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New gaming build, not very knowledgeable, could use any input.

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May 29, 2008 11:55:36 PM

Hey guys. I've recently been reading these forums and most of the people here seem to be very wise when it comes to picking out hardware for builds and I could use all the help I can get.

I'm currently building a new machine as some of the newer games coming out are quite demanding and just are not running as well on my 2 year computer as I want them to, hence the need for a upgrade.

I want to spend about 800-900 dollars and I've already got a video card, which is the Asus en8800 GTS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121218&Tpk=asus%2ben8800gts

As for motherboard, CPU, case, ram, POS, coolingfan/heatsink im completely at your mercy.

Here are a few of my picks that I liked the sound of (I have no experience with owning any of these).

Case: Antec 900 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

CPU: Intel Q6600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

Everything else: No idea yet.

I'd also like to hear some experiences with vista. I'm considering geting it but im weary because my roomate has had trouble with his, but his computer won't be as good as mine so that may be a issue. If I do decide to get it I'd probably go for the 64-bit version. On that note I want 4 gigs of ram to run it.

I'd like to buy these parts in the next day or two if possible.

Thanks for any help guys.



May 30, 2008 12:31:46 AM

Good video card.

Check out the parts below at newegg. My connection is too slow now so I'll let you add them up and see if they fit the budget.

RC-690 (or Antec 900, sure), Q6600, StealthXStream 600W, GA-EP35-DS3L or GA-EP35-DS3R, HDT-S1283, WD6400AAKS, SH-S203B, G.Skill DDR2-800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

Vista 64-bit is smart.

POS??? As in piece of <something>?
May 30, 2008 12:34:34 AM

see if you like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$274.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$109.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$54.99 <---special sale price!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

well, here is what i got for ya! a newer 45nm quad system for a total of $867.93 (minus the shipping) and i think you will love this setup and it's very overclockable as well!

also to note that the mem is very good and made for 64bit operating systems and will load vista 64bit with no problems at all (i know this 1st hand) and is very overclockable mem as well!
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May 30, 2008 12:45:54 AM

Between Q6600 at $200 and Q9300 at $275, I would prefer the Q6600. With both overclocked, the Q6600 can actually be better. Plus it's cheaper...

An excellent deal for a PSU:
Corsair 650TX, $80 after rebate and shipping
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10007111

A 320GB HDD for $70:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074&Tpk=WD3200AAKS
(faster and cheaper per GB than the 7200.10 250GB $65). The WD6400AAKS is even cheaper per GB.

@doubletake33: you are kidding, right? Who would prefer a Zalman 9700 at $55 over a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 at $37? The Xigmatek cools better, is quieter, and costs less.
May 30, 2008 10:38:47 AM

Thanks a lot for your input guys, I got to go to work in a sec but I'm gonna take a look at this when I get back, looks very promising.
May 30, 2008 10:53:24 AM
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