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July 2, 2008 2:14:15 PM

I can spend up to $1200 on a gaming pc but it must include a monitor, speakers, etc. I do have an OS but that's it. Can somebody help me pick out parts for it? I want it to be a Crossfire configuration.

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July 2, 2008 2:53:37 PM

I am not sure if you need them but I included the mouse and keyboard as well. Total price = $1,229.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The final price does not include any mail in rebates or combo deals. The only "specials" I used were a couple of open box parts. I didn't add speakers because you can go to Wal-Mart and get a decent set of speakers or headphones for $25-$30. The onboard audio is very good so a sound card is not necessary. Last thing, I did not use 2 x GPU's because of your price point but a 2nd can be added later if/when necessary.

Hope this helps.
July 2, 2008 2:53:57 PM

cooler master cm 690 ~85$
4 gb ddr2 800mhz (corsair xms2 dhx ) ~80$ after mail rebate
e8400 processor ~190$ (can get the e7200 for 130$)
corsair 750tx power supply ~110$ after mail rebate
gigabyte x48-ds4 mobo ~225$ (maybe change it for a cheaper x38 one)
seagate barracuda 500gb ~80$
radeon 4850 ~170 with mail rebates
xigmatek cooler with brackets ~40$

Total: ~980$

Add to that a monitor and speakers of your choice for ~220$

This build rocks, you can definately go crossfire later and get both cards at 16x. You can also overclock very well. Even a corsair 650tx power supply would fit. Search a bit around this build and try to get better prices.
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Another one with crossfire but each card limited at 8x

cooler master cm 690 ~85$
4 gb ddr2 800mhz (corsair xms2 dhx ) ~80$ after mail rebate
e7200 processos ~130$
corsair 750tx power supply ~110$ after mail rebate
asus p5q pro motherboard ~150
seagate barracuda 500gb ~80$
2 radeon 4850 ~340 with mail rebates
xigmatek cooler with brackets ~40$

Total: ~1015$

It would let you 185$ for monitor and speakers... if you want crossfire now work on this build and try to get cheaper components but the first build would be better for sure.
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July 2, 2008 3:10:59 PM

Thanks guys I'll have to consider them.
July 2, 2008 3:13:40 PM

mexpedip said:
I am not sure if you need them but I included the mouse and keyboard as well. Total price = $1,229.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The final price does not include any mail in rebates or combo deals. The only "specials" I used were a couple of open box parts. I didn't add speakers because you can go to Wal-Mart and get a decent set of speakers or headphones for $25-$30. The onboard audio is very good so a sound card is not necessary. Last thing, I did not use 2 x GPU's because of your price point but a 2nd can be added later if/when necessary.

Hope this helps.



Yeah I forgot to mention that I didn't plan to do CF yet, I just wanted to be able to do it eventually. Thanks.
July 2, 2008 3:14:00 PM

mexpedip said:
I am not sure if you need them but I included the mouse and keyboard as well. Total price = $1,229.00

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

The final price does not include any mail in rebates or combo deals. The only "specials" I used were a couple of open box parts. I didn't add speakers because you can go to Wal-Mart and get a decent set of speakers or headphones for $25-$30. The onboard audio is very good so a sound card is not necessary. Last thing, I did not use 2 x GPU's because of your price point but a 2nd can be added later if/when necessary.

Hope this helps.


I'm too lazy to follow your links. Too bad you didn't actually say the part names and prices. I gave up at the IDE burner and open box MB, by the way, I wouldn't buy those.
July 2, 2008 3:17:30 PM

I actually just recently built a pc a couple of months ago and spent a similar amount of money. Here are my suggestions. (I would personally go with only one 4870 unless you are gaming at ultra-high resolutions). And just like georgy said I would just get one card for now, and get higher quality components for the rest of the list and then get another graphics card later. Btw what resolution do u wanna game on.
July 2, 2008 3:19:14 PM

matt2012 said:
Yeah I forgot to mention that I didn't plan to do CF yet, I just wanted to be able to do it eventually. Thanks.


Then this build would be fine

cooler master http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooler_Master cm 690 ~85$
4 gb ddr2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR2_SDRAM 800mhz (corsair xms2 dhx ) ~80$ after mail rebate
e8400 processor ~190$ (can get the e7200 for 130$)
corsair 650tx power supply ~90$ after mail rebate
gigabyte x48-ds4 mobo ~225$ (maybe change it for a cheaper x38 one)
seagate barracuda 500gb ~80$
radeon 4850 ~170 with mail rebates
xigmatek cooler with brackets ~40$


Total: ~960$


Add to that a monitor and speakers of your choice for ~240$
July 2, 2008 3:22:13 PM

georgy said:
cooler master cm 690 ~85$
4 gb ddr2 800mhz (corsair xms2 dhx ) ~80$ after mail rebate
e8400 processor ~190$ (can get the e7200 for 130$)
corsair 750tx power supply ~110$ after mail rebate
gigabyte x48-ds4 mobo ~225$ (maybe change it for a cheaper x38 one)
seagate barracuda 500gb ~80$
radeon 4850 ~170 with mail rebates
xigmatek cooler with brackets ~40$

Total: ~980$

Add to that a monitor and speakers of your choice for ~220$



This one is perfect IMO, nice job. You don't want the P5Q because it would hurt GPU speed in Crossfire, so go with X38 or X48.
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1472/intel_p45_vs_x48_crossfire_performance/index.html

Maybe a 640GB WD6400AAKS for a few bucks more than the 500GB Seagate.

Add an Acer 22" monitor for $220.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009094

OK, now you're out of cash and still have no speakers, burner, mouse and keyboard. Try to find another $100 or so for them. Maybe get half of the RAM and that Xigmatek later to save some cash, if that's really necessary. (The $190 E8400 is retail, it comes with a HSF.)

July 2, 2008 3:32:20 PM

MoeDaKilla said:
I actually just recently built a pc a couple of months ago and spent a similar amount of money. Here are my suggestions. (I would personally go with only one 4870 unless you are gaming at ultra-high resolutions). And just like georgy said I would just get one card for now, and get higher quality components for the rest of the list and then get another graphics card later. Btw what resolution do u wanna game on.


I'll probably be gaming at 1680 x 1050.
July 2, 2008 7:39:30 PM

Matt,
The last bit of advice I would give you is to take all this info and do a little research. Each one of us have our own preferences based on past experience so take some of the comments/suggestions with a grain of salt. for example, I recommended the Asus P5E mobo (X38/ICH9 chipsets) because I have one and have a Gigabyte X38-DS4 and prefer the Asus. there's not a lot of difference between the two but the one I picked for this build is an excellent value (I'm old) and I prefer the the BIOS and tools from Asus.

You can realistically spend the next two months researching this stuff so my suggestion would be do a final build (use newegg's "wish list"), spend a day researching the parts then buy. You should be able to find reveiws and articles about each part on this web site or on newegg. I personally prefer the newegg reveiws because they are from every day users with issues you will have to face when building your system.

p.s. don't go for the E7200 cpu. You might be able to OC it over 3 mghz but it still drops the FSB from 1333 to 1066 and the cache from 6mb to 3mb.
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