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September 28, 2008 1:14:57 AM

This is my budget gaming system

e8400 ($179)
P5q Pro Asus p45 (138)
BFG 8800gt OC 512 (99)
NZXT LEXA (100)
Psu - 420watt stock enermax (29A on 12v)
OCZ gold 2gb 800mhz (61)
WD 640gb caviar (89)
Samsung dvd burner (25)
OCZ vendetta 2 (39)

All comes down to $750ish cdn excluding rebates and windows o/s

is this good?

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September 28, 2008 1:27:49 AM

What's your budget? I'd probably get a different PS because I know I'd be upgrading everything over time. Also, you can get 4gb's of ram for $60.
September 28, 2008 1:47:20 AM

You can try 9800GT instead of 8800GT OC. They're around the same price, and I think 9800GT is faster.

Other than that, just like br3nd064 said, you might want to get a different PSU. However if you're taking from the last build, its fine.

Newegg has a rebate program where P5Q Pro is 99USD after MIR. You can probably look into that.

The others should be fine ;) .
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September 28, 2008 1:52:00 AM

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You can try 9800GT instead of 8800GT OC. They're around the same price, and I think 9800GT is faster.

Other than that, just like br3nd064 said, you might want to get a different PSU. However if you're taking from the last build, its fine.

Newegg has a rebate program where P5Q Pro is 99USD after MIR. You can probably look into that.

The others should be fine ;) .


9800gt is identical to 8800gt. Nvidia renaming scheme. A factory oced 8800gt is faster than a stock 9800gt.
September 28, 2008 1:56:39 AM

my budget is 750 max. but can stretch to 800-850 if its really good saving. and im located in canada so im not going to be able to shop from newegg.

i game on a 19inch monitor with 1400x900 resolution

looking to play games like fear2 (project origin), half life 2 ep 3. mass effect etc..

maybe an occasional crysis but mostly cs:source and ut3.

should last me 2-3 years yes?
September 28, 2008 2:06:17 AM

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my budget is 750 max. but can stretch to 800-850 if its really good saving. and im located in canada so im not going to be able to shop from newegg.

i game on a 19inch monitor with 1400x900 resolution

looking to play games like fear2 (project origin), half life 2 ep 3. mass effect etc..

maybe an occasional crysis but mostly cs:source and ut3.

should last me 2-3 years yes?


You can always get one of those p45 boards for $99.99 instead. They perform the same as your more expensive version.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for stretching the budget, 9800gx2 is a good deal right now. $280 for factory oced version. Free shipping, no rebates. It will make your rig a different kind of beast in term of gaming.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Performance of stock 9800gx2 is above that of $420 gtx280:
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=13
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=14
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=15
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=16
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=17
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=18
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3341&p=19
Factory oced version will perform better than shown.

Btw, what is a "NZXT LEXA"?
September 28, 2008 2:08:28 AM

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9800gt is identical to 8800gt. Nvidia renaming scheme. A factory oced 8800gt is faster than a stock 9800gt.


Are you serious :ouch:  ? I thought the only rebrand was 8800GS to 9600GSO.

Stupid Nvidia naming scheme. :fou:  :pfff: 
September 28, 2008 2:13:14 AM

The only thing different between the 8800gt and the 9800gt is the 9800gt has triple sli. Which pretty much is useless for lower resolution.
September 28, 2008 2:15:41 AM

nzxt lexa is a computer case
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NZXT/Lexa_Blackline/...

iv already ordered all my stuff. but the thing is 9800gx2 in canada is 330 at the cheapest. thats outa my budget for now.

the max i can spend on a graphics card is like 150 (so i grabbed the 8800gt for 99 bux, but can still return it within 30 days as i dont have to ship it )
September 28, 2008 2:43:00 AM

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The only thing different between the 8800gt and the 9800gt is the 9800gt has triple sli. Which pretty much is useless for lower resolution.


Not completely true. Only some versions of 9800gt support tri sli. Others only has one sli connector on pcb and support dual sli only, which adds to the confusion. :na: 
September 28, 2008 2:45:31 AM

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nzxt lexa is a computer case
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NZXT/Lexa_Blackline/...

iv already ordered all my stuff. but the thing is 9800gx2 in canada is 330 at the cheapest. thats outa my budget for now.

the max i can spend on a graphics card is like 150 (so i grabbed the 8800gt for 99 bux, but can still return it within 30 days as i dont have to ship it )


That's a gemmicky case you got there for 100 bucks. Try something like this instead. Solid case with way better cooling for cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 28, 2008 3:04:04 AM

picking a case is very personal, so I would go with w/e you like...

since you have a crossfire mobo, I wouldve gone with a 4850...they are beasts...
September 28, 2008 4:07:44 AM

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