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Hey, I have a budget of 1000 bucks or so...

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May 5, 2006 5:31:28 PM

and I want to put together (actually have my friend who knows what he's doing put it together) a good gaming/multimedia system.

I like recording music, filming movies, and casual gaming, not too much of a graphics fiend, I haven't been in the gaming scene for 4 years or so. But I'm not going to lie when i say, while I have lots of music and movie aspirations for a computer, I wanna play some games.

I have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, all that jazz... I just wanna build the rig itself. I have 1000 dollars, can you guys help me out?

I was looking at this topic

http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/ultimate-1000-g...

are the suggestions here a good direction to go? Or am I overshooting?

Thanks

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May 5, 2006 6:11:01 PM

Here is what I would do...(Similar to that thread)

X-Navigator Case w/ 500Watt PSU-$99.00
DFI Lanparty Ultra-D-$122.00
AMD 3000-$114.00
G.Skill Extream Ram(2GB)-174.00
WD 250GB HDD-$90.00
XFX 7900gt-$289.00
NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner-$38.00

There are a few other options. This rig above was made for OC'ing so if you wanted you could get a aftermarket cooler for around 30-50 bucks. I also assumed that you had windows on your old rig and would take it to your new rig. If you need a windows then its 90 bucks for xp home and 140 bucks for xp pro. This rig above will FLY :twisted:

All that above NOT including windows totals to about 925 and then you want to figure in shipping which would be around 50 bucks. One last thought. That case I have up there has a window and plent of fans so it looks cool and it stays cool. The 500 Watt Powersupply will be good for you also.

Also the video card above is so much better than the 7600gt on the other thread.
May 5, 2006 6:25:31 PM

With $1000 I'm thinking you could buy three of those fancy PPU's from Aegis that are coming out (Asus, BFG, etc) and have enough money left over for a new power supply to support your new killer gaming rig. If my calculations are correct, the awesome computational power of three PPUs would translate into maybe 5 frames / second for some newer titles. Dude, you are SOOO lucky... that's gonna be a SWEET rig.
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May 5, 2006 6:42:11 PM

^ Er. The sarcasm stings dude.

Anyway, I'm not all up for over clocking, I rather just build it and go. I'm hoping for something that once built, is good as is.
May 5, 2006 7:02:17 PM

then you will prolly have to downgrade the video card to that 7600gt and get a amd 3700 or for like 50 bucks for a duel core 3800+
May 5, 2006 9:08:45 PM

Quote:
With $1000 I'm thinking you could buy three of those fancy PPU's from Aegis that are coming out (Asus, BFG, etc) and have enough money left over for a new power supply to support your new killer gaming rig. If my calculations are correct, the awesome computational power of three PPUs would translate into maybe 5 frames / second for some newer titles. Dude, you are SOOO lucky... that's gonna be a SWEET rig.


No. You're not cool.
May 5, 2006 10:09:29 PM

In the June '06 issue of Maximum PC they built just such a rig. Here's what they did:
Case:Kingwin SK-523BKW-$55
PSU: Antec True Power 2.0 550W-$115
CPU: AMD Athlon 3700+ -$230 (the X2 3800 is only about $70 more)
RAM: 1GB Corsair PC3200- $75
GPU: nVidia GeForce 7600GT- $225
HDD: WD Caviar SE16 250GB- $110
Mobo: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe- $110
Opitical Drive: BenQ DW1655 w/ LightScribe- $55

They claim they got 52 FPS in Fear with this rig @ 1280X1024 with settings on High and 4X AA ( their claim, not mine).

The prices are those quoted in Maximum PC and came from the vendors' sites. You might be able to get them cheaper at NewEgg or ZipZoomFly.
May 5, 2006 10:55:32 PM

Quote:
In the June '06 issue of Maximum PC they built just such a rig. Here's what they did:
Case:Kingwin SK-523BKW-$55
PSU: Antec True Power 2.0 550W-$115
CPU: AMD Athlon 3700+ -$230 (the X2 3800 is only about $70 more)
RAM: 1GB Corsair PC3200- $75
GPU: nVidia GeForce 7600GT- $225
HDD: WD Caviar SE16 250GB- $110
Mobo: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe- $110
Opitical Drive: BenQ DW1655 w/ LightScribe- $55

They claim they got 52 FPS in Fear with this rig @ 1280X1024 with settings on High and 4X AA ( their claim, not mine).

The prices are those quoted in Maximum PC and came from the vendors' sites. You might be able to get them cheaper at NewEgg or ZipZoomFly.


