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$1000 Intel gaming build....plz rate and comment.

Last response: in Systems
August 2, 2008 8:32:56 PM

This will be a $1000 gaming system. I will plan to OC as high as I can. All parts will be from Newegg.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX

GFX card
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

COOLER MASTER Centurion 590

SILVERSTONE ST400 400W ATX 12V 2.2 Power Supply

CPU Cooler
OCZ OCZTVEND2 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Case Fan
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Optical Drive
SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA

The total comes out to $981.

I realize that the PSU is a bit low, but I will not be running raid nor using Crossfire. It is good enough for the sub $1k build from Toms. l,1962.html That also uses 2 Vid cards instead of my single card and the PSU is built VERY well.

As far as using quad core, I believe I have no need to use them. I don't do any vid/sound encoding and most games dont use all 4 cores.

Please leave any comments or suggestions. Those would help me greatly. I've taken several hours looking up each part, and I believe this setup will be very quiet even while OC'd.
August 2, 2008 9:01:06 PM

stinkbob said:

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Only thing I personally would change, if you can find it and afford it in your build that is. Would be to find the Corsair 4GB kit with "C4" designation at the end of the model number. That kit above is the C5 which has timings of 5-5-5-18. The C4 kit is 4-4-4-12 @ 2.1v

Not sure if they do a 4GB C4 or not. I've got 4x 1GB C4's. But you're better with 2x2GB.

Might also consider the CPU cooler that Tom's rated best in a recent cooler benchmark. Think it was like $35?
August 2, 2008 11:02:41 PM

Does anyone know how good the RC-690 is over the Centurion 590?
August 3, 2008 2:43:14 AM

Hmm, ill try to find the cooler that ya are talking about :)