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$800-1000 Gaming computer

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February 3, 2012 5:51:40 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: 800-100 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Netflix, Surfing

Parts Not Required: keyboard and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none

Country: US of A

Parts Preferences: I don't have a preference on brand. I am looking to build it as futureproof as possible within that budget. I was looking at the phenom II x4 be though I'm not against one of the new sandy bridge intels either. I need most of my help picking out a motherboard, case, cooling, and sound. Also any insight in general you can give me when it comes to pairing GPUS with CPUS would be helpful.

Overclocking: I would like to

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 would be optimal, but must stay within price range and am willing to downgrade a bit here to get maximum performance.

Additional Comments: I don't play my fps on computer, but I would like to play games like starcraft 2 diablo 3 SWtoR on maximum settings if possible.
February 3, 2012 6:17:56 AM

I will let you shop around for best prices when the time comes. They change so fast that posting them here would be kind of a waste. I will say when the time comes to get the processor, check a site called Microcenter.com to see if there is a location near you. They beat everyone else on CPU prices by a large margin. Look at the top of the page for the location drop down. http://www.microcenter.com/

Anyway, here is what to look for.

Processor - Core i5-2500k
Motherboard - ASUS or Gigabyte z68. Just pick the one that has the features you want. All are good.
Ram -2x4gb DDR3. 1600 speed for overclocking headroom. Corsair(but not the tall heat sink stuff), Kingston HyperX, Gskill RipJaws.
Video Card from this chart - GTX 560 Ti or AMD HD 6950 or above. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
Hard drive - 500gb or above Western Digital SATA III 6gb/s.
DVD RW drive - Samsung
Case - This is more of a personal preference thing, but the Coolermaster HAF series is very popular right now. You just need a good mid to full tower with at least two 120mm fans, and good airflow.
PSU - 650 watt 80 plus bronze certified from Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, Silverstone, or XFX for one of the above level cards. 750 watts for dual cards.

Sound would be included on the motherboard. AMD CPU is not listed as they are just not competitive at this level.
February 3, 2012 6:24:51 AM

MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : I5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : LITE-ON DVD Burner 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : COOLER MASTER Elite 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MONITOR : HANNspree By Hanns-G Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD WideScreen
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $1,031.89 without rebates.
You have Crossfire or SLI posibilities , but you must to change the PSU with a 750W+ , you can overclock your cpu , full hd monitor and a good video card , you have all what you asked.
For 40$ more you can change the video card with this 560Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a little more perfomant than 6870.
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February 3, 2012 7:13:55 AM

Mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $122

Cpu- http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $180

RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $42

Hard Drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $85

Video Card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $210

Power Supply- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $70

DVD-RW- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $16

Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $50

Cooling- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30

Monitor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $120

Windows- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100

Total=$1025

I didn't change much, but I was able to upgrade the GPU to the GTX560ti by finding the Cpu on microcenter.com like tlmck said.

That being said, is that one cooling fan going to be enough? What cables do I need to purchase? When is Windows 8 supposed to come out and is it something to wait for?
February 3, 2012 7:30:23 AM

jchaska87 said:
That being said, is that one cooling fan going to be enough? What cables do I need to purchase? When is Windows 8 supposed to come out and is it something to wait for?


Windows 8 is a while away. It's nothing worth waiting for.

Later towards the end of the year, if Windows 8 turns out to be a big improvement over Windows 7, then consider grabbing yourself Windows 8 and an SSD as a nice upgrade option to your build :)  hopefully SSD prices will be cheaper then too :) 
February 4, 2012 12:39:06 AM

I'm new to this whole thing and have never built a computer before, in fact my brother is building this one for me. I need to know a few things yet. Are there cables that I need to purchase along with the hardware? I noticed specifically that the power supply said that the power cord was not included and that is why im asking. Also is the single 120mm fan enough cooling. I don't immediately plan on overclocking because I am not educated enough on the subject, but down the road I would like to.

Thanks for all the help
February 5, 2012 1:12:03 PM

You can buy another 120mm fan and put on rear of case . Just a few PSU's come without power cable. But almost every PSU come with power cable.
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