Apr 5, 2009
This was my first build and I wanted to build something for some moderate gaming including Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 to be released. I originally wanted to make an i7 build but the cost difference of $250+ really turned me off. I would rather sacrifice a little in the CPU and upgrade the rest of my build to better parts instead of picking a great CPU but running it with cheaper not-as-good parts. I also plan on overclocking the CPU to 3.6ghz as I hear that is the sweet spot for these processors.

Mobo: Asus 790GX $138.99

CPU: AMD Phenom II 940 $210.00 (-15$ from combo)

Memory: 4gb 2x2gb GSkill DDR2 800 Ram $42.99

GPU: EVGA Gtx 260 $194.99 (184.99 after rebate and -$15 combo with CPU)

PSU: Antec EA650 650W $64.99 (-$15 combo with PSU)

Case: Antec 900 $94.99 (after -$15 combo with PSU)

HDD: WD Black Caviar 640 gb $79.99

CPU cooler: XIGMATEK Dark Knight $39.99

Thermal Paste: OCZ

Total: 904.89

Also not as important:

Monitor: Samsung ToC 24'' T240D $329.99

Total including monitor:$1,202.91

So how do you think I did? I'm actually totally new to building computers and although I've only spent about 3 days researching my friend did help me out quite a bit. I'm open to any suggestions for changing the build but would like to keep the build around the $900 mark not including the cost of the monitor.
I'd be inclined to go with a 720 be , am3 motherboard and ddr3 which probably has better support in the future .
You wont lose much if anything in gaming .

I havent bought a CPU cooler for a couple of years , and I know that xigmatek gets rccommended a lot on this forum but I saw this yesterday and I wonder if maybe there are better cheaper choices .

I think your gfx card is at the bottom end of what you will need for a 24 inch monitor . A better choice could be a crossfire mb and a 4870 512 . Its close to the 260 in performance and adding a second one is a possibility


Dec 24, 2008
Go for this combo:

Just get the regular S1283, not the DK

For a 19x12 res monitor you should go for something like this:
and then you can add another in xfire later

You really should get a 750w PSU so you can xfire

If that puts you over budget then you can consider a cheaper case like this one: <====refurbished, means its just as good as a new one but half the price. Usually they get sent back for a bad fan or untapped hole.


May 14, 2008
Check out the 23" ACER monitor that has 1080p resolution. It will fit movies better with its 16:9 (instead of 16:10) aspect ratio. It's also over $100 cheaper than the Samsung you chose and it has exceptional picture quality. I bought one and am COMPLETELY satisfied with my purchase. I would also recommend trying to find a better deal on the GTX 260. For a lower price, you should be able to find a GTX 260 sp216 or an HD 4870 1GB.

$179 HD 4870 1GB

$175 GTX 260 - 216

Both of these cards are better options than what you chose. Please don't get drawn into buying a card for $20 more when it just gives you a slight overclock. It's a total waste - overclocking your video card is simple and the speeds that manufactures sell overclocked models aren't all that much higher than stock.




Apr 16, 2009
Dang, that's really close to my build actually. I'll actually post my specs below, and I'll tell you, I couldn't be happier.

Mobo: AsRock A790GXH/128M $94.99

CPU: AMD Phenom II 940 $189.99

Memory: 8GB 4x2GB OCZ Platinum Edition DDR2 800 $92.99

GPU: EVGA GTX 275 $249.99

PSU: Antec EA650 650W $79.99

Case: Antec 900 $109.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 32MB/7200RPM $64.99

Total = $889.93 (without taxes and shipping which were probably another freaking $100 for taxes and not sure for shipping.)

And then of course I already had all my other stuff. I actually had the HDD too, but I went ahead and added that above. I have two other HDD's though, one 500GB and one 250GB, as well as two external 500GB HDD's. I also already had my LG 22x DVD-Drive that ran me about $23 when I got it I think. And I also bought an extra case fan for my Antec 900 that was like $10 total...and I think that's it. I was kinda bummed when I was buying a new PSU a couple days after I purchased my case and I saw that it had exactly what I needed as a deal...the deal you got actually...I kinda didn't like that the least bit. I also missed another deal I could've had, I think it was a CPU-PSU or CPU-GPU, or something, that would've made my AMD Phenom 940 cost about $160 instead of $190...that was also a little annoying...I really need to pay a lot more attention.

The reason I got some stuff from Newegg and some from Tiger is because I live in Cali so Newegg charges me tax, and for some stuff that gets to be a lot. For instance, the CPU I could've gotten at Newegg for like $260 total I think it was, whereas I could get it from Tiger for $189.99 plus $1.99 shipping, so $191.98 total. I'll save money when I can. About the same amount price difference for the GPU as well. $251.98 on Tiger and something like $290 on Newegg. I really hate Tiger personally and their packaging is horrendous, as well as shipping speed, but I gotta do what I gotta do. After taxes and shipping that price ($890) could easily go up...also didn't include things like my DVD Drive (~$25) which I would've bought if I hadn't had one so take that up to $915. Didn't include my other HDD's either but I wouldn't have purchased more than one anyway, so having those was just a bonus. Actually, the other 500GB one was actually an external but it's amazing what can happen to an external drive case when a heavy object decides to freefall onto it from about six feet up. Needless to say the case was destroyed and I had a new internal drive...YAY!! Didn't include the other $10 fan either, so I'd say $925 after that. If you could find these items with the same deals I'd highly recommend it. I've loved it since day one, and I think you'll especially like the GTX 275 over the GTX 260...I think it'll really benefit your 1920x1200 monitor if that's what you decide to get. I currently have a 22" 1680x1050 monitor but am planning to upgrade to a 24" 1920x1080 Acer that someone else mentioned.