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Must order PC tomorrow, 1700 dollar budget! Need Help!

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September 3, 2008 5:26:54 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!
September 3, 2008 5:55:26 AM

sboyer10 said:
To not need to make any significant upgrades for the next 5 years (other than the obligatory graphics card change).


But what will you do in three years when everyone is into the second generation CPU after yours (using the new socket ) with 8 cores running 2 threads apiece and most games have been multi-threaded for n-cores? When GPU technology allows the power of the GPU to be used seemlessly with CPU? When PCIe 3.0 again doubles bandwidth and power hungry graphics cards only make sense in a machinge not always used for games if the mobo had integrated graphics and steps down when the power of the GPU is not needed? When prices on SSD drives have dropped to one quarter of where they are today and most everyone else is using much faster hard drives that improve gaming and other activities as well as loading times?
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September 3, 2008 7:19:14 AM

^+1 good solid build. ............. that is one fugly case
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
September 3, 2008 9:55:03 AM

LOL, well I figured a kid might like it :p  It's a decent design.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
September 3, 2008 10:09:06 AM

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 (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
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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