Budget gaming PC under $1000?? (ncix, etc.)?

Okay, I’m trying to find parts to build a gaming desktop and since I live near NCIX, I figured it would be alright to go there to purchase since I’ve heard that they sell parts of a decent price sometimes. I might go with their “Entra Gamer Basic” computer (that’s on their website in the Custom PCs section) but I’m still unsure of which CPU and Video Card to get…

I play the following games: Left 4 Dead 1&2, F.E.A.R. 1&2, Dead Space, Counter-Strike, Starcraft2, Killing Floor, Final Fantasy 7&8 (yes, on PC), etc.,and various online games that I can play on a normal laptop. In the future, I would like to play Silent Hill 2, 3, and Homecoming.

If you can list off any great parts, please feel free to suggest! I’m on a budget of $1000 and under (hopefully price will include the monitor, but if not.. then that’s okay). Thanks a lot! I’m horrible at selecting the best specs even though I love gaming @@’ …..

> Processor (CPU) selections:

1. Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.7GHZ 2MB

2. Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Quad Core Processor LGA775 2.5GHZ

3. Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Quad Core Processor LGA775 2.66GHZ

4. Intel Pentium E6500 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.93GHZ

> Video Card:

1. GeForce GT 240 550MHZ 512MB PCI-E HDMI DVI VGA

2. GeForce GTS 450 783MHZ 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini HDMI

3. Radeon HD 5670 775MHZ 512MB GDDR5 4.0GHZ PCI-E DVI HDMI VGA

4. Radeon HD 5750 700MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.6GHZ PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI Display Port

5. Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.8GHZ PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI Display Port


(The rest of the specs are…)

> CPU Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM

> Motherboard: ASUS P5G41-M LE/CSM mATX LGA775 G41/ICH7 DDR2 PCI-E16 PCI-E 2XPCI SATA GBLAN Audio Video Motherboard

> Memory (RAM): Corsair VS4GBKIT800D2 PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

> Computer Case: Azza Orion 202 Black ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT 90MM/120MM Red LED Fans Window No PSU

> Power Supply: Seasonic S12II 520W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80+ Bronze 6+8PIN PCI-E W/ 120MM Fan

> LCD Monitor: ASUS VH236H 23 Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 16:9 2MS 20000:1DC HDMI DVI VGA with Speakers

> OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

> Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 3GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM

> DVD Writer: LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM


Just to be clear, I want to buy parts to custom make the desktop! As long as the games run smooth, then it's all good ~ But if there's a relatively cheap pre-made desktop, then let me know ;D

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    NCIX is awesome! just make sure to use their pricematch feature! use shopbot.ca to find the lowest prices, and then price match.

    If you feel bold, try making your own PC from scratch.

    As for videocard, you should choose a 5770 from those options. but a 5850 is also a fantastic choise.

    As for processor, the new i5's are good.

    Here's a fantastic guide i helped make, hope you find it useful:


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  • nick
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    For those games, you can get away with less than $1000.


    I just found that really quickly, so you can shop around and find one that looks better, but that would run everything you want awesome, plus you'd have cash to buy the monitor, and that would be about $1000 in the end. There's a lot to go over with all the specs for different components, so the best I can do is suggest a pre built system from a place like tiger direct. Best of luck to you!

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  • 9 years ago

    Aurora® Desktop

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    Standard Design Elements

    * Exclusive Alienware MicroATX Industrial Design

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    * Strategically built with 3 independent thermal zones

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    it cost 999$ ;)

    happy searching! and goodluck

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  • Take a look at this build in my website's forum:http://comptechsot.webs.com/apps/forums/topics/sho... is more than enough for the games you play.If you want to spend less,check the 650$ pc in the same section.They should both max out the games you said.If you found those helpful,check the reviews on the home page.NCIX should have all those components even though my site has newegg links.If you found the buld helpful,sign up on my site.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Build your own

    Gaming PC :

    .Windows xp sp3

    .Socket Am3 (938)

    .Amd Athlon ll x2 240 2.8Ghz processor

    .Gigabyte m61pme-s2p motherboard

    .Nvidia chipset mcp61

    .Southbridge mcp61

    .Lpc10 It8718

    .Graphics interface PCI express x16

    .Memory OCZ Gold Series DDR2 2x2GB PC2-6400 (800mhz)

    .XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5 PCIE Graphics Card

    .Maxtor 500 GB HDD

    .LG super multi rw cd dvd drive

    .Micronet wireless network card

    .Hdmi out on graphics card

    .Logitec wireless mouse and keyboard

    .500 watt power supply

    .6 usb inputs 2 front 4 rear


    Also check out at Ebay


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