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Final thoughts on <$1000 Build.

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July 5, 2008 8:25:07 PM

I'm planning on getting a computer this week, so I'm asking all you Tech Savvy people for some last minute recommending.

First off, I'm not overclocking right away.
Second, I'm not planning on SLI/Crossfire for a while.
Thirdly, I'm getting a monitor, so I want to keep my computer budget Less then $950 or so.

Okay, so here is an overview of the current build I'm thinking of.

Case:$120
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:$150
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:$190
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card:$205
EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Err. How do I get it if its Out of Stock? xD Do I just wait?)

Memory:$109.00
CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive:$80
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:$26
ASUS Black 20X, and the rest of it, way too long.
(I picked this out at random)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Cost: $880
(Without Shipping/Handling/Tax, Rebates...If there are any)

July 5, 2008 8:37:39 PM

change the 9800 GTX to a 4850 and you're good to go
July 5, 2008 8:38:01 PM

Looks good to me, quite like my newest built which has a q6600 instead of the E8400.

The only thing that i would say is possibly getting a P35 or something similar as opposed to the Asus p5q as a few months down the line, a new single graphics solution will be out which will be better than two 9800 GTXs, but i ignored this advice myself.
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July 5, 2008 9:10:06 PM

I've heard some good things about the Radeon HD 4850, but for some reason, I'm not really wanting it.

The q6600 was a Quad, right? That was my first option, but I guess I changed, :o 
Im still iffy bout the motherboard. :o 
July 5, 2008 9:31:27 PM

Not really sure why you'd not want the 4850, there's absolutely no reason to go with that Nvidia card right now at all over it.
July 6, 2008 12:48:57 AM

@Crystalklear64

That was just what I looking for. A few extra $'s should do it :D 

@Godinster

I'll get the 4850.

@Abhik
I need a better one, in my opinion.
Suggestions please?


Here is my "New" Build then. Ohshoot. Forgot a Power supply -_-...Or did I? ._.

Case:$120
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:$150
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:$195
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card:$200
HIS Hightech H485F512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory#1:$89 x 2 = $178
CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

Memory#2:$136
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive:$95
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:$27
ASUS Black 20X, and the rest of it, way too long.
(I picked this out at random)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:$100
Antec NeoPower 650 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
[Kinda random]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Cost[Memory#1]: $1165
Total Cost[Memory#2]: $1023

Crap, I'm over my budget...
July 6, 2008 1:07:37 AM

Heres the thread with a build I'd just come up with.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/253129-31-1000-shippe...

As you will see, it is quite a bit under 1000$ ar, and sub-1000 shipped before rebates.

You will also notice that buying from zzf saves some more money.

You will need to add your optical drive and change the HDDs, and maybe the case if you do not like the one I chose.

It allows for x8-x8 crossfirex in the future if you so desire.
July 6, 2008 5:16:56 AM

Hmmm, are there any ways that I can save some more money?

I want my build to be less then $950 D:
July 7, 2008 8:28:16 PM

Is egoodz trustable?

And, I decided to go with a x48 Mobo, with a 4850 Video Card.

Might get another one to crossfire in the future :p .
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