~$1000 gaming PC.

Hello! My friend is looking to buy a new gaming computer! But, before he makes any choices I thought we'd better get a little advice. Here goes!

Budget: $1000 and down

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, school work

Parts Not Required: Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: otvtech.com (local computer store)

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference, only compatibility among the parts.

Overclocking: Maybe, not in the near future

SLI or Crossfire: If the build can support it.

Monitor Resolution: Honestly, no idea

Additional Comments: 1TB HDD, 8GB ram, wireless internet card (TrendNET TEW-643PI(?))

Any and all build advice is appreciated! Thanks!
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  1. This is probably over your budget as i don' t know what the taxes etc are. However something like this:

    CPU: i5 2400 $199.44
    MB: Asus P8H67-M Pro/CSM R3 $125
    Memory: Patriot 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $71.25
    GPU: Asus 560Ti $220.84 ( before $20 MIR )
    DVD: Lite-On 24x DVD burner $22.22
    HDD: Hitachi 1TB 7200 rpm $60.64
    Case:Antec 300 $57.15
    PSU: Antec HCG-520 $69.19
    Wireless: Trendnet : TEW-643PI $31.94

    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $108.38

    Left out keyboard and mouse.

    $966.05 before taxes and fees

    Overall the selections at the place are pretty bad, while the quality may be good choices are quite limited.
    To get it lower you'll probably have to go with a lower end graphics card, but this one would play real nice at 1920x1080.
  2. Sorry to do this but what could we go with if we dropped the budget down to $800. After looking at fees, and other peripherals he wants, he would like to spend around there. Thanks.
  3. Well it's still a couple of bucks over but it can't really be helped:

    CPU: to i3 2100 $125.32
    GPU: to PowerColor 6770 $136.80

    Otherwise the same.
    ~$800 before taxes and fees.
  4. You know, when upgrading, changing the CPU is very complicated and time consuming when compared to simply changing the videocard. A lot of screws, thermal paste...cooler etc..therefore....

    Get the i5, you wont regreat it going quad-core. Use intel graphics for a 1 month or 2, and later on add in a video card, this will give you time to get some money, maybe a few extra hours at work? Or simply beg for 2 dollars on the street everyday, after 2 months you get a $120 videocard.

    Im crazy, I know.

    PS: why a wireless card?
  5. This is pretty similar to what I helped a friend of mine put together a couple of weeks ago:

    Case: Cooler Master RC-310 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4950634&sku=C283-2046
    PSU: Corsair Enthusiast CX600 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=422166&sku=C13-2814
    Motherboard: Intel DP67BAB3 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=40971&sku=I69-2235
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073161&sku=I69-2500K
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Spinq http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4197086&CatId=493
    RAM: Corsair CMS X1333 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6611013&sku=C13-6165
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7332879&sku=TSD-500AS9
    Optical: Lite-On 24x DVD burner http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4829307&sku=L12-1312%20OEM
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6817295&sku=P450-6870
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213932&sku=M17-7302
    Keyboard / Mouse: Microsoft Cordless Desktop 1000 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4113458&sku=M17-1867

    Total: $973. 00
  6. I can't speak for my friend so I don't quite know why he wants the wireless card, but I just put it on here for him. I think we know what we're getting now. Thanks to all who replied!
  7. hmm...dear i have 2 pcs..

    1. I5-750 (2.66Ghz), 4GB Ram Kingston, 500 HDD
    2. I7-960 (3.2 Ghz), 6GB Ram OCZ Gold Series, 1TB HDD

    And I Put HD5870 On Both System And Checked Performance...There Is Only 10 Fram Rates Difference Between Both Pcs...

    So, I Suggest U To Go With..

    I5-750 (2.66 GHz)

    6GB Ram (G.skill Brand) Tri Channel

    MSI Or Asus Mother Board (Both Is Good) Asus P7P55 LX

    HDD Wht U Need....

    OCZ 700W PSU

    Sapphire ATI Radeon HD6870

    And The Other Parts U Can Get At Less Price...

    This Is My Sugg. To U...And This Is Enough For Ur Activities...

    Best Of Luck...

    And One Think, I Din't Mentioned Price Because I Didn't See These Parts On That Site That U Provide....Its Better To Search On Internet For These Parts Or Go To Computer Shop...

    Thanks...If I Made Any Mistake For That I'm Sorry..
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