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Midrange Gaming PC For Around $1500 -- Your Thoughts?

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November 20, 2008 7:28:57 PM

Let me first state that while this is my second time building a PC, this is my first time *choosing parts* for a PC I'll be building. I'm a noob to homebuilt rigs. Help me out, if you could.


Case:

Antec 1200 (possibly 900)

Motherboard:

Asus Striker II NSE Core 2 Extreme/ nForce 790i SLI/ DDR3/ 3-Way SLI/ A&2GbE/ ATXMBoard

-- can I do better than this? I'd like to have the option to SLI in the future.

Processor:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz 12M Quad Core 1333MHz Socket LGA 775

Memory:

*Probably*: Corsair Dual Channel 4096MB PC12800 (DDR 3) (this may be too expensive, thoughts? I don't want to waste money, but I don't want to buy poor quality memory either.)

Video Card:

MSI nVidia GeForce GTX 260 OC 896MB 2DVI/HDCP PCI-Express Video Card

-- would a 9800gtx be a better choice, possibly 2 in sli? It seems that for the money the 260 is the best choice right now.

Hard Drive:

I had *considered* two of these in a raid 0 for this:

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB SATA 10k rpm 16MB Hard Drive

Yes, I know that would probably be too expensive, so I decided to go with something like this (possibly 2):

Western Digital Caviar GP 1TB IntelliPower Serial ATA-300 Hard Drive (on sale for $99 at my uber sweetness computer store nearby)

Monitor:

I know nothing about monitors. I've used the same 17inch CRT for like 9 years, haha. I'll probably get something like this:

Samsung - 19" Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD Monitor

For around $100.

Operation System:

I'd actually love your input on this. I know XP is capped on RAM and Vista can't run old games ... which makes it difficult. I might do a dual boot, except I think that may be more trouble (and more expense -- I don't own an extra legit copy of any system atm and I want to change that for at least one) than it's worth. Honestly, the only old games I'd probably want to run on Vista are Warcraft 3 and the Fallout Series ... meh.

Power Supply:

I don't have any idea what my system will draw, but I thought I'd get something good quality that would last me a while. I don't know crap about psu's, though, so I can use any help you can offer. Something like:

PC Power and Cooling PPCT860 800W SLI Active Power Supply

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So, thoughts? I know I'm probably breaking my budget just a little bit on this, especially now that I've edited it to add power supply and monitor, so please evaluate based on performance and potential issues rather than just price. Thanks!
November 21, 2008 7:26:27 PM

*Bump* -- Anyone? :D 
November 21, 2008 7:37:47 PM

The GTX 260 is not really the better choice.

The GTX 260 core 216 is a great choice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The only problem is, the nVidia SLI chipsets just aren't great. 790i is really overpriced and seems to suffer from the problems of it's predecessors.

For that reason, I recommend crossfire boards and ATI cards. You can get a really nice 4870 right now that will compete well with a GTX:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Have a look at these links for more info:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257075-31-what-parts-...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/257547-31-personal-li...
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November 21, 2008 7:39:15 PM

Oh, and really 22" is the way to go in monitors.
November 21, 2008 7:50:56 PM

My problem there is I've an old desk I've become attached to with a monitor window that's a max of 21.5 inches wide, so I need something that can fit in there =).

Are the problems with the 790i enough to make it not worth it, really? Hmm...
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