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May 10, 2008 6:36:25 AM

Yes another will you take a look threads but everyone loves the help and suggestions! =D I want to build a decent gaming system with a said budget of 500-700.

I have looked at for my shopping needs but am confused as to what would suit me best. I am new to building systems and this will be my first, my father and a good friend of mine will be assisting me during the process and all the components of my computer I do not plan on oc'ing due to inexperience.

That said here is my wish list for what I think will make a good gaming computer for my budget. And oh yes I am going to be playing AoC on this rig only at 1280x1024 resolution. Other games of note I currently play are Battlefield 2142, WoW, CS:S and World in Conflict.

As far as the mb goes is it worth it to get a PCIe2.0 mb or go cheaper and get say GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L?
At this time I see no need for sli.

As far as the cpu being a e8400 and I not going to oc anything is this a good choice or a waste of extra money?

I have chosen the evga 8800gts 320mb over the 8800gt one for price and second from what I have gathered will run my games in the 1280x1024 resolution just fine and that the extra ram on the 8800gt is for high resolution gaming.

And lastly maybe should I wait a bit to see if prices drop some more? I'm in no real hurry for this new build.

Any help is as always apperciated.

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May 10, 2008 7:39:01 AM

Ditch SLI...SLI doesn't give a performance as high as the price...stick with the DS3L, its the very best non SLI board out there. Though if you do want a multi GPU mobo stick with X38 which supports Crossfire.

Oh don't get the 8800GTS 320...for $10 more you get the 8800GT 512... you wouldn't be spending that much more as you mentioned. Though you get a 9600GT for the same price as the 8800GTs 320...and the 9600GT is miles ahead of the GTS....consider that at least.

Well since you aren't in a hurry you might want to wait for the new Radeon 4870,4850....they're bound to outperform everything else out there for a decent price. They'd be out later this month. Even if the starting price turns out to be a tad more than you can pay for, there's bound to be a drop in the current GPU prices, so either ways you win.

Also get the Seagate ST3500320AS 7200.11 500gb hard drive for $85 instead of the WD.
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May 10, 2008 9:01:31 AM

Do you have a case and power supply?
May 10, 2008 9:03:07 AM

Yes I already have a case and power supply.
May 10, 2008 12:43:43 PM

Also, instead of the GTS, a "superclocked" 8800 gs might fill the bill nicely as well depending how everything fits into the op's budget, 100 bucks after rebate can be hard to turn away from when on a budget.
May 10, 2008 1:47:10 PM

FackMills said:
Ok after looking over the items I had selected and the suggestions of others I have put together a new list.

also the XMS2 memory I had selected well its price was 33.99 after MIR dunno what happened to cause the price to jump up to 100+

The following items are good:
Crucial Ballastix DDR2 800 (2*1GB)
EVGA 8800GT 512MB
Seagate 7200.11 500GB

If interested in OCing checkout: GUIDE: Overclocking On P35-DS3L v1.1
May 10, 2008 1:52:19 PM

Also Make sure your power supply is good not some peice o' ****