look for front USB ports, good air flow and cable routing and inlet air filters.

    PSU - Protect you components w/a good PSU and this one is elite. writes "This unit combines utterly amazing voltage regulation with outstanding efficiency and just about the best ripple and noise suppression I have ever seen. And it does it all silently, too, because I sure couldn't hear that fan at any time. "

    MoBo / PSU - consensus best buy

    Cooler / TIM - Top notch cooler comparable to Megahalems w/ 2 fans at half the price. TIMmatches AS% performance but none of AS5's curing issues.

    RAM - Best buy at CAS 9 and low profile.

    GFX - AT $215 last week grabbing this card was a huge steal .... now it's just petty larceny :)

    HD - This or Seagate 7200.12 or WD Black will serve.
  4. ok i updated my post hopefully its good now.

    The reason i picked such a high PSU is because yes i plan on SLI'ing down the road i mean who wouldnt.

    The ram is because GTA4 requires alot of memory ha also i have windows 7 64 bit

    I upgraded the Video Card to the 6850 but you guys sure that will be good enough?

    Also idk about mother board im getting an expensive one because i want it to not bottle neck and to allow SLI.
  5. @JackNaylor--he wants a build for movies and light gaming. Why are you recommending a $1066 build?

    @wildgene789--Let me know if you want a $700 build that does everything you've asked for superbly.

    Also, buy the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB for $55 on Newegg today. It will be $65 again soon.

    Buy the 8GB $75 G.Skill the next time it comes back on Newegg or whatever's cheapest (but still good) at the time you purchase the other parts.
  6. ^+1
  7. Well I kinkof want a good gaming computer because I dont want to be obsolete really quick lol. So I'm trying to keep 8gb ram good video card and that CPU . Maybe if you can recommend better ram for cost. I like the new psu so ima keep it and I think amd video card is better for cost so I'm thinking 6850. If I'm wrong and should get like gtx460 let me know.
  8. ^ Siggy 1000$ build would last you a LONG LONG time.
  9. A 6850 is not a "good" video card. It is a midrange video card. It pairs nicely with a $700 build (or even $600). A GTX 460 1GB is better, but still not that good. They're both fine for $600 builds though.

    If you want a good $1000 build, use JackNaylor's build. Get a Radeon 6950 2GB or GTX 560Ti.

    If you want a computer that does everything you asked very well, ask and we'll give you a great $700 build. 8GB of RAM is understandable with the deals nowadays, but not worth it if it causes you to get a 6850.

    Nothing we recommend for $700 will be less that great in two years (although you might have to add a second graphics card for Crossfire/SLI).
  10. wildgene789 said:
    Well I kinkof want a good gaming computer because I dont want to be obsolete really quick lol. So I'm trying to keep 8gb ram good video card and that CPU . Maybe if you can recommend better ram for cost. I like the new psu so ima keep it and I think amd video card is better for cost so I'm thinking 6850. If I'm wrong and should get like gtx460 let me know.

    The 460 and the 6850 are similar in performance: The writers at Tom's give it the only nod at the $165 price point:,2912-3.html I would go with the best deal of the two you can find.
  11. I thought I'd mentioned it, but that was actually in several similar threads. I'd go with a 5850 that beats both the 6850 and GTX 460 1GB @ $140 on Tigerdirect (w/ code: MWM27388 or $145 on Newegg.
  12. Here is a chart of the current GPU's:,2912-7.html It dose an ok job at putting the cards on tier's but sometimes you still need to look at cards a little closer. For example The 560 ti and 5850 are on the same tier but the 560 ti is a much better card on most benchmarks: Shop around and look for the best card in your budget. If you just want to buy a single card to last a few years plus and run most games at high settings at high resolutions a 560 ti, 6950 or better might be the best way to go. You can also add a second card down the road if you do go with a 460/6850 when they aren't giving you the performance you want anymore.
  13. dalauder said:
    I thought I'd mentioned it, but that was actually in several similar threads. I'd go with a 5850 that beats both the 6850 and GTX 460 1GB @ $140 on Tigerdirect (w/ code: MWM27388 or $145 on Newegg.

    +1 The 5850 for $140-145 is a pretty good deal. Even more so if you look at them running in crossfire:,2776-20.html vs the 460/6850

    I don't know why I suggested the 6850 out of the 4 cards I linked above(had some wisdom teeth pulled and was on pain pills and it was late, free game must of hampered my ability to see the best deal)
  14. Ok just an update ive changed the Mobo since they came back into stock heres my specs as of now and i think they are final unless u guys think i can go lower on psu but be able to run down the road the cards in SLI.

