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May 2, 2008 1:21:48 AM

Hi, this is my first real build so i thought i would run it by you guys and see if you have any advice. I started off with a 1k budget then bumped it up to $1300 and now its up over $1400 which is a bit more than i would like to spend if i can help it. If you guys have any advice on how i could bring the price down let me know

http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Submit=view

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM - $26

Antec Nine Hundred - $120

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $100

SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" - $300

EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB - $210

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W - $130

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - $80

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L - $90

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - $220

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium - $100

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - $37



Are the PSU and graphics card good choices?
May 2, 2008 1:25:44 PM

Looks like the best budget gaming build. What are the uses? Any overclocking? How long will it be kept?
May 2, 2008 1:48:15 PM

This PSU is great and will save you about $40.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139004

Switching to a E8400 instead of the Q6600 would save you about $40.

That's pretty much all I can come up with that won't take away from your performance. Should be a nice rig....Good Selections!
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May 2, 2008 2:27:27 PM

I agree with changing the PSU to the Corsair 550VX - $100. It's not modular, but will help save money.

The E8400 is also a good choice. If you're overclocking (and I assume you are since you have an aftermarket cooler listed), you can go even cheaper and still have great performance. The E6750 is another solid choice.

You can save a bundle by going with a low end proc, and overclocking it alot. I have an E2160, overclocked to 3.2Ghz. Save you $150.

You can also change out your video card for a different manufacturer, like the XFX 8800GT 512MB and save another $30.

If you don't overclock, drop the Xigmatek, and go with the E8400.

Much of this is assuming primary use is gaming. If not, let us know what the use will be and we can give better advice.
May 2, 2008 3:24:26 PM

Agree about E2160 (or like I use the E2180) to save money & OC to 3.0/3.2 range. Although I love my Q6600 as well.

Keep an eye on random sales... sometimes the Antec 900 drops to 100 or has free shipping. Otherwise look at Coolermaster Centurion cases... with an added fan or two they cool very well. ($50 case, 2 or 3 x $4-5 fans... gg)

Other option is a slightly smaller monitor, go with Acer 20" for around $200 depending on sales, (sales sometmies knock off 20-30 dollars) 1680x1050 resolution of course.

Also you could save money on cooler ($10) by going with the AF7Pro.

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May 2, 2008 9:00:42 PM

akhilles said:
Looks like the best budget gaming build. What are the uses? Any overclocking? How long will it be kept?


This rig will be mostly for gaming, a bit of encoding, photoshop and general apps. I would like to overclock at least to 3.0 and hopefully 3.4 which is why i went with the Antec 900 over the Sonata III which would have been much cheaper.

andersonj21 said:
This PSU is great and will save you about $40.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139004

Switching to a E8400 instead of the Q6600 would save you about $40.

That's pretty much all I can come up with that won't take away from your performance. Should be a nice rig....Good Selections!


Thanks for the PSU suggestion, ill get that.

May 3, 2008 12:38:24 PM

Any of the low-end Allendale can do 3.4ghz with good cooling. I suggest you look at Wolfdale as it's the king of gaming chips.
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