1. Post #1
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
    265 Posts
    I've got a budget of $1000 and I'm planning to play games like Mafia 2, L4D2, TF2 on maxed out settings. What can i possibly get for $1000? I'm thinking of getting an i5 processor and an ATI card as well.

  2. Post #2
    wndash's Avatar
    March 2010
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    There are really lots of threads about 800-1000USD gaming build, why not check them?

  3. Post #3
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    If you're are planning to get an ATi/AMD card you'd best wait for the 6xxx series.

  4. Post #4
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
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    I want something that really maxes out my budget. I've seen some and I don't really like the builds

    Edited:

    If you're are planning to get an ATi/AMD card you'd best wait for the 6xxx series.
    Yeah i'll probably do that since they're coming out so soon. Nvidia's offerings are really overpriced and underpowered from what I've read.

  5. Post #5
    wndash's Avatar
    March 2010
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    Just get i5-750, gtx470 or hd5870 and you can guess rest of it from other threads. /thread

  6. Post #6
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
    265 Posts
    How about the motherboard?

  7. Post #7
    >implications unpleasant
    xxncxx's Avatar
    June 2008
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    When will you be buying this anyways.

  8. Post #8
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
    265 Posts
    Probably november but I want to have a rough idea of what I want to get.

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    Kialtia's Avatar
    April 2009
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    Probably november but I want to have a rough idea of what I want to get.
    Wait a few more days, 6xxx is almost released, then we can give you a better price.

    Its usually best to make these threads the day you want to buy your components since prices are changing fast and specials deals are on.

  10. Post #10
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
    265 Posts
    Wait a few more days, 6xxx is almost released, then we can give you a better price.

    Its usually best to make these threads the day you want to buy your components since prices are changing fast and specials deals are on.
    Bad thing is, I don't live in the US, I live in Singapore so I've got no choice but to get parts locally. So basically I'm trying to gather up the models of parts I'm gonna get then I'll do a local price check.

  11. Post #11
    FalcoLombardi's Avatar
    December 2009
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    Since you are in Singapore, where are you going to get the parts?

  12. Post #12
    I'm dumb! You don't have an excuse!
    MacTrekkie's Avatar
    July 2009
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    So are you talking Singapore Dollars or US Dollars?

  13. Post #13
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
    265 Posts
    This is 1160 in USD (current rates), 1500 in SGD. There are 2 main malls to get computer parts here so I'll buy the parts from those places. Update on some parts, I can get an i7-930 and a GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R Rev: 2.0 Motherboard for about 485USD/630SGD, and a Sapphire Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X 1GB OC Edition for 400USD/530SGD. Worth the price? Or should i just get an i5? I'm bent on getting a 5870 though.

    Edited:

    Also, i might be able to stretch the budget a little. Do i need a soundcard? I do a fair bit of listening to music.

  14. Post #14
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    March 2009
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    Heading to Sim Lim? My advice to you is to look up the price lists online, and call the shops to make sure the store has stock before you go. I got a pretty damn awesome computer with just 900SGD, so I'm sure 1500 can do a lot more.

    i7 930 is virtually useless for gaming. i5 750/760 should do the job.
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  15. Post #15
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
    265 Posts
    Haha yeah, nice to see a fellow singaporean here. I'm currently looking at hardwarezone if you know what that website is, has quite a bit of 2nd hand stuff so i can probably save a little on expensive hardware. Whats the specs of your build?

  16. Post #16
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    March 2009
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    Casing: NZXT M59
    PSU: AcBel 470w
    Mobo: Asus M2N68-AM Plus
    CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 620 @ stock clock
    GPU: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 – Vapour-X edition
    RAM: 4GB Kingston DDR2 800MHz
    HDD: (recently bought) Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    Optical drive: salvaged from previous computer, but they cost like 20 bucks

    granted, not the best computer, but it has served me well and should continue doing so for some time. It can do what you want yours to. Built in March this year for 900SGD.

    edit: I don't really go to HMZ, cannot stand the level of english they use. all my stuff is first hand by the way.

  17. Post #17
    ADT
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    Casing: NZXT M59
    PSU: AcBel 470w
    What

    I don't know very well this case, but what the fuck about the PSU ?

  18. Post #18
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
    265 Posts
    HWZ's english is horrible, have to agree on that. Well since i got a larger budget i guess ill go with an i5-750 and a motherboard plus a HAF X casing. What power supply should i get?

  19. Post #19
    ADT
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    January 2010
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    Otherwise, OP, you should wait a little more.

    Edited:

    -automerge broken-

    Edited:

    Generally, Antec/Corsair/Seasonic are the best power supplies to get for your computer

    I have an Antec TruePower New 650W in my actual computer

  20. Post #20
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    March 2009
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    What

    I don't know very well this case, but what the fuck about the PSU ?
    If I remember right, Corsair/some other reputable brand uses Acbel PSUs. They only rebrand them (means putting them in a fancy new box).

    HWZ's english is horrible, have to agree on that. Well since i got a larger budget i guess ill go with an i5-750 and a motherboard plus a HAF X casing. What power supply should i get?
    what's your new budget bro, i'll try and put a build together using a few pricelists (I was at SLS last week)

  21. Post #21
    ADT
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    If I remember right, Corsair/some other reputable brand uses Acbel PSUs. They only rebrand them (means putting them in a fancy new box).
    Oh well, didn't know that. Thanks for the tip

  22. Post #22
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    Does corsair not use Seasonic as an OEM?

  23. Post #23
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
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    Bigger budget as in greater than 900$. Its still 1500. I think i still have to get a monitor but focus on hardware first i guess. I can top up a bit more for an monitor.

