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Old October 19, 2010, 07:48 AM
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Default My new $1000 gaming rig

Basically these are the components:

Graphics Card

Anything not listed I either already have or can't afford. I made a pastie that includes all of the prices here. Any opinions on it? Also all the parts are links to parts pages on Tiger Direct. My budget was about a grand, so If your'e going to suggest a part, jusst try to keep that in mind (aka, I cant afford a 980x).

Thanks for any opinions or suggestions is advance!


revised build based on some suggestions:

CPU - Core i7 950 ------------------------------- (315) - link
GPU - MSI GTX 460 --------------------------- (220) - link
PSU - Corsair TX750 ---------------------------- (140) - link
RAM - Corsair XMS3 CMX6GX3M3A1333C8 --- (150) - link
Mobo - Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R -------------- (260) - link
Case - Xion AXP970-001BK -------------------- (095) - link

Total: $1180. A bit more expensive than the original,, but I think I might be able to justify it

After Taxes: $1433 - $55 rebate = $1378 which is less than I spent on my new laptop, which was my ultimate goal. although only 20 bucks less, but still, less

Last edited by devilwarier9; November 2, 2010 at 06:18 AM.
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Old October 19, 2010, 09:22 AM
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Your cpu, mobo & gpu are great, but your psu & ram aren't so good choices. I left the case out cause it's a subjective thing.

My suggestions for $1100 would be these:

Cooler Master CM690II Advanced
Corsair TX or HX 750
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
Intel Core i7 950
Mushkin Blackline Enhanced DDR3-1600 6GB 3x2GB 998778
EVGA GeForce GTX460 1GB or 465

Remember to price match everything as it always helps u get more for your buck. NCIX is your best friend

Good luck with your build and enjoy the new machine
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Old October 19, 2010, 09:26 AM
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My System Specs


Dont skimp on the PSU.

If you're gonna stick with corsair HX or TX 750, its on sale from canada computers. Albeit with a $20 MIR. But still... $20 is $20!
Gaming Rig:
-Caselab STH10, Swiffy MCP35x2, (2) Aphacool UT60 480 rad, HWL GTX 360, Heatkiller IV, i7 5930k @ 4.5 Ghz, 16GB Ripjaws, Asus X99 Deluxe ii, (2) XFX R9 290 w/ XPSC WB, 240 GB Intel 530, 500 GB 850 EVO, (6) 3 TB Tosh HD, EVGA G2 1300 PSU, Win 10 Pro

-G3258 @ 4.0 Ghz, Asrock Z97 Pro 4, Asus 290, 128 GB Crucial M4, (2) 2 TB WD Green, (1) 2 TB Sammy F4, (2) 5 TB Tosh HD, Enthoo Primo, XSPC 480, 240 HWL GTS, Corsair HX620, Win 10 Pro
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Old October 19, 2010, 10:13 AM
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Just a note, it helps if you post what the computer will be used for and if you have any brand preferences.

Hmm i really wouldn't skimp out on the power supply, least not for that power range. Also while evga is nice and sexy, you might be better of with a cheaper asus board. The 465 graphics cards are a sick joke on nvidia's part.... sort of like a neutered 470 with all the negatives. The ram is fine but for that price tag i'm sure you can get a faster clocked ram or at least one with heatsinks (which aren't necessary but are nice). As for the case I'm a little sketchy on it, preferably i would choose something like a 690 2 advanced for the price range but it the that centurion works for you then go for it

Anyways here a list of stuff I'd suggest (prices are from newegg)
Corsair TX750 (750watt)
Cooler master CM690 2 advanced
Asus EAH5830 Directcu
Asus sabertooth x58
Intel i7 930
G.skill ripjaws 6Gb 1600mhz

That's about $1046 without taxes and shipping and may be to your liking? The corsair psu is very reliable and your getting an extra 50watts if you ever need it, just note its not as cable friendly as that coolmax but nothing a little patience can't manage. The CM690 was reviewed here a while ago at hardwarecanucks so check the case reviews, its a very nice case!

Honestly if your willing to spend the extra buck on a 460 ( or find one with a rebate) then that might be a better graphics card for you, but a 5830 from ATI (like the one above) will perform roughly the same as a 465. Intel 930............ The sabertooth is a nice board and shouldn't let you down, and its not confined to the micro atx form of that evga board. As for ram... ripjaws>kingston IMO, Kingston is very good memory but they often have rather exorbitant prices for products that you can find much cheaper from other manufacturers and often better.

um i think that's all? Either way good luck on the build!

(edit: haha o wow i was beaten to it, now i just feel silly writing so much)
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Old October 19, 2010, 11:15 AM
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Corsair Dominator RAM is also a good choice (and almost the same price). Also, no one has mentioned the P6X58D-E motherboard, but that might work well for your price point.
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Old October 19, 2010, 11:20 AM
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I personnaly like this one :

Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R - Price Comparison - Canada's Cheapest Prices

All you want in a Mobo.

But since all the offering are pretty much in the same price range, it is brand preference at this point.

Sold hardware again.....
Currently using WHS hardware....
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Old October 19, 2010, 01:25 PM
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you might want to consider i7 950 for 289.99 at

Buy Intel [BX80601950] Intel Core i7 950 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 3.06GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S
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Old October 19, 2010, 01:43 PM
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Did a small rebuild based on some suggestions.

CPU - Core i7 950 --------------- (315) - link
GPU - EVGA GTX 465 ------------ (220) - link
PSU - Corsair TX750 ------------- (140) - link
RAM - Corsair XMS PC12800 ------ (170) - link
Mobo - Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R -- (260) - link
Case - Xion AXP970-001BK ------- (095) - link

Total $1200

this one look a little better? I upgraded a lot of stuff
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Old October 19, 2010, 03:27 PM
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Do you have to buy it from tigerdirect only? Where are you from?

Use shopbot.ca to find the cheapest for each component and price match it with NCIX/MemoryExpress
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Old October 19, 2010, 03:36 PM
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i live in toronto, and Im pricing it out on tigerdirect because they have a retail store right near my house, so for my last few rigs I have gone in to the store to buy it after pricing it online. I have had good experience with ordering their stuff in the past too.

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