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$1000 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Late July to around early August


Budget Range: $1000 *MIGHT be able to go a bit higher*


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing web, uhh I guess I could watch movies as well...


Parts Not Required: monitor


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Bang for the buck... but I think this might be a full AMD build... the tower I want to be a full tower


Overclocking: Maybe, but I will not overclock now.


SLI or Crossfire: Later, I need to have room to upgrade later down the road.


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: This is will be my first ever build... so I might have questions... Also my Bday is in August so I might be able to get some extra ontop of the 1k that I have ...But that would be going to a SSD for sure. :sol:


Oh and if possible it would be nice to get a bluray player in the build. Games might start useing them for PC someday =p


Edit: I will prob buy Windows 7 home OEM from newegg for ~$80 - $90 depending on how the price is when I buy it.
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  1. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/312823-31-bestconfigs-budget-based-gaming
    A list of AMD gaming computers under $1000, if you like one, I can help you optimize it
  2. Ahh, beat me to it. Most of those builds should work, although we are looking at $100 ontop of it for windows 7, and $50 for nice keyboard mouse. Let us know.
  3. r0aringdrag0n said:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/312823-31-bestconfigs-budget-based-gaming
    A list of AMD gaming computers under $1000, if you like one, I can help you optimize it



    I'm not fan boy for AMD or intel/nivida... I know AMD's graphic cards are better atm but are are the processors?
  4. Uhhh those builds are just a list of user builds.... I'm sure not all of them are good.


    Shall I just put a build together and we go from there?
  5. AMD is cheap, Intel is good...keep that in mind. Once again: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/312822-31-bestconfigs-budget-intel-based-gaming
    Those are Intel based under $1000 gaming computers. And we're users too
    EDIT: You can put one together and striker and I could help you change for optimization
  6. r0aringdrag0n said:
    AMD is cheap, Intel is good...keep that in mind. Once again: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/312822-31-bestconfigs-budget-intel-based-gaming
    Those are Intel based under $1000 gaming computers. And we're users too
    EDIT: You can put one together and striker and I could help you change for optimization



    Is there that much of a differnce bewteeen the x6 black and and i5 2500 processor? THe prices are similar
  7. comparing the Phenom II x6 to the i5 2500 is like comparing the toyota corolla and a porsche and seeing who's going to win a race (2500 being the porsche)
  8. Randomacts said:
    Is there that much of a differnce bewteeen the x6 black and and i5 2500 processor? THe prices are similar

    There's a big difference, and if you plan on o/c...then the difference is even more profound seeing how the Intel cpu's mop the floor with the AMD's in that regard also.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288 <----- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE vs Intel Core i5 2500K benchmarks

    *Sandy Bridge reviews down below

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833.html

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i5-2600k-i5-2500k-and-core-i3-2100-tested

    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1501/1/

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=622&Itemid=63

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i5-2500k-and-core-i7-2600k-review/
  9. So its def worth spending the extra money and go with intel for the processor?

    Intel has crossfire *AMD* boards for sandy bridge right?


    EDIT: I was thinking that was the case i5 2500k it is.. :)
  10. Ohh my bad! I thought you linked the Intel budget builds.

    Op, there is a very large difference. In gaming, the 2500k beats the snot outta the x6. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288 Pay attention to higher/lower is better. It's not even a fair fight. The 2500k wins for gaming hands down. And when considering overclocking (4.5GHz easily with a Hyper 212+) It pulls away by an astonishing amount.

    We are linking this thread simply to get ideas. most of them have a similar foundation, and build upon that.
  11. some Sandy Bridge MoBo's support Crossfire and SLI
  12. striker410 said:
    Ohh my bad! I thought you linked the Intel budget builds.

    Op, there is a very large difference. In gaming, the 2500k beats the snot outta the x6. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288 Pay attention to higher/lower is better. It's not even a fair fight. The 2500k wins for gaming hands down. And when considering overclocking (4.5GHz easily with a Hyper 212+) It pulls away by an astonishing amount.

    We are linking this thread simply to get ideas. most of them have a similar foundation, and build upon that.

    I liek my comparison better :D
  13. Randomacts said:
    So its def worth spending the extra money and go with intel for the processor?

    Intel has crossfire *AMD* boards for sandy bridge right?


