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~1000.00 Gaming Build

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April 28, 2008 3:58:39 PM

First time builder needs some help with a spec.

Don't think I'm going to OC, don't think I'm going to SLI either.
Going to keep it running XP-32bit.
Really just need it to run the Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Will need it to game when SC2 comes out. Of course, no one knows how demanding it will be, so future expansion is always in the back of my head.

Please let me know if I'm overkilling any of my components.

Open to all suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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CPU > Core 2 Duo E8400 > $214.99
Because everyone says Quad's aren't being taken advantage of yet.

MOBO > Asus P5N-D > $160.92
I've heard SLI'ing on this board isn't the greatest idea. I was reading that there isn't enough space to run two cards with proper air flow. Can someone clarify this for me?

RAM > Corsair XMS2 DHX 2048MB Dual Channel $71.99
If I'm going to stay at 32-bit, I think this will be fine. Could be wrong though.

GPU > BFG GeForce 8800GT $199.99
Because everyone seems to hype this GPU.

HD > Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 32MB Cache $90.99
Because everyone seems to hype this HD.

CASE > Antec Nine Hundred > $101.99
I'm particularly interested in getting a case that'll allow for lots of air flow.

PSU > OCZ GameXStream 700w $125.99
Not sure if this is overkill for a single GPU. If I do SLI down the road, will this be enough?

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Again, thanks in advance. Any comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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April 28, 2008 4:15:12 PM

You can get the 8800GTS for that price. I would recommend that over the GT. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your PSU has a rebate here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you can never have too much power.

ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
your CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can wait a week or so to buy you might wait to see if the price drops more on the processor. They are releasing an E8300 (2.83ghz) any day for 163.00, so I'm sure that will drive the price of the 8200/8400 down.
April 28, 2008 4:22:32 PM

Build looks perfect to me
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April 28, 2008 4:38:00 PM

With some of the adobe work a quad might be beneficial. Multi Task potential of a quad will be a life saver if your running a few adobe programs at once +websurfing, im, and whatever else.
April 28, 2008 5:06:09 PM

Your build sounds good but if you don't mind searching around for good deals for your system and currently running a pc you could build a decent gaming/working pc for half of your budget....

My build for less than $449 after rebates, taxes and shipping:
$22 Cooler Master Case Shipped AR (-30Rebate)
$64 320GB Seagate HDD
$194 E6750 Conroe Core 2 Duo CPU Overclocking to 3.2Ghz (back than E8400 didn't exist)
$0 2GB Dual Channel Corsair XMS 2 DDR2 800Mhz (-50 combo, -40 Rebate)
$0 PSU AR 500W 32A (-49 Rebate)
$59 Mobo Abit IP35-E (-30 Rebate)
$35 Lightscribe DVD Dual Layer RW
$75 8800GTS EVGa 320MB (-30 REBATE, -20 GOOGLE CHECKOUT)
April 28, 2008 9:35:56 PM

Thanks for the replies guys.

I'm located in Canada so, unfortunately, Newegg won't apply to me.

I just really wanted some more opinions on the overall build.

Will the processor cheapen up to lower than $200.00?
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