Build Your Own Gaming PC

can someone help me build a gaming desktop pc for under $1000?

I know most of the parts of a computer but i dont trust myself when it comes to picking out all the parts i need to build my own gaming pc. I am on a 1000 dollar budget but want a great gaming pc that can also help speed up my architecture programs im running. I want intel i7 quad core processor(hopefully 3.0 but can go with 2.8), atleast 1 GB nvidia or AMD video memory, 8 or 12 GB RAM and a great cooling system so my system never overheats or anything. a cover that allows massive cooling these are just specs that i'd like to have but if my expectations are too high or not high enough then i trust your judgement! i dont know anything about motherboards or cooling systems or covers. please email me at eao2012@gmail.com if you have questions! thanks! hmm ok well what would it cost then for the type of computer i want? i am not limited to 1000 but dont want 1500 or up

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  1. You want all of that for $1000-no way.You forgot-Case,RAM,Cooling (water ),Power Supply and small parts.8GB good RAM cost you $400 and more.

  2. Go & purchase an issue of Maximum PC - February 2010. There is a section on how to build a crazy fast PC for $647.

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  3. $1000 is too high budget!!

    Best priced gaming machine.

    Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz for $189

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    This is the best gaming processor and the highest AMD processor. It

    beats the lowest Core i7 processor in gaming performance and other

    benchmarks. The lowest Core i7 processor is the Core i7 920 2.66GHz

    which costs $288. So this processor is $100 lesser than Core i7 920,

    but beats it in gaming benchmarks and Compression and Decompession

    speeds, etc.. The Core i7 is better in movie encoding and stuff.

    And the stock clock speed of the Phenom II X4 is 3.4GHz whereas the

    Core i7 is 2.66GHz. The AMD Phenom II X4 965 is a black edition

    processor so it has unlocked CPU Multiplier, so it overclocks like

    heaven. The AMD can reach 4.2GHz speeds easily due to this, and still

    remain stable and the temperature under 60C which is normal. The Core

    i7 920 cannot overclock that much. It can go to 3.4GHz but you have to

    increase the voltage to the processor and use water cooling blocks to

    make it stable. This is dangerous to the processor. Just see the

    customer review of the Phenom II X4 processor in that newegg page.

    But the Core i7 processors which cost above $400, dont have any match

    now. But soon AMD is bringing in mass market 6 core processor which

    would be cheaper than those Core i7 4 core processors.

    Motherboard:

    ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G Motherboard for $85

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131398

    This is AM3 socket motherboard for AMD processors and supports DDR3

    RAMs upto 8GB.

    If you go for the Core i7 processors then the similar motherboard

    range starts from $189. Huge Saving!

    And the main advantage of getting the AMD processor and motherboard is

    due to its socket AM3 which is future proof. The Intels change their

    socket with every new processor series so that they can sell more

    motherboards with each upgrade. Like Core i7 has LGA 1366 whereas

    Core2Duo has LGA 775. So in the future if any new processor comes and

    you want to upgrade to it, then you have to throw this costly

    motherboard and buy a new one for that processor.

    But all future AMD processors are going to remain AM3 socket, so this

    motherboard will work even if you upgrade to any new processor from

    AMD(6 core, 8 core, 10 core whatever).

    AMD and Intel are both launching their 6 core processors, the Intel

    Core i9 and the AMD Hexacore. But the Core i9 socket will be different

    from Core i7. Whereas the AMD processor will still be AM3.

    So you tension of future upgrading is minimized.

    RAM:

    OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 RAMs for $79

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227346

    This motherboard for AMD has 4 RAM slots. These are 2Gb x 2 RAMs

    and will take two slots. Presently no application or game in the world

    requires more than 3GB. So 4Gb is more than enough. Adding more RAM is

    wastage as it wont be used. When you will really require more RAM i.e

    after 3 - 4 years then add in another 4GB.

    Single 4GB RAMs are costing hell.

    Graphics Card:

    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 DirectX 11 support for $162

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317

    Future Proof Next-Gen gaming!!

    What about NVIDIA you ask ? In case you didn't notice, at the green

    side NVIDIA right now is on a DirectX 11 bashing marketing program.

    Their program goes like this: DX11 games won't arrive until 2010 so

    why purchase a DX11 card ? Well, next year when a lot of games will

    start supporting DX11, you can rest assured that your card is

    compatible and that you are not stuck with an outdated DX10.0 class

    product. For your future game path, DX11 is an upgrade train you do

    not want to miss out on. Why is NVIDIA doing this ? Well, they just do

    not have their DX11 class products ready and selling on the market.

    Power Supply:

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W for $40

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    Computer Case:

    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP for $80

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

    Excellent cooling!

    Monitor:

    Samsung 24" for $209

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001338

    Keyboard and mice: $30

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126041

    UPS:

    APC 550VA for $66

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842101343

    Total $936


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