    EDIT: I was thinking that was the case i5 2500k it is.. :)

    Most of the Itel 1155 boards support Crossfire and SLI. With your budget I would look at the Nvidia gtx 560ti. Good card and it over clocks great.
  14. ^+1

    I suggest you go with SB, until BD releases. Any build for AMD above $700 isn't worth it.
    Intel/AMD both support Crossfire. Intel supports SLI if the board runs 8x/8x, AMD supports SLI only for the 9xx chipset. Anything prior doesn't support SLI unless it is an Nvidia chipset.

    Check out my build guide for $600.
    Change the i3 2100 to the i5 2500K + P67A-G45 (+133 Before rebates)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660241
    Then change the 5850 to the 560 Ti (+100 before rebates)
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZR/dp/B004JLNZXU%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB004JLNZXU
    Then get this Blu-Ray Drive (+65)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151222
    Total: 898 before rebates.
    Total after OS: $998
  15. Why_Me said:
    What''s the total price on that come out to? That psu is spendy.



    $927 and I have not gotten everything yet =p


    And there is prob going to be another $150 from the caseish.... .. $50 from the cooling *Unless the one it comes with is good enough until I want to over clock* and $20 for the DVD player


    Oh god that does not even include the $150 for the keyboard/mice/OS


    I may.... be able to go over budget a little.. this will take my bday money tho that I was going to spend on a SSD lol
  16. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $99.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128488 $154.99 - $139.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    or...

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&title=ASRock-P67-EXTREME4-B3-LGA1155-Intel-P67-B3-DDR3-Quad-SLI-Quad-CrossFireX-SATA3-USB3-0-A-GbE-ATX-Motherboard $154.99 Free Shipping
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.662487 $454.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $434.98 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082 $29.99 FREE SHIPPING
    XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226176 $40.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996946

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-SGC-1000-KWN1/dp/B004WK3KKQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1309650281&sr=1-6 $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

    or....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  17. Random is the build I listed not good enough for you? It fits your budget. If you want to future SLI just get this cheap PSU.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026&cm_re=750w_antec-_-17-371-026-_-Product
    +30, to total you a little about 1K
  18. aznshinobi said:
    Random is the build I listed not good enough for you? It fits your budget. If you want to future SLI just get this cheap PSU.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026&cm_re=750w_antec-_-17-371-026-_-Product
    +30, to total you a little about 1K



    na I'll just go with SB with a 1
  19. Wait what are you talking about? The build I suggested is SB....
  20. Why_Me said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $99.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128488 $154.99 - $139.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    or...

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&title=ASRock-P67-EXTREME4-B3-LGA1155-Intel-P67-B3-DDR3-Quad-SLI-Quad-CrossFireX-SATA3-USB3-0-A-GbE-ATX-Motherboard $154.99 Free Shipping
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.662487 $454.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $434.98 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082 $29.99 FREE SHIPPING
    XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226176 $40.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996946

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Enforcer-Interior-SGC-1000-KWN1/dp/B004WK3KKQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1309650281&sr=1-6 $79.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

    or....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case



    I don't know if those bundle deals will be there when I buy my parts =p
    aznshinobi said:
    Wait what are you talking about? The build I suggested is SB....

    The way you posted it is kinda confusing not sure what your trying to replace what with what..

    Also I doubt that bundle will be there when I go to buy the parts
  21. The MSI 560 + 2500K will be there...and the bundle deals for this week suck big time. The price on that build will actually get cheaper, not more expensive once the new bundle deals come out.
  22. aznshinobi said:
    Wait what are you talking about? The build I suggested is SB....


    Why_Me said:
    The MSI 560 + 2500K will be there...and the bundle deals for this week suck big time. The price on that build will actually get cheaper, not more expensive once the new bundle deals come out.



    Isn't the 6950 2GB alot stronger then the 560 ?
  23. Best answer
    Check out my build guide for $600.
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore <------ BUILD GUIDE!
    THINGS TO CHANGE
    Change the i3 2100 to the i5 2500K + P67A-G45 (+133 Before rebates)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660241
    Then change the 5850 to the 560 Ti (+100 before rebates)
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZR/dp/B004JLNZXU%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB004JLNZXU
    Then get this Blu-Ray Drive (+65)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151222
    Total: 898 before rebates.
    Total after OS: $998

    I'm pretty sure I specifically list what to change....
  24. Not really the 560 Ti = 6950 2GB, it's about the same.
    I think a better term isn't stronger, it would be just better or more powerful.
    As for the 560 Ti OC'd > 6950 2GB
  25. aznshinobi said:
    Check out my build guide for $600.
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore <------ BUILD GUIDE!
    THINGS TO CHANGE
    Change the i3 2100 to the i5 2500K + P67A-G45 (+133 Before rebates)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660241
    Then change the 5850 to the 560 Ti (+100 before rebates)
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZR/dp/B004JLNZXU%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB004JLNZXU
    Then get this Blu-Ray Drive (+65)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151222
    Total: 898 before rebates.
    Total after OS: $998

    I'm pretty sure I specifically list what to change....