That looks niece except I would not spend that much on a PSU. For a Rig like that a 400 Watt PSU would do
May 6, 2006 12:11:58 AM

I'd skip the SLI motherboard, and go with the Epox EP-9NPA+Ultra, and ditch the Lightscribe on the optical drive. Take the $30 or so you'll save and buy a better case.
May 6, 2006 3:24:41 PM

Any more suggestions? I think I'm going to put in the order tonight. I wanna ask about cooling systems, are they all generally built in? Or seperate? Water-cooling systems... are they the best?
May 6, 2006 4:32:29 PM

Sandman, I pretty much built what you suggested, except I took a Sonata II case and grabbed an AMD 3200...

Thanks for the advice man.
May 6, 2006 4:47:17 PM

Quote:
In the June '06 issue of Maximum PC they built just such a rig. Here's what they did:
Case:Kingwin SK-523BKW-$55
PSU: Antec True Power 2.0 550W-$115
CPU: AMD Athlon 3700+ -$230 (the X2 3800 is only about $70 more)
RAM: 1GB Corsair PC3200- $75
GPU: nVidia GeForce 7600GT- $225
HDD: WD Caviar SE16 250GB- $110
Mobo: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe- $110
Opitical Drive: BenQ DW1655 w/ LightScribe- $55

They claim they got 52 FPS in Fear with this rig @ 1280X1024 with settings on High and 4X AA ( their claim, not mine).

The prices are those quoted in Maximum PC and came from the vendors' sites. You might be able to get them cheaper at NewEgg or ZipZoomFly.


That looks niece except I would not spend that much on a PSU. For a Rig like that a 400 Watt PSU would do

Exactly. What was Maximum PC's justification for such a powerful/expensive psu? Seems like money which could be spent upgrading to 2GB of memory...
May 6, 2006 4:57:35 PM

Actually, the case sandman recommend might be better too. Hrm. Just too "xtreme" looking for my tastes.

I have a small desk, so the Sonata case might work out better as well. I'm not OCing or doing anything out of casual bounds, so I don't think I need extraneous cooling.

What do you think? Yah, it sounds like i've already convinced myself, but someone push me in either way some more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Actually I wanna grab this card. Because of the VIVO feature. This card good?
May 6, 2006 5:57:52 PM

So one last overview:

Sonata II 450W Case
DFI Lanparty Ultra-D
AMD 3200
G.Skill Extreme Ram(2GB)
WD 250GB HDD
XFX 7900gt w/ VIVO
NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner

Is this a go?
May 6, 2006 6:47:09 PM

I just put that very same card in an X2 4400 build. It's a good one for sure. I personally am using the same series card, but the 7800GT, not 7900GT, and I still love it. XFX makes good cards all the way around.

-J
May 6, 2006 6:49:22 PM

Quote:
So one last overview:

Sonata II 450W Case
DFI Lanparty Ultra-D
AMD 3200
G.Skill Extreme Ram(2GB)
WD 250GB HDD
XFX 7900gt w/ VIVO
NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner

Is this a go?


Thats a go
May 6, 2006 7:04:08 PM

Yay, thanks a lot for the suggestions man.
May 6, 2006 8:11:45 PM

Quote:
So one last overview:

Sonata II 450W Case
DFI Lanparty Ultra-D
AMD 3200
G.Skill Extreme Ram(2GB)
WD 250GB HDD
XFX 7900gt w/ VIVO
NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner

Is this a go?


I like it.
May 7, 2006 1:17:15 AM

One more question, will I have the wires to hook up the OEM products? Which are the dvd drive, hdd, and my floppy disc drive.

Like wires included with the Mobo?
May 7, 2006 1:20:45 AM

Quote:
One more question, will I have the wires to hook up the OEM products? Which are the dvd drive, hdd, and my floppy disc drive.

Like wires included with the Mobo?


All the needed cables will come with your motherboard. If you need more any PC shop will sell you cables for under $5.
May 7, 2006 1:31:10 AM

I just got a budget upgrade. Not a defined upgrade, but it's for a monitor.

Anyone have a suggestion for a good monitor at a reasonable price? 300 bucks at the most.
May 7, 2006 1:38:17 AM

Quote:
I just got a budget upgrade. Not a defined upgrade, but it's for a monitor.

Anyone have a suggestion for a good monitor at a reasonable price? 300 bucks at the most.


Well lets see here.
19" Viewsonic Digital LCD- $255 @ Newegg

There.
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