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    Mobo and ram combo to 300$

    Case-Same as above(Coolermaster)

    Video Card-
    SAPPHIRE 100282XTREME Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

    Everything else is same as uptop except i got rid of cpu cooler to cut costs as of now because i dont plan on over clocking just yet. But when i do it will be the V8 Cooler unless there is better. If you guys could let me know what you think id appreciate it. Please dont give me 1000 other options lol cause i think this right now is a pretty good build.
  15. @wildgene789--Your parts aren't appropriate for your needs and wastes your money.

    The mobo is a wastes about $80, the RAM wastes $40, and the graphics card is WAY too weak for that budget.

    You should be doing this, but with 4GB of RAM for your needs:

    That said, if you want to spend $1000 even though you barely play games, you should be getting a GTX 570 Ti for that money. The sweet spot really is $900 or so where you get a GTX 560 Ti/Radeon 6950 2GB though. And if you want to spend $1200, you should either get a $200 SSD or a GTX 580.

    I don't recommend ANY of that for you.

    You SHOULD get the $700 build (linked above) and a better monitor, giant TV, or save the money. Or a $700 build w/ an SSD. Either way, you're not doing the best with your money. Of course, you could meet all your needs with a $450 build (plus $100 for an SSD).
  16. idk i plan for this to be like a stepping stone for a really fast computer. i mean i want to code on it like a boss since its basically my major. The programs in my major need alot of power. and the reason the graphics card is week is because i want to go all out on the other performance and have enough graphics so its not bogged down and down the road i plan to SLI. So i might have underestimated my needs. Everything im getting is because im planing to be ahead. The mother board is because its a really nice and fast one.

    I may be completely wrong and if i am tell me
  17. You don't need that ram, and you don't need that mobo either because it's not worth what it costs.


    Cheaper than that combo and mobo and you won't even notice any change.
  18. ur right maybe i should lower my prices on these parts please recommend a PSU for me that is < 100 also is Asrock a good company? something tells me i want a Asus mobo. Also that ram is going to be 100 by the time i order my computer.
  19. Ok so ive been trying to minimize this cost of computer while keeping it still up there and heres what im down too on paper.

    Case-Coolermaster 932 Full Tower -154.82 shipped

    Mobo-Asus P8P67 -144.99 Shipped

    Video Card-Sapphire Radeon HD 5850-139.99 Shipped

    Ram-GSkill RipJaws X Series 4GB -49.99 shipped

    PSU-Xfx P1-650x-CAH9 650W-88.99 Shipped

    Cpu-Core I5 2500k -224.99 Shipped

    Harddrive- Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB-54.99 Shipped

    Dvd Burner-Lite On IHAS224-06- 25.98 shipped


    Please let me know what the thoughts are i took everyones recommendations and hopefully put it to use in this. Let me know if anything conflicts and if you need the links just ask and ill post just takes forever lol.

    Only thing im scared about is 1 the PSU i heard people in reviews said it was loud(fan), it would make a clicking noise. 2 The video Card a reviewer said it was only 128 bit which scared me but hes probably wrong.

    Thanks guys
  20. The 5850 has 128 bit memory, which it does just fine with. It's the best performance you'll find for that price point (unless you play WOW).

    Your parts all look good. That's about $60 more than I'd have wanted to spend on a case, but it's a great case.

    EDIT: I'd also get this combo because the mobo's 8x/8x AND it saves you $50
  21. dalauder said:
    The 5850 has 128 bit memory, which it does just fine with.

    The 5850 actually has a 256 bit memory interface.

    If you want a different power supply these three Antec's are all good deals:|17-371-021^17-371-021-TS%2C17-371-015^17-371-015-S01%2C17-371-031^17-371-031-TS Other top brands to look at are Corsair and Seasonic.
  22. My bad, it is 256 bit. The problem is the Memory Bandwidth is exactly 128GB/s. That jumps out at you when you're looking for memory bit interface. I wouldn't have been tricked had it been 128.2GB/s or 129GB/s.

    I disagree with the Antecs being good deals. They're all great PSUs, but they aren't exactly on sale at the moment. The XFX is a much better deal (if you receive your rebate).

    EDIT: Dang! PSUs are all expensive right now. I can't believe I got my Corsair TX850 on Newegg for $89.99 (after $20 rebate) seven months ago! I guess those Antecs are decent deals. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, they're all great. Try this Antec 650W + Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB for $130
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