Midrange Gaming and Workstation PC - First Build


Mar 20, 2009
Hi. I have been thinking about building myself a new PC, and this will be my first time putting one together. I have read a few reviews, but would like to know how to cut costs, but keep about the same performance. Any thoughts on different parts? EDIT: I would like to keep this a quad core build, and not go i7. I am currently using a 2.8 GHz P4, and don't need the small bit of extra speed i7 gives. :)

Budget: Anthing under $1100 for listed parts or similar, but must perform well. Current price for these parts: $1094.89
Overclock: Probably so
SLI or Crossfire: Sometime in the future, but not yet.
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail (2 Sets)

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

DVD/ CD Burner: LG Black 22X DVD Burner

Widescreen Monitor: Acer X203Wbd Black 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 ACM - Retail

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

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

So, that's everything. I will be getting a keyboard, OS, mouse, speakers, etc., but those are nowhere near as expensive as these parts.


Nov 24, 2008
Changing to an i7 platform will only cost $130 and its worth the money in the long run.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202 LGA 1366 i7 920 $290
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128375 Giga UD3R x58 $210 - $15MIR (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381 3x2GB OCZ DDR3 1600 3x2GB $110 - $20MIR

$590 - $35MIR = $555

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041 LGA 775 Q9550 $275
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358 Giga P45 $135 - $20MIR (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209 2x2GB G.Skill PI Black DDR2 800 $45

$445 - $20MIR = $425