View Full Version : $1000 gaming computer build needed

sneaky devil
09-04-2012, 03:38 AM
basically, all I have is a grand to make a computer (not including monitor, key board etc) which I intend to use for gaming.
I'm fairly new to choosing parts so help would be much appreciated


09-04-2012, 06:25 AM
If you are from New Zealand you wouldn't get much for 1000 NZ $, but if you are you could look at something like this http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/systems/systemdetail.asp?systypeid=4

09-04-2012, 07:58 AM
Well I thought it was a fun Idea to see if I could do it, using www.pp.co.nz I came up with this list;

http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA14545 case $69
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA30647 PSU $108
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA32935 Motherboard $96
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA27758 i3 2100 $179
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA32997 RAM $51
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA27949 6850 $269
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA27120 DVD $50
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA26382 HDD $120
http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA18772 windows 7 $152

Total $1094 (+$65 if you want them to assemble it)

Personally I think for gaming it's about as good as you can do for around $1000, you could swap the Video card for http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA33682 and save $65 but I would go the 6850 myself because of it's superior gaming potential.
Also I normally go for Nvidia cards but on a budget this tight ATI/AMD have better pricing and they are great cards still. I like paradigm pc's but if you shop around you can probably save a little, I just use them for links because I find they have one of the better selections of cheaper parts and an easy to use website. If you go for cheaper parts don't buy a crappy PSU, it's one part you really want to be quality.

09-04-2012, 12:03 PM
Yeah the 6850 isn't bad, I'd keep that and maybe scrimp another few dollars off the CPU if you really had to. Nicely done though by dugimodo! :D

sneaky devil
09-04-2012, 03:17 PM
thanks a bunch dugimodo :)
I just noticed that the mother board has an on board graphics which i was wondering if I'd need as I was planning to get a separate graphics card :illogical

09-04-2012, 03:37 PM
No you don't need onboard graphics as the card will be what your using but since a lot of boards come with it I wouldn't worry as it's cost and performance not features your looking at here

09-04-2012, 04:49 PM
yeah sneaky devil dugimodo has really done a nice job of putting that together for ya. and yes it will run minecraft very well :P

09-04-2012, 09:07 PM
All sandybridge CPU's except a few new models have inbuilt graphics only the P67 boards don't give you access to it but the CPU still has the feature. Can be handy for trouble shooting too.
The Motherboard I linked is a cheaper model, and all the cheap ones have onboard graphics curiously enough. It doesn't affect gaming and you will actually have to spend more to get a board without this feature - one of the quirks of PCs :)

I just linked what I would buy on that budget, my actual machine is a lot more powerful but I also have a 2nd computer with a 6770 and it does surprisingly well.
The beauty of going sandybridge is you should have upgrade options for a decent amount of time if you decide later you need more power, serious gamers would usually buy a Z68 board but slap an i7, 8GB of RAM, and a high end graphics card on one of these cheap boards and they'd have trouble showing you the difference (short of multiscreen SLI gaming anyway)

edit; Just noticed the case has a 370W PSU with it, don't attempt to use it. I just picked that one because of the price but if you do get it, throw away or sell the PSU and buy a decent one. 370W is not suitable for gaming.

sneaky devil
11-04-2012, 04:01 PM
so if i were to get a case with any 500W PSU would it work fine, or do i need a specific 500W PSU?

11-04-2012, 04:26 PM
In theory any 500w psu should work but the problem is that generally cases that come with psus come with cheap nasty psus. Which generally aren't even the listed wattage. This basically sums up cheap power supplies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTVEtr14FEA buying a good brand significantly reduces your chances of accidentally blowing up the rest of your computer.

11-04-2012, 04:32 PM
Not a specific one, just a good one. Most bundled PSU's tend to be cheaper models and that's not a great Idea. The one in my original list is a very good option for the price. The PSU is the heart of your PC and you shouldn't cheap out on it, everything depends on it.

Corsair is a brand that pretty much everyone agrees on, other good ones are;

There are other brands I would rate as just "OK" but wouldn't use for anything important. For example both coolermaster and thermaltake have high end models that are pretty good and low end models that are mediocre and have overly optimistic ratings.

After saying all that, yes you can buy a case that comes with a 500W or higher PSU and it will run your hardware and probably be ok. The reason no one on here including me will reccommend doing it is that it's like playing russian roulette with your hardware. A cheap PSU can do anything from cause a slightly unstable system that occasionally does random weird things to send a nasty spike into your machine and fry the CPU or something equally fun. Some techs like the cheap PSU's so much they will throw away brand new ones.