Around $500-$700 gaming system.

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 newegg.com 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.

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=6393265&WishListTitle=My+Computer


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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  1. 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.
  2. Ok after looking over the items I had selected and the suggestions of others I have put together a new list. https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9279688&WishListTitle=Revised+Computer

    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+
  3. Do you have a case and power supply?
  4. Yes I already have a case and power supply.
  5. I don't know, $200 for the E8400 when you could get a Q6600 for the same money: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0257938

    Don't need a quad today? You might wish you had it in a year. ...and you may be into a bit of overclocking by then.
  6. 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.
  7. FackMills said:
    Ok after looking over the items I had selected and the suggestions of others I have put together a new list. https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=9279688&WishListTitle=Revised+Computer

    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:
    P35-DS3L
    Crucial Ballastix DDR2 800 (2*1GB)
    EVGA 8800GT 512MB
    E8400
    Seagate 7200.11 500GB

    @OP:
    If interested in OCing checkout: GUIDE: Overclocking On P35-DS3L v1.1
  8. ^Agreed
    Also Make sure your power supply is good not some peice o' ****
  9. ^Agreed. I recommend Corsair, PP&C, and Silverstone.

    You can get the Corsair 650TX for $90 on newegg.

    For PSU tire listing see:
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=108088
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