Opinions On My First Gaming Machine...(under 1500)

Hey all, thanks for your time. I'm going to attempt to build a gaming computer for under 1500$. I currently have xps gen 4 and I'm going to give that to my brother once I'm done. Going to use the video card, monitor, mouse/keyboard, cd/dvd burners from that.

Just was curious of your opinions on what I plan on buying. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA5200CSBOX - Retail

Motherboard: Foxconn C51XEM2AA- 8EKRS2H Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

P/S: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail

V/C: EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

Current total is 1383 before tax and shipping. Was hoping to get opinions from anyone...whether to downgrade/upgrade. I can spend up to 1500, but I was hoping to get it under 1300. Just looking for something so I can be able to play Vanguard:SoH and a couple different games in the future. Thanks for your time.
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  1. Are you sure you don't want c2d? I hope you're making the right decision & not coming back a few months later asking for c2d setup suggestion.

    If you do go AM2, at least get an ASUS n590 sli mobo.

    These cases have 2 120mm fans & sideways hdd cage, & cool better than C5.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?DEPA=0&type=&Description=centurion+534&Submit=ENE&N=0&Ntk=all&Go.x=0&Go.y=0
  2. thanks for your input

    im still new and trying to learn all i can about all the tech out right now. i spent the last few hours reading up on forums and newegg, etc and put that together. i appreciate any suggestions you have.

    how does everything else look?

    as far as mobo and cpu i could go ahead and change it up. it would look like...


    mobo: GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    cpu: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail

    Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail

    HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    P/S: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail

    V/C: EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
  3. Looks much better in that it has a long upgrade path from celeron to pentium to core 2 duo & from single, dual to quad cores.

    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=2321&ProductName=GA-965P-S3

    e6600 is good if you don't overclock. If you do, get an e4300/6300/6400 & overclock it to match or exceed 6600 speed.

    Everything but the case looks great. If you overclock, get a case with 2 120mm fans.
  4. The updated list looks good except you could save some money by downgrading to the 600W OCZ PSU since all 700W isn't needed.

    Also if you plan to overclock the E6300 and an aftermarket cooler would be a better decision
  5. hey guys i appreciate all your feedback/comments. i will probably purchase this by the end of the week.

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail

    Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    Mem: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail

    HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    Case: NZXT Apollo BLACK NP Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    P/S: OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail

    V/C: EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

    Comes out to 1343$ without taxes and ship. It also has $100 in rebates so the total 1243 before taxes and ship. I don't think I will overclock. I may try to after I research more about it and get comfortable with doing all that stuff.

    I appreciate you guys feedback, this forum has been tons of help for me!
  6. Had a quick question. Best buy has this drive

    Western Digital Raptor X 150GB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive

    On sale. Would i be better off putting that HD in the computer instead seagate?
  7. Yes.
    That Raptor is an excellent drive.
  8. Can you live with the 150 gb storage. Used to be plenty but today 300 gb is almost the minimum.
  9. yeah i plan on getting a 500gig external for all my music/movies and what not
  10. Holy crap. That's a steal.


    Quote:
    Reg. Price: $199.99
    You Save: $30.00
    Sale: $169.99
    On Sale
    Extra $50 Off a Hard Drive Offer
    Western Digital Raptor X 150GB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive
    Model: WD1500AHFDRTL


    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7821949&st=Raptor+X+150GB&type=product&id=1142294266684

    Quote:
    Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFDRTL 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - Retail
    $306.99


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136035

    I have 2 hdds: small one for software; big one for storage. Yep, you shouldn't miss out this deal. Put it in SATA0/1 as standalone. Use a big one as backup/storage. While you're using the one of them, the other one is ready to load anything. i.e. scanning for malware on C & burning files / listening to music / watching movies on D.
  11. Thanks alot for your help guys. I appreciate the opinions of everyone who suggested something. The total after taxes, shipping and rebates was 1717$. I'd like to know what yall think! I just ordered:

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

    Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    Mem: CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory - Retail (x2)

    HD: Western Digital-Raptor X 150GB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive-WD1500AHFDRTL

    &

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    DVD Burner: SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M/BEBN - OEM

    V/C: EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

    Case: NZXT Apollo BLACK NP Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    P/S: OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CB/CE/CSA/UL/FCC - Retail
  12. thumb up. Looks like my dream machine.
  13. hey sorry for this bump but comp usa had

    antec nine hundred for about 70 bucks

    http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=342484

    is this case better then the one i ordered?

    after reading over several posts on these forums i am going to overclock my machine some...

    just looking for a couple of opinions.
  14. The 900 is a very good air cooling case and has 3x120 fans and 1x200. All reviews say great things about the rev 2 of the case. I happen to own one myself and love it.


    Mike
  15. thanks for your input.

    ive been reading this thread

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=126395

    and it seems a bit intimidating. im a first time builder/overclocker and i just cant see myself being able to pull that off. im torn between

    antec nine hundred

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129021

    &

    NZXT apollo

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811146025
  16. Read some reviews. It's $90 at compusa vs $155 at newegg.
  17. yeah ive been reading the reviews at newegg/this forum and a couple other sites. it seems like its either a love/hate thing with the case. looks very cool but as a first time builder id like to try to get something easy which is why im on the fence on this..
  18. I know how you feel I am just now completing my 2nd build ever and the 900 was a breeze. It has lots of room and integrated cable ties w/pre installed zip ties. It could be better w/tool-less drive bays but I don't mine wielding a screwdriver once in a while. If you do get it make sure your PS has long cables as w/ the PS at the bottom its a long way to the MB 4/8 pin power plug and routing for nice looks and air flow is important(at least to me).

    Mike
  19. How do you know if CompUSA is selling rev. 2 of the Antec Nine Hundred? I've been reading some reviews as well, and it seems the original version is good except a) some power supplies can't reach everywhere on the mb because they are located at the bottom of the case, and b) it is pretty loud, even with fans set at lower settings. Anyone know if these issues were fixed with rev. 2?
  20. Ok, here goes: long ago I read a forum review about the 900 case with photos. Everything was good except for one MAJOR flaw: there wasn't enough space for a SLI dual-card setup in that the top card would have trouble fitting & sticking the DVI outputs out. Not enough clearance for DVI outputs, so to speak. I think Antec tested the case with single-card setups.

    In another forum, a member got the problematic early version, but he modded it to fit SLI, even though Antec offered to replace the case with a new revision for FREE.

    I don't mean newegg reviews, but the longer web reviews. Such as tomshardware, etc.
  21. alright i was able to snag the new version of the antec nine hundred. so my final build looks like this.

    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    $65

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

    $314

    Mem: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

    $167

    P/S: OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CB/CE/CSA/UL/FCC - Retail

    $80

    Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    $110

    HD: Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

    $170

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    $150

    V/C: EVGA 640-P2-N825-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SUPERCLOCKED HDCP Video Card - Retail

    $380

    DVD: SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X 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 LightScribe Technology

    $47

    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

    $25

    All for a bit over $1400 before taxes and after rebates. Thanks alot guys!! The help here has been really great and I appreciate it all.
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