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$1000 budget gaming build.

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February 10, 2007 8:38:34 PM

First build, sub $1000 budget.

Hey guys, I've been lurking here for the past couple weeks trying to figure out a good build that will allow me to play any game out there and be upgradable for Vista gaming in the upcoming year. Overclocking is not a necessity for me, but I may try my hand at it sometime in the future. Here is the build that I've come up with:

Case:

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WWC Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case PEAK: 380W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

I guess my biggest question here is whether the 380W included PSU will be sufficient. Should I look into getting a different case and perhaps a 5 or 600W PSU?

Motherboard:

ASUS P5B-E LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

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

CPU

Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale 1.8GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

RAM

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Graphics

EVGA 256-P2-N550 -T2 GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

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

I'm going cheap on my card expecting to upgrade it when the DX10 cards come down in price.

HD

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

I will probably add in another, larger drive for data. This will be my OS and apps drive.

DVD Burner

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 - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...


I already have a monitor, speakers, mouse, and keyboard. This is my first try at doing my own build. All together, the above parts come in around $850 after shipping and rebates, which I'm very pleased with.

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February 11, 2007 9:45:35 AM

Only complaint i have is the Powersupply its not very beefy.
Try somthing in the 450-500w range from these brands.
Pc power and cooling
Enermax
Antec
Thermaltake
Vantec
Cosair
February 11, 2007 10:59:43 AM

Agreed on the PSU, you should go 500W+ especially since you say you plan to upgrade at some point.

I have that exact case (without the PSU), the entire front of it is made of a mesh, it gets very dusty. I need to vacuum the front of my PC every couple of days, it's annoying.

I think the Raptor is too expensive, but that may be just me (or just the CDN prices).
February 11, 2007 11:05:08 AM

dont buy the raptor its to expensive and you really wont notice the performance unless you really check for load times. i would buy 2 cheap storage disk with 16 mb cache and put them in raid0. anyways thats what i did and my load times are very low.
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