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July 24, 2008 3:28:59 PM

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


CPU Q6600

MoBo No Idea

GPU No Idea

PSU Based on above.

Ram 2x2gb Corsair


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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July 24, 2008 3:39:50 PM

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
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July 24, 2008 4:16:18 PM

Welcome to the forums!

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

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:

Silent PSUs

AMD Certified PSUs (Single+Crossfire):

Certified SLI-Ready Power Supplies
July 24, 2008 4:17:30 PM

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.
July 24, 2008 4:23:45 PM

I agree with vsdagama. For a midrange build, a single HD4850 would be good, on a P45 mobo.
July 24, 2008 4:32:43 PM

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.
July 24, 2008 4:39:23 PM

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

Mobo - DFI Lanparty P45 (always liked this line from DFI)

GPU - Ati 4850 ( This is a visiontek link, but you can got for other brand if you like, if this model go crossfire.)


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:
July 24, 2008 5:10:31 PM

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

MoBo X48

GPU HD4850

PSU 620W

Ram 2x2gb Corsair

HD 500GB