New quad core gaming build - around $1800
Hi, I am looking for advice on a new gaming rig. I have a budget of 1500-1900 dollars. I am looking for a q6600, and either an 8800gtx or 2x 8800gts 320mb. thanks in advance.
Very nice budget. Let's have some fun.
Thermaltake Armor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133021
Very nice case. Spacious inside. Lots of room for long video cards and space for HDD's.
Asus P5K Premium: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131190
Nice board. 1333 FSB, goes up to DDR2 1066 memory and takes all Intel chips and the new 45m chips soon to be released. Nice overclocking ability if your going to overclock.
Intel Q6600: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017
Nice choice. If your looking for a good Dual Core try also the E6850 (3.0 GHZ, 1333 FSB). In a cpu shootout Tom's Hardware held the E6850 beat the Q6600 in certain test. May be something to consider since the cost are the same (not on NewEgg though).
Thermaltake 700W PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153039
Good brand, modular cabeling for easy hook up. Used a number of these in recent builds with superb results
Corsair XMS2 2GB DDR2 800: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034
Fast Memory and a good quality vendor. If you want bump this up to maybe DDR2 1066 instead if your budget can fit it.
Western Digital 500GB Cavier: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
Very good drive. 500GB is more than enough for your gaming needs. You can try and get a 150GB Raptor to use for just your games and OS and use a drive like this for mass storage. Your choice.
Lite-On Sata DVD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106073
Very good brand. Go with a Sata connector and leave IDE behind.
EVGA 640 mb 8800GTS: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130071
Went with the 640MB GTS instead. Great card and will peform on par like the GTX without sacrificing performance.
Windows XP Pro: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116059
No idea if your going for Vista so i stayed with XP Pro as a safe bet.
There is alot of room to save cost. If your willing to go up to $1800 there is alot you can add on like additional HDD's, add a CPU cooler like a Zalman 9700NT (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118020&Tpk=9700nt). You can go with the GTX card if you want or find a decent monitor and go dual screens. You can also go higher up on memory to faster DDR2 1066 modules. Alot of options as well within what i built here. I tried to keep the cost descent but without any sacrifices. This is a good starter point as i am sure other posters will build on this as well.
That is an awesome build. You could also look into this case, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119106. That is a beast of a psu you could save money with this one,