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Buildling $1000 Gaming System. Need criticism.

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January 27, 2012 1:02:14 AM

I have been out of the gaming PC market for quite a few years now. My last purchase was right when the X1900xtx just came out and I was incredibly pleased with the system. Lately I have been trying to get updated with the new hardware out these days and to the best of my knowledge I have set up a potential system. I am not completely confident in my selection and would love for you guys to give me some advice or recommendations on a good system. I appreciate the help in advance!

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 Month

Budget Range: $900-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard & mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (or comparable site)

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Highly doubtful

Monitor Resolution: 1920 X 1080

Additional Comments: N/A


NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

$49.99 -$10.00 Instant $39.99



ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

$94.99 -$5.00 Instant $89.99



SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

$179.99 -$15.00 Instant $164.99

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
$69.99

AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX
$124.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
$46.99

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$79.99

ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers

$199.99 -$30.00 Instant - $169.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$99.99

Total - $886.91
January 27, 2012 3:20:56 AM

Looks like a solid system to me!
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January 27, 2012 3:38:25 AM

Check my sig :)  $800 build + your monitor.
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January 27, 2012 1:37:34 PM

Interesting Zero, how dependable is that motherboard? Also is it really going to make that big of a difference going from a 6870 to 560 Ti, and AMD 960 to i2400? Also isn't running 8Gb over 4Gb recommended these days? Your system looks legitimate.
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January 27, 2012 2:10:59 PM

abalene said:
Interesting Zero, how dependable is that motherboard? Also is it really going to make that big of a difference going from a 6870 to 560 Ti, and AMD 960 to i2400? Also isn't running 8Gb over 4Gb recommended these days? Your system looks legitimate.

intel processors are so much better than AMD now that it wouldn't make sense to get an AMD cpu in a $1k build, and the 560ti is quite a bit better than the 6870.
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January 27, 2012 6:06:21 PM

Here's a build suggestion based on intel CPUs, and a GPU better than 6870.

CPU & Optical Drive: $237- i5 2500K & Asus

Motherboard & RAM: $144- MSI P67A G43 & Patriot Signature(2x 4GB)

OS : $100- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

GPU: $210- Gigabyte GTX 560Ti

Monitor: $130- 23" Acer

HDD: $80- Hitachi 500GB

Case: $45- XClio NightHawk

PSU: $60 -Antec Neo Eco 520

Total (Excluding Rebates): 1006 USD

Rebates: 40 USD

There are promos on HDD worth $10, and some other components . Check them out they will bring don your budget.
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January 28, 2012 2:01:38 AM

Z4, that is an excellent build. I did not know it was a possibility to get a 2500K and 560Ti within my budget. Will just have to look into the monitor and motherboard more and I think this might be my build...
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