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$1200-1400 Gaming PC

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October 15, 2008 7:17:26 AM

I've bought many computer magazines with headliners saying "Make your own PC Gaming machine for $1200" and found out I could be getting better with my money after reading these boards. I would really appreciate the help if you could point me in the right direction to building a monster PC. I just switched majors into a computer field and felt that building a computer might be a good learning experience and will put me ahead of others.

What I want from my PC:
- Able to play games in good/decent quality for the next 1-2 years.
- Fits in my budget range $1200-1400, but willing to spend more if necessary to up performance/quality.
- Overclockable (In the near future when I gain enough knowledge).
- Possibility of getting another graphics card for SLI.

Parts:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
$189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

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

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
$6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019&Tpk=XIGMATEK%20ACK-I7751

DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Original Price: $234.99
You Save: $20.00
$214.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136047

HIS Hightech H487F512P Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Original Price: $279.99
You Save: $20.00
$259.99
($239.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate pdf )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161236

Thermaltake W0116RU 750W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Original Price: $189.99
You Save: $30.00
$159.99
($109.99 after $50.00 Mail-In Rebate pdf )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153038&Tpk=Thermaltake%20W0116RU%20750W

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Original Price: $94.99
You Save: $5.00
$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218&Tpk=Western%20Digital%20Caviar%20SE16%20WD6400AAKS

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

NZXT Nemesis Elite Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$119.99 (Personal prefrence. Already purchased!)
($99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate pdf )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146030&Tpk=NZXT%20nemesis

Will buy Windows Vista 64-bit for $2 at school.

Total: $1187.90

Any input would be appreciated! Thank you.

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October 15, 2008 8:05:24 AM

You'd be fine with a 750w power supply, 850 is overkill. Even with 750w you've got easily 200w of overhead. I'd pick the Corsair 750TX if I was in your shoes. The actual power usage of your system on max load will probably be hovering around 500w actually, but having that bit of overhead @ 750w ensures HD startup doesn't crash your comp. on start-up, and gives you overclocking headroom on the cpu/gpu.
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October 15, 2008 9:10:02 AM

I appreciate your reviews. I'm looking into changing my power supply now.

A. Antec 850W (Proximon; likely purchase)
B. Corsair 750W (effel; likely purchase)
C. Thermaltake 750W (default selection; unlikely now)

Ill do a little bit more research or wait for more opinions to make my PSU decision.

I was wondering if my video card was a good selection for the 4870 series. Is there a better manufacture producing better GPUs?
October 15, 2008 11:33:32 AM

I'd go with a Corsair or Enermax PSU. About the video card, HIS is a good brand for ATI, and so is Sapphire, Visiontek and Gainward.
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