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June 12, 2008 1:04:20 AM

When a friend of mine asked me to help build him a new computer for around $1000-$1100, I really didn't know what to do. He wants the machine to be able to run the upcoming MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning as best as possible. I have done some work on computers before, so I know where the pieces go, but beyond that I had no clue on how to choose what. So I did some research, and a couple days later I came up with the following. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated, but mostly I just want to know if everything will work.

Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

He would also like to upgrade it sometime down the line to have a second video card. I'm fairly certain I got the correct type of motherboard for this decision, but again, confirmation would be great. :D 

Thanks in advance!

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June 12, 2008 1:12:28 AM

Welcome to the Forum:

First off: Attention all posters! LABEL YOUR LINKS! Forum regulars don't want to click each thing to see what you picked. Do it like this:

CPU:
Core 2 Duo E8400
Code use [ instead of < obv: <url=urlgoeshere>Link Text to show </url>

Don't go down the SLI upgrade path. It is a very poor one that bites you in the end. You do not for ANY reason under the sun need SLI for a 1440x900 setup! It is a complete waste of your money and offers no benefits.

So ditch the buggy nVidia chipset motherboard, and pick this one up instead:
Asus P5Q Pro P45

Change the video card to this: 8800GT G92 512MB card beat that one:
eVGA 8800GT G92 512 Use it for 90 days then trade it in for a 2xx series cards which is beat the 8800GT SLI setup anyway. Or keep the 8800GT for a while, it will smoke any game out there at the resolution your friend is going to play at.

Spend $5 more on the RAM and change it to the 4-4-4-12 kit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231148

RAIDMAX is a piece of S*** for a PSU. Avoid that garbage like the plague.
Get a Corsair 550VX instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550VX
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June 12, 2008 3:19:03 AM

I would add that that Sunbeam Transformer case isn't the people's choice (from the people I know lol) Although I don't have one, my friend does and he hates it worse than an ingrown toenail. He says it's just a pain in the @$$ to work with and feels like a cheap peice of $h!t. I do have the Antec 900 and I absolutely love the living $h!t out of it. It's completely worth it if you can find it under $100. I've seen some deals go by the past month or so, so if you end up saving money anywhere or have a few more to spend at the end, I'd look into the 900.

For an optical drive, consider the Samsung SH-S203B at NewEgg. It's only $26.99 + FS and a highly rated product.

The rest I either agree with shadowduck aevm or lack knowledge of Intel CPU's and Boards to comment.
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