Looking to build a gaming PC

I'm looking to build a new gaming PC in a few weeks, and was wondering what you guys would suggest for parts. I prefer to use an intel cpu, but other than that its all fair game. I'm willing to spend $600-800. I already have a 22" 1680x1050 monitor, but likely everything else other than a disk drive i will need new.

Thanks for the help

-Andalf
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  1. Edit: Links would be awesome, especially if the products can be found on newegg!
  2. Look at a cheap core2 processor as they overclock like crazy, for gfx personally I would go for a 4850 or 4870, 4 - 8gb ram, 64 bit OS, I use an antec 900 case and they have just come down a bit in price, dont cheap out on the psu either.
    I did a quick spec but havent looked too hard, havent confirmed that the memory is certified with mobo for example, the psu may be a bit overspeccd for your rig etc, but you should get a good idea.
    Came to $762

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021>

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006>

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359>

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7400 - Retail <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206>

    XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233001>

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166>

    ASUS EAH4850 TOP/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121272>

    Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148335>

    TOTAL = $762
  3. Add on $4-$5 for a small tube of good quality thermal compound too :)
  4. Good build
  5. Alright here's what im looking at as of now...

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206
    Sapphire Radeon 4870 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801
    4 GB G.Skill PI Black DDR2 Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
    OCZ GameXStream 700W PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002
    WD Caviar 640 GB HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358
    Sunbeam Transformer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811166004


    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206
    Sapphire Radeon 4870 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801
    4 GB G.Skill DDR2 Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231226
    OCZ Fatal1ty 550W PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022
    WD Caviar 640 GB HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
    ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 ATX Intel Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299
    XION II XON-101 Case (I would swap out the stock PSU) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811208005#spec


    I'm pretty set on the CPU, which I will overclock to about 3.5 and GPU. Do you think the 550W PSU would be powerful enough to support Crossfire if I were to decide to be crazy and get two GPU's? or would I want to go with the 750W no matter what? or would running crossfire be pretty much useless? Does anyone know anything about either of these cases? I want something pretty sturdy with good airflow. Also if anyone knows of other sturdy, cold cases that have a side window links would be sweet. Needless to say I plan to use this for a gaming machine so it needs to run well and stay cool. I definitely want to get crysis and COD4, L4D, and will want to run Diablo III and Starcraft 2 if it ever comes out... I know crysis is impossible to run at max, but i'd like to run at least at high. Finally, did I forget anything important? IM going to take the 320 HDD and optical drive from my current desktop, and I'm running a 1680x1050 22" monitor already.

    Thanks guys
  6. O just thought, do i need an aftermarket CPU fan if i'm overclocking?
  7. yes, you do need an aftermarket heatsink.

    with the usual stock, you can only do like 200 or 400 mhz overclock on your processor, since they're crappy to begin with.

    For brands, get Zalman or Xigmatek, they both make good heatsinks.

    Xig:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233026

    Zal:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118036
  8. I would say definately go with the Gigabyte mobo. That is what i have and it works great. I would also suggest the 700w PSU over the 550w one just to be sure. But other than that its a great build. The GPU is also one that I have and it works great! I don't know about either of those two cases but the GPU is very large and we had a difficult time putting it in the Antec 900 so make sure none of the cases are too small for the video card or the mobo.
  9. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129032 LG DVD Drive $22
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 WD 640GD HD $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 Antec 300 Case $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010 OCZ 600w $70 - $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131330 Asus 780v Motherboard $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649 AMD 720BE $150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003 Xigma CPU Cooler $36 - $10MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187030 9800GT $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184 4GB DDR2 800 $45 - $25 MIR

    $620 - $55 MIR + tax + shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125256 1GB 4870 $200 - $30 MIR, $80+ to swap out for the 9800GT

    I know your feel strongly about the E7400 the AMD Phenom II 720BE is a beast of an overclocker. The CPU is a triple core which is going to be big when Starcraft comes out since RTS games seem to love more CPU cores (pretty much for the path find and unit AI). The AM2+ platform also has a bit more like in it if you upgrade either the CPU or the mobo (the 720BE is a AM3 chip so it'll go into the AM3 boards that support DDR3).

    A good overclocking article by tomshardware http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-overclock-athlon,2161.html
  10. Quote:
    Do you think the 550W PSU would be powerful enough to support Crossfire if I were to decide to be crazy and get two GPU's? or would I want to go with the 750W no matter what? or would running crossfire be pretty much useless? Does anyone know anything about either of these cases?


    You really need 650W min to crossfire 2x 4870's. Your CPU is going to consume ~150W and each GPU is going to consume ~200W underload, then you've got everything else which doesn't account for much but say another 50W, thats 600Ws.

    IMO running SLI/Crossfire or paying for that option to have down the road is a waste of money for most people. The thing is you have to buy another 4870 before they stop producing them. Will that happen before you feel the effects of the 4870 holding you back? Maybe not. How much money do you spend to have crossfire support in your PSU and Motherboard. How do you save if you forget crossfire?
  11. I stuck a 4870 in my antec 900 case no prob, I also use a aftermarket noctua cpu cooler. Thing is I am very interested in this nvidia 3d system that has just come out, would this be worth a look instead of the ati solution? Get a couple of 260's in sli and have a 3d gaming rig! Suppose it puts the cost up a lot tho..
  12. Dont think I could get use to having glasses on using nvidia 3d, but I guess its the future of how things are going, what next a helmet, <hmm that seems like something allready tried in the past.
  13. 3D glasses requires bascially a video card to 3x as power do do. So you getting 90FPS average in a game, your now getting 30. In addition you need a 120hz monitor or a DLP HDTV. ATI is coming out with their own version of this 3D business.
  14. ahh forgot the rediculously expensive monitor that goes with it, and yeah I realised that your card has to work twice as hard which is why i suggested sli :)
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