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September 21, 2006 5:56:18 AM

Hello, this is my first time on the forums and was referred by my friend after explaining to him that I am looking for a setup to run my games : Black and White 2, World of Warcraft, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. With Black and White 2 needing alot more then my now lost computer had to offer when it came to hardware.

I basically have nothing but the LCD plasma screen 16 inch. Everything else was stolen or destroyed.

In my past I have assembled computers before, but I don't have the wisdom of findings steals and deals on computer parts.

Simply put, I am building a computer from the ground up and humbley ask for you guys to help me out and figure what I can make that will run with my games smoothly and efficiently at the same time. I figure as long as I stay below $1,750, I will be good.

I just want to thank everyone in advance for their help, I am really ignorant when it comes to looking for hardware.

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September 21, 2006 6:42:16 AM
September 21, 2006 3:32:58 PM

just tossin out another build for you to consider

ASUS P5W DH DELUXE $269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 $327.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

SAPPHIRE 100149 Radeon X1900XT 512MB $297.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

pretty much any cd/dvd burner u can get for 30-40 bucks

LIAN LI PC-61 USB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower (case is really up to what you want it to look like but this ones pretty good) $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


approx $1550 before shipping
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September 21, 2006 4:19:28 PM

Quote:
just tossin out another build for you to consider

ASUS P5W DH DELUXE $269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 $327.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

SAPPHIRE 100149 Radeon X1900XT 512MB $297.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

pretty much any cd/dvd burner u can get for 30-40 bucks

LIAN LI PC-61 USB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower (case is really up to what you want it to look like but this ones pretty good) $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


approx $1550 before shipping


And Windows - XP Pro is $140
September 21, 2006 5:06:27 PM

What is he going to do with such a powerfull computer, and such small monitor? Gaming is not only about CPU and GPU, you have to consider your monitor spec, sound card, sound system etc as well. Don't forget that...
September 21, 2006 5:32:03 PM

On-board sound is fine... The P5W-DH has the ALC883 HD Codec, which is more than enough for most people.

you need a better monitor. You can get the Acer AL2218BWS (Something like that) for aroudn 300, which is 22" widescreen.

I would strongly recommend you getting a better monitor, I see even 19" ones go up for 100 or so these days with rebates. Your choice on that.
September 21, 2006 5:42:57 PM

If you want something a little cheaper with good upradability, consider something like this:

http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Shopping/BuyLaterCa...

I went realy cheap and sucky on the CPU, because I plan to upgrade later, but this should play most all current games. Of course, you'll have to choose the case, PSU, Optical Drive, and MOBO to add to the list. I have an ECS AM2 MOBO with an ATI 1100 chipset and was able to get that little CPU up to 2.2ghz with ease.
September 21, 2006 5:45:05 PM

Other then going AM2 to stay cheaper, Conroe is the way to go at the moment. If you truly have that budget, an E6300 (or better) and an ATI x1900xtx will do just about anything you want it to, and would be the best value.
September 21, 2006 6:11:52 PM

What's an LCD plasma screen ??

Anyway, all above options are good. For $1700 you have pleanty of options for a killer rig. But still, none of these jerkeys are recomending two hard drives... one for your OS, one for your data.

With a budget like yours, this is a no-brainer. That's the correct way to build a computer.
September 21, 2006 6:39:10 PM

Not a "jerky" but he is right, it is better to do it this way, but you could always partition the HD with a seperate one for your OS(s). This way, when your OS Crashes, you can reinstall on one partition and not lose data, however, if the Hard Drive crashes, your SOL
September 21, 2006 6:40:44 PM

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail $329.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 SB0610 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card --$71.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...


IAN LI PC-G50B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Primary HDD
Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM -- $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Secondary HDD
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM -- $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...


OCZ DDR2 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-6400 800MHz Dual Channel Kit
http://shop3.outpost.com/product/4815800
Price: $ 204.99
After Rebate: $ 174.99

ATI 102-435721 Radeon X1900XTX 512MB Crossfire $331.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Make sure you find a Crossfire ready board, looks like they have more potential then SLI..

$1186.92 w/o Mobo and PSU
September 21, 2006 7:43:15 PM

The only thing that I would change about some of the above suggestions is to go with the Seagate 320GB 7200.10. It seems to be faster than the Western Digital (uses perpendicular recording), plus IMO, Seagate drives are more reliable.

Also, I bought that Acer 22" earlier this month and so far, it kicks ass. No dead pixels, 5ms (supposedly) response time. Looks good. If you want more options (adjustments, speakers, etc) a bunch of other manufacturers have the same 22" panel (BenQ, Viewsonic, Samsung, etc). They are just more expensive.

If your budget is smaller, go with an AM2 dual core. They are still good enough for any games and are quite a bit cheaper.
September 21, 2006 10:25:14 PM

Heh, thanks everyone for your help. I will browse around at some of the parts and hardware you recommended and will get whatever I think is the best and most compatible.

You guys are so helpful, really a good site. Thanks.

(keep posting more info in case there is anything else I really need to get.)
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