Gaming rig <$1000 Help please!

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The 5850 performs near a 6870. 4gb is all you need for gaming and with 2 empty slots you can always get more.
  6. 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.
  7. I think 500W would be enough for this build, including overclocking. I wouldn't go any lower though.
  8. Rosewill Blackbone Case
    $45 (additional $10 off with promo code EMCKFHB36, ends 5/4)
    free shipping
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

    Do you live near a microcenter, they have the 2500k for $180.
  12. 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)
  13. 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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