$1k build needs some (alot of ?) help

Been looking at parts for a new computer, and I have the skeleton of the build so far:

Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
119.99

CPU Q6600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017
199.99

MoBo No Idea

GPU No Idea

PSU Based on above.

Ram 2x2gb Corsair http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145194
144

Cooling http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
36.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007
5.99

Toss in a $ 150 for a harddrive, some extra fans, etc, and I should be good.

The main problem I'm having, is I am completely lost on GPU's and Motherboards. I'm aiming for a midrange gaming computer for some shooters, but mostly RTS's (CoD4, Red Alert 3, etc etc etc) and I have no idea where the cost to preformance ratio caps out for that kind of stuff. Also the 1k budget is mostly just a target for the tower, as I already have moniter and OS (Vista 64)

Any help and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. I think the best is a single HD4850, not that expensive and very good, than choose a mobo that doesn't necessarily need crossfire...
    PSU would be around 500-650W corsair one
  2. i agree with the 4850. good little card and fast as hell. dirt cheap too, $179. they do run very warm so make sure you have good ventilation.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131111
    i think this motherboard is a good deal as well. itll let you crossfire later down the road as well.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299
    good reviews on it.
  3. Welcome to the forums!

    Motherboards:
    If you want to do SLI get 750i/780i.
    If you want Crossfire get X38/X48
    Otherwise get P35/P45.
    Gigabyte and Asus are good brands.

    XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019

    don't forget to order the retention bracket because push pin mounting sucks.

    GPU: I agree with 4850 if you are a gamer.

    PSU: Get a Corsair HX520 or choose from below:

    Top Tier PSU:
    http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=108088

    http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsus/showdoc.aspx?i=3359

    http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1460

    Silent PSUs
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article699-page1.html

    AMD Certified PSUs (Single+Crossfire):
    http://ati.amd.com/online/certifiedpsu/index.html

    Certified SLI-Ready Power Supplies
    http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html
  4. I think i would go with a mobo that had an x38/x48 chipset in it so in the future when/if you decide to xfire you'll get the full bandwidth from both cards. Definitely go with the 4850 gpu though.
  5. I agree with vsdagama. For a midrange build, a single HD4850 would be good, on a P45 mobo.
  6. Drop the expensive case and you can get better guts in your system. There are nice cases for </=$50 if you don't mind not having 8" fans or a blue laser show.

    Enermax makes nice power supplies.

    Q6600 or E8400
    ATI HD4850
    Four gigs memory
    500Gb HDD
    X-fi audio card
    $150 mobo
    $50 Coolermaster case

    You got yourself a spanking pc for probably less than $1,000.
  7. PSU - Corsair VX550 for a single card
    Corsair TX750 for Crossfire/SLI

    I would go for an AMD chipset, but im biased.
    but at this very moment, if i mounted a rig i would.

    CPU - Intel Q6600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115018

    Mobo - DFI Lanparty P45 (always liked this line from DFI)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136050

    GPU - Ati 4850 ( This is a visiontek link, but you can got for other brand if you like, if this model go crossfire.)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129112

    or

    GPU - ATI 4870 ( I picked this saphire, you can buy cheaper, or whatever you want. Pick one and then later if you need pick another:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Description=4870&x=0&y=0
  8. First, I'd like to thank all of you for the help, considering I had no idea where to start for GPU/Motherboards

    Below is an updated build. Hopefully it should work out, but I'm going to look at the cases again. The main thing that I'm worried about there is the CPU cooling not having enough room inside the case.

    Aside from that this build totals ~$1150, so about 1.2-1.25k with the case(Any suggestions on that would be nice also).

    Edit:: If you see anything that I could downgrade, or is excessive for what I have, I'd be happy to know. ::/Edit

    CPU Q6600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017
    199.99

    MoBo X48 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131284
    289.99

    GPU HD4850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131111
    179.99

    PSU 620W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002
    164.99

    Ram 2x2gb Corsair http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145194
    144.00


    HD 500GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
    79.99


    Cooling http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
    36.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007
    5.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019
    6.99
    Fans http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150007
    1.99

    Rom http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151154
    26.99
  9. well, g.skill is also a really good brand of memory and it costs $15- 20 less than the Corsair
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010170147+50008476+1052108080+1052508081+1052416064+1052315794&name=4GB+(2+x+2GB)
    but the way I see it whats 20 bucks when you're spending this much lol nice build. BTW I have the same mobo, its a beast
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