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November 21, 2007 5:20:06 PM

I will be building my first rig between around the 2nd/3rd week of December. I cant wait for anything to come out past that time frame. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Uses: Gaming
Budget: $2500 or less
This build will need everything except a sound card. (Monitor, OS, Keyboard, mouse, ect...)
I'm not going to overclock right now.
I want this to be as future proof as possible, i.e. able to upgade parts multiple times before a total overhaul.

Here is my list of parts so far:

Case: Collermaster RC690 Mid Tower - $80

MOBO: ASUS Maximus Formula LGA 775 X38 - $280

CPU: Intel Q6600 - $280

RAM: G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2-800 - $170

GPU: EVGA 8800GT 512MB - ~$300 (I heard that the G92 GTS comes out on Dec 3rd is that true?)

HDD: WD Caviar 500GB 7200rpm WD WD5000AAKS - $105

PS: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750Quad (750W) - $180

Monitor: Samsung 225B 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD - $290

OS: Vista Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $112

CPU cooler: Tuniq Tower 120 - $45

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S203B retail - $32

Mouse: Logitech MX518 - $40

Keyboard: Logitech 104key USB - $10

Artic SIlver 5 - $6

Total: $1930
Well under budget right now.

If I get the EVGA 8800gt now I could step up to a G92 GTS or GTX later.

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November 21, 2007 9:26:53 PM

The only thing i will suggest is the P5E instead of Maximus as its cheaper for not much less (quick look i think minus a lan port).

The PSU is a bit of overkill for that rig but if you are upgrading in the near future it maybe with it. Solid PSU though ;) 

If you want to spend the rest of the budget id add some speakers, possibly Logitech Z-5500's but other than that it looks awesome.
November 21, 2007 9:30:17 PM

Keep the power supply it's good. If your gonna Vista might as well go the way with Ultimate 64x. Are you spending as little as possible? or is the limit $2500. Cuz I'm pretty sure you can SLI the 8800GTs with that budget. And 24" screen.
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November 21, 2007 11:12:53 PM

I just bought a EVGA 8800gt. Had to jump on it while it was in stock. I'm going to pass on SLI as I don't consider it a very good value and also that would mean an old 680i mobo.

I'll take a look at the P5E. $2500 is the max, but around $2000 is the sweet spot.
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