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Title: <$1000 PC
Post by: Hessy on March 09, 2011, 05:45:07 AM
Hoped I could get some feedback from you guys.  I'm building a gaming-rig for a relative with a budget of $1000.  Here's what I was going for...

Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021): Antec 900 Mid-ATX

MB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131637): ASUS M4N75TD nVidia nForce 750a SLI-ready (AMD) Core Unlocking

GPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130591): 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX460 1gb SE in SLI

PSU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005PSU): Corsair Enthusiast Series 650W ATX12V

CPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846): AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz (3rd and 4th cores unlockable)

RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311): G.SKILL Ripjaw 8gb DDR3 1333

Hard Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795): Western Digital Caviar Black 600gb SATA2 7200rpm

Optical Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204): ASUS 24x CD/DVD burner

+ Windows 7 OEM ($99), Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, remover, and purifier ($20)

I'm a little over budget (the GPUs just came off of a great bargain, back up to $170ish with MIR)... any recomendations on where costs should be cut without sacrificing too much performance?
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: PizzaPlanet on March 09, 2011, 06:05:04 AM
SLI is greatly overrated. Get a single more expensive card and save money both on your computers and power bills while sacrificing almost no performance.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Lorddave on March 09, 2011, 09:38:07 AM
Remove 4GB of ram. I have 8 and I have yet to use it all at once.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Thork on March 09, 2011, 09:59:11 AM
Remove 4GB of ram. I have 8 and I have yet to use it all at once.
^ This ...
You are better off getting less ram at a lower latency. Kingston, Corsair etc all do good ram.

AMD? Yes its nice to be different isn't it. Of course it make no sense, but its different.
I'd also be inclined to get a small SSD and drop my OS and frequently used apps on it. Your hard drive is going to bottle neck everything else.
PP is right about the SLI. Its a good way to get more money from you.
Oh, and you won't need 650W. You are building a mid-range PC, not a death ray. Its just going to heat your case up and cost more.

I'd be opting for a case more along these lines ... but they do cost more.
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1319&ID=1426
Silverstone also make tons of good cases.
http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=lc03v&area=

But you aren't building me a PC so do what you like :P

Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Parsifal on March 09, 2011, 11:07:33 AM
I'm a little over budget (the GPUs just came off of a great bargain, back up to $170ish with MIR)... any recomendations on where costs should be cut without sacrificing too much performance?

Here you go:

+ Windows 7 OEM ($99)
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Lorddave on March 09, 2011, 11:32:46 AM
I'm a little over budget (the GPUs just came off of a great bargain, back up to $170ish with MIR)... any recomendations on where costs should be cut without sacrificing too much performance?

Here you go:

+ Windows 7 OEM ($99)
If he removes that then it won't be a gaming PC. After all, Linux sucks for windows based games.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Trekky0623 on March 09, 2011, 11:40:14 AM
Or, you know, just not buy Windows.

Why the hell is Windows 7 $99 when XP is around upwards of $200?
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Parsifal on March 09, 2011, 11:51:16 AM
If he removes that then it won't be a gaming PC. After all, Linux sucks for windows based games.

>implying there are no other games than what's available for Windows

Good one, man.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Lorddave on March 09, 2011, 12:04:38 PM
If he removes that then it won't be a gaming PC. After all, Linux sucks for windows based games.

>implying there are no other games than what's available for Windows

Good one, man.
>implying no GOOD games requiring a high powered system exist for Linux.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Horatio on March 09, 2011, 12:05:18 PM
If he removes that then it won't be a gaming PC. After all, Linux sucks for windows based games.

>implying there are no other games than what's available for Windows

Good one, man.

>implying that people want to play the games that aren't available for windows
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: PizzaPlanet on March 09, 2011, 03:22:47 PM
Why the hell is Windows 7 $99 when XP is around upwards of $200?
l2OEM
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: frostee on March 09, 2011, 04:32:40 PM
Also don't think you can just unlock the extra cores easily. It rarely works, so expect to be stuck with the dual core.
Oh and I would NOT recommend any motherboards with nVidia chipsets.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Areweonfiya on March 09, 2011, 05:05:47 PM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Lorddave on March 09, 2011, 08:41:06 PM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
By that guide, my system is around Exceptional and Enthusiastic.  Though my system is a few years old, it still plays Dragon Age 2 with High rez textures and all settings to max (aside from AA.  That's only at 4x) without a problem.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: frostee on March 09, 2011, 09:25:20 PM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
By that guide, my system is around Exceptional and Enthusiastic.  Though my system is a few years old, it still plays Dragon Age 2 with High rez textures and all settings to max (aside from AA.  That's only at 4x) without a problem.
Tell me how can your rig be "Exceptional" or "Enthusiast" if Sandy Bridge, ATI 6xxx and Nvidia 5xx were all released in the last 6 months or less  ::)
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Trekky0623 on March 09, 2011, 10:12:49 PM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
By that guide, my system is around Exceptional and Enthusiastic.  Though my system is a few years old, it still plays Dragon Age 2 with High rez textures and all settings to max (aside from AA.  That's only at 4x) without a problem.
Tell me how can your rig be "Exceptional" or "Enthusiast" if Sandy Bridge, ATI 6xxx and Nvidia 5xx were all released in the last 6 months or less  ::)