    Oh ok I didn't look at your guide I thought you where talking about my build... =) I don't plan on overclocking my card anyways..
  26. Randomacts said:
    Oh ok I didn't look at your guide I thought you where talking about my build... =) I don't plan on overclocking my card anyways..

    For the fact you can take that MSI 560 and o/c to run on par with a stock gtx 570 and 6950.
  27. Soooooo....
  28. You didn't exactly follow what I said... so.... I dunno what your saying about pricing.
  29. Thats not even the same card O.o

    I also loose 1gig of vram btw
  30. Ignorance is bliss.
    Memory doesn't means quite little in actual performance. The 560 Ti performs at the level of a 6950 w/ only 1 gig of VRAM. The 560 Ti only has 1GB versions, but can overclock much better than the 6950, has better cooling/temps, and is quieter by alot.
  31. aznshinobi said:
    Ignorance is bliss.
    Memory doesn't means quite little in actual performance. The 560 Ti performs at the level of a 6950 w/ only 1 gig of VRAM. The 560 Ti only has 1GB versions, but can overclock much better than the 6950, has better cooling/temps, and is quieter by alot.



    Sigh I was trying to check out the other side of the field... I have only been useing nivida until now... I guess I will stay that way for awhile..


    Switching case, switching card. .. lets get this correct this time.


    Wait don't I have to OC the GTX 560 TI to be on par with the 6950?
  32. For the sake of a cheaper psu that performs the same.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371026
  33. Well you can go 6950 2GB if you'd like both are good options, the 560 Ti is cheaper though which is why I think it would be a better card for a budget like yours.
  34. aznshinobi said:
    Well you can go 6950 2GB if you'd like both are good options, the 560 Ti is cheaper though which is why I think it would be a better card for a budget like yours.



    Na I am not that attached to a brand. But don't I have to OC the 560 ti to get it on par with the 6950 2gig?
  35. The 560 Ti is already on par. The model I linked, the 560 Ti OC'd MSI TF is already stock oc'd to be a 570...
  36. Ok cool thanks, putting it together atm as we speak.
  37. Processor+Motherboard: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $333
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $75
    Graphics Card: MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC $250
    Hard Drive: Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $60
    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior $140
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power $90
    Cooling: Component Name and Component Price
    DVD Burner: LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM $20


    $968 + $80= $1048 for windows thats def do able. Ofc I didn't pick out a processor cooler..


    Also the reason I picked the new HAF 932 is it has USB 3.0 front ports.

    Keyboard and mice will be another 50 prob so ~$1100 final .. And I am sure some of them have rebates..


    Oh I am trying to check.. but your picked amazon for the few items becuase it was cheaper right? I prefer newegg for stuff but if it is cheaper it is fine.
  38. WTH I just noticed that graphics card has the TI listed at the end and not right after the GTX 560... its still GTX 560 TI right? And not GTX 560


    Oh and thanks for taking your time to help me aznshinobi and Why_Me.

    I have not been following hardware for awhile so I am a bit confused :)
  39. .... MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC
  40. Look at the box. It's a Ti alright.
    I would drop to the HAF 922, it's plenty spacious for your build.
  41. aznshinobi said:
    .... MSI GeForce GTX560 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC


    I know... but its just worded weirdly lol.

    striker410 said:
    Look at the box. It's a Ti alright.
    I would drop to the HAF 922, it's plenty spacious for your build.



    Ohh... 922 let me have a look...
  42. That's the HAF 932. I see you picked it for USB3 on the front panel, but are you really gonna be using USB3 devices that plug into the front? You can always get a 5.25 adapter.....
  43. striker410 said:
    That's the HAF 932. I see you picked it for USB3 on the front panel, but are you really gonna be using USB3 devices that plug into the front? You can always get a 5.25 adapter.....


    Well... I don't want a wire going from inside the case to outside..... but how much do the 5.25 adapters go for?


    The 922 is a XL mid tower isn't it...
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