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Hey guys, I'm a first time builder and have spent the past few weeks looking for parts to buy for a new gaming PC. I will mainly use this computer for gaming, but I will also be using it to browse the internet, watch movies/videos, and do school related stuff. I would like the total to be around ~$1000. I would also like for the computer to be able to play games for a while without many problems.


I don't plan to overclock unless I need to, and I don't plan on using crossfire or SLI unless I need to or it is a better option for me. Preferable buying website - www.newegg.com





CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $140


Motherboard: ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $100



Video Card: XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $145



Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 - Retail $68



Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $90 after MIR



Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $102



Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $75



Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM $110



Monitor: ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail $150 after MIR



Now for the less important items, but I'd just like to include them anyways since they also add to my total.


Keyboard: Logitech 967740-0403 Black 104 Normal Keys 8 Function Keys USB Standard Internet 350 USB Keyboard - OEM $15



Mouse: Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming-Grade Mouse - Retail $40



Microphone: Logitech 980186-0403 Silver USB Connector USB Desktop Microphone $20




So, that's my current build. I'm looking for any constructive criticisms, comments, suggestions, etc. My current total with everything in this list is $1,055. I don't really want to go higher than this unless it's a good upgrade for a slightly higher price. Thanks for all of the help.

Edited by Revolation

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I agree with ShallowBay, if money's tight, why not purchase a 922 instead, ($99.99 last I checked at NewEgg) and with the difference get a 720 or 940? I own the 932 and it's one gargantuan case, with a plethora of space to work with. I'm sure the 922 is just as great, albeit with a little less room


Looks like Shallow beat me to the 922 suggestion :(

Edited by ekiM

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Thanks for the help so far. The HAF 922 looks great and is $30 cheaper. But, could I save more and possibly get something like the

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $70 ?



I could save $70 on the case, but I'm not sure if it's a good choice. The reviews look positive, but I would like some feedback. And, if I were to make the choice to get this case, I could get a 4890 video card and a AMD 720 CPU.


How are these?


AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail $120



XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $200



My total if I made these changes would be $1,058. I would be improving my video card and CPU quite a lot. So what do you guys think? And also, is the power supply is sufficient, especially if I don't plan to crossfire in the near future? Thanks again!

Edited by Revolation

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You could go for a Coolermaster CM/RC 690 to cut costs



The video card seems good though you should google some reviews, this card is pretty much the same price

Sapphire VaporX


The processor is good and if you are not unlucky it should unlock to give you specs similar to Phenom II x4 920.


You could also consider the following mobo


it comes with crossfireX support while the earlier one doesn't. However, the one you have selected comes with onboard video which could come in handy should you want to use in an HTPC later.

Another one to consider is ASUS M4A78T-E (the one I have) it supports Xfire and aslo has onboard video...


And for the RAM these are way better Crucial ballistix CL7 and out of stock


Try any of these Newegg CL7 RAM 4GB (2x2) (Any DDR3-1333 +)


the RAM and processor must be upgraded..

Edited by nns

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