1. Open up case.
2. Take out card.
3. Replace card.
4. Close case.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: frostee on March 09, 2011, 10:31:37 PM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
By that guide, my system is around Exceptional and Enthusiastic.  Though my system is a few years old, it still plays Dragon Age 2 with High rez textures and all settings to max (aside from AA.  That's only at 4x) without a problem.
Tell me how can your rig be "Exceptional" or "Enthusiast" if Sandy Bridge, ATI 6xxx and Nvidia 5xx were all released in the last 6 months or less  ::)

1. Open up case.
2. Take out card.
3. Replace card.
4. Close case.
Except he said his system was "A few years old" and Sandy Bridge would require a new motherboard.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Mykael on March 09, 2011, 10:50:39 PM
Needs moar Sandy Bridge.
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how-tos/build_it_sandy-bridge_powered_gaming_pc_under_grand (http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how-tos/build_it_sandy-bridge_powered_gaming_pc_under_grand)

Replace the i3 processor with a i5-2500k for $100 more, and you get a quad-core processor that can be easily overclocked to a stable 4.4 GHz on stock cooling alone.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Blanko on March 10, 2011, 01:16:35 AM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
By that guide, my system is around Exceptional and Enthusiastic.  Though my system is a few years old, it still plays Dragon Age 2 with High rez textures and all settings to max (aside from AA.  That's only at 4x) without a problem.

Well, that's understandable, considering DA2 looks like it's from 2006.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Lorddave on March 10, 2011, 03:27:00 AM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
By that guide, my system is around Exceptional and Enthusiastic.  Though my system is a few years old, it still plays Dragon Age 2 with High rez textures and all settings to max (aside from AA.  That's only at 4x) without a problem.
Tell me how can your rig be "Exceptional" or "Enthusiast" if Sandy Bridge, ATI 6xxx and Nvidia 5xx were all released in the last 6 months or less  ::)
I'm not basing it on specific components but general power and capability. Like t
1TB drive, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, ect...
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Beorn on March 10, 2011, 03:31:07 AM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png

Guide says linux is free as in beer.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: frostee on March 10, 2011, 05:28:06 AM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
By that guide, my system is around Exceptional and Enthusiastic.  Though my system is a few years old, it still plays Dragon Age 2 with High rez textures and all settings to max (aside from AA.  That's only at 4x) without a problem.
Tell me how can your rig be "Exceptional" or "Enthusiast" if Sandy Bridge, ATI 6xxx and Nvidia 5xx were all released in the last 6 months or less  ::)
I'm not basing it on specific components but general power and capability. Like t
1TB drive, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, ect...
Yes because that was still around a few years ago. What about the important things CPU/GPU/Motherboard. I.e. the stuff I specifically mentioned  ::)
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Hessy on March 10, 2011, 10:14:56 AM
Haven't had time to respond.  Thanks for the help.

So I guess I may as well scrap what I had.  Any general recommendations on what I should go for?

Mainly:

Nvidia vs ATI, Intel vs. AMD, SSD vs. SATA3 HDD, and RAM size/latency

...under a grand
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Trekky0623 on March 10, 2011, 11:28:25 AM
I've never been a fan of solid state drives. I guess I value size over speed, and an SSD is just not going to be big enough to store much on, and I don't really want to have two drives. I don't mind my regular old hard drive.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: markjo on March 10, 2011, 11:59:58 AM
I've never been a fan of solid state drives. I guess I value size over speed, and an SSD is just not going to be big enough to store much on, and I don't really want to have two drives. I don't mind my regular old hard drive.

SSDs are not really meant for storing vast pron collections.  They are more for storing your OS and applications that you use a lot.  I imagine it might be good for VM swap files as well.  At this point, you really only need to consider an SSD if you need performance on a high end system.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: EnigmaZV on March 10, 2011, 12:22:46 PM
I've never had a problem with any ASUS MB I've ever had.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Hessy on March 10, 2011, 01:19:06 PM
Yeah, I find ASUS to be really reliable.  And Im going with a 64gb SATA3 (6gb/s) SSD with a SATA3 320gb HDD.

