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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=N82E16819115037

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130317

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131232

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148262

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152031

Optical Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106072

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811166004

Monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254001

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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  1. 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
  2. Agreed with the duck.

    I found an even better idea for the PSU:
    Corsair 650TX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&Tpk=650tx

    After shipping and rebates are considered, it's 25 cents less than the 550VX. Similar quality, and it can do as much as 52A instead of 41A.
  3. aevm said:
    Agreed with the duck.

    I found an even better idea for the PSU:
    Corsair 650TX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&Tpk=650tx

    After shipping and rebates are considered, it's 25 cents less than the 550VX. Similar quality, and it can do as much as 52A instead of 41A.


    Gotta love Newegg free shipping :)
  4. 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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