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First Attempt Gaming PC Build <$1000


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#1 jaharris87

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 11:36 PM

This is my first attempt at building a PC. I'm curious to see what you guys think and any suggestions you have. I'm looking for good components without breaking bank.

Case:
Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($99.99)

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard ($99.99)

PSU:
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply ($52.49)

Motherboard + PSU Combo Discount: (-$20.00)


Processor:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W ($219.99)

Graphics Card:
EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB ($163.99)

Processor + Graphics Card Combo Discount: (-$20.00)


Memory:
G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory ($59.99)

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($74.99)

Optical Drive:
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B ($31.99)

Monitor:
Acer P224Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor ($139.99)

Speakers:
Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System ($23.99)

Misc:
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound ($4.99)


Total Price + Shipping = $985.21

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:03 AM

Building a new PC can be fun and exciting. It looks like you've found some great combos. It's a good PC but you may be able to find less expensive CPU and motherboard combinations with an AMD system, especially if there are combos available. For $210 (It may be less if there are good combos) the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz can be used. That CPU performs a little better than the Q9550 and offers a slightly higher clock speed plus it is unlocked for easy overclocking. Also, the XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 can be had for less and offers better performance to the GTX 260.

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#3 jaharris87

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 09:36 PM

I redid the build from scratch. Feedback is still greatly appreciated. I apologize for the formatting, I'm on my phone.

Total price: $895.50 (subtotal + shipping - mir)

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 940
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDet...st=Combo.213790

mobo:
gigabyte 790x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDet...st=Combo.213790

optical drive:
Sony optiarc DVD/rw
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827118030

gfx card:
xfx radeon 4870 1gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150394

memory:
g.skill 4gb (2 x 2gb) ddr2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231166

hard drive:
WD 500gb/32mb/7200 caviar black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136320

case:
Thermaltake armor+mx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811133062

psu:
Tuniq 650w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817611007

monitor:
Asus 22" Lcd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824236050

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 09:52 PM

I suggest getting an AM3 motherboard and processor, if you have the necessary cash on hand. The AM2/AM2+ line of CPU's and motherboards are being replaced by AM3. By going with an AM2+ board, you could be limiting your future upgrades as motherboard manufacturers will eventually stop updating the BIOS to take new CPU's. If you have the cash, this combo has the AM3 CPU and motherboard. The combo is good in that it has a solid motherboard and AMD's top-of-the-line processor, plus, the rebate from the motherboard will knock some of the cost down but it will still be about $20 more than your original setup. If you go with the AM3 setup, you will need DDR3 RAM, such as the Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333. That RAM is about $5 more than the RAM you originally chose. Also, if you want to save $10, the Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive is an alternate HDD.

Edited by DJBPace07, 17 July 2009 - 09:55 PM.

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#5 jaharris87

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 10:06 PM

I just made all of those adjustments and I'm liking the way it looks. Didn't realize I could get the am3 that cheap. Thank you very much, you have been very helpful.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 10:19 PM

If you look at my signature I have the same motherboard & power supply from the original build.
Both are EXCELLENT.
I have 2GB [2X1GB] G.Skill PC8500 , 1066MHz also excellent.

The only thing I would change from your original build is the hard drive.
Instead of a single 640Gb HD I would get 2 320GB HD's & run them in RAID 0 for a end result of 640GB & a good performance boost.

I have 2 250GB in RAID 0 & it gives performance a pretty decent boost.

AMD may be cheaper but it's still my opinin that you get what you pay for. :thumbsup:

Edited by fairjoeblue, 17 July 2009 - 11:47 PM.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 07:17 AM

I would stick with the single 640Gb. It is a very quick drive and less problematic than a RAID setup, especially if you try it with 320Gb WD drives. The 640 is about the best performing HD that WD makes.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 11:54 AM

I would stick with the single 640Gb. It is a very quick drive and less problematic than a RAID setup, especially if you try it with 320Gb WD drives. The 640 is about the best performing HD that WD makes.



I use only Seagate drives.
I used to use WD but they started having to high of a failure rate.

Edited by fairjoeblue, 18 July 2009 - 11:55 AM.

OCZ StealthXstream 700W,Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R , E8500, Arctic Freezer Pro 7, 3GB G.Skill PC8500,Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 OC [1GB ], Seagate 250GB SATA II X2 in RAID 0, Samsung SATA DVD burner.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 12:05 PM

I use only Seagate drives.
I used to use WD but they started having to high of a failure rate.


When did that start?I'm not disputing you, I just haven't heard anything about it. LOL Computer companies seem to go from number one, top tier, perfect products to building junk almost overnight. And then just as often go from making cheap or mediocre crap to turning out top quality stuff. The industry really changes quickly.

Edited by DeathStalker, 18 July 2009 - 12:05 PM.


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Posted 18 July 2009 - 12:12 PM

Just ordered all of this, i'm excited to start building and tinkering :thumbsup:.


Qty Product Description Price
Order #: 75817522
1
EA Battleforge - Gift - OEM
Item #: N82E16800999100
Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$29.99
1
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119197
Standard Return Policy
$129.99
$114.99
1
Rosewill RC-6-HDMI-MM-BK-2 6 ft. HDMI Cable - Retail
Item #: N82E16812119254
Standard Return Policy
$19.99
$14.99
1
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131366
Standard Return Policy
$139.99
1
HIS H487QT1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ 4+ Turbo Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814161265
VGA Standard Return Policy
$184.99
$164.99
1
COOLER MASTER UCP RS700-AAAAA3 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817171032
Standard Return Policy
$149.99
$119.99
1
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103674
CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$255.00
$215.00
1
Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820148262
Memory Standard Return Policy
$58.99
$53.99
1
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136320
Standard Return Policy
$69.99
1
Acer P224Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824009174
Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
$199.99
$149.99
1
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151171
Standard Return Policy
$25.99
1
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail
Item #: N82E16835154003
Standard Return Policy
$6.99
$4.99
1
DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #205191
-$29.99
1
DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #208700
-$25.00
1
DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #212580
-$80.00
1
DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #3034
-$14.99
Subtotal $954.91
Tax $0.00
UPS 3 Days $10.10
Promo code -$10.00
Order Total $955.01

#11 fairjoeblue

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 02:03 PM

" i'm excited to start building and tinkering "

When you get your stuff take your time & have paitence putting it together ! :thumbsup:
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 05:13 AM

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 05:58 PM

Excellent, just go slowly and follow the directions. Before you know it, you will have an excellect PC!

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