$1000(USD) Gaming PC


Apr 16, 2009
So this is what I came up with after many hours of research for a gaming pc to build during the summer. I'm still a little iffy if I should go with the quad, because the E8400 is cheap and offers damn good performance an OC ability. I also considered an i7 build that would be roughly $150 more than this current build. So let me know what you guys think. Thanks!

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I think if you overclock the quad a good bit you'll be pretty happy with it. You should switch to a Coolermaster 690 case for better cooling, or a NZXT Tempest if you prefer.

The a good after market cooler.
Well if the PC is mainly for gaming, then the E8400 offers very good value over the Core2Q...
But the Core2Q would perform very well in multitasking...

And are you intel specific on your CPU ? Reason am asking you this is because you can get a AMD P II X4 940 setup at the cost of the E8400 setup and it would perform as good or better than the E8400 in games and overall better in other tasks...

$150 extra for an i7 build is worth it. You are not only buying into the i7, but also the latest technology and a future upgrade path. The LGA775 will start to go to the way side to make room for the i7 and i5's. Also the next chips will just be a die shrink of the i7 and i5's. You are also buying into DDR3 memory, which is much faster, as well as support for both SLI and Crossfire on the same motherboard. How often do you actually upgrade your mobo and cpu? not as often as a graphics card. Most gamers replace their video cards every year or so, but keep their mobo and cpu for 2-4 years. This way you have the latest board and can upgrade your CPU without a new mobo in the future. Plus... it's FASTER

I would SERIOUSLY consider tweaking your build to accomidate this. Either that or look into the AMD Phenom II's. They offer GREAT value and are the latest tech from AMD. They perform on par with the intel c2q's.