Performance (namely bang for the buck) is the goal here (for gaming, anyway).
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Hessy on March 10, 2011, 04:11:16 PM
Last question:

HD 6950 or GTX 560 Ti? (1gb, around $250-270)
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: PizzaPlanet on March 10, 2011, 04:58:20 PM
Cool deleted post, Tom.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: EnigmaZV on March 10, 2011, 05:45:06 PM
Cool deleted post, Tom.

Now you look crazy!
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: PizzaPlanet on March 10, 2011, 07:20:04 PM
Cool deleted post, Tom.

Now you look crazy!
I was replying to him saying something along the lines of "What's difficult about building a <$1000 PC anyway?" when he deleted it :(
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Lorddave on March 10, 2011, 08:19:40 PM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
By that guide, my system is around Exceptional and Enthusiastic.  Though my system is a few years old, it still plays Dragon Age 2 with High rez textures and all settings to max (aside from AA.  That's only at 4x) without a problem.
Tell me how can your rig be "Exceptional" or "Enthusiast" if Sandy Bridge, ATI 6xxx and Nvidia 5xx were all released in the last 6 months or less  ::)
I'm not basing it on specific components but general power and capability. Like t
1TB drive, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, ect...
Yes because that was still around a few years ago. What about the important things CPU/GPU/Motherboard. I.e. the stuff I specifically mentioned  ::)

Here's my specs then.  It may not have the flash of the newest stuff, but I doubt personal computer hardware has advanced significantly in 2 years.
Sorry my TB drive isn't as detailed on the list.  I bought it at Best Buy as a splurge item and don't feel like getting exact specs on it.  The rest I got off newegg so I had the order information.  I've also got a 1 KW power supply but that's not really relevant.

Well ok, it was great when I bought it.  Still is as far as I'm concerned.  And by the time I'm ready to upgrade again, games may actually start to surpass my current system at max settings.

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
By that guide, my system is around Exceptional and Enthusiastic.  Though my system is a few years old, it still plays Dragon Age 2 with High rez textures and all settings to max (aside from AA.  That's only at 4x) without a problem.

Well, that's understandable, considering DA2 looks like it's from 2006.

Please tell me a game that you'd consider "high powered" so I can test it.  Preferably something with a demo.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: frostee on March 11, 2011, 01:31:38 AM
Very nice system Dave, I just wouldn't have gone so far to class it where you did was all.

Any reason for the MSI mobo? I have a P55-GD80 myself and it's excellent  ;D
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Hessy on March 11, 2011, 07:02:36 AM
Last question:

HD 6950 or GTX 560 Ti? (1gb, around $250-270)

Literally the last decision I still have to make.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: PizzaPlanet on March 11, 2011, 09:14:20 AM
I see no advantages nor disadvantages for either of those. Unless someone can see any, I'd say choose the number/logo you like more.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Hessy on March 11, 2011, 09:39:20 AM
Most people (after lurking for awhile) seem to agree that the HD scores better in the synthetic benchmarks, but the GTX performs better in games.... GTX it is. Thanks guys.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Blanko on March 11, 2011, 09:52:09 AM
To my knowledge the GTX has better DX11 performance which is going to be very relevant in the next few years, so I'd go with that.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Thork on March 11, 2011, 02:45:23 PM
I've always stuck with nvidia. I never lost a card yet. You won't be able to tell the difference in a game anyway. Pick one that doesn't sound like a spin dryer in your computer case. That gets annoying really quickly. And check your case/mb, in case you need a low profile card or two available slots for the fan etc.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: PizzaPlanet on March 11, 2011, 02:51:23 PM
To my knowledge the GTX has better DX11 performance which is going to be very relevant in the next few years, so I'd go with that.
If that's the case, then definitely, yeah.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Tom Bishop on March 14, 2011, 08:56:43 AM
Hoped I could get some feedback from you guys.  I'm building a gaming-rig for a relative with a budget of $1000.  Here's what I was going for...

Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021): Antec 900 Mid-ATX

MB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131637): ASUS M4N75TD nVidia nForce 750a SLI-ready (AMD) Core Unlocking

GPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130591): 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX460 1gb SE in SLI

PSU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005PSU): Corsair Enthusiast Series 650W ATX12V

CPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846): AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz (3rd and 4th cores unlockable)

RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311): G.SKILL Ripjaw 8gb DDR3 1333

Hard Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795): Western Digital Caviar Black 600gb SATA2 7200rpm

Optical Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204): ASUS 24x CD/DVD burner

+ Windows 7 OEM ($99), Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, remover, and purifier ($20)

I'm a little over budget (the GPUs just came off of a great bargain, back up to $170ish with MIR)... any recomendations on where costs should be cut without sacrificing too much performance?

