New gaming/work PC, $800-$1000

My desktop got fried last summer in a thunderstorm, and I've been working on my laptop only ever since. Its inadequacies are beginning to show themselves more and more every day, though, and I think it's time to bite the bullet and buy a new desktop.

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible.

Budget Range: Probably $1000 max. Somewhat flexible, but obviously the cheaper the better.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Image processing/related CPU-intensive work, gaming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I'd probably prefer Intel/NVidia, especially as I'm looking into starting CUDA programming.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

I've been out of the hardware loop for a while now so I'm really not sure what's good parts-wise anymore. I've been looking around the forums and this build given by mlCaouette seems to be the best I've seen so far:


It's a little pricey, but that's probably OK. Any feedback would be great.

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  1. If gaming is not that important to you, or if you don't mind either slightly lower framerates, lower detail settings then you could probably save a decent amount and get a GTX 460.

    The Antec EA750 is an older design now, so it doesn't perform as well as some modern units do. I would prefer to have this unit:
    XFX 650W XXX Edition 80Plus Bronze Modular $89 ($30 rebate, $4 shipping)


    Don't really know how else you could save money.
  2. If ur doing CPU intensive work u 'd benefit from the extra threads of i7. It might be worth the 100$ investment. Get the 460 now and sli it in the future for better CUDA performance.
    Good luck.
  3. Thanks for the tips guys. Unfortunately most of my codes wouldn't take full advantage of the i7's hyperthreading, so I'm not sure if it would actually be worth the $100. One of my friends also suggested that it might be a better idea to get 4x2GB sticks instead of 2x4GB sticks, so here is the build so far:

    M/B and CPU combo $369.98:

    Ram G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 :

    XFX 650W XXX Edition 80Plus Bronze Modular $89

    Disk burner $19.99:

    Hard drive 1Tb samsung f3 $64.99:

    GPU GTX460 $145:

    Case Haf 912 $59.99:
  4. seanbow said:
    One of my friends also suggested that it might be a better idea to get 4x2GB sticks instead of 2x4GB sticks,
  5. He said that they offer better performance, though personally I have no idea. Is that not true?
  6. I don't think there will be a performance difference but it might be less expensive. You should decide based on price and whether you think you'll need more than 8GB of RAM.

    I just wanted to point out that if you decide to SLI with that motheboard, both of your cards will be limited to 8x (as opposed to 16x). There are motherboards with two 16x PCIe slots that will run both cards at full speed. (example: However, it is kind of unclear whether or not the difference between 16x and 8x is always very significant. I don't really want to get draw into that debate. Just wanted to point it out.
  7. One of the things I've heard is that four stick of RAM can put more strain on the memory controller - that probably only matters if overclocking the RAM tho. Only using 2 sticks has the advantage of having more/easier/cheaper upgrade options, as you don't have to replace sticks to get more RAM than you currently have installed.

    No test I've ever read showed a significant difference in performance between two graphics card installed in motherboards with either dual x16 or dual x8 slots. I believe the only Sandy Bridge motherboards with dual x16 slots (the one eightdrunkengods linked was X58 which is not compatible with Sandy Bridge CPUs) cost over $200, so I think the difference in performance really would have to be quite large to justify the extra cost.
  8. Well 1 4GB stick does not perform as well as 2X2GB because it operates in single channel.
    So if u 2x 4GB its already dual channel so why bother? Go with 2 x 4GB. if u decide to add more RAM in the future u wont have to sell (or throw away) those 2GB modules to free ur slots.
  9. Alright; thanks so much for the input everyone. If no one has any further suggestions or objections I'll most likely be ordering the following tomorrow.

    M/B and CPU combo $369.98:

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

    XFX 650W XXX Edition 80Plus Bronze Modular $89

    Disk burner $19.99:

    Hard drive 1Tb samsung f3 $64.99:

    GPU GTX460 $145:

    Case Haf 912 $59.99:

    For a total price of $843.92.
  10. I know u r trying to stay close to 800 than to 1000 but I 'd look into getting a better GPU.
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