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Hey guys,
I want to build my first computer which would mainly be for gaming. I already have a 9800gtx+. What do you guys recommend for the rest of my parts to stay under $1000?
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do you have any preference for amd or intel?
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Originally Posted by syrus4364 View Post
Hey guys,
I want to build my first computer which would mainly be for gaming. I already have a 9800gtx+. What do you guys recommend for the rest of my parts to stay under $1000?
You'll want to upgrade your graphics card relatively soon after building your computer, but it will allow you to direct your money into the build itself.

I would recommend you go with an i5 2500k and compatible 1155 socket motherboard. If you decide you only want to go with single-graphics solutions, that'll make the purchase cheaper (you can get a motherboard that is designed just for one x16 pci slot... and your power supply doesn't need to be huge to futureproof some future upgrade). I'd get a 650W power supply of a reputable model/company, and 4Gb of RAM (2x2GB... I really like G.Skill but there's lots of brands that work). The disc drive and hard drive are up to you (just make sure SATA). Case is also up to you. CPU cooler is up to you.

But anyways, for the base of it, I'd say 1155 and i5 2500k. I love AMD and I'd say for gaming an AMD x4 955 would be great (and it would be), but the i5 2500k offers some better bang for the buck. The only downside is the motherboards can be problematic for some (so make sure you research extensively into which you are buying). I did and I still got a lemon (Asus).
    
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do you have any preference for amd or intel?
I'm definitely leaning toward intel.

Thanks to PaulWog for all the great information. The i5 2500k sounds like it has everything I need. Just have to find a good motherboard now. Also, for my hard drive, I'm looking at getting the Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache SATA. It seems good in terms of price. Has anyone used this hard drive before or have any experience with it? Any extra information on it or suggestions for others that have been good for you would be much appreciated.

Thanks all
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I'm looking at getting the Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache SATA. It seems good in terms of price. Has anyone used this hard drive before or have any experience with it?
Yes, its really fast. I love mine, 1TB is so much space.. I have soo many games and i still haven't filled up even half of it yet.
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I personally don't like samsung, but that is just personal preference. I have all western digital and I have never had one fail on me yet. So i would say go for a WD drive.
Asus makes good motherboards.
what are you looking at for video cards?
price wise.
You should probably look at getting multiple hard drives. OS and storage drives.

the video card could be something like an HD6950 or a GTX570.

Go with at least 4gb of ram, but I personally would recommend just going for 8gb.
Kingston and corsair are both good brands of memory. kingston tends to be a little more expensive, but doesn't have compatibility issues with barely anything.
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The i5 2500k sounds like it has everything I need. Just have to find a good motherboard now. Also, for my hard drive, I'm looking at getting the Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache SATA. It seems good in terms of price. Has anyone used this hard drive before or have any experience with it? Any extra information on it or suggestions for others that have been good for you would be much appreciated.
The 2500 IS everything you need

For a hard drive, I'd tell you to stay away from Seagate because they've been having some serious reliability problems as of late. There are four Samsumg Spinpoints, the F1, F2, F3 and F4. the F3 is the new F1 and the F4 is the new F2, so get either the F3 (7200RPM: faster but noisier) or the F4 (5400RPM: slower but quieter).
I have two 1TB Spinpoints F1 and happy to say I couldn't have made a better purchase at the time.
I'd search for a 2TB one, the price difference between it and the 1TB is higly justifiable.
WD seems to be a good brand as well...

As for motherboards, I'd recommend... just about any one. Features to look at are USB3, SATA 6Gb/s, Dual PCIe x16 slots, overclocking capabilities... am I missing something else?

As for memory, look for the tightest timings (lowest) possible. Try to avoid 1600MHz 9-9-9-24, for example, when 1600MHz 7-8-7-20 is available. If it's now within your budget though, no problem

As for graphics cards, take a look at Best Graphics Cards For The Money: January 2011, by Tom's Hardware
My favorite is definitely a GTX 460. And if you want more power you can add another one in later.
EDIT: Sorry, forgot you already had a 9800GTX+

Cases are really a personal choice. Find you think is pretty, read some reviews, search the forums and you're ready to go.

DVD drives... anything works

PSUs... if you're going to do some case modding, you might want to look after modular units... if you care about the electricity bill at the end of the month, look for 80 Plus certifications (bronze, silver, gold)... and you MUST read reviews on high quality websites before you even consider purchasing one.
Edited by klil - 1/20/11 at 7:03pm
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Something I'd get:

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98
$25.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM
$99.99

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W
$119.99
-$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
$114.99

ASUS P8P67 EVO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$209.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
$224.99

That's $796. Of course you might as well want to jump to a better motherboard and CPU and get less RAM, HD and PSU. It's your choice
Still missing case, cpu cooler (not necessary but recommended), and fans (some come with the came, but you might want more). AND shipping, obviously.
Edited by klil - 1/20/11 at 7:18pm
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Thanks so far for all the help everybody! Very much appreciated. I think I have a pretty good line up of parts but would like some feedback and opinions from you guys.

Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
$224.99

Motherboard:
I can't tell a difference between these two...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131682
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel
$184.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131695
ASUS P8P67 EVO LGA 1155 Intel
$209.99

Power Supply:
I don't know much about this company but I saw some good reviews.

Thermaltake TR2 650W ATX Modular Active PFC Power Supply TRX-650M
$89.26

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231189
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
$46.99

Hard Drive:
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA
$59.95

Disk Drive:
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
$25.99

Case:
Any suggestions on cases are much appreciated here. I haven't really made a decision on a case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156063
RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB
$69.99

Cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
$29.99

This puts my total right around $740.
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I've got a few suggestions.

Unless you need lightscribe, you can save $10 by switching DVD drives to this:
Asus DVD Drive

For about the same price of that case (actually, looks a little cheaper), you can swing a Coolermaster HAF 912. It'll be cooler and a bit quieter, with the option to add more fans later if you need it. Also, it probably has better build quality than the Raidmax (I've seen some questionable reviews on that). The downside is that it doesn't have the side window, so no eye candy
Coolermaster HAF 912

It would probably be worth looking into a combo deal with the processor. For example, with the cheaper of those 2 motherboards and that processor, you can get a free copy of Civ 5 (maybe for resale if you don't want it?)
Civ 5 Combo
Or you could do a combo with the Hyper 212+ and save yourself $16 right off the bat:
Hyper 212+ Combo
If you live near a Microcenter, you can also pick up the processor for around $35 cheaper if neither of the combo deals appeals to you:
Microcenter 2500k

Hopefully these suggestions will save you $50 or so

As far as I can tell, the ram is fine, and I love my F3 and Hyper 212. I don't know about the difference between those boards or about the quality of that power supply, but hopefully someone else can chip in on that?
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