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$2500~ Custom Gaming PC from Ibuypower.com

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November 22, 2007 3:05:28 PM

Greetings most honorable tomshardware.com forumers! :hello: 

I am trying to build my self a custom gaming pc for $2500 from ibuypower (I hope this is the right subsection).

I prefered Ibuypower because I am in Canada + they are very cheap.
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Here is what I come up with: (Main components)

Power Supply: 1000w from NZXT

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6750 (2x 2.66GHz/4MB L2 Cache/1333FSB)

Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLI nForce® 650i SLI Chipset w/6-channel CODEC...

Memory 4096MB [1024MB X4] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module (with Corsair xtreme heat spreader)

Video Card(s): 2x 8800 GT (This was the easiest choice for me hope you agree)

Hard Drive(s) 2x 250 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 8M Cache]

Sound Card(s): Creative Lab Sound Blaster X-Fi

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CD/DVD Drive: 16x DVD-ROM Drive

CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive: 20X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive

Speaker System: Logitech X-230 2.1 Configuration Speakers System

Monitor: 22" Widescreen TFT LCD Monitor (FROM Sylvania)

Keyboard & Mouse: Combo: MX3000 Cordless Keyboard + MX600 Cordless Laser Mouse
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my case is CoolerMaster CM 690 Gaming Tower Case w/420W Power Supply + Professional wiring for air circulation

For Processor Cooling I got CoolerMaster Liquid CPU Cooling

I choose Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit edition as my OS

Have you guys spot any big mistake I made what are your general thoughts?


This all came to $2524. Canada=US $ rufly same right now.

I plan on playing Crysis and Unreal 3 at nearly maximum settings at around 720p (1280x720) resolutions.

I might run Fraps at the same time with some games.

And lastly Some serious (but not extreme) overclocking is on my wishlist!

Thank you all in advance. :hello: 


November 22, 2007 3:12:14 PM

SOME SPECIFIC QUESTIONS:

1.
Should I pay 100$ more and get:

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6850

2.
Should I get Asus Extreme motherboard would it help?

3.
Should I
a) get 2x 2gb ram
b) stick with 4x1gb ram
or c) get a faster *PC2 8500* but smaller memory (1X2= 2GB)

Final question(s) are:

1000 Watt -- NZXT PRC-1000 Power Supply will that be enough for all the overclocking and everything?

Monitor
Anyone know what this Sylvania brand is?

and last one (sorry):
Mushkin memory better than Corsair? It is 15% more expensive than Corsair.

Thank you
November 22, 2007 4:05:48 PM

say with 4x1, it wont matter about whether you can upgrade in the future to 8GB because by that time your system will be dead when it needs the memory. Don't get the SLIed GT's if your running at 720p, you won't need it unless you really crank up the AA. Get a GTX or a new G92 GTS on the third instead. Get a Q6600 proccesor instead of the E6850, as new games use all four cores. Sylvania, I believe, makes TV's The power supply is overkill for what you have, even if you go with the SLI. a 750 watter will do you good, and you could get by with around 650. Get EVGA 680i mobo if you want to sli in the future.

But it really is a bad time to buy, possibly, alot of new stuff is coming out right now, I;m talking about a week or two
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November 22, 2007 4:35:37 PM

Ewwwww....ibuypower. I realize that they are very cheap, but you do get what you pay for. What you are paying for is terrible customer support. I would not trust these people with an order that large.

I would suggest something like NCIX.com <----- they are a Canadian based company and they are having a wicked black friday sale right now. They also put your computer together for you for only $25.

-I would go with 4x1GB of corsair 800mhz of ram if it was my computer. You really won't see much difference between brands and 800 and 1066mhz. Like ^ said, by the time games/apps use 8GB effectively, you'd want another upgrade.

-Again, I pretty much agree with all of what ^ is saying, but if you price a new system at NCIX.com, you may be able to get alot more for the same amount of money. Unless you are deadset on ibuypower.com, try to price a system at NCIX.com and come back.

It is always a bad time to purchase a new system because *something* will be coming out. I ordered mine yesterday as nothing I would be thinking about getting is coming out.

Edit: I thought I would mention that as resolutions below 19x12..SLI isn't really that useful.
November 22, 2007 4:42:51 PM

Thank you very much: and I will follow your wisdom and wait for a month than.

SLI @ lower resolutions = Meaningless
I understand!
November 22, 2007 4:45:59 PM

Aadamszc I will go with NCIX.com...
but I have to say Ibuypower is slightly cheaper no?

I will test this a few times today by trying to build nearly identical systems and check the prices.
November 22, 2007 4:57:06 PM

Actually, NCIX should be waaaay cheaper. I have never really done a direct comparison, but I would imagine you could get your system for alot cheaper.

Like I said before, I don't think it is necessarily a bad time to buy. If you need a new system now, go for it.
November 22, 2007 5:19:17 PM

Alright only 1 thing I am not sure if I agree with you guys:

The Quad Processor :S

I am really not sure but again I am going to run 2 things at the same time so it might help... (maximum 2, very very rarely more than that)

Thanks again guys!
November 22, 2007 5:46:39 PM

It really is a personal choice. You could be fine with the E6750 because it is a good processor, but if you are going with the E6850, then just go for the Q6600 because it is the same price.
November 22, 2007 7:28:15 PM

Any recomendations for non-sli intel motherboard?
November 22, 2007 8:49:17 PM

here is what I come up with:



Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.66GHZ 1333FSB 4MB


Motherboard EVGA Nforce 650I Ultra Conroe LGA775 ATX 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 RAID


Memory Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB 2X1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual


LCD Display Samsung syncmaster 226bw 22 inch


Video Card Single superclocked Evga Geforce 8800 gt


Case Collermaster 690


IDE Hard Drives 2x Seagate Barracuda sata 2 7200rpm 320 gb 16mb cache


DVD Writer Combo


Operating System Vista 64 home premium


Heat Sink Scythe Infinity 5 Heatpipe CPU Cooler LGA775 S478 AM2 S754 S939 S940 120MM 1200RPM


Power Supply 750 watt (Cooler Master)


Sound Card X-FI xtreme 24 Bit Audio


Warranty 1 year warranty from NCIX! :) 

for $2000

Thank you all!
November 22, 2007 10:01:18 PM

Build that on your own for under $1500.
November 22, 2007 10:43:30 PM

Warranty: 0$

Assembly: 0$

+ I am, as you can guess, not an experience pc builder. Only helped other people never build a pc for my self from ground up.
November 22, 2007 10:45:37 PM

ibleet said:
Build that on your own for under $1500.



Agreed, you should take the plunge and build it yourself. It will be a fun and educational experience. You will also save $1000 like the other guys said.

Then again you might have the same problem my brother had on his first build. The motherboard failed and then he spend the next 3 months replacing parts and trying to figure out what failed.
November 22, 2007 10:47:23 PM

Nart Saga said:
Warranty: 0$

Assembly: 0$

+ I am, as you can guess, not an experience pc builder. Only helped other people never build a pc for my self from ground up.



I built my one for the first time and I had never even helped someone build a PC. It is way easy to do. If I can do it anyone can.
November 22, 2007 11:06:12 PM

yes sir way to go and that's the attitude!!
November 22, 2007 11:55:27 PM

Alright well I am going to get most of the supplies from NCIX anyway that's why I was abit more stuborn.

I will trust your wisdom sire! :) 
November 23, 2007 12:04:47 AM

Disclaimer:

If anything goes wrong I will hunt you for the rest of my life.
November 23, 2007 12:21:46 AM

I'll build you one and overclock it for $1400 with 2 year warranty. Let me know and I can put it up on Ebay or whatever so you can buy it.
November 23, 2007 12:45:44 AM

Trialsking said:
again you might have the same problem my brother had on his first build. The motherboard failed and then he spend the next 3 months replacing parts and trying to figure out what failed.



Here is my disclaimer. But this is a worst case scenario. There are thousands of people like me that had no troubles with their first build. It sounds like you may be waiting a month or so for new parts to appear. In that time just ask questions and do a little research about building your own. If you have helped someone before, just get them to help you.
November 23, 2007 12:59:45 AM

Thanks roadrunner I will think about it!

Well I might wait for that new GTS, thats all I am waiting right now.
November 23, 2007 1:01:02 AM

Btw did I mentioned that I am loving these forums :D 
November 23, 2007 7:53:01 PM

Get Intel Core 2 Extreme processers
November 23, 2007 7:54:31 PM

You should get 680i motherboard.... not 650i ultra
November 23, 2007 8:44:24 PM

You should get 680i motherboard... OK!

Any recommendations for a PCI Express 2.0 compatiable motherboard?
November 24, 2007 6:08:34 AM

Nart Saga said:
Warranty: 0$

Assembly: 0$

+ I am, as you can guess, not an experience pc builder. Only helped other people never build a pc for my self from ground up.


BTW, every component you buy comes with a manufacturers warranty.
November 24, 2007 6:52:06 AM

If you are getting a 650i chipset mobo then when you SLI your cards both the lanes wont run at x16, they will run both at x8 i believe. 680i chipset is the way to go if you want both lanes at full speed.
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