1000 gaming computer - need feedback


Mar 6, 2009
Hello everyone,

I am building my first computer and need some help. I have posted my build below from newegg. its approximately 1016 dollars after tax and shipping, and going to be about 976 after mail in rebates.

Heres my questions

1. are all the parts going to work together
2. will 650 W powersupply be enough if i was to get another 4870(512 or 1g) and put in in crossfire and maybe another 4G stick of ram
3. should i get another CPU heatsink, or will the stock AMD PHENOM II be enough
4. any other recommendations for the build

I tried to get the most bang for my buck, using combo deals, instant savings trying to keep the entire thing under 1000. How did I do?

1. LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 - OEM


2. Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


3. Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM


4. SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail


5. CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail


6. G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail


7. Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM


8. AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail


9. ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail



Dec 24, 2008
+1 for dirtmountains suggestions.
You won't have enough 6pin connectors on that 650w PSU if you want to xfire, go with that Corsair 750w.

I would avoid seagate drives, they are still having issues. Go with a WD6401AALS Caviar Black 640gb drive.

You are spending a lot of money on that mobo, If it were me I would go for this one:

Since you are trying to build a gaming system, I would advise you to go for a different processor, since most games will not use a quad-core CPU the PIIx3 720 puts up very strong numbers for gaming, and can overclock higher than the 940 because it has one less core generating heat. It also costs less. With these changes you should be able to afford a better GPU, perhaps a 4870x2 even which would give you a big performance increase in games. This may not be necessary if your monitor is less than 1920x1200 res however. What size of monitor will you be using with this rig?
Too much pumped into mobo and more could be diverted to a GPU IMO so

+$99 OS
+$7.92 shipping
-$25 MIR