Help a newbie build a gaming PC, 1500-2000 budget

This will be the first PC I'll build. I've done several upgrades on my current and past PCs, so I understand the basics. I've read a few guides and most of the current threads posted here about PC builds, and it seems like 9 times out of 10 the original builds put together are no good anyway, so I'll leave it to you guys to pick for me. I'm not opposed to the idea of overclocking as long as I don't have to do any soldering, but I have no idea how to do it yet.

I have no preference between AMD/Intel or ATI/NVidia or any other brand wars. SLI is fine if that's my best option. Please include everything I'd need to buy as far as hardware, including monitor and speakers (right now I have an old CRT and the speakers that came with my 3+ year old Gateway and I'd like something nicer). I plan on using my copy of XP until Vista works well, at which point I'll upgrade.

Please let me know if I'm forgetting any vital information. Thanks for your help!
4 answers Last reply
More about help newbie build gaming 1500 2000 budget
  1. Anybody?
  2. This is a rig I just built. I'm sure people will have comments about it, so start from here and edit.



    Upgrade to 4GB if/when going for Vista

    Hard Drive (OS+Program):

    Hard Drive (Data):

    Graphics Card:




    Total Cost: $1,849.92

    * This rig is running with 1 nvidia graphics card, as the mobo supports crossfire. PSU should change according to graphics card setup.
    ** Mouse/Keyboard and Speakers not included
  3. actually, if you buy the EVGA 8800GTS you can step up when the 9000 series come out (hopefully) in February. You'll have the same final price for the build for a 10-15% performance premium for about two months
  4. Will you be video editting? What games will you be playing? Do you need os,keyboard,headset,speakers,monitor??
    And will you ever be planning to over clock?
Ask a new question

Read More

Build Systems Product