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Hi folks,

In the summer of 2010, I had help from this community in building my first from-scratch PC, and it's still running beautifully! So thank you.

Based on that wonderful success, I have returned on behalf of a friend.

My buddy wants to put together a gaming rig for around $1,000, although I bet he would stretch to up around $1,200.
(His price includes the cost of a monitor.) Any suggestions are appreciated!

With gratitude,
Jason
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WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Home 64bit Corsair HX 750W Hal 922 
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post #2 of 19
Does he need OS?
post #3 of 19
intel $1200 gaming build with monitor (Click to show)
Here's an intel $1200 sim~build , if you cant wait of ivy bridge 3570K + z77 motherboard this late april, below is bang for the buck cpu+hsf+motherboard 1155 intel socket with 60GB ssd (OS) & 500GB (storage), with decent 650 watt 80+ powersupply & a gtx 560ti 448 cores videcard on a 1080p 23" monitor

cpu Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 ~ $220 free shipping

hsf COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+ ~ $30 free shipping

pcb ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 ~ $122+$8 = $130 shipped

ram Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Model 996995 ~ $45 free shipping

ssd Patriot Pyro PP60GS25SSDR 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC ~ $97 - $25MIR =$72 free shipping

hdd Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" ~ $85 free shipping

odd LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM ~ $16 free shipping

psu Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80+ BRONZE ~ $80 free shipping

case COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ~ $ 60+$5-$10MIR = $55 shipped

gpu EVGA 012-P3-2078-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) Classified Ultra 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 ~ $280+$8-$20MIR= $268 shipped

mon SAMSUNG S23A300B High Glossy Black 23" 5ms Full HD LED ~ $140+$9= $149 shipped


Total ~ $1151 after rebate
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Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD102UJ 1TB/16MB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB/64MB LG GH22NS70 DVDRW SATA (Black) OEM 
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Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD102UJ 1TB/16MB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB/64MB LG GH22NS70 DVDRW SATA (Black) OEM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Red LED Fan  Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1  Philips 32PFL 3605/98 LCD 
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Logitech G11 Mushkin Enhanced Joule 800W 80+ Silver Cooler Master Elite RC-311 Razer DeathAdder 
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post #4 of 19
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6jGA

$1047, add another $100 if he needs windows
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Intel i7 4820K Asus Rampage 4 Black EVGA GTX 1080Ti GSkill Trident X 2400 
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Western Digital Black 1TB Smasung 850 evo  Custom loop windows 10 
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Western Digital Black 1TB Smasung 850 evo  Custom loop windows 10 
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post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help guys, both builds look great.

Just one question: will he notice a significant difference in performance going with the i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz over the AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz?
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i7 930 @ 4.00 Ghz ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA gtx 460 SC x2 6GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 
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WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Home 64bit Corsair HX 750W Hal 922 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 @ 4.00 Ghz ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA gtx 460 SC x2 6GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Home 64bit Corsair HX 750W Hal 922 
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post #6 of 19
^I would definitely say so, especially if the price difference isn't that much! I'd go with the first build, but I'd change the monitor to the one listed in the 2nd build.
Edited by jedi304 - 4/1/12 at 10:47am
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Intel Core i5-760 @ 3.6Ghz EVGA P55 SLi Palit GTX 670 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600mhz 
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Corsair Force Series 3 F90 1x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB  1x Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB  Prolimatech Megahalems 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Asus PA238Q IPS Thermaltake Meka G1 Corsair HX650 
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Coolermaster HAF XB Corsair M60 Roccat Taito Grado SR80i 
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Corsair Force Series 3 F90 1x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB  1x Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB  Prolimatech Megahalems 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Asus PA238Q IPS Thermaltake Meka G1 Corsair HX650 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Coolermaster HAF XB Corsair M60 Roccat Taito Grado SR80i 
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post #7 of 19
^ no problem get the asus brand, the monitor on my build is already out of stock...
simple sandy
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BaGnI
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Snow Blood Kaveri
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500K AsRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 EVGA GTX 560 TI 448 Cores Classified Edition Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (Dual) DDR3 1600... 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD102UJ 1TB/16MB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB/64MB LG GH22NS70 DVDRW SATA (Black) OEM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Red LED Fan  Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1  Philips 32PFL 3605/98 LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Mushkin Enhanced Joule 800W 80+ Silver Cooler Master Elite RC-311 Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Control DIGITUS 5.1 Surround Home Theater System - DA-1... 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD Phenom II X4 840  Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H  Kingston Value RAM DDR3 1333 (2x2GB)  Samsung Spinpoint 3 HD103SJ 1TB/32MB  
Optical DriveCoolingMonitorMonitor
Lite-On iHBS112-29 12X 3D Internal Blu-Ray Writer  3R System Iceage 120 Boss II  LG Series LH70 32" (32LH70YR) Full HD LCD TV Asus 18.5" VH197D LED  
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Genius Keyboard Spillproof  FSP Supersonic 550W  Aopen Nagas G3  Edifier Speaker Aurora 2.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon x4 860K 3.7~4.0 Ghz 95W FM2+ Processor  Asus A68HM-PLUS Socket FM2+ Zotac ZT-90603-10M GTX 950 AMP ED. 2GB 128bit ... Mushkin Blackline 997164F 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 213... 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Patriot Torch LE 240GB SATA 3 2.5" Internal SSD Silverstone SS-AR06 Tek Low-Profile CPU Cooler ... Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Benq VW2235 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Team Wolf ZHUQUE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard 87 ... Corsair CS Series CS550M 550W Modular Power Sup... Jonsbo C2 ITX/uATX Case James Donkey112 2000dpi USB Wired Optical Gamin... 
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simple sandy
(19 items)
 
