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new build to replace a 5 year old computer

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June 8, 2008 11:01:44 PM

Ok, so i really need a new system soon or im just gonna end up burning my current one out of anger.

I started playing Age of Conan a few days ago and can only get an average of 6 fps (in a good area) on near lowest settings and its pretty aggravating when you cant see the things that you are trying to fight against ^^.

I also play CoD4, Hellgate, most of the Steam games, and Sins of a Solar Empire.

Here's the list of parts:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I dont think i'll want to sli as i dont wanna spend that much and i'm likely not gonna dual screen.

If anyone wants to give a suggestion for a better lcd monitor that is very welcome ... one must be gotten btw as i'm rather tired of the 17'' crt that i use right now.

Quad core looks like a good way to go at the moment and the one i chose is only 20 or so dollars more than the 8400 dual core.

Anyway, feel free to pick this thing apart if you feel like it and my limit is right around $1200 so you know but if it can be lower than that amount thats highly welcome ^^
June 8, 2008 11:08:22 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252001-31-attention-computer-builders-ideal-build-updated

Read that for bunches of information.

If this is solely a gaming machine the E8400 will outperform the Q6600. The E8400 will also run cooler because its 45nm.

On the RAM, get the $94 kit from G.Skill. It is also 4GB but has tighter timings: 4-4-4-12.

Great choice on the PSU, and video card. You can stepup to a 2xx series cards within 90 days if you wish to. The PSU will handle your system well.

Good choice on the monitor, it is the one I have.
June 8, 2008 11:26:42 PM

Thanks man, i went with the dual core but the ram is outta stock right now on newegg.

It'll be around a month till i get all of the stuff so there will be a bunch of better stuff eh?

Thanks for the help man.
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June 8, 2008 11:33:51 PM

In a month, the benchmarks for the new video cards will be out and prices for older cards should drop.
June 9, 2008 12:05:49 AM

I hope you like to fine tune bios because the MB you got has plenty of options to play with, it's a good MB but not exactly for newbies. The rest seems fine and I agree good choice of PSU.
June 9, 2008 12:51:18 AM

I know the p35 has been a good performer, but I hear the p45 is going to be out soon and that may appeal to you.

I love the Antec 900, but you may want to look at the Antec 1200 too. It's a revision of the 900, and is a full tower.

I would wait on the new video cards this summer too.

Good luck with the build. Good CPU and PSU choices.
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