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New Budget (>$1000) Gaming Build - Advice Plz

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July 3, 2008 11:56:30 PM

Hello everyone, after scouring all the other threads here that have similarly themed/priced gaming build's listed, I am trying to get your feedback on my build before I purchase it.

I will be ordering all the parts from Newegg (I live very close and get stuff quick).

I am hoping to order within the next day or two- so that Newegg will process it next Monday after the Holiday/Weekend right away.

Here is my current build-- Please let me know if I am overlooking any incompatibility issues or any other oversights. I am *NOT* married to this build at all, so I would greatly appreciate any suggestions how to improve or save a few bucks.

RAM: 83.99 :: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail

Case/PSU : 124.95 :: Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

Mobo 149.99 :: ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

GFX Card 194.99 :: ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

CPU 189.99 :: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail

Hard Drive 59.99 (looking for a better/bigger option) :: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

CPU Cooler 26.99 :: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail


The Motherboard and Gfx Card currently have a 30.00 off bundle deal on Newegg, which is why I went with a more expensive mobo and I really wanted a new and blazing fast GFX card!

The Gfx card also has a 30 dollar Mail IN rebate... meaning I am getting the mobo/gfx combo for 60 bucks off!


Before mail in rebates (no tax included yet) The system is right around $850 Give or take a few bucks.

I am willing to go to around 1000 max on this system, and want the best bang for my buck.

What have I done right? Where have I gone wrong?

I look forward to hearing your opinions!

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July 4, 2008 5:17:44 AM

I'd really appreciate any feedback on this build.

I am going to be ordering within the next day or two and want to iron out and kinks asap!

Thanks!
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July 4, 2008 6:58:53 AM

I'm getting pretty much the same build except I'm going going for the P35 Mobo instead. I've got a friend with the same build I'm ordering and it's absolutely fantastic. You could probably go with the same mobo I'm getting for a cheaper price but if you're satisfied with that then stick with it.

You're even getting the same case/PSU combo I'm getting, idea thief!
July 4, 2008 6:06:05 PM

Anyone with any specific recommendations?

Like I said in my original post- I am looking to possible upgrade the HDD to something with larger storage if it maintains good quality, I would be willing to spend another 20-30 bucks there.

Any other things I am overlooking?

I need to make sure, for example, that this new MOBO has onboard sound... etc.

Really hoping to get some more input before I order!
July 4, 2008 8:11:29 PM

Ok, I have made a few adjustments which has raised my price total, but only about 50 bucks OVER my budget (AFTER tax and shipping) Once you factor in 50 bucks worth of MI Rebates, I can live with that.

Let me know what you think!

My main concern was the Sonata case and PSU, the motherboard (wanted a cheaper alternative with similar performance) and the hard drive.

Here are my updated parts (NEW Additions bolded):

RAM 83.99 :: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail


Case 119.99 :: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

PSU 119.99 (20 Mail in Rebate):: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - Retail


Mobo 83.99 :: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail



GFX Card 194.99 (30 Mail in Rebate) :: ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail


CPU 189.99 :: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail


Hard Drive 94.99 :: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM


CPU Cooler 26.99 :: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail


Please let me know if you guys think these are good changes!

July 4, 2008 8:45:33 PM

Thanks for the recommendations.

That rc-690 case is pretty nice looking... AND it has a bundle right now on newegg:


COOLER MASTER Real Power Pro 550 RS-550-ACAA-A1 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - Retail
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Original price: $164.98
Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $144.98

I could go this route for case/psu and save almost 100 bucks or so!

I really, REALLY like the look of the antec 900-- but this case is slick as well, and has pristine reviews!

I may take make the switch!

Thanks aevm!!!

Anything else? Keep it coming!
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July 4, 2008 8:50:50 PM

I wouldn't get the combo. The 650TX is one of the best PSUs out there. The CoolerMaster PSUs on the other hand have a bad reputation.

Between Antec 900 and RC-690 it's strictly a matter of taste. They're both great cases. It's just that one lets you sleep in the room and one doesn't because it's lit like a Christmas tree. If the PC won't be in the bedroom just flip a coin or something.
July 4, 2008 8:53:36 PM

Lol!

Ahh, I was not aware of the poor reputation of the other PSU.

Regardless... even if I get the more expensive PSU and the RC690
I still save 50 bucks or so, which sounds good to me!

I'll see what happens to my pricing if i get the rc690 and the 650tx
July 4, 2008 8:57:06 PM

I actually just thought of another question:

I am 100% set on my choice of GFX card, as I have been reading that as far as bang for you buck the 4850's are simply amazing right now.

I have also been reading that they have EXTREME heat issues...

Anyone have any recommendations of a cooling product for this card?