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July 6, 2008 7:08:12 PM

Ok guys, this is my first time build and I have a budget of around $800. I already have a case and I am wanting to play AoC with no lag at all and future games such as starcraft 2, diablo 3, and any other game I might feel the need to play.

Here is my system please let me know what you think.
BTW- I am just guessing with this PSU. Is it the right one? I don't know how to get down to the specifics of what I actually need.



OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W Power Supply

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


Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

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


Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


ASUS Radeon HD 4850 EAH4850/HTDI/512M Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?items=N82E16...


ASUS P5Q Pro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?items=N82E16...

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July 6, 2008 7:26:00 PM

What resolution monitor are you using?

I would definitely go with an x38 board for the ability to add another 4850 (as they're already cheap with rebates).

I would go with a better power supply, Corsair 750tx:
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-750w-atx-12v-power-s...
Sign up for their Visa and with the $20 rebate, it would only be $70.
July 6, 2008 7:46:43 PM

I can tell you that I won't be able to buy another card for a long time.

So is the Corsair a good PSU?
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July 6, 2008 8:01:30 PM

Looks good.

For gaming, the VGA card is most important. Can you swing an upgrade to the 4870?

A good quality PSU does not need to have excessive watts. Corsair, Seasonic, PC P&C are very good.

A Corsair 450VX at $59.99 after rebate should do the job. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The PC P&C silencer610 is a very good unit for $89.99 after rebate. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Shop around for a PSU Buy.com often has good deals.

July 6, 2008 8:20:39 PM

I don't think I can spend the extra $100 on the 4870.

So If I go with the PC P&C silencer 610 I should be set?
July 6, 2008 9:00:13 PM

610 silencer has 49a on the 12v rail. You are set for a long time.





July 6, 2008 9:05:24 PM

thanks guys!!

one last thing..... if I want to OC the cpu what is a good aftermarket fan to go with?

Thanks again
July 6, 2008 9:27:48 PM

Im digging everything except the size of that hard drive, surely a cool cat like you can spring for 20 more bucks and get a 320gb hard drive, but as for everything else have fun.
July 6, 2008 9:46:12 PM

700 or 750W powersupplies are WAYYY overkill for your build. You should get a quality 500ish W PSU. geofelt's suggestions are good - I think the 450VX will be more than enough, unless you're planning to add a second card down the line. I think that the x8 link would then bottleneck the cards, but it would still provide a benefit in some games. And the 610 Silencer could handle two 4850s easily.
July 6, 2008 10:11:03 PM

Get the E7200 instead. It'll be just as good as the E8400 and it's $50 less if money is an issue. Also I'd get a lower wattage power supply. It's overkill to have 700w when crossfire is not an option.
July 6, 2008 10:16:19 PM

those sticks of ram are awesome. i have them you can overclock crazy
July 6, 2008 10:29:37 PM

as far as the E7200, what is everyone else's opinion?

Will I be able to overclock it to reasonable levels?

Thanks for all of the input !!!
July 6, 2008 10:36:03 PM

$121 - e7200 (OC it to 3.2ghz+)
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=E7200
$19 - AC Freezer Pro 7
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-AC7PRO

$84 - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P35DS3L
$298 - ATi HD 4870
http://fxvideocards.com/Sapphire-Radeon-HD-ATI-4870-p-1...

$55 - Corsair 450vx PSU (450w, 33amps, 80%+ efficiency)
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-450w-power-supply/q/...
$66 - 4gb Corsair DDR2 800 (you may need 1066, +$25)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$110 - 2 x 250gb seagates (one for Windows, one for games)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a total of $753 after rebate(s) and some stuff has free shipping.

It's common knowledge buy.com has the best prices on Corsair PSU's, which are generally the best bang-for-the-buck in their price ranges.

ewiz also beats out newegg on CPU prices, the AC 7 cooler, some motherboards and their shipping is more reasonably priced.

The two hard drives I pointed out have free shipping, which makes one the same price as the hard drive you pointed out. And believe me, two hard drives make everything load fast and gameplay smoother. Well worth the extra $50.

e7200 reviews:
http://hothardware.com/Articles/Intel_Core_2_Duo_E7200/...
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/690/1/
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core2duo-e...

"As for performance of the overclocked Core 2 Duo E7200, it is about 10% slower than the same-frequency Wolfdale with a 6MB cache in games and about 5% slower in other applications."
July 6, 2008 10:58:26 PM

I think Noya has the better solution for your budget and needs.... or keep the P5Q and go with the rest. You need to look at where your biggest performance gains will come from, and that is certainly the video card.
July 7, 2008 12:43:10 AM

Noya did a really nice mock build. He also put a lot of time in to researching the best prices too.

I agree with the suggestion of the e7200. It is still a FAST chip and will save you money on your budget.

I also agree with what the others are saying. You really need more than 160GB for hard drive space. I would not consider anything less than 250 GBs. An extra 100 GBs really does not cost that much more.

You may also want to go with the 4850 also. It will trim $100 off your build and offer 9800GTX like performance which is very good and should handle Conan and Star Craft 2, and Diablo 3 nicely. Of course it is not as fast as a 4870 but I think it has a better 'BANG FOR YOUR BUCK' ratio.

July 7, 2008 1:05:24 AM

I'd change a few things:

The gigabyte p43-ds3 mobo is out.

and a WD6400AAKS 640G drive (with the 320G platters) will spank those old Seagates, more space for less $$$ as well.

In my opinion the 4870 isn't worth the extra $100, there isn't a game the 4850 wont play today or in the coming year...
July 7, 2008 1:31:20 AM

wimcle said:
In my opinion the 4870 isn't worth the extra $100, there isn't a game the 4850 wont play today or in the coming year...
I agree. A 4850 should offer great performance.

If you go with a 4870 and an e-8400 then this no longer qualifies as a 'budget gaming build'. It would be a high level enthusiast machine which is more than what you need.

I would save money and go with an e-7200 and a 4850 then spend the rest of the money on games that you would not have had the money to purchase otherwise if you had gotten the e8400 and the 4870.
July 7, 2008 2:40:04 AM

I would suggest going with the seagate 250 gig on newegg it is 59.99 with free shipping. Sorry don't have link.
July 7, 2008 2:50:44 AM

good stuff, 160gb hard drive though might not be very good idea though, its a lot more expensive per gb then a 500gb is.. so think about that.
July 7, 2008 2:51:21 AM

what is a good computer case that is under $70?
July 7, 2008 3:04:27 AM

it is good but i prefer quad core
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