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Hi there guys - hope this is in the appropriate section. I'm looking to build a decent gaming pc with a budget of preferably under $1000.
This list I've compiled on newegg is what I've come up with so far.

The fan listed is to replace a wobbly fan on the XClio Full Tower Case my bro used to use before he upgraded.
My HDD and DVD drive are fine so I'm also leaving those out of the way.

Anyone have suggestions as to what "improvements" I can make?
Also, is there any severe imbalance in the hardware list?
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You do not need anywhere near 1080W for a single GPU. Maybe if you had three or four 6870s. You should look into getting a ~500W PSU that's actually good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...eo%20eco%20520

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-093-_-Product
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post #3 of 18
There's plenty you could get with that budget, i.e. black edition 955, RAM that is not generic. Let me put together a suggestion... gimme a minute
post #4 of 18
take a look at this build , modify it to ur liking
Quote:
CPU+Cooler 143$ (CPU shipped)
Mobo+GPU 224$ AR (mobo shipped)
Case 35$ after promo code (shipped)
PSU1 77$ AR shipped
PSU2 80$ shipped
SSD 64GB 80$ AR (shipped)
RAM 40$ AR (shipped)
HDD 65$ (shipped)
ODD 17$ (shipped)

total 670$ after rebates
(get rebates and add another 6850 for CF)
6850 CF(320$ AR) perfomance vs GTX 580(500$)
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Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Samsung SH-S223B Zalman CNPS5X Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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post #5 of 18
Phenom II x4 955 + ASUS M4A87TD EVO - $228
Antec TruePower 750W + GTX 570 + Free 3DMark 11 - $400
2x2 G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 7-8-7 - $65
Zalman CNPS10X - $40 shipped
So much win for $733
Downscale the coolrer and the RAM if it still doesn't fit budget

This case: NZXT TEMPEST EVO $90 shipped - is also great
Edited by xd_1771 - 2/13/11 at 3:12pm
post #6 of 18
intel is better for gaming i recommend something like a i5 760 or wait for sandy bridge again, ivy bridge or bulldozer
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post #7 of 18
The 890FXA-GD65 is AM3+ socket and will eventually support Bulldozer as a drop-in upgrade, so you can have a direct upgrade route. LGA1156 is long-dead also.
post #8 of 18
Get rid of that gastly CPU cooler, no need to spend $50 on a cooler.. try the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2
post #9 of 18
For $1000 get a 955 Processor instead. The 6870 is a beautiful card, but if you can squeeze it into 1grand, the GTX 570 will kick its ass. As far as a power supply, look for a Nice 600-650Watt, such as corsair, seasonic, or even OCZ.

Judging from the After market cooler, youre considering overclocking. which is all the more reason for the 955. As far as the cooler itself, the xigmatek Dark Knight is much better. To get to the point, that Asus EVO wont cut it for overclocking. My friend has an EVO that prevents him from reaching his processors potential overclock. Get a solid gigabyte board for around $135.

That's my two cents. Filling in the blanks is pretty straight forward and usually opinionated, atleast for the case. Those specs will give you a killer rig.

Just two last comments. You're building a budget rig, but don' cut corners. If you can't afford the 570, don't skimp out elsewhere to get it, or consider paying a little more. If you stumble across the idea of unlocking a 6950, don't do it as you'll end up with a permanently damaged card.

Also, save money to put into something else and dont buy an SSD.
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WD 640GB/1TB Spinpoint F3 ASUS DVD/CD w/ Lightscribe Xigmatek Dark Knight Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit 
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post #10 of 18
i7 2600k or i5 2500k
ASUS P67 Pro
ASUS GTX 570
Samsung F3 1TB
4GB G.skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz
Corsair HX650W PSU
NZXT Phantom
DVD Burner
Coolermaster Hyper 212+
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