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Want to build gaiming rig for 2000-2500 $

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June 13, 2007 10:40:47 AM

Any suggestions from local pros very welcome.
Build my old one myself three years ago, no time for research right now, wife and small one.

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June 13, 2007 10:45:57 AM

Do you need a new monitor/keyboard/mouse included in the budget or are you carrying some stuff over?
June 13, 2007 11:14:47 AM

Going to use my old monitor, mouse, keyboard.
Also already have PS 650W and HD, Raptor 150 g.
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June 13, 2007 1:20:46 PM

When are you going to be building your computer? These Intel price cuts on July 22 are looking real nice...for example a 3.0ghz C2D for $266, I think it was.
June 13, 2007 1:26:37 PM

No doubt I can wait few weeks, but not going to be easy.
Any suggestions in regards to cpu, motherboard, memory, graphic card ?
June 14, 2007 3:01:20 AM

Well if you're trying to future proof this computer , I'd go with a quad core, such as Q6700, if you can manage to fit that in your budget. Otherwise you can get the Q6600 and overclock it :D  .

Again, if you want to future proof, you'd want to go with a P35 motherboard, otherwise go with something like Asus P5B-Plus or Asus P5B Deluxe.

For the graphics card, I would go with the 8800gtx. Don't go with two lower cards in SLI, because that doesn't get much performance increase over a single card...plus the power requirements are nasty for SLI.

I would also suggest 2Gb of ram..such as these.
June 14, 2007 9:46:49 AM

Prices from newegg.

Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-DQ6 $250
CPU: Quad core after price cut
Graphics: EVGA 8800GTX $530
RAM: 2 x 1GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2-800 $115
PSU: PC Power & Cooling 750W $209
HD: 150GB Raptor to add to your existing one: $170
Cooling: water cooling/TEC if you're into serious overclocking. Not really my field. If you just want a CPU heatsink then Ultra 120 Extreme $65

Stuff you might not need/want:
Sound: X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS $180
Case: Antec P182 $155

Comes in well underbudget. Alternatively if you want to go a bit crazy you could get a 680i motherboard like the DFI or Asus Striker and get two 8800GTX cards in SLI. The PSU would be fine for that.

EDIT: Just noticed you already have a power supply. What brand/model is it? If it's a good one then 650W should be fine for a single 8800GTX. Not 100% sure about 2 in SLI.
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