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How does this look for a $1200 gaming machine?

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June 22, 2007 2:31:07 AM

This is my first custom built PC. I am ready to order all these parts, but I just wanted to make sure everything is really compatible, and nothing is a real huge bottleneck. Thanks for any help.

MOTHERBOARD:
ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
- $192.99

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- $222.90

VIDEO CARD:
EVGA 640-P2-N825-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SUPERCLOCKED HDCP Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- $409.99 ($379.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)

RAM:
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- $134.00 ($104.00 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)

CASE:
APEVIA X-CRUISER-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- $59.99 ($49.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)

HARD DRIVE:

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- $99.99

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
- $129.99 ($119.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)

CD/DVD BURNER:
ASUS Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
- $33.99

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June 22, 2007 2:51:06 AM

Looks decent, but I do have two points:

First, what resolution do you plan on playing at? If it's under 1600x1200, the 320 MB version of the 8800GTS should be enough for you.

Second, get the newer generation Seagate drives (the 7200.10 ones), they cost the same and are faster, there's no reason not to.
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June 22, 2007 3:23:11 AM

My advice would be to wait until July 22 for price cuts. Maybe a model with a 1333 fsb if you want, when they arrive. Also, look at getting a p35 motherboard and maybe some ddr2 1066 RAM(Patriot @ newegg.com, 2gigs is about 110 after rebates.)
June 22, 2007 12:36:03 PM

I plan on running my computer at 1680x1050 res., so games would hopefully be set to that or 1600x1200.
June 22, 2007 1:01:16 PM

agreed get an asus or gigabyte p35 board and also think about waiting for the price cuts... don't waste your $ on a superclocked video card 10 seconds with a software program and u can make your standard gts faster than the superclocked. get the centurion 534 its the one i ordered for my build and its so sexy, with space for 3-4 fans
June 22, 2007 1:58:33 PM

So is the GTS 320 MB not enough memory for a 20" wide screen at 1680x1050? I don't need 8x AA or anything like that, maybe just 2xAA and 4x ansi.
June 23, 2007 4:06:43 AM

Alright, I made some changes that I think were well worth it. Thank you all for your input. Here is what I am going to order. What do you think?

MOTHERBOARD:

ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131182
- $219.99

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115003
- $222.90

VIDEO CARD:

EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130071
- $379.99 ($349.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)

RAM:
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231065
- $114.00

CASE:
APEVIA X-CRUISER-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144151
- $59.99 ($49.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)

HARD DRIVE:

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148136
- $119.99

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139001
- $129.99 ($119.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)

CD/DVD BURNER:

ASUS Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135145
- $33.99

Total: $1260 ***After Rebates***
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