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$1000(ish) Midrange gaming build, looking good?

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October 12, 2008 8:10:41 PM

Hello, New Tom's poster, longtime reader here.

I'm building a gaming pc from the ground up, and I'm shooting for about a $1k budget give or take some. I plan on playing games like mindsweeper, solitaire, pinball, COD4, Fable 2, and everything in between.
I've come up with a list and think I might be set, but am really interested in what the more experienced builders here on Tom's think.

PSU - Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-750w-atx-12v-power-supply/q/loc/101/206178325.html

Mobo - ASUS P5Q Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

CPU - After some reading, I chose the E8500 over a Q6600, it's not as future proof, but provides better numbers for running games right now. thoughts?
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

Ram - mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731

GPU - Now, I was trying to decide between a 4850 and a 4870 and decided on the 4870 linked below. Is the difference of the 4870 worth the extra $100 over the 4850? what about a 1gig 4870 compared to a 512mb 4870 if I should choose to stick with the 4870?
VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129113

Sound card - HT OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829271001

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

and a copy of Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit.

peripherals as well as dvd/cd drives are already taken care of.

As for the case, I can't seem to settle on anything... I'm looking for something that has a balance of quietness and good cooling. Any suggestions? I plan to use stock fan air cooling and don't plan to OC or Xfire soon. Also, I will be using a 22 or 24 inch LCD Monitor.

I think that's my whole list, thanks in advance for any productive thoughts
October 13, 2008 4:06:19 PM

what do you guys think? wtb some feedback, pst :) 
October 13, 2008 5:07:51 PM

Looks like a good build, for cases look at the Antec 300 or Coolermaster 690. HD4870 for a possible 24 inch LCD monitor. You'd have gotten more feedback if you'd screwed up on the build!
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October 13, 2008 5:53:02 PM

heropk5 said:
Hello, New Tom's poster, longtime reader here.

I'm building a gaming pc from the ground up, and I'm shooting for about a $1k budget give or take some. I plan on playing games like mindsweeper, solitaire, pinball, COD4, Fable 2, and everything in between.
I've come up with a list and think I might be set, but am really interested in what the more experienced builders here on Tom's think.

PSU - Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-750w-atx-12v-power-supply/q/loc/101/206178325.html

Mobo - ASUS P5Q Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299

CPU - After some reading, I chose the E8500 over a Q6600, it's not as future proof, but provides better numbers for running games right now. thoughts?
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

Ram - mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731

GPU - Now, I was trying to decide between a 4850 and a 4870 and decided on the 4870 linked below. Is the difference of the 4870 worth the extra $100 over the 4850? what about a 1gig 4870 compared to a 512mb 4870 if I should choose to stick with the 4870?
VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129113

Sound card - HT OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829271001

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

and a copy of Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit.

peripherals as well as dvd/cd drives are already taken care of.

As for the case, I can't seem to settle on anything... I'm looking for something that has a balance of quietness and good cooling. Any suggestions? I plan to use stock fan air cooling and don't plan to OC or Xfire soon. Also, I will be using a 22 or 24 inch LCD Monitor.

I think that's my whole list, thanks in advance for any productive thoughts


for your harddrive, i would get the seagate 640GB because it has 32MB of cache instead of WD's 16MB. this will give better read/write times.
+1 on the HD4870 for ur 24" monitor. i have read reviews of the 1 GB radeon cards and it makes little difference. mayb someone else on toms has a different opinion but in my eyes its not worth the extra money.
October 13, 2008 5:56:37 PM

I suppose that makes sense, haha. It's a pretty solid build from what I'm guessing, but just wanted some advice on GPU, CPU, and case choice. Thanks for the help so far, I'll look into those cases.
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