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May 23, 2007 11:33:36 PM

Hi all you experts. (This is a great forum)

Would like to build a good gaming computer but do not know which parts to buy.

I would appreciate a list with all part needed.

I am 75 yrs of age and did build some computers about 17 yrs ago. Now they are much more complex. So many boards, processesors, memory, power supply's, cases etc to choose from.

I would like to run FSX at full settings. I think I will be able to save about $1000.00 if I build it myself.

Many thanks for any input



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May 24, 2007 12:21:01 AM

what is your buget and will you be bringing anything from the previous systems you have owned
May 24, 2007 12:29:13 AM

Have about $2000.00 to spend.

Will bring nothing from other PC. Have only a couple of laptops
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May 24, 2007 1:16:02 AM

Have about $2000.00 to spend.

Will bring nothing from other PC. Have only a couple of laptops

$2000 can build you a good gaming system as long as your smart about it. I would suggest getting an 8800 GTX as graphics card, and if you can wait until July, you can get a good high end possessor. You'll be well off with 2GB of ram will be good for gaming for a good while. Do you want to over clock, or don't want to worry about it.
May 24, 2007 1:33:39 AM

cpu: ok i would go with a q6600 about $530 here
graphics card: most important for gaming a 8800 gtx $550 here
mobo: a fairly cheap 680i sli from EVGA $160 here
psu: 600w forton $115 here
ram: 4gb g.skill ddr2 800 $225 here
hard drive: 320gb WD $75 here
dvd drive: sony $30 here
case: here's a case, these are really just personal opinion, $50 here
moniter: 22in Acer $260 here
speakers: logitec 2.1 surround $40 here
keyboard: liteon cheap keyboard $6.50 here
mouse: cheap logitec laser mouse $20 here
os: if you dont already have one xp home -retail $190 here

thats about it if you want to oc ill make some changes all told wit the operating system it is $2250 but there are $90 in mail in rebates
May 24, 2007 1:58:30 AM

75 man? Congratualtions dude. Never seen someone that age still attached to the gaming scene. Good to see some wise ones on this forum.

Anyways, I too am looking to spend about 2000 on a computer in the future, here is the one I composed:

Their are about 135-140 bucks in rebates, maybe a little more not factored into the final price.

Good luck. :D 
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May 24, 2007 2:00:25 AM

He can probably save a bit of cash by getting only 2 GB of RAM. I think that's the limit for XP Home anyway, and he'd need XP Pro for 4 GB. I may be wrong on that though.

How about a cheaper mobo without SLI support? Again not sure, because FSX is very demanding and the OP may want to add a second card later.
May 24, 2007 2:07:38 AM

ya you could save some money with a cheaper mother board if you like this650i one i couldn't find a decently priced xp pro retail like $280, oem is $140 and a hassle to install
May 24, 2007 2:54:00 AM

I did not expect so fast a response. Yes, you guys are great! Will spend some time on checking all your responses and then will decide on the system to be built.

I might be 75 years old but I am young at heart. Still love computer games. Might not be as good as you guys, but I still enjoy it as much.

Thanks again!


May 24, 2007 3:32:19 PM

cpu: ok i would go with a q6600 about $530 here

If he can wait until july, then he can get that same chip for about $266 which should make up for the $250 over $2,000 easily.
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May 24, 2007 8:59:06 PM

Do you guys happen to know if Flight Simulator uses quad-cores effectively? If yes, then I'd pick a Q6600 for $266 after July 22. If not, maybe E6850 is better (same date, same price).