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Gaming rig <$1000 Help please!

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May 3, 2011 8:36:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In a month

Budget Range: Under $1000 (preferably before rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some coding, definitely streaming 1080p to PS3, school work.

Parts Not Required: NEED EVERYTHING!!!

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon

Country of Origin: U.S

Parts Preferences: quad core unlocked please

Overclocking: Possibly...probably

SLI or Crossfire: would be a nice option...for future upgrade, too poor for 2 cards right now

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: I'm deciding whether to cancel my laptop rig (Sager NP5165) preorder and getting a cheaper desktop with a netbook. If you have any cheap options for a $300ish netbook or a cheap 15.6 inch laptop, I'd appreciate it. I have 2 weeks to decide whether I want to cancel my order or not so I need options...FAST.


I've already came up with a rough build using an i5 2500K and a radeon 6850...but I may have to tweak it around as I have absolutely nothing to start with and a hard $1000 budget. I'd like to get the build under $900. Ultimately If I can, I want to get a $900 desktop and a $300 laptop totaling $1200.

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May 4, 2011 2:16:25 AM

If you give up on the idea of SLI you can save a lot of money and get a better build, in my opinion you wont lose out on upgradability either. Heres a good $1000 build (no rebates) with everything including mouse, keyboard, OS and monitor.

Intel Core i5-2500k - $224.99
2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1333Mhz - $44.99
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 - $109.99
ASUS HD 6850 1GB - $159.99
Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $39.99
Antec Three Hundred - $59.95
Antec CP-520 520W - $59.99
ACER 23'' LCD Monitor - $159.99
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - $19.99
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit - $99.99
Rosewill RK-200 Keyboard - $6.99
Logitech M100 Mouse - $11.99

Total - $998.84

That took a lot of time and effort to get that within the $1000 budget so you would have to make some comprimises if you want to get it down to $900. This is a great build for the price though. That monitor especially is a bargain, it is 1920x1080 with DVI and HDMI for your PC and PS3. You even get the cables in the box. It looks nice too.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 4, 2011 3:15:39 AM

This build comes out less after shipping. Changed a lot of things because of shipping and also items with promo codes so comes out with better parts at a lower price. Although I didn't pay much attention to the kb and mouse. Also added a heatsink to OC. If you can get a student discount windows 7 is $30 on the microsoft site. Edit: Nvm seems it's only the upgrade now.

  • SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
  • COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design
  • SAPPHIRE 100282XTREME Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with ...
  • Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  • Rosewill RK-800G Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Gaming Keyboard
  • Logitech M100 Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Mouse
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL
  • GIGABYTE GA-P67A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
  • Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
  • XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible
    TOTAL: $1,018.89 Shipping Included. Before MIR.
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    May 4, 2011 5:48:40 AM

    Would I be losing a lot of power if I went 5850 over 6850. Also if I went 4 GB RAM would it be a bit lacking on the gaming side? I already have a windows 7 pro 64 bit upgrade which has a work around for a clean install so OS should already be taken care of.
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    a b 4 Gaming
    May 4, 2011 1:33:33 PM

    4GB of RAM is plenty for games at the moment, as for the GPU's i think the 5850 is actually a bit more powerful. If you already have an OS i would spend the extra $70 or whatever on a good keyboard and mouse personally. I have the Logitech K200 and G500 and theyre awesome. Alternatively you could get a better GPU, 8GB of RAM or a faster hard drive.

    EDIT: Just realised that if you have an OS you could just get one of these builds in the $900 budget.
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    a b 4 Gaming
    May 4, 2011 4:40:52 PM

    The 5850 performs near a 6870. 4gb is all you need for gaming and with 2 empty slots you can always get more.
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    May 4, 2011 5:56:53 PM

    Would a 500ish W PSU be enough to overclock a bit? I'm getting close tothe build i want but its still a bit high.
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    a b 4 Gaming
    May 4, 2011 6:51:29 PM

    I think 500W would be enough for this build, including overclocking. I wouldn't go any lower though.
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    May 4, 2011 10:22:43 PM

    Alright, here's what I got so far. Its still a bit high so I need to figure out where I can sacrifice a bit...

    Case: $59.99
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    CPU: $224.99
    Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

    Keyboard Mouse: $27.99
    Logitech Cordless Desktop Black RF Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

    Mobo: $159.99
    ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    RAM: $99.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

    PSU: $79.99
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W Power Supply compatible with core i7

    Fan: $34.99
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm sleeve CPU Cooler

    Monitor: $179.99
    ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD w/Speakers

    HDD: $59.99
    Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Total comes out to be: $1067.90 before rebates and tax...still a bit high. I'm not to familiar with other models yet, so any advice would be nice. I can compromise if its a good deal. I like getting the best bang for my buck.
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    May 4, 2011 10:30:46 PM

    That power supply isn't ideal. I personally don't trust anything from OCZ. You are also missing a graphics card. You want a minimum of that HD 5850 Xtreme for decent 1080p frame rates with modern games. Also, you don't want wireless peripherals for gaming.

    I definitely like jmsellars1's build with k1114's GPU and my case, minus the OS, of course. It would be under the $900 you want.
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    a b 4 Gaming
    May 4, 2011 10:39:15 PM

    The graphics card is not in the list but I think you still added it in the total. It did just go out of stock, it'll be back in a few days. What is your reason to get that mobo? The hyper 212+ is cheaper on amazon and has free shipping. http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...


    Do you live near a microcenter, they have the 2500k for $180.
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    May 4, 2011 10:56:28 PM

    There are plenty of ways you can save cash on that build. 500-550W and 4GB of RAM would be cheaper and you wouldn't even notice the performance difference. Also, i would stay away from wireless keyboards and mice for gaming. Sometimes you get a tiny amount of stutter but it's definitely enough to piss you off on a game. I had this problem with a £25 ($40) Trust keyboard and mouse so it's not just the really cheap stuff.

    EDIT: That motherboard is massive overkill as well since you don't need SLI/Crossfire). (Unless youre going to get a 700W PSU too)
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    May 4, 2011 11:04:01 PM

    To the OP. Many gamers are still on Windows XP, therefore game studios design games with a 3GB limit in mind.
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