Custom Gaming PC for $1,200?

By KageKingu
Nov 14, 2008
  1. Hey guys, I'm looking to build a new PC for running top of the range games in full detail smoothly.

    Can I build a system like this within a budget of £800? (approx. $1,200 as of writing)

    I am looking for a build with SLI, using an AMD processor and (1 or 2) XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Graphics Cards (I heard it is a very good card).

    Any help as to which components I should buy would be highly appreciated :)
    Thanks, Luke.
  2. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 TS Rookie Posts: 34

  3. KageKingu

    KageKingu TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks a lot GT, that's pretty much exactly what I'm looking for.

    Only issues I have are that: 1) I really prefer AMD for gaming, and 2) I'd like to put it together myself because I find it easier to upgrade when the time comes :D

    Also, if I wait an extra month I can up my budget to around £1200 ($1800 approx.), which will cover monitor and OS costs as well as VAT.

    Do you reckon it would cost much more to buy the parts seperately and replace the CPU with an AMD Phenom X4? I'd have to switch out the mobo too ofc but I think the nForce 750a SLi is cheaper anyways.

    Thanks for your input on the subject, I appreciate it! :D
  4. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 TS Rookie Posts: 34

    I find that they are cheap for many parts, so it may be worth you going through their products and adding things to the basket that you are after, that way you can get the exact system you would be after and it shouldn't cost you anything until you actually place an order :)
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    £800 will get you a far more powerful system than the one linked to on Aria. Oh, and AMD used to be the performance king, but for the past two years, they haven't released anything that can compete with Intel's offerings at the same price.

    I'd recommend this build:
    Grand Total = £653.73 including VAT and without shipping. I leave the rest of the items upto you. This PC performs far faster than the one you were recommended and all parts are of excellent quality with no compatibility problems whatsoever.
  6. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Clearly you havnt been looking at bench marking threads for the last 2 years, right now intel is the way to go for performance. There's a reason why amd's high end processors have drops 40% in price since 2006
  7. KageKingu

    KageKingu TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the replies.

    Is there little point choosing quad-core over dual-core at the moment then? And does SLi make that much difference?

    I'm looking to make the best machine with my budget (which I've upped to around £1200), so is Rage's build a decent one to get or could I take it up a notch?

    Once again thanks for all replies, appreciated :D
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Yep, quad-core vs dual-core is pretty much useless, gaming-wise. And SLI scaling varies from game to game, so where you might get fantastic performance in one game, another may actually not give you any performance increase from the second card.

    And for your new budget, here's the new build I suggest:
    Grand Total = £918.99 including VAT and without considering shipping. The rest of the items are upto you. All parts are of exceptional quality and will work together perfectly well, and will form a top-of-the-range PC that rips through anything you throw at it.

    Note: If you don't have a monitor supporting at least a resolution of 1600x1200, you may want to go for the GTX 280 or GTX 260 instead. eVGA, XFX and BFG are the top three companies for these cards.
  9. KageKingu

    KageKingu TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Rage. This is the setup I will probably use when building my PC :D

    Thanks a lot for the replies everyone.
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