help build comp for 1200$

By MicroUnC
Oct 13, 2007
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  1. i want to bulid computer from the ground up, i have 1200$ (intel or AMD) for gaming. Please help. Thx
  2. takaboku

    takaboku Newcomer, in training Posts: 138

    Looks like this post here has most of what you asked for..."Heres my mission! (upgrade...)"
  3. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    I set out to do the same but for roughly $1000, Im going to order the parts on Monday. I did a fair amount of research to make sure the hardware was proper and didnt waste any money on some BS heatsink. I would reccomend going with this configuration, with a more powerful videocard of your choice.


    SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151153
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $29.99

    LIAN LI PC-A01B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811112143
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $119.99

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815AS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Item #: N82E16822148230
    Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy
    $54.99

    EDIMAX EW-7728In 32-bit PCI Wireless 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16833315078
    Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy
    $59.99

    Foxconn 8600GTS-256 OC 700/2200 GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported HDCP Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814186029
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $35.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $154.99

    Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC ATX 430W Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817153023
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $12.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $39.99

    Logitech Z-4 40 watts 2.1 Speaker - Retail
    Item #: N82E16836121130
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $69.99

    Logitech MX518 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB + PS/2 Wired Optical Gaming-Grade Mouse - Retail
    Item #: N82E16826104178
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $39.99

    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231087
    Return Policy: Memory (Modules, USB) Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant $89.99
    $79.99

    GIGABYTE GA-G33M-S2 LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128060
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$7.00 Instant $108.99
    $101.99

    Thermaltake A1357 80mm Case Fan - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835999111
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $7.99

    ZEROtherm BTF90 92mm Silent UFO CPU Cooler - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835887002
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$17.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $54.99
    $37.99

    • Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6750 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115029
    Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy
    • K2 NETWORK Sword of the New World: Granado Espada - OEM
    Item #: N82E16800992029
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$19.99 Combo $215.98
    $195.99
    Subtotal: $1,082.84
  4. MicroUnC

    MicroUnC Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30


    Thanks man.
  5. Schmutz

    Schmutz Newcomer, in training Posts: 241

    Thats my thread :) And I agree with takaboku in that you could find it very useful indeed because my budget is more or less equal yours. I think my week of scavenging around the web for information and theory behind what parts offer best value for money is reaching a very near conclusion so you will probably find components listed there very suitable and cost efficient.

    What do you wish to achieve with the new computer? Is its primary function going to be gaming or running the latest software effectively? If you really dont intend on playing any games at all I would recommend getting a cheaper graphics card (perhaps 7900GS), and going for 4GB RAM with the money you'll save

    Anyway take a look in my thread I think you'll gain some valuable experience there and maybe you could add your suggestions to it
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

  7. Bruce2

    Bruce2 Newcomer, in training Posts: 117

    $1200 for a game rig, MicroUnc, please check out the link below. I would pretty much follow the $999 guide line and use the left over to swap out the GPU to an 8800 and a bigger monitor or better CPU. If you hunt around, I am sure you can find better price then what is listed. Get Vista Home Premium OEM instead of Ultimate for $100 less. You can go cheap with case but don't go cheap with PSU. Good luck and enjoy!

    http://www.pcstats.com/ShoppingList.cfm
  8. MicroUnC

    MicroUnC Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

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