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~$1100 dollar budget on gaming PC. DESPERATELY in need of HELP!!

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June 8, 2008 5:32:03 AM

Well, I am really new to all of the build your own pc and picking out my parts and what not so please change or make switches to make the list the best possible for the price. Thank you again. I already have my mouse, keyboard and monitor.


Samsung 20X DVD burner - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Antec nine hundred black steel ATX mid tower case - $90 after mail-in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Seagate Barracuda 7200 500GB 7200 RPM SATA - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OCZ GameXStream 700W power supply - $90 after main-in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-pin Dual channel kit desktop memory - $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - $150 after mail-in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


2 - MSI N9600GT 512M OC GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - $310 total for both video cards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is roughly ~$1050

Thank you again for your help.
June 8, 2008 9:03:20 AM

What monitor are you gonna use? if it doesnt support 1920 X 1200 i would not recommend going SLI.
June 8, 2008 10:11:01 AM

Good choice of HD, PSU, RAM, Case, GPU and CPU.

That mobo is all wrong ... $170 for non SLI/CF is a waste. Get the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L for $85 instead. Or if you want to go crossfire way get the Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4 for $180.

As mentioned earlier...which monitor do you have? You don't need SLI for low res.

Also you might want to wait 10 days for the new Radeon and Nvidia cards to release...they would very well bet 9600GT SLI.
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June 8, 2008 10:23:56 AM

Are you planing on hacking the drivers to run sli on a p35 board? otherwise you need an sli motherboard.
and I wouldn't worry about the monitor resolution that much and other than that your build looks fine.
June 8, 2008 11:40:45 AM

good power supply i have a smaller watt for my current build till i get all my parts in for new one.

that psu can run allnight and day !


also u cant go wrong with G.SKILL!

i would change the HDD to WU as i just trust them more lol
June 8, 2008 12:14:01 PM

I would get the 9800 GTX, or when the GTX 260's and 280's come out make some price adjustments for those. And get a 780i board. The chipset is good and tri-sli is always an option.
June 8, 2008 1:18:42 PM

if they dont come out by june 30th go buy a 9800
June 8, 2008 1:57:29 PM

Thanks guys. So I should want a couple of days for the new Nvidia card to release? What is it called and how much does it cost? I'm a newbie with all of this. I don't really know much about my monitor honestly. I received it as a gift. I'll change my motherboard though.
June 8, 2008 3:36:38 PM

The nvidia cards GTX260 and GTX280 release between June 16 to 18th ... the new Radeons 4870 and 4850 release the week after that.

GTX260 = $450, GTX280 = $600
4850 = $200, 4870 = $320
June 8, 2008 3:44:43 PM

sorry dude, may i ask how the naming of the new gen nvidia is?

because i would think the 260 would be the 600 serie? mid end?

or is it like the ati guys name it? 60 is GS and 80 is the GT version?

help me? i'm planning to upgrade my system with new cpu, gpu, mobo and ram

so i really need to know how the future naming is =p
June 8, 2008 4:28:33 PM

As mentioned above, Nvidia's two new cards are:

1) GTX260 ...this is a midrange card (though still expensive at $450)

2) GTX280 ...this is the high end card ...($600 plus)

Nvidia have run out of names for the series... so they put up those two names. In the earlier series 8 series, performance wise--> 8800GS<8800GT<8800GTS<8800GTX. Then they came up with the 9x series and released 9600GT which performed close to 8800GT... and 9800GTX which underperformed its name. Since they didnt want to name their new GPUs 10,000 or 9900 they named them as GTX260 and GTX280.

No idea as to to what names there would be AFTER GTX260 and GTX280.
June 8, 2008 4:58:47 PM

If you are into Gaming then I would suggest the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $189.99 Free 3 Business Day Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

Plus if you are not in a hurry to Build this, I would wait until 2nd week of July, when Intel will be lowering its prices on current CPU's and bringing out a few new Quads and DualCores.

If you want to do SLI, then maybe you should look at the EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $189.99. Both pci-e 16x slots will run at full 16x speed.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188026

But the Abit P35 Pro is a very good board also.

If you are waiting for the New nVidia G280 or ATI 4870, you will need a PSU with a 8pin pci-e power connector. The PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, ULC, CE, CB, RoHS - Retail $139.99 ($109.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate), plus Free 3 Business Day Shipping is a great buy. Also OCZ owns PC Power & Cooling as of last year but continues its brand name.

The only thing I see missing is a CPU cooler. Check out the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $36.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

Plus you might need this with it. XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019

Also some Thermal Compound. This one has the best review for 2008. The OCZ OCZTFRZTC Freeze Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound - Retail $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835202006

Review Link.
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=138&Itemid=47

Here is post I mad early this morning for another member asking for help on his build.
Yoosty said:
Quote:
Ok I have about 1000 dollars to spend on a brand new pc build and I come here so you guys could help me.

Case : Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $129.99 ($89.99 after $40.00 Mail-In Rebate).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

PSU :
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Red) 750W EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, RoHS - Retail $139.99
($109.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

CPU : Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $339.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115042

Motherboard : EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188026

HDD : Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148309

Ram : G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

or OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $109.99 ($84.99 after $25.00 Mail-InRebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227267

DVD Burner : SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B $26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151153

CPU Cooler : OCZ OCZ Vendetta 92mm Ball CPU Cooler - Retail $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835202005

Thermal Compound : OCZ OCZTFRZTC Freeze Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound - Retail $5.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835202006

Total comes to $1032.58 before shipping costs and Rebates.

minus rebates the price is $937.58

Below are 3 choices for non SLi motherboards
ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $179.99 ($149.99 after $30.00 Mail-In)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813127030

These have 1600 FSB CAPABILITY
ABIT IX38 Quad GT LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $219.99 ($189.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813127033

GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128089

Other Alternate is AMD
CPU : AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $235.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103249

Motherboard : ASUS M3N-HT DELUXE/MEMPIPE AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131290

Changing out CPU/Motherboard on Intel with AMD System. The cost after Rebates would be $872.59
If you want to go this way. Also do not know what parts you would be using from your old computer in this build that would offset prices above.

Good Luck on your upcoming build.



But otherwise you have a good build.
June 8, 2008 9:25:36 PM

it's logical that a 9600GT (midrange) performce like a 8800GT (older generation highend) that's the meaning of new generations.

only the 8600 didn't perform like a 7800 or 7900. because the 9 series had to be the eight seiries and bla bla bla (oldstuff)

but i just want to know if that 260 would be the 10600 as a mather of speaking. the folower of the 9600GT. because for that pricerange, nvidia realy have to think that they will be the master gpu makers for the future games of tomorow.

mmh i only want a Q9300 and an high end graka in september...
June 9, 2008 4:40:10 AM

Okay so what are the specs on the new intel processors? Would it be worth the wait? I want to buy my goods after the new nvidia cards are released but if they are worth the wait, I will wait.

June 9, 2008 5:26:19 AM

if you're building a budget oriented system from the ground up like you are, you may wish to wait for the new video cards to be released to either get a gtx 260/ati4870 or a pre-gen card for a clearout price

at this moment in time the best value for the buck SLI bundle is the 9600 GTs, I use 8800 GTs myself and I like the performance. I think it'll be worth waiting for the new vid cards though.
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