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Hey guys I'm wondering how good of a gaming computer I can make for $1000 if I need EVERYTHING. (Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, actual tower etc. etc.), so completely from scratch.

I'm not asking for any builds or anything, just how realistic is this $1000 price point for a gaming PC.
I'm building a PC over the summer, but I think $1,000 is all I'm gonna have to work with, maybe a tad bit higher.

Thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by Lettuceman View Post
Hey guys I'm wondering how good of a gaming computer I can make for $1000 if I need EVERYTHING. (Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, actual tower etc. etc.), so completely from scratch.

I'm not asking for any builds or anything, just how realistic is this $1000 price point for a gaming PC.
I'm building a PC over the summer, but I think $1,000 is all I'm gonna have to work with, maybe a tad bit higher.

Thanks in advance!
pretty mid range then. those perifs, especially the monitor will cost a bunch.

maybe $700 for the comp, and $300 for monitor, mouse, and keyboard.

maybe i5 2500k setup? and 560ti

still pretty beast tho
Edited by tyuo9980 - 3/31/11 at 5:33pm
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I usually fit this in the $800-900 range with my suggestions:
Phenom II x6 1090T
4-8GB good quality RAM
Solid state drive
Good case
Good PSU
~6850-6870 class video card

You'll be able to fit the rest in the $100-$200 assuming OS excluded.

At the moment I've been hit in the face with a few school projects that are probably going to put off any full suggestions for awhile.
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Nice.
I wouldn't have to buy windows as I can get it for free through college.
Seems like I'll be fine after all

Can't wait for bulldozer to come out either.
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My computer, listed below, cost almost exactly $1000, but with only one of those monitors, not three. Windows and all, all from Newegg. I hope that gives you some perspective
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You should be great with a $1K budget.... did mine for $922 for the parts shipped to my door.... then of course I went over with the sleeving, shelf, WC tubing... but thats what we do to make our rigs look good. Oh yeah I didn't have to buy my 4 HDDs so you will have to tack on an extra 50-100 depending on which HDDs you want. I also got my Windows free from college.... Hell I even got it before it came out to the public. Gotta love when the Director of Technology for your college has friends at Microsoft and gets us amazing deals.

I also spent way more on a case then I should have with my budget.... but my goal was under $950 and I succeeded. Also thanks to a fellow OCNer I got my H50 for free!
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Originally Posted by Lettuceman View Post
Hey guys I'm wondering how good of a gaming computer I can make for $1000 if I need EVERYTHING. (Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, actual tower etc. etc.), so completely from scratch.

I'm not asking for any builds or anything, just how realistic is this $1000 price point for a gaming PC.
I'm building a PC over the summer, but I think $1,000 is all I'm gonna have to work with, maybe a tad bit higher.

Thanks in advance!
If you want a quality monitor, you'll need to set $200 aside. Good mouse is $40. Good keyboard is $50. That's $300 out. That leaves $700 for the rig. For that much, you can definitely make something good.

I think you're looking at something like this:



A bit over budget, but definitely worth it.

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Thanks guys. You've given me confidence that I can build a kickass machine for $1000-$1100

One more question. In this kind of budget, is an SSD really worth it? I would be able to get an SSD later on using stipent money if I needed one.(same with RAM and an extra video card for crossfire)
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Even at a lowly $800, you could fit an SSD into the budget. The newest SSDs are very fast and while only offering small space, if the budget fits IMO it can be really worth it. An SSD is basically your ticket to never having to wait for anything while using your computer ever again.
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get a spinpoint f3 for 55 bucks at the right time off newegg and save the 100 bucks for an upgraded video card...

I still don't understand the logic on 100 bucks for faster load times... An upped video card vs what you would have bought would be SO MUCH MORE of an upgrade.
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