BaGnI
(12 items)
 
Snow Blood Kaveri
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500K AsRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 EVGA GTX 560 TI 448 Cores Classified Edition Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (Dual) DDR3 1600... 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD102UJ 1TB/16MB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB/64MB LG GH22NS70 DVDRW SATA (Black) OEM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Red LED Fan  Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1  Philips 32PFL 3605/98 LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Mushkin Enhanced Joule 800W 80+ Silver Cooler Master Elite RC-311 Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Control DIGITUS 5.1 Surround Home Theater System - DA-1... 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD Phenom II X4 840  Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H  Kingston Value RAM DDR3 1333 (2x2GB)  Samsung Spinpoint 3 HD103SJ 1TB/32MB  
Optical DriveCoolingMonitorMonitor
Lite-On iHBS112-29 12X 3D Internal Blu-Ray Writer  3R System Iceage 120 Boss II  LG Series LH70 32" (32LH70YR) Full HD LCD TV Asus 18.5" VH197D LED  
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Genius Keyboard Spillproof  FSP Supersonic 550W  Aopen Nagas G3  Edifier Speaker Aurora 2.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon x4 860K 3.7~4.0 Ghz 95W FM2+ Processor  Asus A68HM-PLUS Socket FM2+ Zotac ZT-90603-10M GTX 950 AMP ED. 2GB 128bit ... Mushkin Blackline 997164F 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 213... 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Patriot Torch LE 240GB SATA 3 2.5" Internal SSD Silverstone SS-AR06 Tek Low-Profile CPU Cooler ... Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Benq VW2235 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Team Wolf ZHUQUE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard 87 ... Corsair CS Series CS550M 550W Modular Power Sup... Jonsbo C2 ITX/uATX Case James Donkey112 2000dpi USB Wired Optical Gamin... 
Mouse PadAudio
Perixx DX-3000M Gaming Aluminum Mousepad [Silver] Circle Attitude Multimedia Speaker 2.1 Wireless... 
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post #8 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by jedi304 View Post

^I would definitely say so, especially if the price difference isn't that much! I'd go with the first build, but I'd change the monitor to the one listed in the 2nd build.

I got that monitor you recommend, and I like it. I am happy with the price and performance, but then again I am not the most picky of customers either.

Also, where is this being shipped to?
Edited by ./Cy4n1d3\. - 4/1/12 at 11:10am
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
It will be going to Austin, Texas.

As it turns out, he needs OS: how about this?

Is there any reason not to get the OEM version?
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 @ 4.00 Ghz ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA gtx 460 SC x2 6GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Home 64bit Corsair HX 750W Hal 922 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 @ 4.00 Ghz ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA gtx 460 SC x2 6GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Home 64bit Corsair HX 750W Hal 922 
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post #10 of 19
no just get the oem version of windows 7 home 64 but and that will do him fine. as for the cpu speed, with the way this system will be built, the difference in the cpu for gaming purposes wouldnt be noticable, but for other things it might be, the intel cpu is the better cpu over all but both will work for gaming. i just went with the 4100 because its cheaper and you can get a really nice mobo with it for less than the price of the i5 setup which gives you a little more room to pick out a nicer case or coolers on what not.
Main Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 4820K Asus Rampage 4 Black EVGA GTX 1080Ti GSkill Trident X 2400 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Black 1TB Smasung 850 evo  Custom loop windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus PB278Q Razer Blackwidow 2013 Seasonic X1250 Caselabs SMA8 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder Chroma Razer gigantus AKG K7XX headphones 
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Main Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 4820K Asus Rampage 4 Black EVGA GTX 1080Ti GSkill Trident X 2400 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Black 1TB Smasung 850 evo  Custom loop windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus PB278Q Razer Blackwidow 2013 Seasonic X1250 Caselabs SMA8 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder Chroma Razer gigantus AKG K7XX headphones 
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