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Good Gaming PC, under 1000, need advice, first build

Last response: in Systems
August 8, 2008 8:31:38 PM

Alright this is my first build, im not planning on putting it together myself. I have done tons of research on parts but im not the most familiar with them, thats why i need advice. I have alot of my parts picked out im hoping I will get enough suggestions so i'll be ready to buy by tommorow, im trying to keep it under $1000. This computer will be used mostly for intense gaming, homework, and lots of music ect. I've been told the ram im using is not good, and I need a bigger power supply...ect. Im not sure if these parts will fit my case either, and im not sure how many fans and what not i need to make this computer run perfectly without problems.

I will be buying off, because alot of the US sites dont ship to Canada.

Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive - $98 ( I was told to get a 10k rpm, but from others i heard there not worth it, should I upgrade to 10k?)

OCZ Reaper Hpc Edition PC2-8500 DDR2 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 Dual Channel EPP Memory Kit - $100 after Mail in rebate ( I was also told not to get DDR2 1066, due to compatibility issues.)

So another suggestion was OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-4-4-15 DDR2 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - $110

DFI LP Dk X48-T2RS Intel X48 ATX LGA775 DDR2 2PCI-E CrossFire SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard- $220( My first choice of motherboard was the x38 but I think I'll upgrade to the x48) the x38 is $189

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 512MB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI-I Video Card - $311

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail- $169

The case is ACHILLES Mid-Tower Gaming Case, 500W

I need some suggestions on fans, im not sure how they work and what to look for, And Is Windows Vista worth is with a new PC, I've heard they dont go well with gaming. I'm also most likely going to have to get a new power supply realizing mine isant enough upgrading to a 750W.

Thanks for your time
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August 9, 2008 3:16:08 AM

The WD 640GB is great, keep it. It's only $80 at NCIX, if you know the current promoid (1042). Try adding it to other URLs too, you might save more.

Get an Antec 900 or RC-690, with a 750TX PSU. That should allow you to add a second card later.

Good choice of video card, MB and CPU.

Vista is the only way to play games in DirectX 10 mode. It's perfect for gaming.

Add a cooler, if you want to overclock. Here's one of the best for $50: