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Building a Game Pc for $1000

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November 22, 2007 6:01:17 PM

Hi,

i want to build a new gamepc, because the pc i now have is around 5 years old, en my motherboard went broken a few days ago so i thought that this was a good moment to buy a new system.

I want to play the newest game and all games to come in the next years with my system (Crysis, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Oblivion, F.E.A.R., Prey etc.), and I want to use my system a couple of years without upgrading it and still play the new games. I want to pay max. 1000 USD for it.

I don't want to overclock and i will use Windows XP.

I was thinking of the following:
CPU: AMD 64 X2 6000+ or Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
Motherboard: ??
RAM: 2 GB, maybe i can do later a upgrade to 4 GB
Graphics: GeForce 8600GT
PSU: 500/600 Watt
HD: around 250 GB
CPU cooler (if necessary): ??
Casefan: ??
DVD-drive: ??

I have a question: in a dual-core processor, for example the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, there are 2 processor with each processor giving 2.4 Ghz. So the total Ghz is 4.8 or still 2.4 Ghz? Can i then play a game that needs a 3.0 Ghz processor??

TIA!

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November 22, 2007 6:48:13 PM

Depend on how well a game ultizes dual it can be more then what a 4.8Ghz could perform to. Get the E6750 with Freezer 7 Pro. Much more OC room.
November 22, 2007 6:51:29 PM

What kind of motherboard?
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November 22, 2007 6:53:49 PM

P35 or X38 if don't want SLI 680i if you do. I really don't wanna recommend you a specific link. Kinda lazy today
November 22, 2007 6:56:03 PM

I don't want SLI, so P35 or X38 it is.
November 22, 2007 7:00:09 PM

Weird, i cannot edit my postings.

I see that Gigabyte P35-series is a little bit expensive. What about the Asus P5-series? They are like 30 euro's cheaper.
November 22, 2007 7:01:48 PM

Siep said:


I want to play the newest game and all games to come in the next years with my system (Crysis, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Oblivion, F.E.A.R., Prey etc.), and I want to use my system a couple of years without upgrading it and still play the new games. I want to pay max. 1000 USD for it.


Firstly, Welcome to the forums.

Secondly, you are not going to make a system that will play new games 2 years from now. You may be able to play them, but a horrible quality. It just won't happen, I am sorry.

-I would say the E6750 even though you don't want to OC. I would get the P35 DS3L motherboard with it.
-2GB ram should be good for now.
-The 8600 won't even play today's new games...let alone 2 years from now.

Hope I helped,
-Adam
November 22, 2007 7:23:04 PM

dual core does not mean you take the speed and times it by two. With dual core it can share load if the program is mutithread which will make it faster(there a better word for it but i'm brain dead) and will allow better use of mutitasking. For the video card go with a 8800GT or 3870. For the power supply go with a 450 watt corsair.
November 22, 2007 10:09:51 PM

8600GT is fine for normal use. If you want to play games, then it falls flat. Get the 8800GT.
November 23, 2007 10:33:44 AM

Thanks for all the comments!

I was thinking of this now, would this work?

CPU
USD 231.01 Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (S775, 2x2.66GHz, 1333MHz FSB, Boxed)

Motherboard
USD 122.87 GigaByte GA-P35-DS3L (ATX, PCI-E, Sound, LAN, SATA II)

Graphics
USD 314.04 XFX 8800 GT (GT (Retail, TV-Out, 2x DVI)

HD
USD 86.18 Samsung Spinpoint P120, 250 GB, 7200 RPM, 8 MB

RAM
USD 83.71 Kingston 2GB DDR2 (2x1GB) PC6400 800Mhz CL5 Dual Channel Kit

PSU
USD 81.86 Chieftec GPS-550AB-A,550 Watt

CPUcooler
USD 44.42 Scythe Mine

CD/DVDdriver
USD 23.81 Samsung SH-D163C, S-ATA, Zwart, OEM

Case
USD 77.42 Cooler Master Centurion 5, zwart.

OS
USD 106.25 Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition NL OEM 1 Pack

TOTAAL: USD 1,171.99

November 23, 2007 12:52:21 PM

Those prices are waaaay overpriced. You should be able to get:

E6750- $190.00
MOBO- $90.00
GPU- $279.99 at the most.

Maybe think about a different PSU.

Otherwise, everything looks pretty good.
November 23, 2007 1:47:49 PM

And what kind of PSU would you recommend for me?

I would edited this post if i could, but i can't :( 
November 23, 2007 5:46:14 PM

Thanks, i chose the Zalman ZM500-HP, 500W (ATX12V 2.2).

Another question: i don't know if i really need the CPUcooler. It saves me some money if i don't add it to my system. And would i need a floppy drive these days?
November 23, 2007 6:24:29 PM

Get a Corsair PSU. Either 450VX, 520HX or 550VX.
November 23, 2007 9:30:54 PM

Why Corsair? Is Corsair better than Zalman?

Anyway, this is my new config:

CPU
USD 229.98 Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (S775, 2x2.66GHz, 1333MHz FSB, Boxed)

MOBO
USD 123.07 GigaByte GA-P35-DS3L (ATX, PCI-E, Sound, LAN, SATA II)
GPU
USD 295.26 XFX 8800 GT (Retail, TV-Out, 2x DVI)

HD
USD 88.95 Seagate Barracuda 7200.9, 250GB (7200rpm, SATA II, 16MB, NCQ)

RAM
USD 70.92 Kingston KVR800D2N5K2/2G

PSU
USD 117.42 Zalman ZM500-HP, 500W (ATX12V 2.2)

CPUcooler
USD 25.09 Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (Socket 775)

DVD drive
USD 23.79 Asus 16x48x, DVD-E616A3T (SATA, Retail, Zwart)

Floppydrive
USD 6.95 SONY Diskdrive Black 1.44MB,3.5"

Case
USD 56.17 Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05 (ATX, Geen PSU, Zwart)

OS
USD 106.12 Microsoft Windows XP Home (OEM, NL)

TOTAL USD 1,143.72

Only problem is that i took the cheapest prices form different online shops, so if i buy this all @ one shop i'll have to pay more than 1,143.72 USD, i think maybe 1,200,- USD, and not to mention the coming cost by sending the stuf with mail etc.

Any comments on this system is welcome!
November 24, 2007 5:55:11 AM

They are both tier 2 PSU's, but I think the Corsair is better. It all comes down to personal preference. I have had excellent results with Corsair is all. Extremely stable and reliable.

The Zalman ZM must be good also, or it wouldn't be on tier 2.
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