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$1200 Budget Need New Computer

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July 24, 2008 1:41:32 PM

Hey Guys u need to build a budget gaming system what u recommend?

I need though... XFX GeForce 9800 GX2 Video Card / something better

and Massive Space But Fast RPM for Cheap Price! =DD hehehe thanks guys.

and btw what's the best processor out right now?

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July 24, 2008 1:49:44 PM

Might I suggest going the ATI route for GPUs.... you could get 2 HD 4850's in cross-fire for less than the price of one 9800 gx2. The 4850 is a VERY comparable card and is just as good if not a little better. 2 in cross fire would be sick! Or you could get a 4870 and if you wanted later get another to crossfire. What resolution do you play your games at?
as for the other stuff:
MOBO: x48
PSU: 750tx
RAM: something with good timings
CPU: for gaming I would get a E8400 and over clock to your hearts content.
COOLER: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you will be able to afford all this for 1200, maybe a little cheaper.
July 24, 2008 1:53:12 PM

The best processors out right now would be the QX9775 $1550 / QX9770 $1450 / QX9650 $1020

But you can get great dual or quad CPUs for under $200 these days too.
Does your $1200 budget also need a monitor? Need keyboard, mouse and Windows? Any parts being moved over from the old PC?

Example of a gaming system for about $1200 (including a 22" widescreen monitor) http://techreport.com/articles.x/15009/4
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July 24, 2008 2:18:12 PM

At performance to dollar value it's tough to argue against this $330 9800GX2.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With a budget p43 or p45 motherboard it's a good choice. To crossfire the 4850 you need a high/mid level p45 for 8x-8x or an even more expensive X38/X48 motherboard. Good advice and suggestions in that Techreport link that WR2 posted.
For a gaming CPU E8400 or E8500 since the Intel price drop.
July 24, 2008 4:25:35 PM

It's not that much more. $155 for each (after rebates), is $310. The P5Q Pro is $150. If he got an EP45-D3SL, that'd be $108. He'd only be spending $22 more, and getting DX10.1, audio output through HDMI, and better performance.
July 24, 2008 4:43:08 PM

I agree I'd definitely go with the 4850 with an x38/x48 but thats my opinion especially when crossfired they match the new line of NVIDIA cards. I have and E8400 clocked to 4.0 Ghz its so easy to get it there I love that processor...
July 24, 2008 4:50:35 PM

Well an X48 will cost $225 for a good one like the Gigabyte X48-DS4 or more. With that budget an X48 mobo with two 4850s is definitely possible.
July 25, 2008 5:13:45 AM

SO basically...What should i get now? LOL but yeah the ATI ... I'm not a big fan and second the 2 video cards i don't have 2 monitors...so yeah...and no keyboard/mouse/monitor..cuz i have a 21" .
July 25, 2008 11:04:59 AM

Since you don't need the monitor and other peripherals in your $1200 budget you can upscale some:
E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz $195
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R P45 MB $135
Mushkin 4GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) RAM $80
XFX 9800 GX2 1GB PCI-E 2.0 $370
WD Caviar SE16 640GB SATA3 $90
SAMSUNG Burner with LightScribe $27
ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI-E Sound Card $90
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 CPU Cooler $50
CORSAIR 650TX 650W PSU $110
CM RC-690 case $75

$1222 with $40 in rebates available. If you want to cut back some you can loose the sound card and use the on-board sound built into the motherboard. That could help pay shipping costs and not hurt overall performance.

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I'm not a big fan and second the 2 video cards i don't have 2 monitors

Don't worry about having two monitors. Having 2 video cards and one monitor can be a good thing. Like the 9800GX2 is two video GPUs sharing one card. Nvidia calls it SLI and ATI calls it Crossfire.
July 25, 2008 12:40:06 PM

yeah if you don't like ati i agreee with WR2's build you can't go wrong with a 9800gx2 since you're not using nvidia chipsets with you're mobo and therefore couldn't SLI later. But you don't have to have 2 monitors to utilize two gpu's, when running a sli or crossfire setup, the cards are "simply" helping each other out (resulting in higher fps) when solving the complex polynomials that go into todays power hungry computer games.
July 29, 2008 2:35:25 AM

so which one would u think is the best for a gamer and a multitasker?

E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz $195
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R P45 MB $135
Mushkin 4GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) RAM $80
XFX 9800 GX2 1GB PCI-E 2.0 $370
WD Caviar SE16 640GB SATA3 $90
SAMSUNG Burner with LightScribe $27
ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI-E Sound Card $90
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 CPU Cooler $50
CORSAIR 650TX 650W PSU $110
CM RC-690 case $75

OR

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 $189.99
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R $149.99
Memory Mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2-800 $79.99
Graphics Diamond Radeon HD 4850 $199.99
Storage Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB $94.99
Samsung SH-S203N $29.99
Audio Asus Xonar DX $94.99
Enclosure Antec Sonata III w/500W PSU $124.95


OR should i make a different one?
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