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Build the best possible rig on a 1700 dollar budget!

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September 3, 2008 5:23:01 AM

My parents are finally giving me the resources to build an incredible rig, 1.7k in resources to be exact.
I have been doing a lot of research and have found the people at Tom's forums to offer the best PC advice on the net! Can you guys give me some blueprints on how you would build a rig at this budget!
What I Want In This System:
1. To play the latest games at the settings they were meant to be played at.
2. To game at the 1920x1200 resolution.
3. To not need to make any significant upgrades for the next 5 years (other than the obligatory graphics card change).
4. I'd rather not do SLI/Xfire (unless I can get near double gaming performance).
5. This price must include a 1900x1200 monitor.
What I've Been Looking At:
1. Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 case
2. GTX 260 graphics card
3. Samsung 24" TOC HDTV/LCD Monitor
4. Q9550 (yes I will overclock, if you know a nice fan, I'd be thrilled to hear about it, looking at the AC Freezer 7 Pro)
5. PCP+Cooling 750 Watt PSU

I'd really appreciate your suggestions, need to order 2 morrow!

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September 3, 2008 5:46:21 AM

It is not nice to make two threads on same subject only 3 minutes apart.
September 3, 2008 5:55:07 AM

I would go for an HD 4870 over the GTX 260... its faster for only a few bucks more.
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September 3, 2008 6:23:57 AM

This will get you started and in the ballpark $$$ wise. :hello: 



COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:RC-1000-KSN1-GP
Item #:N82E16811119138

-I like the Cosmos S better, but cases are like art. The Cosmos 1000 has some gripes about the hard drive cooling. Antec 1200 is reasonable $$$ and has great cooling


ASUS P5E Deluxe LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:p 5E Deluxe
Item #:N82E16813131317

-ASUS for me. Gigabyte I hear makes good MOBO's also.

SAPPHIRE 100247L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #:100247L
Item #:N82E16814102769

-add a second 4870 when a bit more $$$


Antec TPQ-850 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Model #:TPQ-850
Item #:N82E16817371009

-I like this model......modular and less $$$ than PC Power and Cooling. PC Power and Cooling noted to be top brand. Corsair also gets rave reviews.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550 - Retail
Model #:BX80569Q9550
Item #:N82E16819115041

-Kinda higher end Quad Core. Could save $$$ going Dual Core. There is pros and cons each way


CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX - Retail
Model #:TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX
Item #:N82E16820145194



Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:WD6400AAKS
Item #:N82E16822136218


XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #:HDT-S1283
Item #:N82E16835233003


XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
Model #:ACK-I7751
Item #:N82E16835233019

NOTES: :pt1cable: 
-Most here are recommending a Intel as opposed to NVidia Chipset based MOBO.
-ATI 4870 and 4870x2 are the "hot" cards right now.

-to tweak some $$$ off the build....
1. Cheaper Quad Core (9450) or Dual Core 8500/8400
2. Drop MOBO to P45 chipset from the newer X48 I have above.
Keep in mind....the Intel MOBO will be fine with the NVidia 260 card you picked but you cannot SLI it on an Intel MOBO (I know there is one exception IoI). If you go ATI GPU AND Crossfire, "slight" performance gain of X48 over P45 chipset.

GL :sol: 
September 3, 2008 7:10:10 AM

You should go with a GTX 280 over the 260. You will get much more performance and much smother gameplay, especially if you are wanting to game at 1920*1080.

If you ever want to do SLI you will need to pick up a Nvidia mobo.


Here is a good SLI system if you want to ever do it.

Good case, but you can choose the one that fits you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146047

GTX 280 great card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good powersupply, I use it. However due to you budget it will be a great 1 card powersupply, you would need to upgrade for SLI GTX 280.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

DDR2 Ram 4 GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220227

EVGA 780i Mobo great board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188024

Q9550, I have the Q9450 so I am sure this is just better.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041

Vista 64 bit, for you 4 GB of ram.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

HDD 500 GB 32 mb cache, these drives are awesome for the price and the performance. 5.9 vista rating too.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148288

Only bad thing is, with all that you are sitting at 1737 tax/shipping included. You still need your screen and a cooler (you could make due with stock for a little while but now OCing). So I mean this is a guideline to a great gaming PC. If you go with Newegg to buy your stuff you can do the preferred account credit thing where your payments can do monthly payments or don't have to pay for 12 months, assuming they have good credit and can take that on, maybe you can squeeze some more money out of them lol. Or you can down size you graphics card and mobo. Which could be a savings of up to 300 bucks~ for your screen. Anyway hope you build a sweet system.

Since you need the screen, idk the price, but go with a good mobo for like 100-150, and a 4750.
September 3, 2008 7:38:54 AM

hmm if you're going down the GTX280 road just get two 8800GT's for cheap atm (as in like $110 DIRT CHEAP) cos they beat the GTX280 marginally or a lot depending in the game for a much cheaper price. for a bit more grunt i would recommend dual 4850's in CF or a 4870X2. maybe also think about a Q6600 or Q6700 instead of the 9550? idk personally its up to u.

4GB of DDR2 so cheap i mean some nice "sli ready" marketing hype but nonetheless outstanding OCZ RAM is like $60 at tiger at the moment or some OCZ ReaperX for about $100 for a bit more grunt. i would say 4GB will fit your needs quite nicely.

hard drive wise i would suggest one or two western digital 640GB AAKS model drives.

evga 750i motherboard for dual 8800GT's, P45 for anything else.

coolermaster RC-690 gaming tower maybe? i'm not too familiar with the cosmos's or anything im ashamed to say... :( 

for a powersupply use thermaltakes power supply calculator and get a PSU 50-100 watts higher than what the calculator says at 100% load.

and to the person who suggested an X48.... don't they all require DDR3? i notice DDR2 was recommended in that same post...
September 3, 2008 11:01:31 AM

any1 forgetting the 9800gx2?
September 3, 2008 4:07:37 PM

Quote:
and to the person who suggested an X48.... don't they all require DDR3? i notice DDR2 was recommended in that same post...


No there are several X48 MOBO's that use DDR2 including the one I listed (Asus P5E Deluxe). Asus Rampage also does DDR2 (Asus Rampage Extreme does do DDR3). I just built a system with the P5E Deluxe, so I would say I am "up to date" on this info IoI
September 3, 2008 4:46:31 PM

sboyer10 said:
What I've Been Looking At:
1. Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 case
2. GTX 260 graphics card
3. Samsung 24" TOC HDTV/LCD Monitor
4. Q9550
5. PCP+Cooling 750 Watt PSU
Yes; but have you also been looking at the prices?
Assuming the $1700 is a hard ceiling (amount charged to credit card) so rebates don't play in price calcs;
Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 $190 / GTX 260 $280 / Samsung 24" TOC HDTV $500 / Q9550 $325 / PC P&C 750W $150
[:wr2:4] $1445 for those parts and assuming about $150 for tax and shipping leaving you about $105 for RAM/HDD/DVD/WindowsOS/Keyboard/Mouse/CPU cooler.

A good Logitech G15 keyboard and G5 mouse is $95 and Vista is $100. RAM/HDD/DVD/CPU cooler is about $200 more.

Can you give better guidance so we're not chasing an impossible goal [:wr2:3]
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