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Making a Gaming PC with a prebuilt plus parts ~$1000

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January 30, 2013 6:07:01 PM

Hey all,
I am thinking about taking a prebuilt gateway system and adding a couple of parts to turn it into a decent gaming box. I can do all this for right around 1000 dollars US.

Here is what I have in mind:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/395407/DX4870-UR22P_Desktop_Computer

The Gateway DX4870-UR22P $649.99
Intel Core i7-3770
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
8GB DDR3 RAM
2TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive
16x DVDRW SuperMulti Drive
Multi-in-One Digital Media Card Reader
Intel HD
10/100/1000 Network
802.11b/g/n WiFi CERTIFIED

Upgrades
Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?sku=013052
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 FTW Signature2 2GB DDR5 $234.99
SSD Drive:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?sku=035436
840-Series MZ-7TD120BW 120GB SSD $78.99
a c 358 4 Gaming
January 30, 2013 6:30:55 PM

Don't forget that you will need a new power supply. Get one between 500-600 watts from Antec, XFX, Corsair, or Seasonic.
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a c 358 4 Gaming
January 30, 2013 6:46:39 PM

hmmm, not the best.

Get something from the brands I listed above.
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a c 358 4 Gaming
January 30, 2013 6:46:58 PM

Rosewill HIVE series is also good.
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January 30, 2013 7:13:10 PM

One thing to remember is that the Gateway MB will not let you do any overclocking, and it might have proprietary drivers such that it won't work well with third party drivers.

YMMV!
Good Luck!
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January 30, 2013 7:16:29 PM

Seasonic is actually a original equipment manufacturer for power supplys and rest all are Brand names that brand their name on some other manufacturer. The part number describes everything.And so i suggest you should go with a Seasonic PSU.

And yes! your build is really powerfullll/_
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January 31, 2013 6:04:26 PM

shaun1992 said:
Hey all,
I am thinking about taking a prebuilt gateway system and adding a couple of parts to turn it into a decent gaming box. I can do all this for right around 1000 dollars US.

Here is what I have in mind:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/395407/DX4870-UR22P_Desktop_Computer

The Gateway DX4870-UR22P $649.99
Intel Core i7-3770
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
8GB DDR3 RAM
2TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive
16x DVDRW SuperMulti Drive
Multi-in-One Digital Media Card Reader
Intel HD
10/100/1000 Network
802.11b/g/n WiFi CERTIFIED

Upgrades
Video Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?sku=013052
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 FTW Signature2 2GB DDR5 $234.99
SSD Drive:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?sku=035436
840-Series MZ-7TD120BW 120GB SSD $78.99



Not sure why you'd go this route when you could build one yourself for around the same price. I could understand if you didn't know how to or if you simply didn't want to have to buy windows 7. Luckily I had a copy of windows 7 as I too am going to build a gaming rig and my budget was for approximately $800 - $1000. I did have a $50 NewEgg giftcard, and as of last week the power supply was $65 after mail-in-rebate. Regardless still paid under a grand... If your concerned with purchasing the OS simply remove the SSD and buy the OEM version of Windows 7 -> http://goo.gl/YgR8T If your hell-bent on keeping the SSD the build I've bought / listed below is still under $1000. Sure it's an i5 over the i7, but as far as I'm concerned the only advantage an i7 would have over the i5 is hyper-threading and that isn't even used by gaming.... I'm no expert, not even close. However, I will tell you that the number one thing I've learned is that prebuilt systems use s@#$ parts and I'll never buy one prebuilt again... Never had any luck that route....

Here is what I've ordered and am going mad waiting for...

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AGM9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AGM9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AGM9/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.04 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($46.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.46 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $985.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 14:53 EST-0500)
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