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Help on what to buy for a decent high-end gaming PC

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a b 4 Gaming
August 30, 2008 8:00:15 PM

Okay so I decided to build my own PC instead of buying one from Best Buy or Futureshop. Ive never built a PC before but I have a general idea of what to buy. Processor,graphics card, motherboard etc. I want to build a decent-high end gaming PC, my budget is around 1200$. From researching on the net ive decided I want a Radeon 4850 or 4750, 22inch hp monitor (want it to be crystal clear) and a Q6600 processor. Im not worried about overclocking or any of that stuff I just want a PC to run the latest and upcoming games on medium to high end settings. Could I get some suggestions on what kind of hardware to buy for the PC and whats suitable for high end gaming. Also I want to be able to upgrade parts in the future so I dont want anything ''future proof''

Thanks alot Mr Mac
August 30, 2008 8:36:20 PM

Here's a general parts list at about your budget, it can be fine tuned depending on specific needs.
Motherboard - a P45 single socket motherboard (no crossfire) Asus $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - Intel E8500 better for current games and most applications than the Q6600 if overclocking isn't used $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - DDR2 800 2x2 GB $69 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power supply - Corsair 450w $50 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphic card - HD4850 good price, good cooling $150 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive - WD 640 GB SATA $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD RW - Liteon SATA retail - $29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case - Antec 300 Mid tower, good cooling, good price $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - LG, but only because i'm happy with the 2 i own, you'd be better off shopping around and comparing different displays $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Operating System - Vista home premium 64 bit. $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Anonymous
a b 4 Gaming
August 30, 2008 8:57:04 PM

awsome! Id like to invest a bit more money on the Graphics card and motherboard, any suggestions? will crossfire benefit me in the future? Im looking to spend 1200$ on the PC alone minus the monitor.

Thanks alot.
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August 30, 2008 9:20:16 PM

The first step would be to upgrade to a HD4870. About another $125 or so to $265
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you decide there's a possibility of future crossfire then you'll also need to upgrade the power supply to a 750w $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard i'd go with a X48 for future crossfire $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
that's about an additional $300

BTW those are all good upgrades that increase performance and allow future upgrades
Anonymous
a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2008 12:11:25 AM

Well, I think im gonna stick with your original list, accept maybe get an AMD 9750, I hear their 180$ now. Is that true? Il stick with the p45 and forget about xfire and just buy a stronger single graphics card down the road. other than that does everything look good!
Anonymous
a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2008 12:16:55 AM

Actually wait, scratch that. Il have to upgrade the motherboard. Il go with the X48
August 31, 2008 12:38:31 AM

buying an oem hard drive from newegg may not be a good idea. from what i read they just wrap the drive in bubble wrap and add packing peanuts. if you order from zipzoomfly, it comes in a foam enclosure with peanuts which is slightly bettter.
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