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My First try at a Gaming PC build

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July 8, 2008 5:49:33 AM

im building this compy for gaming, my origonal price range was $1000, but the one im thinking about is almost 2000. I figure i can buy the parts over the next few months, 2 or three. and it not totaly suck by then.

SO here's what im thinking.

Case-Thermaltake Armor Series VA8003BWS Black Full Tower Case w/ 25CM Fan- $170
Cause its nice and big for any future upgrades, and the big fan on the side seems nice. Maybe going overbored? i dunno.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


HD-Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache- $100
I figured 500GB should be plenty, and the 10K RPM are so expensive, this ones only 100$, not bad. also 32MB cache cant hurt.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video Card- ASUS Radeon HD 4850 512MB x 2 in CrossFire- $200x2=$400
After looking around alot i found that this seems to be the best video card setup for your money. My main question is, will it work with my motherbored and CPU? i would assume so, but id hate to buy it and it not work. My mother bored says its ATI CrossFire Ready. Ill probably start out with one and then buy another later when money permits.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Mobo- MSI X48C Platinum LGA 775 Intel X48 - $250
Here's the mobo i was thinking of getting, seems really good for the price. lots of room to upgrade, Crossfire ready. Im not sure if it works with my Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, but i would assume so since they are both 775 socket and such.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 $200
THis looks like one awsome CPU for the price, the others i looked at where at least $50 more without much improvement. the really good ones seem to range in the 400+ range, and this baby is only 200. Im hopeing this wont bottleneck my crossfired cards?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fan- ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler $60
I dont know how good the fans are that come with CPUs, but i imagine they are not all that great. This has some great reviews, and if $60 can help my system run cooler, im all for it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor-SCEPTRE X24WG-1080P Black 24" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor $340
Somewhat of an extra im going to get anyway, I use my comptuer monitor for my Xbox 360, so i need another one, its annoying to move it around all the time. besides, 2ms response should rock.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V- $130
Im not sure sure about a CORSAIR PSU, but i like their RAM and Tumbdrives. THis had some pretty good reviews on newegg, and the price seems good for the Watts. 750 should handle my crossfire and CPU right?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So the cost without the monitor and with one VC is- $980
Wow, its acctualy under my origonal $1000, nice.
Any suggestions or problems you guys see here?
Thanks in advance.

PS- i hope my layout is okay, this is my first homebuild.


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July 8, 2008 5:51:20 AM

OH yeah, i wont be Overclocking at all.
July 8, 2008 6:19:10 AM

looks great good luck with it it will be more than adquedate for gaming. I am playing with a E6750 intel dual core @2.66ghz 2gb ram and an xfx 8800gts 512 mb and am running games like crysis maxed out with a constant 30-40 fps so your computer will have absoultely no problem.
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July 8, 2008 6:29:18 AM

I'd make some changes. A cheaper case, but nothing wrong with yours
Coolermaster 690 $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory- OCZ reaper 2x2 DDR2800- $92
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a DVD RW burner $27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a different HD a WD640- $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a Gigabyte motherboard X48-DS4 $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
if you're not overclocking, then no need for the cooler
July 8, 2008 7:01:18 AM

dirtmountain said:
I'd make some changes. A cheaper case, but nothing wrong with yours
Coolermaster 690 $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory- OCZ reaper 2x2 DDR2800- $92
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a DVD RW burner $27
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a different HD a WD640- $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a Gigabyte motherboard X48-DS4 $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
if you're not overclocking, then no need for the cooler




Hey, thanks for your help. I totaly forgot about a CD/DVD tray and RAM. stupid things to forget. AH well. One question, why the change in HD, 10 bucks cheaper and more space. wow. i dont know if i like WD though, and it has 16MB cache, i dont know how much differnce that makes.
Wow, the price difference on the case is nice. I pretty much ignored "Mid Twoers" cause i thought they where small, guess i was wrong! That side pannel just isnt worth 80$
On the motherbored, i noticed the one i was looking at can use DDR2 and DDR3, which i thought was cool for later upgrades. Maybe i should have said that before? i dont know if its worth it though.
Thanks for your quick response!
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