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Hey guys I'm looking to build a gaming rig and my budget is $1000. I don't need the best right off the top but I want to make sure the ground work is there for me to add on over time.


I'll be wanting to output this to my Sony XBR TV and through my Onkyo 805. Any tips and links to items I may need and guides would be really helpful. Thanks!
 

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I'd start with reading either tomshardware or anandtech (I prefer the latter).


Newegg or Amazon are recommended places to shop.


Off the top of my head, I'd say you can do something pretty good for $1K


Core i3 - $100 or so

Decent board with SLI/CF support - $150

4GB RAM - $100

GTX 460 1GB - $200 (or equivalent AMD model)

Case and power supply (don't cheap out on the latter) $150

1GB+ 7200RPM hard drive plus DVD drive: $130 or less

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit: $120 or so


That adds up to $950 leaving you a bit to spend on a good Keyboard or Mouse. This system as-is will play any game at 1080p with higher detail levels.


This can be upgraded to a i7 as well as a second graphics card. I highly advise waiting until early 2011 (January?) when the LGA1155 motherboards come out along with the new Intel models. LGA1156 is the current socket and won't be compatible with those.
 

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Hey Steven,


Is this configration can play PS2 simulation good?

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I'd start with reading either tomshardware or anandtech (I prefer the latter).


Newegg or Amazon are recommended places to shop.


Off the top of my head, I'd say you can do something pretty good for $1K


Core i3 - $100 or so

Decent board with SLI/CF support - $150

4GB RAM - $100

GTX 460 1GB - $200 (or equivalent AMD model)

Case and power supply (don't cheap out on the latter) $150

1GB+ 7200RPM hard drive plus DVD drive: $130 or less

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit: $120 or so


That adds up to $950 leaving you a bit to spend on a good Keyboard or Mouse. This system as-is will play any game at 1080p with higher detail levels.


This can be upgraded to a i7 as well as a second graphics card. I highly advise waiting until early 2011 (January?) when the LGA1155 motherboards come out along with the new Intel models. LGA1156 is the current socket and won't be compatible with those.
 

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For $1000 you can get a lot. If you are near a Micro Center, that would be good.


i7 950 processor = $200

EVGA B Stock motherboard = $100

6GB's of DDR3 = $75

Antec 650 watt PSU = $75

Nice case = $50

6870 GPU = $250

1TB hard drive = $60

60GB SSD drive for OS = $120

DVD drive = $20

Operating System = $100 (if you can't get one for free)


$1050 total, $950 if you already have an OS. You can cut the memory down to 4GB's, that would cut the cost back by about $30. This is all based off of deals I have seen recently on Slickdeals.net, and everyday pricing.
 
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