Don't you mean >$1000 PC?
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Hessy on March 14, 2011, 09:32:34 AM
Don't you mean >$1000 PC?

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Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Areweonfiya on March 15, 2011, 04:42:35 PM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
By that guide, my system is around Exceptional and Enthusiastic.  Though my system is a few years old, it still plays Dragon Age 2 with High rez textures and all settings to max (aside from AA.  That's only at 4x) without a problem.
Tell me how can your rig be "Exceptional" or "Enthusiast" if Sandy Bridge, ATI 6xxx and Nvidia 5xx were all released in the last 6 months or less  ::)
8GB of DDR3 RAM,

Why?
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: markjo on March 16, 2011, 09:35:43 AM
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png
By that guide, my system is around Exceptional and Enthusiastic.  Though my system is a few years old, it still plays Dragon Age 2 with High rez textures and all settings to max (aside from AA.  That's only at 4x) without a problem.
Tell me how can your rig be "Exceptional" or "Enthusiast" if Sandy Bridge, ATI 6xxx and Nvidia 5xx were all released in the last 6 months or less  ::)
8GB of DDR3 RAM,

Why?

Because RAM is cheap.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: PizzaPlanet on March 16, 2011, 01:07:48 PM
Hoped I could get some feedback from you guys.  I'm building a gaming-rig for a relative with a budget of $1000.  Here's what I was going for...

Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021): Antec 900 Mid-ATX

MB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131637): ASUS M4N75TD nVidia nForce 750a SLI-ready (AMD) Core Unlocking

GPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130591): 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX460 1gb SE in SLI

PSU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005PSU): Corsair Enthusiast Series 650W ATX12V

CPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846): AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz (3rd and 4th cores unlockable)

RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311): G.SKILL Ripjaw 8gb DDR3 1333

Hard Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795): Western Digital Caviar Black 600gb SATA2 7200rpm

Optical Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204): ASUS 24x CD/DVD burner

+ Windows 7 OEM ($99), Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, remover, and purifier ($20)

I'm a little over budget (the GPUs just came off of a great bargain, back up to $170ish with MIR)... any recomendations on where costs should be cut without sacrificing too much performance?

Don't you mean >$1000 PC?
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Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: divito the truthist on March 16, 2011, 01:27:47 PM
If no one mentioned this (I didn't read the thread, just the last post), SLI is not worth the monetary increase. You also do not need 8GB of RAM. And I must say, that's an odd choice of hard drive.

Other than that, I could give a completely different set of parts to use, but it'll be a fine computer.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: PizzaPlanet on March 16, 2011, 03:51:35 PM
Step 1: Earn money
Step 2: Spend money
Doing it the other way around won't get you a good computer.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Crustinator on March 16, 2011, 03:56:39 PM
Here you go:

+ Windows 7 OEM ($99)

No. Here you go:

gaming-rig
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Raist on March 17, 2011, 09:53:17 AM
Hoped I could get some feedback from you guys.  I'm building a gaming-rig for a relative with a budget of $1000.  Here's what I was going for...

Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021): Antec 900 Mid-ATX

MB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131637): ASUS M4N75TD nVidia nForce 750a SLI-ready (AMD) Core Unlocking

GPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130591): 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX460 1gb SE in SLI

PSU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005PSU): Corsair Enthusiast Series 650W ATX12V

CPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846): AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz (3rd and 4th cores unlockable)

RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311): G.SKILL Ripjaw 8gb DDR3 1333

Hard Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795): Western Digital Caviar Black 600gb SATA2 7200rpm

Optical Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204): ASUS 24x CD/DVD burner

+ Windows 7 OEM ($99), Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, remover, and purifier ($20)

I'm a little over budget (the GPUs just came off of a great bargain, back up to $170ish with MIR)... any recomendations on where costs should be cut without sacrificing too much performance?

Don't you mean >$1000 PC?

No, he's looking to build a pc that costs less than 1,000 dollars and he's asking what in that list needs taken out to make that happen.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Hessy on March 18, 2011, 05:34:18 AM
I revamped and finsished my build the other day, I'll get on and post some benchmarks for anyone who may be interested.

