brand newbie trying to build a crysis computer

like it says, im brand new at this. after a while of reading guides and such i think im starting to understand things. just looking to see if im heading in the right direction and avoid stupid mistakes. thanks in advance. heres my first draft:

CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2905658

motherboard - Biostar TPower N750
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3952231&CatId=2320

video card - EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3990171&CatId=1558

hard drive - Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 500GB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3529749&Sku=TSD-500H3

RAM - OCZ SLI-Ready Dual Channel 4096MB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3404049&Sku=O261-8038
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  1. change card to 4850

    get an intel processor e7200 will do

    and don't build a computer just for crysis... my god the un-educated-ness of even noobs is amazing
  2. A budget would help.
  3. first thing compare prices with Newegg, you can get an Intel e8400 and an asus p5q pro for about $275, unless you have to have sli I would avoid nVidia chipsets
  4. A 4850 would definitely be a better value. As for the motherboard you should consider this 790GX board

    GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H $128.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128352

    which is cheaper and should overclock better. It's a great board that will allow you to crossfire that 4850. If you don't plan to overclock then you may want to get this 790X based board instead for about $20 less

    GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-DS4 $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128075
  5. wow warm welcome. i figure if it can play crysis it can play anything.

    I've got an $800-$900 budget
  6. At the moment Intel would be the way to go for a gaming rig. Here's a build that comes in at the upper level of your budget:

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173 $26.99

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 $84.99

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128344 $134.99 -$20.00 MIR

    mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731 $76.99 -$20.00 MIR

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115052 $119.99

    SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770 $159.99 -$20.00 MIR

    Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $69.95

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W Active Power Supply Retail ***Free Shipping***
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10006757&prodlist=celebros $88.50 -$20.00 MIR

    XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003 $36.99

    XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019 $6.99

    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 $6.99

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $99.99


    $913.35 -$80.00 MIR = $833.35

    That's a lot of machine for ~$835
  7. shortstuff_mt said:
    At the moment Intel would be the way to go for a gaming rig. Here's a build that comes in at the upper level of your budget:

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173 $26.99

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 $79.99

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128344 $126.99 -$20.00 MIR

    mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731 $76.99 -$20.00 MIR

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115052 $119.99

    SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770 $159.99 -$20.00 MIR

    Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $69.95

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W Active Power Supply Retail ***Free Shipping***
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10006757&prodlist=celebros $88.50 -$20.00 MIR

    XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003 $36.99

    XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019 $6.99

    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 $6.99

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $99.99


    $900.35 -$80.00 MIR = $820.35

    That's a lot of machine for ~$820



    Edit - the prices came down on a couple items since I checked last. Even better deal! :)


    Sorry - I meant to press quick edit instead of quote. :pt1cable:
  8. hehe i always do that
  9. Thanks for that whole build shortstuff, i wasnt expecting anyone to do so much copy/pasting. Is that CPU as good as it could be? the 2.66 GHZ is only $20 more, is that a significant boost?
  10. scratch that. Got a some more $$$ for the budget, would upgrading to a 3.0 GHZ CPU

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

    and a 4870 card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102797

    be good ideas? and are they still compatible with shortstuff's motherboard? That's still the one thing that really confuses me. I'm pretty sure it is, but I read somewhere that MBs have a maximum processor speed limit, and I'm not seeing that listed anywhere.
  11. Yes, those are still compatible. The only maximum speed limit I know of is when you raise the fsb a LOT and lower the multiplier; you can hit the fsb wall.
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