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July 4, 2007 5:45:34 AM

Hey im trying to build a custum desktop and this would be my first build. I would mostly want it for playing games. So since im relatively new to this i was wandering what CPU and Motherboard would go well. I found this mobo and cpu package of Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 and Asus P5NSLI NVIDIA Socket 775 ATX for 319.99.

heres the link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

So if you could give me an idea or opinions on something better. The whole PC comes at about $1250. So thats more or less my budget, any help is welcomed. Thanks.
July 4, 2007 6:20:03 AM

instead of buying the parts from tiger direct, get them from newegg.com
its cheaper, and way more selection trust me ive done builds with both places
also, does your budget include screen/mouse/keyboard/ext?
July 4, 2007 6:55:27 AM

Yeah the whole desktop comes to about $1250 including keyboard and mouse and an LCD. Well im gonna check stuff over at newegg.com i guess to see if i can reduce the price. Any other tips that maybe possible as tu a decent pc set up its welcomed.
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July 4, 2007 7:01:11 AM

What video card are you thinking about using, too?

That would be probably the most important thing, if you're building a gaming system. You can have a top of the line GPU, but with a crappy video card, you won't play for jack.

The E6400 is good. Even an AMD X2 4600/4800+ would be good. Just make sure you get a good video card.

Oh, and if you can wait, price cuts are coming in a few more weeks, so CPU prices might be low enough for you to put more into the GPU.
July 4, 2007 7:05:39 AM

Well i was thinking of putting in an XFX GeForce 8600 GT, a friend of mine recommended it but i am not quite sure, also open to any suggestions lol, like i said this is my first build and im sorta at a loss.
July 4, 2007 7:23:47 AM

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Well i was thinking of putting in an XFX GeForce 8600 GT, a friend of mine recommended it but i am not quite sure, also open to any suggestions lol, like i said this is my first build and im sorta at a loss.


Honestly...I'd be wary from the 8600 GT cards. They didn't get very good reviews in gaming benchmarks.
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Best PCI-E Card For ~$115
GeForce 8600 GT
Codename: G84
Process: 80nm
Universal Shaders: 32
Texture Units: 16
ROPs: 8
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 540
Memory Speed MHz: 700 (1400 effective)

Prices of the new midrange DirectX 10 video cards have dropped like a rock in the past month. The 8600 GT was a terrible buy at $150, but now, as it approaches the $100 price point it's much more attractive. The 8600 GT will slightly beat the old 7600 GT and X1650 XT in raw performance in the $115 price category. In addition to speed, the 8600 GT has the added bonus of being DirectX 10 compatible, as well as being a good overclocker.

NOTE: beware of slower DDR2 versions of the 8600 GT! The GDDR3 versions are the recommended cards. Also note that the upcoming Radeon 2600 XT will also be a good alternative to the 8600 GT if it's released at the same price.


If possible, try to get at least the 8800GTS 320MB (Newegg 8800GTS) or the 8800GTS 640MB or 2900XT (with new drivers). Both are about in the same price range (~$400), and even though the 2900XT has been hammered for bad performance, their driver support has helped it a bit.

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The HD 2900 XT competes well with the 640MB 8800 GTS, though the 8800 GTS 320MB does have a price/performance advantage over both in all but the highest resolutions and AA settings under most current games.

Anandtech

If price is a main concern, then the 8600GT should be okay, since it's also a DX10 card.
Again, do some research for the type of games you intend to play and visit a few hardware sites to see the differences between the 8600GT and the other cards listed. If the price isn't worth the extra FPS, then go with the 8600GT or the new 2600 series cards.

Good luck.
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