My build:

Case: (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156190) Raidmax Aztec ATX 619-WO (Orange) Twin MB-foldout

Motherboard: (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130558) MSI USB 3.0 SATA3 6gb/s AMD 770 ATX

GPU: (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130549)EVGA GeFORCE GTX470 Superclocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5

PSU: (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817339025) HEC X-Power 600W Continuous ATX 12V with dual-80MM blue LED fans

CPU: (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846) AMD Phenom II X2 BE Callisto 3.2GHz (can't wait to overclock, already have it at 3.8GHz in my own PC)

SSD: (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148361) Crucial 64GB 2.5" SATA3 Internal Solid State Disk (I also got a 2.5" to 3.5" bay converter)

HDD: (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770) Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7200RPM SATA3

RAM: (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277) G.Skill Ripjaw Series 4GB DDR3 1600

All this plus a Logitec MX518 1600DPI Mouse (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104178) (fantastic mouse by the way, I own one myself), Windows 7 Home Premium OEM, ASUS CD/DVD burner, Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (gonna use on my GPU and CPU, probably), and 2 x SATA3 Cables

Really excited to get it running and benchmarked.  Stayed under budget, too!
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Parsifal on March 18, 2011, 06:15:44 AM
Windows 7 Home Premium OEM

Making a thread to ask for advice on saving money and then throwing it down the drain doesn't make you look very credible.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: PizzaPlanet on March 18, 2011, 09:15:10 AM
Windows 7 Home Premium OEM

Making a thread to ask for advice on saving money and then throwing it down the drain doesn't make you look very credible.

Giving advice that directly contradicts the request doesn't even count as low credibility anymore. It's just downright bothersome retartedness.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Hessy on March 18, 2011, 09:41:38 AM
Windows 7 Home Premium OEM

Making a thread to ask for advice on saving money and then throwing it down the drain doesn't make you look very credible.

Persisting as you do in spite of statements such as "a gaming PC" and "for my uncle" doesn't make you look very credible, either.  I'm not soft-ware savvy enough to use Linux, nor is my uncle. 

You and your freaking Linux  ::)
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Parsifal on March 18, 2011, 09:55:05 AM
Persisting as you do in spite of statements such as "a gaming PC" and "for my uncle" doesn't make you look very credible, either.  I'm not soft-ware savvy enough to use Linux, nor is my uncle.

You and your freaking Linux  ::)

What are you on about? I don't use Linux.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Hessy on March 18, 2011, 09:56:50 AM
Persisting as you do in spite of statements such as "a gaming PC" and "for my uncle" doesn't make you look very credible, either.  I'm not soft-ware savvy enough to use Linux, nor is my uncle.

You and your freaking Linux arcane non-Windows OS's  ::)

Fix'd

And any feedback on my build, the main reason for my posting here?
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: PizzaPlanet on March 18, 2011, 09:58:35 AM
And any feedback on my build, the main reason for my posting here?
I don't really have much to say myself, except for "Looks good to me".
I'm not sure if the SSD is really necessary. Isn't that expensive and all?
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Parsifal on March 18, 2011, 09:59:50 AM
Persisting as you do in spite of statements such as "a gaming PC" and "for my uncle" doesn't make you look very credible, either.  I'm not soft-ware savvy enough to use Linux, nor is my uncle.

You and your freaking Linux arcane non-Windows OS's  ::)

Fix'd

1. Not paying for Windows doesn't necessarily mean that you don't use Windows.
2. You don't need to be "soft-ware [sic] savvy" to use Linux.
3. You not having used the most popular open source OS before doesn't make it "arcane," it makes you ignorant.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Hessy on March 18, 2011, 10:09:59 AM
1. Not paying for Windows doesn't necessarily mean that you don't use Windows.
2. You don't need to be "soft-ware [sic] savvy" to use Linux.
3. You not having used the most popular open source OS before doesn't make it "arcane," it makes you ignorant.

1.  ???

2.  Not what I've gathered, but if you feel differently, feel free to enlighten me

3.  I am indeed ignorant.  Windows has always been good to me, and my limited experience with open source OS's makes me think I don't have the time/energy to learn how to use them.

I'm curious, though, what you think would be a better solution than Windows for a gaming rig, one that's easy to use, etc. 

I've just never been as interested in the software as much as I am the hardware.
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Blanko on March 18, 2011, 10:19:30 AM
Why is Parsifal terrible?
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: markjo on March 18, 2011, 12:44:39 PM
Windows 7 Home Premium OEM

Making a thread to ask for advice on saving money and then throwing it down the drain doesn't make you look very credible.

Since when does asking for advice obligate one to take that advice?  ???
Title: Re: <$1000 PC
Post by: Crustinator on March 18, 2011, 01:43:14 PM
Windows 7 Home Premium OEM

Making a thread to ask for advice on saving money and then throwing it down the drain doesn't make you look very credible.

Enjoy your solitaire.