First Build // General Use PC -- $1000ish Budget


Jul 19, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: October

Budget Range: $1000 Before Rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, media playback, general use...

Parts Not Required: All parts required.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Country of Origin: United States.

Parts Preferences: AMD

Overclocking: Yes, maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, eventually.

Monitor Resolution:  1920x1080

Additional Comments: A nice little budget rig, just for fun.


case: Antec 900 - $100

cpu: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition - $180

mobo: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 - $160

cooler: Hyper 212 Plus - $30

ram: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB DDR3 1333 CL7 - $80

gpu: Sapphire FleX HD 6950 2GB $280

hdd: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $65

optical: Samsung Black SH-B123L/RSBP - $70

psu: Corsair TX850 - $135

monitor: Asus 23" Monitor - $190

I'm going to build this computer for general use and some light gaming. Maybe media playback on my HDTV. Nothing too extreme. So, rate my rig.

 I'm wondering if I really need to get ram with low latency (CL7) or if I should get a cheaper 8gig set. 

Does Sapphire make good, reliable video cards? I heard the Flex would allow me to hook up different monitors without using the annoying dongles. 

The Antec 900-- I like the looks of this case and the features, but I see they have a version 2 of this case with even more features for $20 extra. Worth it or no?

I think I'm pretty much good with everything else.