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First Time Building - $1000 Gaming PC

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May 30, 2011 12:11:55 AM

Hello community!

I am new to building a computer, but want to take the first step towards building a fairly powerful rig. I'd like to do this at a sub $1000 level, but I'm open to going a bit higher than that. Here are the specs so far:

Approximate Purchase Date: Around the 15th of June

Budget Range: $900-$1100

System Usage: Gaming, Adobe Editing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Display, Keyboard, Speakers

Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg or Tigerdirect

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I'll consider all suggestions.

Overclocking: Probably not right now, I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject.

SLI or Crossfire: Not in the near future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080


The following are the parts I'm considering. Any changes, or comments are appreciated. I would really like to know if I am overpaying for something I really don't need, or if I am getting parts that will underpreform. If something is not compatable, please let me know, since I'm not too sure on this myself.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 3.2 Ghz

Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

PSU: Thortech Thunderbolt 650W TTB650G ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

May 30, 2011 12:41:25 AM

Going with AMD might save you perhaps $50 each on both MB and CPU, which would be worthwhile if on a $600 budget....

But, $1000 will allow an i5-2500k/P67/6950 build that will outframe any AMD processor, period.

(incidentally, for gaming with Win7, you'd be better with an X4 over any X6/hex-core, as the extra cores consume a small amount of OS overhead, actually decreasing performance.)
May 30, 2011 12:47:50 AM

If you are going to wait until the 15th of June, AMD should have released their next generation chips by then. I would reccomend waiting for that, or switching to an Intel 2500k based build. If you want to stay with current AMD Parts, I would go to a phenom x4 rather than a x6, as you will get higher clocks out of it.

Other than that, I would get a WD Black or Samsung Spinpoint Drive rather than the barracuda you listed.

I am not sure about that PSU. I've never heard of the maker, it could be OK but I would go with a (1) Seasonic, or XFX, decent corsair etc.

Some people may reccomend getting a 6950 and flashing it to a 6970. I have no idea about this though.
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May 30, 2011 1:02:11 AM

Thanks for the tip on the Intel 2500k/Quad Core clocks guys.

I was looking based on reviews and found both the CPU and motherboard, which should be acceptable. Are the following good selections, and/or worth the money.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Also, I'm checking out WD Hard drives, ad I've heard only good things about them. I've had my Seagate External for a long time, yet I know WD has a great reputation. I might take the memory down to a 500g to supplement the extra cost of the motherboard and CPU.

As far as the card goes, I've heard that doing a Crossfire of two slightly lesser cards is better performance for around the same price. I guess the idea of doing a Crossfire is a bit intimidating though, so I'm not sure if I'd like to take that plunge.
May 30, 2011 1:13:44 AM

One 6950 2GB should be the way to go. At your resolution and 6950s capabilities getting a 6970 is throwing money away. Just get one 6950 now and CF it later if need be.
U would lucky to grab this reference design board @ 248$ AMIR
Also going to a 500GB isn't going to save u a lot. Get a samsung F3 1TB @ 64$

Also ditch that PSU for this

If u r trying to save money one good element would be RAM. U wont use more than 4GB for gaming now.