OK here it is - DO YOUR WORST- Real Good $1200-$1400 Gamer

*Mostly Gaming.
*Light music or video editing.
*3-year lifecycle with no upgrades. Will build totally new after 3 years.
*Stable, reliable & compatible components are high priorities. Price is consideration too. Mostly looked to hit sweet spot between price & performance.
*Ability for decent overclocking.
*Using XP until is obvious benefit to upgrading. Vista (SP1) at least.

Everything is off of New Egg. My choices were based on reviews there and on Tom’s.

MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX
Comments - Easy to over clock and I discovered trick on how to get in and change memory voltage settings above 1.8V(Press CRTL-F1 b4 going into intelligent tweaker). Don't need SLI. Will need to add 1 or 2 PCI cards. (Network for sure and maybe sound)
Price $118.

Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775
Price $316


Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
Price - $222
Comments - I know that the E6400 will over clock easily for $100 less but so will the E6600 and I need it to scale out over 3 years.

Memory -CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Price - $181


G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Price - $126
Comments: I have seen problems lately with DOA sticks on the Corsair. Not actually sure if I really need 2 Gig for my usage. Maybe 1 Gig is fine. If so 1 stick or 2x 512 dual channel. Also do I really need PC6400 or could I do really well with some 5400 that has better timings. Very open to suggestions.

GPU - eVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS
Comments: Seems to be a good balance between needs and cost. Since no upgrade for 3 years, need the DX10. Not as good as GTX but should be more than adequate for games I play and big cost savings over GTX. Price - $359

HDD - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
Comments: I want to run as RAID 1 cause I'm tired of doing backups. I'll image it every so often instead. Later on if I run out of room, I can switch to RAID 0 and use external drive for data backups. Price for both - $150

Case - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Comments: I spent hours looking at many cases from $149 down. Lian Li, Antec 900, P180B, Thermaltake armor series etc. They all have good and bad points. I just want a good roomy case that’s quiet, has good cooling and will fit my hardware without cutting or bending. I don’t need no stinking clear panel or lights. So far based on the ratings and specs. I can’t do better than this $40 gem. I will need to add at least one but probably 2 PCI cards. Open to suggestions.. Price - $40

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817139001
Price $129


OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply 100
Price $109
Comments: I changed to this from a HIPER based on feedback and a lot more research. Both are Tier II. I am leaning towards Corsair as many have stated cables in the OCZ are long and bulky for a Mid-tower. But $109 for the OCZ is a good buy. Corsair only has 4x SATA connectors though so I will use them all. Corsair puts out 54Amps and 480 watts on 3 rails while OCZ puts out 72 Amps and 580 watts on 4 rails. Hope I did my PSU 101 homework right. My numbers are based on pictures of the labels.

CD Player - LITE-ON Black 52X CD-ROM SATA CD-ROM Drive Model http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827106038
Comments: Great price and good reviews and SATA. Price - $15

CD/DVD Burner - LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with Replaceable White Front Panel.
Comments: Decent reviews. Seems to do it all. SATA. Price - $37

FDD - NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model FD1231H-302

Cooling: Optional

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler
Comment: I will prolly wait on this and watch my temps. $45

Total Price: $1352 without shipping and without Cooler - $1183 if go with E6400, 1 Gig G-Skill and OCZ PSU. Not bad for what looks like a decent gamer with fairly top end hardware.

Thanks for looking.
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  1. Quote:
    My choices were based on reviews there and on Tom’s.


    I think we deserve more credits that that. We did help you out choosing parts. You keep posting this like every other day.
  2. I do apologize for the apparent spam but in all fairness I looked at what you put up and I have made 11 posts in 4.5 years.

    4 posts were 4.5 years old
    2 posts are 1 year old
    1 post was in the memory section on a memory question
    1 post was when I was was going to try and buy 30 minutes before midnight at which point NewEgg was going to lift rebates on several of the items. Ironically that one got the most replies and as correctly stated, I never should have made a post giving only 20 minutes to respond. After midnight past I didn't think there would be any posts so I never looked at it again. My bad.

    So I have made 3 posts in last 9 days. 1 of those got 2 responses and this last one got none. But you are correct, this is spamming and I will not repost.

    I do hope you see however that each repost was with new information and research I did based on recommendations made to try and get opinions as to the new choices I made. Unlike many I see, I did not sit back an ask someone to do all the work for me. I put a lot of effort into researching hardware and reviews. I also hope you'll see that the posts were very detailed providing background info as well as links so not only would it help me but others as well that have to try and figure out how to make a compatible system. Also please note that I did not just post and not search first. I searched all the forums for a number of different hardware items and combinations before I even posted at all. Some things like cases, memory, mobo's and PSU's just aren't that easy to determine best combination.

    Anyway that said I'll move on. Sorry about the spam but I was trying to find different titles to generate some interest and maybe get some more feedback than I was getting. Your guys input is very valuable but I didnt think 1 or 2 replies per post wasn't giving a good solid cross section of opinions.
  3. We gave you great responses and feedback in the other thread. You're wasting forum space with this.

    Reported to mods for closing. Refer to your "lol buying in 20 minutes" thread for what we recommended, nothing's changed between then and now.
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