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Wanting to build an amd gaming comp for around $1000

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May 9, 2011 3:33:58 PM

I've got a set budget and this is my first time building a computer so I'm a little lost. Just looking for a good rig for me to play starcraft 2, wow, (maybe)crysis 1&2, sims 3, minecraft etc..
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May 9, 2011 7:33:39 PM

I am set on an amd system, I like intel but I've always been loyal to amd
Approximate Purchase Date: within the next two to three weeks
Budget Range: roughly $1000 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or tigerdirect
Parts Preferences: ati and amd
Overclocking: Maybe (not very knowlageable on the subject)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: my monitor will be my hdtv
Additional Comments: good cooling and my girlfriend requested red lights on fans and such, plus a temp monitor of some sort

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May 9, 2011 8:19:28 PM

MB - $100 - Gigabyte AM3+

CPU - X6 1075t - $180

CPU Cooler - Hyper 212+ - $45 (Amazon has it cheaper)

MEM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series - $95

HD - Samsung F3 1TB - $62

GPU - XFX 6950 2GB - $250 after rebate

OPTICAL - LG blu-ray burner - $80

PSU - 650w for a single GPU or 850w if considering dual GPUs (some consider this overkill).
XFX 650W - $60 after rebate -
XFX 850w - $110 after rebate -

CASE - Antec 300 - $60

Right at $1000 and you have an x6 ready to be overclocked upwards to 3.6+GHz (with a simple multiplier bump in the BIOS), an AM3+ motherboard waiting on that Bulldozer CPU upgrade down the road, two open memory slots for an if-needed upgrade, and plenty of power to add a second HD 6950 2GB later. Pretty solid machine... Could maybe shuffle things around to get an SSD boot drive in there if that appeals to you. You are on your own for adding red lights.. :-)
May 9, 2011 8:32:34 PM

Best answer selected by jojoman211.
May 9, 2011 9:41:11 PM

The X4/X6 cpus, one running at 3.4-3.6 Ghz, are then able to produce roughly the same gaming framerates of stock clocked i7-930 or perhaps i3/2100 cpus.

An X4/X6 rig is a curious decision for a new gaming rig built today, truthfully.