Help me build new PC for under $1500

By SeanCollinDuffy · 7 replies
Mar 16, 2009
  1. I'm looking to put together a new gaming / media pc (but im a newb). So far all i have is a blank slate and $1500. I'm going to use this as my primary movie player so a blue disk drive is a must. I'd like good support for 2 monitors, but i wouldn't add a second for a while (so just 1 monitor in the cost of construction). The primary games played will be Oblivion, WOW, and Warhammer online (note that when people ask "but will it play crisis?" id like to be able to say yes). SSD's and DDR3 are preferable.

    Any suggestions or builds are welcome.


    Potential build:

    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem

    GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 (55nm)


    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

    G.Skill 64GB SSD (for OS)

    LG 6x Blue Disk / 16x DVD+-R

    Acer p243w 24"

    $1510 off NewEgg
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

  3. SeanCollinDuffy

    SeanCollinDuffy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes, i have assembled a number of computers myself. Just not recently, so I'm not up to date an whats required to run modern games. (I've focused on UMPCs for the last couple years, and am way behind on desktops)
  4. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 887   +19

    all the parts you have listed above are great. but you will only have 64 gigs of storage. do you have any other storage devices. also Intel is about to introduce new I7 CPUs so you might want to wait a week or two for that
  5. SeanCollinDuffy

    SeanCollinDuffy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ya, i plan on adding a 500gb ssd as a slave once the prices drop, thanx for the heads up on that chip set
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes SeanCollinDuffy,
    the parts listed look good. Todays computers are much easier to build and configure. They are much more powerful too. I work on a lot of pre 2005 computers, and if they won't take XP Pro, they get trashed
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    I would recommend an XFX HD 4870 1GB and the Corsair 650TX instead of your current choices. Also, you may want to check out this Corsair 6GB 1333MHz kit on Newegg that's going for $90 shipped, unless the G.SKILL kit is cheaper.
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