Lost

Hey guys,

So I am looking to build a new computer (for gaming) and its been about six years since my last build so I feel completely out of the loop on whats good now. Ive been doing some research but still having problems. I was wondering in terms of processor if the Intel core 2 duo E8400 is still a good processor and if the GeForce 8800GT is still one of the better video cards. I could also use some recommendations for Memory and a Motherboard. I'm looking to spend around 1k-1200 dollars. Also for CPU's I was wondering whether or not I should even bother with Quad Core. I have had a few people tell me that it is completely unnecessary. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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  1. I already have the monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers. So the $1200 is all for important stuff. :)

    I had some stuff picked out but I am at work at the moment. When I will get home I'll post what I have so it can be critiqued
  2. that's going to get your quite a bit...especially since you're prob in the US, newegg prices rock.
    are u looking for crossfire?
    this is what my rig i just ordered looks like, seems like a bargain too...
    Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition 775MHZ 512MB GDDR5 2XDVI Display Port PCI-E Video Card
    32991 1 $258.88 with a $20 mir = 238.88

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty
    30004 1 $72.99

    Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower ATX Gaming Case & Antec Truepower Trio 650W Power Supply Bundle
    33351 1 $149.99
    1 x Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 900 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio
    1 x Antec Truepower Trio 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.0 Active PFC SLI Certified 120MM Fan

    Samsung SH-S223Q/BEBN TruDirect 22X DVD+R/-R Lightscribe DVD Writer Black SATA OEM
    33180 1 $31.98

    Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Paste NON-ELECTRICAL Conductive 4 Gram
    Note: This item is warranted by the product manufacturer only.
    26895 1 $3.99

    ASUS P5Q Pro ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 CrossFire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN eSATA Motherboard
    FREE GROUND SHIPPING FOR THIS ORDER!
    30418 1 $139.99

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail
    27784 1 $179.99

    OCZ Vendetta 2 Triple Heatpipe CPU Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S939 S940 S754 120MM Fan 800-1500RP *IR-$10*
    29311 1 $39.99 with a $10 mir = 29.99

    OCZ X-750 Equalizer Laser Gaming Mouse 2500DPI USB Dual Laser Engine
    22874 1 $29.99

    Logitech G15 2ND Gen Gaming Keyboard USB Black Silver Amber LCD Panel Programmable Backlit Keys
    26151 1 $48.88

    Noctua NF-P12-1300 120MM Ultra Quiet Cooling Fan 1100-1300RPM 63-92M3/H 12.6-19.8DBA Molex
    27129 2 $39.98

    SUBTOTAL: $996.65
    No PST - Outside BC residents: $0.00
    GST(5%): $49.83
    YOUR TOTAL:
    All quoted prices are in CANADIAN DOLLARS $1,046.48 - $30 mir = 1016.48

    +$150 for 8gb of Mushkin DDR800 Dual Channel RAM 5-4-4-12@1.8v

    newegg prices will prob be even better...but that'll pretty much play anything at 1920x1200 at max/near max settings.
    some extra goodies too! :)

    if you're going to go crossfire, or want that option open, u might want to invest in a x38/x48 mobo for x16/x16 pcie slots. what resolution u gaming at? those boards don't really make a huge impact until 1920x1200 atleast, but not significant until 2560x1something res.
    one of the most bang for buck setups u can get, and a nice P45 motherboard+4870x2..it'll be running at x16 which is key, but u don't have to pay the premium for a x38/x48 mobo.
  3. nah im not looking to go for SLI or crossfire
  4. OK, so here is what I have so far....

    Mobo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

    CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

    Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

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

    Memory - Here I am uncertain, I thought either of these 2 but if anyone thinks otherwise please feel free to make a suggestion...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184

    Video Card

    This is by far where I need the biggest help. Two people recommend the ATI 4850 or 4870, however I noticed on most of the regular game test charts the Nvidia cards are stomping the ATI cards. My friend recommended the 8800 Ultra but I am very open to suggestions here....

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=3094314&sku=P450-8800&SRCCODE=TOMSHWVC2&cm_mmc_o=aBFltzypczywCjC-KeCjCe2%20nCjCaB5%20e2%20n

    HDD

    I already have one but I plan on getting another 500g HD.

    I think my biggest concerns are the video card and hard drive. Please let me know what you guys think
  5. between the corsair and mushkin ram, the mushkin absolutely destroys it...if u look at the specs, mushkin running 5-4-4-12 800mhz at 1.8v...corsair is running 5-5-5-18 800mhz at 1.9v, not even close to the mushkin.
    mushkin will overclock and perform better no doubt about it
  6. thanks, any advice on the video card situation anyone? :)
  7. what is your monitor resolution?
  8. 1680x1050 = single GPU like a 4870/4850/gtx 260/9800gtx/8800gt
    1920x1200/1920x1080 = 4870/gtx260/gtx280/cf4850/cf4870/4870x2
    really depends how much u wanna spend.
    u can get very good performance out of a single 4850 at 1920x1200
  9. 1680x1050 is my monitor resolution. a 22" widescreen.

    Final build tell me if you guys think i need anything else!

    Mobo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131299

    CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115037

    Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129021

    PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139006

    Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820146731


    Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129113

    HDD

    I already have one but I plan on getting another 500g HD.

    I think its good to go. If anyone else has any other suggestions please feel free or I am gonna order this bad boy right now :P
  10. you links don't work haha.
    or newegg is down
  11. ahhh Damnit, well ill just write it out...

    Mobo
    ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    8-Phase Power Optimize Stable Overclocking CrossFireX

    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

    Case
    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    PSU
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    Memory
    mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

    Video Card
    VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

    HDD
    Already have one..

    Let me know if you guys see any problems with this build!
  12. adreen said:
    1680x1050 = single GPU like a 4870/4850/gtx 260/9800gtx/8800gt
    1920x1200/1920x1080 = 4870/gtx260/gtx280/cf4850/cf4870/4870x2
    really depends how much u wanna spend.
    u can get very good performance out of a single 4850 at 1920x1200


    I disagree. My 8800mGTX can play games fine at 1920x1200 - COD4, UT3 (not crysis, but that's a different story). I think the 8800gt is the cap on 1680x1050.

    The best card for your money for you at 1680x1050 is the 4850.
  13. frozenlead said:
    I disagree. My 8800mGTX (comparable to a g92 8800GTS) can play games fine at 1920x1200 - COD4, UT3 (not crysis, but that's a different story). I think the 8800gt is the cap on 1680x1050.


    The best card for your money for you at 1680x1050 is the 4850.

    oops...hit quote, not edit.
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