  24. Post #24
    ADT
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    Also, i might be able to stretch the budget a little. Do i need a soundcard? I do a fair bit of listening to music.
    Generally, actuals motherboards have good integrated sound chipset in them (like Realtek ALC889).

    Don't plan of buying an soundcard if you haven't got really good speakers (or an high quality headphone)

  25. Post #25
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
    265 Posts
    Generally, actuals motherboards have good integrated sound chipset in them (like Realtek ALC889).

    Don't plan of buying an soundcard if you haven't got really good speakers (or an high quality headphone)
    I'm actually thinking of getting a steelseries or razer gaming headset as well but that will be on the side, not included in this budget. Should i still get a soundcard?

  26. Post #26
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    Does corsair not use Seasonic as an OEM?
    seasonic and CWT

  27. Post #27
    ADT
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    I'm actually thinking of getting a steelseries or razer gaming headset as well but that will be on the side, not included in this budget. Should i still get a soundcard?
    You should refer to this topic, if you want to buy some good headsets/headphones: http://www.facepunch.com/showthread....ing-headphones

  28. Post #28
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    Mmmmm this is the first time I'm putting together a build. Pricelist. For OP: This is all from a single store. All prices in SGD.

    Case: Cooler Master 690 3 Fan w/ Side Window - $129
    PSU: Corsair HX650W Modular PSU 80 Plus - $209
    Mobo + CPU: Asus P7H55-M Pro + i5 760 - $425 (they're in a bundle)
    GPU: MSI GTX460 Hawk 1GB GDDR5 - $369
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $80
    RAM: 2x 2GB Corsair DDR3 1333MHz - $116
    Optical drive: LG GH22NS - $32
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - $148

    Total: $1508

    I'm pretty sure I did something wrong - but what?

  29. Post #29
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
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    Is the GTX460 more powerful than a 5870?

    Edited:

    And also, where did you see the corsair RAM? Can't find it anywhere on the pricelist.

  30. Post #30
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    PC3 10666/1333 CorsairCL9 is the corsair ram. The optical drive is from a separate price list.

    I don't think the 460 is more powerful. This is my first time putting together a build, so wait for someone else to take out all the kinks first.

  31. Post #31
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
    265 Posts
    What does 4GK RAM mean? It seems much cheaper, at least for the OCZ brand on the Bizgram pricelist

  32. Post #32
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    June 2009
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    Is the GTX460 more powerful than a 5870?
    No

  33. Post #33
    ADT
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    Is the GTX460 more powerful than a 5870?
    Not really.

  34. Post #34
    Pedophila's Avatar
    November 2009
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    Anyway, I've made a rough build. Here goes:

    Mobo + CPU : i5-760 + GA-P55A-UD3P - $524
    PSU : XFX xxx Edition 650W Modular -$169
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X 1GB - $530
    RAM: TeamElite DDR3 PC1600 4GK RAM - $142
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X - $285
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $80
    Optical drive: LG GH22NS - $29

    Total : $1759 SGD / 1340 USD

    What does everyone think?

  35. Post #35
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    Just my personal opinion, but I think you ought to go with more reputable brands for the RAM like Corsair or OCZ. I've never actually heard of TeamElite. Also it's not listed on memory support list for your mobo. I'm guessing it'll still work but no guarantees since it's not listed.

    Assuming you're looking for good cooling (inferred that because of the HAF case and vapor-x for the gpu), you could get a 3rd party cooler for the cpu. The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ costs about 60 bucks.

    Since you're using such a large HDD, you'll probably want to have a different partitions for all your stuff (like boot partition, data partition, etc). Here's how mine looks like. Barney is the boot drive (windows OS and some other things), Stinson is the data drive (my steam folder, games, apps). Downloads is a seperate harddrive, so ignore that.

    It's gonna last you quite a while, since it's pretty overkill for what you intend to do (stated in the OP). Anyway, add me on steam at xybjj12 if you need help real-time.

    Edited:

    i'm sorry i made a critical mistake

    don't buy anything yet, wait for the 6000 series to come out

  36. Post #36
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    July 2010
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    My 9800GT and Shitty 1.8GHz Quad Core maxes out those games, and I spent a lot less then 1,000 bucks.

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  38. Post #38
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    March 2009
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    ^ It's not bad but he plans to get a monitor within the budget too.

    I'll assemble a build after the 6k series is out then I'll post it here and you can help me optimize it.

  39. Post #39
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    July 2010
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    Anyway, I've made a rough build. Here goes:

    Mobo + CPU : i5-760 + GA-P55A-UD3P - $524
    PSU : XFX xxx Edition 650W Modular -$169
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X 1GB - $530
    RAM: TeamElite DDR3 PC1600 4GK RAM - $142
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X - $285
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $80
    Optical drive: LG GH22NS - $29

    Total : $1759 SGD / 1340 USD

    What does everyone think?
    He spent 1340 in that configuration with 329$ you can get a good monitor.

  40. Post #40

    April 2010
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    Should I just go with whatever build is made in here?

    (my thread) http://www.facepunch.com/showthread....0-AUD-Computer