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First Time Builder Needs Help: Mid-range Gaming System

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August 8, 2008 12:59:13 AM

Hi folks, brand new to this website and brand new to trying to build a home system. I have a few friends who are quite experienced in building systems so they will be helping me put it together and have helped a bit with selecting components. I am looking for my rig to do the following:

1. Play today's games smoothly as possible on and HDTV.

2. Play DVD's and possibly TV in HD.

3. Act as the player for a high quality soundsystem (will look at speakers later).

4. Play games 2 and 3 years from now at acceptable quality.

I'm looking to spend between 1000 and 1200 bucks. I plan on using a 32" HDTV I own as my monitor.


Here's what I've selected for components thus far:

Mobo
2 options to choose between so far:
1. ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD-RW Drive
SONY White 20X DVD+R 12X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card
EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
Vista


I am sure there are some dumb mistakes above, I am really learning as I go here. Please give me your thoughts on my mobo choices, my rig overall, and what I should change if anything. Thanks in advance!!!
August 8, 2008 1:01:40 AM

Motherboard: #2
Video card: 4850 not 8800GT
Memory: 2x 2GB not 4x 1GB
Hard drive: get the 32MB cache version

Not bad otherwise. GREAT choice on the PSU. This is usually a big miss for new builders.
August 8, 2008 1:03:37 AM

WOW that was fast! Thanks! Could you explain why the 4850 rather than the 8800GT? I have heard very good things about the 8800GT. I was thinking the same thing about the memory, will make that change. I will also take a look at 32MB cache hard drives. Again, thanks!
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August 8, 2008 2:05:35 AM

Having taken your recommendations into consideration here is the retooled version of my system:

My retooled system based on your recommendations:

Mobo
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD-RW Drive
SONY White 20X DVD+R 12X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card
ASUS EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4850 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
Vista

Could someone make a recommendation on a wireless card for gaming/occasional torrenting use? Thanks for all the help!
August 8, 2008 5:26:34 PM

Okay, so I'm not sure why everyone goes for the Q6600. From everything I've read, almost no software makes use of more than 2 cores. I'm getting ready to build a gaming rig at the end of the month, and as far as I can figure the e8500 is a much better way to go. Am I wrong? I want to know.

Also -- wrt to case. I love my old Antec Sonata. The P180 / 182 look great but I HATE doors. I went with an Antec Three Hundred instead. I couldn't bring myself to put a door between me and the drive bays. It's just annoying... but probably my own idiosyncratic pet peeve.
August 9, 2008 1:24:42 AM

just make sure that the patriot ram is supported by your mobo,check online,download the manual and the q v list,some ram will work in mobos that they are not approved for,,but it is a hit or miss scene,the "egg" are good takerbackers,, have to mail it etc,,,,if you can,, buy your ram locally,then if there is/are any issues[?????] ..:>)
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