Could use some advice on a tight budget gaming system...

I'm purchasing this system (I customized it off their site) from a VERY reputable local dealer in my area whom I have purchased my last 2 systems from. Since I have a limited budget, my goal is to try and max out the best gaming system possible for my budget. I would really appreciate any advice/recommendations or just that my system looks good for my budget range and that I should go for it as is.

So here's the system I have customized:

Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6300 1.86GHz
CPU Heatsink / Fan : Intel Retail Heatsink and Fan
Motherboard : MSI P965 Platinum
Memory : Kingston 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM Kit (2 x 512MB )
Case : Antec Sonata II
Power Supplies : Antec 450W SmartPower 2.0
Hard Drives 1 : Seagate 160GB Barracuda 7200.9 SATA II w/ NCQ, 8MB
Hard Drives 2 : Seagate 160GB Barracuda 7200.9 SATA II w/ NCQ, 8MB
Optical Drive 1 : LG 16X DVD-ROM (OEM)
Video Cards : eVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB PCI-E
Sound Cards : Onboard 8-Channel 7.1 Audio
Ethernet Cards : Onboard 100/1000 Gigabit Lan
Operating System : Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit) DVD, OEM
Office Ready PC : Microsoft Office Ready Pre-installed

Thanks in advance for any help provided.
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  1. Yeah the perfect system for your budget , on a side note what is your budget :?: Like how much money, the green stuff you want to spend :D

    You need a bigger PSU to start with that 450 :roll: aint gonna cut it. :lol:

    more like a 700 watt or something bigger :D

    Get better Ram if you can although that stuff aint bad .
  2. Two things I see that could be better and one that is overkill.
    You really need a better power supply. The graphics card you chose need more power then most and with 4 drives, you are cutting it too tight. Add $25 for a 600W.
    You will need 2 gigs of RAM, the newer games are starting to use more and Vista works better with 2 Gigs (2x1GB) sticks.
    The Video card is probably the best one out right now. You do not need all the memory, you could get 2 8800 320mb for that price. Get one now and put the money on the above items.
  3. Thanks for the posts guys.

    As far as budget goes, I'm looking at around $1,800 (C) or $1,550 (U.S.)

    I thought of going the lesser route with the GTX but then wouldn't I have to upgrade the board to SLI as well as the PSU? I'm sure I read somewhere that 450W was sufficient for running a GTX card. Maybe I need 500W to be safe? I thought it was wiser to get a top-end single card but maybe it's not according to you guys.
  4. Hi first of all welcome to the forums :D

    look here is the thing money is precious so no need to use it where you cant see the full benefits of the investment.

    8800 gtx= 550 dollars

    8800 gts320mb= 300 dollars saving of 150 dollars which you can use in the ram and PSU

    get the 8800 GTX ONLY IF you have a 30 inch monitor otherwise its a waste also you need a Top end Cpu to benefit from its full power .

    If you are gaming in 1600x1200 or less than 1920 then you Dont need the GtX the increase in performance in these resolutions is not worth the extra money.

    :) You will be very happy with a Gts 320 mb with the rest of your configuration.
  5. All of the 8800 cards need more amps from the + 12 v Rails. The PSU you chose it rated at +12v1 15a and +12v2 17a. I have read the 8800 looks for 20-22A on the rail. Also 15+17 seems like it would be 32A but in pratice it give 26-28A because of the PSU efficiency.

    Any 8800 card can be used in SLI or single card systems.
  6. Quote:
    Hi first of all welcome to the forums :D

    look here is the thing money is precious so no need to use it where you cant see the full benefits of the investment.

    8800 gtx= 550 dollars

    8800 gts320mb= 300 dollars saving of 150 dollars which you can use in the ram and PSU

    get the 8800 GTX ONLY IF you have a 30 inch monitor otherwise its a waste also you need a Top end Cpu to benefit from its full power .

    If you are gaming in 1600x1200 or less than 1920 then you Dont need the GtX the increase in performance in these resolutions is not worth the extra money.

    :) You will be very happy with a Gts 320 mb with the rest of your configuration.


    Thanks for the warm welcome :) That is very true what you just said. I don't need that card for what little gains I'll get (monitor is a WS 22") so a GTS should suffice. What ram/psu should I put in place then? Should I get the Superclocked GTS 320MB card or regular one? Do I still need alot of PSU for a GTS now?
  7. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130038
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130082

    The links lead to EVga 320 cards the first is the SUperclocked the other the normal.

    You can go to this link to check the review http://firingsquad.com/hardware/evga_e-geforce_8800_gts_superclocked_320mb/

    Really good card . A 450 should be sufficient.

    Buy this ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227185

    AWESOME stuff . :D
  8. Awesome - thanks for the links. I've re-configured slightly. Upped the processor, and ram and have about $100 to spend still. Any areas I should consider upping slash? New system:

    Processor : Intel Core™2 Duo Processor E6400 2.13GHz
    CPU Heatsink / Fan : Intel Retail Heatsink and Fan
    Motherboards : MSI P965 Platinum
    Memory : OCZ 2GB PC2-6400 Gold Gamer eXtreme XTC Edition DDR2
    Case : Antec Sonata II w/ 450W SmartPower 2.0
    Power Supplies : Antec 450W SmartPower 2.0 Power Supply with Case
    Hard Drives 1 : Seagate 160GB Barracuda 7200.9 SATA II w/ NCQ, 8MB
    Hard Drives 2 : Seagate 160GB Barracuda 7200.9 SATA II w/ NCQ, 8MB
    Optical Drive 1 : LG 16X DVD-ROM, Black (OEM) 1 $24.95 $24.95
    Video Cards : eVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB SuperClocked
    Sound Cards : Onboard 8-Channel 7.1 Audio
    Ethernet Cards : Onboard 100/1000 Gigabit Lan
    Operating System : Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit) OEM
    Office Ready PC : Microsoft Office Ready Pre-installed (w/ Systems Only)
  9. Cool you can use the extra 100 bucks to get the e6600 processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115003

    You will own the perfect system in your budget :D

    Infact the e6400 goes for 221 $ plus shipping and the e6600 $314 free shipping :D

    you will still have money left :wink:
  10. Thanks again for the help guys.

    I wish I could return the favor :(
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