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[New System build]Making a new computer($1200 budget)

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January 8, 2008 2:29:13 PM

Hey guys, just looking for some advice on a new computer, I've been looking around a bit and I've picked out a lot of things, basically what I want is a computer that will last...I want it to be as safe as possible, that means a GOOD enough power supply, and a GOOD enough temperature (Via lots of fans or whatever). ---Not interested in OCing at all.

Parts that I want for this computer are: Case, Fans, Psupply, Mobo, Ram, GFX card, Processor, Sound card, Hard drive, (Maybe a cpu cooler).

So far
Processor: This looks good to me
GFX Card:
Mobo: Not sure to be honest:( 
As far as a case, what do you all think of this one:


Ram: I'd like DDR2 probably, unless you all think ddr3 is needed a lot.------

Just another question: Why do ppl want quad core processors, like i was told that games wont even be up to using all of that power for awhile, atleast not for awhile?

Well thank you all in advance and good day to you guys:) 

P.S this is strictly for gaming

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January 8, 2008 2:49:49 PM

If your talking US Dollars, I built this 3 weeks ago for around $1500 and it was relatively simple. You could save with a less expensive case, your own OS and a smaller silencer 610 PSU. From what I've read, if your not gonna overclock another cooler for the q6600 is not needed. It plays all the new games well. :) 

Abit IP 35 Pro, BFG 8800 GT, WD 500 Gig HD, Q6600 GO, G Skill (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800, PC P & C Silencer 750, Light On 20X DVD RW Sata, Vista 64 Bit, Silverstone Kublai KL01B Case
January 8, 2008 3:03:35 PM

Your probably right about the quad, but I got one because I don't upgrade often (five years since last time) and think that games will need one in a couple of years.
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January 8, 2008 3:21:44 PM

For the case, check out Antec, i've got the sonata II and never had any problem with it, but you can get the sonata III or something else in that category.
January 8, 2008 8:08:38 PM

Cool thanks for the suggestions guys, any other though?

And I bought win XP Awhile ago, screw Vista:( 
January 8, 2008 11:19:08 PM

alpha0meqa said:

Just another question: Why do ppl want quad core processors, like i was told that games wont even be up to using all of that power for awhile, atleast not for awhile?

People get quad core processors if they run such applications like: Photoshop, Maya, Video encoding, and other applications that needs power to finish in less time. Also people are considering quad core for future applications,Crysis (supports quad core),Higher FPS in games, future games, better performance, and future proof. Starting this year Pc games will now be supporting quad core, and quad graphic cards, wish makes quad core cpu a must.Well, this the configuration I have recently build for a friend on a $1200 budget with SLI configuration.

XFX MB-N680-ILT9 Motherboard $165.12
Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor $279.99
PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GT Video Card $263.99
PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GT Video Card $263.99
Patriot Memory 2GB PC2-6400 LAT:4 $73
Pioneer DVR-112D Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer $35.71
WD Caviar SE 250GB Hard Drive $64.00
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP 58.28

Including Tax/Shipping Grand Total: $1204.08 ( SLI Configuration )
Including Tax/Shipping Grand Total: $940.09 (No SLI: For those that dont have monitors supporting 1920x or higher)

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January 8, 2008 11:40:57 PM

cool thanks for the response:) 

I like that setup, however i doubt id go SLI, seems like a bit much, Plus I'd need a new monitor hehe!

Also, what kind of Powersupply would you recommend 600+?-----And since i can't find any info on that Mobo can you provide any, just wanna look over it. I like to read the comments from users and what not, and that one has none on newegg:( 

Thanks again!
January 8, 2008 11:54:00 PM

I will recommend 650+, this will enable you to add sli configuration, raid, overclocking, and future video cards. Power Supply is the most important, you really want to spend about $90+ on a power supply.

Antec TP3650 650W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails $113.65 including Tax/shipping
January 9, 2008 2:19:00 AM

Cool, thank you Rick:) 
January 9, 2008 2:42:36 AM

TruePower Trio honestly are old units and I wouldn't recommend them, for the simple fact that NeoPower units are not only newer, more powerful, more stable, less ripple, and better built, but also modular and not that much more expensive.

Antec NeoPower 650w SLI Ready Power Supply - NEOPOWER 650

This is unit has CONSTANT 54A on the 12V rails, on the other hand the Antec TruePower Trio 650 has, I believe, 52A Peak on the 12V rail, meaning that it is not recommended for it to be under that strain for long periods of time.

Other than that I think your choices have been pretty good, the only thing I would get differently is memory (Either Crucial Ballistix or Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800 or 1066 if possible) and a motherboard (Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L if you're only going for a single GPU setup).
January 9, 2008 12:43:56 PM

Yes, all those are excellent choices.
January 9, 2008 1:02:25 PM

I just bought the first case you linked. I'm going to move my parts to it by this weekend. It looks and feels very sold. There is a perforated area in the front, but you could probably only put a 80mm fan there, attached in two holes; or maybe a pair of them. The mounting holes are on the outside; the inside is where the power and reset switches are. I'm not sure I like this, but with the side fan and vent I shouldn't have a problem.