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Good gaming rig for the budget?

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April 29, 2008 2:01:20 AM

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB Retail Box

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN

Case: Xion DAZL Silver ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5INT Fans 500W W/ LED Fans & Window

Power Supply: Will be using the one coming with the case

Memory: Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive

Video Card: GeForce 8800GTS 512MB OEM 650MHZ 512MB GDDR3 1.94GHZ PCI-E DVI-I

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

DVD Writer: Pioneer DVR-115D DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 DL 12X Beige OEM IDE DVD Burner

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE PCI 7.1 Surround Sound Card (OEM)

Price: ~1100CAD


I’m going to be building this system myself, so I was just wondering about the compatibility of the parts. First off, would the power supply that’s coming with the case sufficient in powering my system? How important is the sound card? I selected the Audigy SE instead of the X-Fi extreme audio 24-bit to save 20$, is it worth it?
Lastly, my budge is about $1200, where should i spend the remaining 100 on? I was thinking of getting the 9800 instead even if its $150 or so more.
Thanks for reading.

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April 29, 2008 2:41:10 AM

That Power Supply isn't going to have the connectors you would need for a 9800 card, you can get an adapter, but I would suspect that this PSU would be strained to the max if it worked. I would never build out something that close to maxing out, without knowing it was a top quality brand.
April 29, 2008 2:41:14 AM

I would dump the sound card all together unless you have a really nice set of speakers, the built in audio should be fine.

Usually the power supplies that come with a case are a steaming pile of sh$%.
I would buy the case without the PSU and buy another one. I don't have the specs for the 500 but the 450w that comes in some of their cases won't even come close to powering a quad core and a GTS.
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