Best gaming build for $1200


Nov 30, 2005
Hello everyone,

Well, I am a noob as you can tell by my name. However, I have not built a new rig in over a year and I am not up to date on the newest hardware out there. I was wondering if any kind soul out there on the net, could give me advice on the best rig i could built for $1200. Excluding monitor ( Acer H233Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P), and operating system.

Thanks for the help!


Dec 24, 2008
Asus mobo, HD 4870x2, and Phenom II 940 combo

Mushkin Ram

PSU/Case Combo-Antec 900 and Antec Signature 650w

WD Caviar Black 640gb

LG DVD Drive

Comes to 1196.84 with shipping to me. You could go with a different PSU, but it comes bundled with the case and Antec Signature is about as good as it gets for quality. Also look at Corsair 650tx or PC P&C 750w red PSU. If you got rid of the PSU case combo and just went with the case and got this PSU, you would save $30 to put towards the Xigmatek.

For a little more you can get the Xigmatek S1283 and then OC your CPU for best performance.

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail $229.00

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4 AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $114.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $64.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $79.99

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $119.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $139.99 - $20.00

SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $429.00

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM $23.99

Total - $1,201.94 - $20 MIR

Edit: xthekidx beat me to it with a similar build.