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Building new gaming rig, +/- $1,000.

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November 22, 2008 3:47:00 PM

Hello everyone! I am in the market in buying a new gaming rig, and would like some opinions regarding the configuration of such. I've been researching for a while now, and decided to ask the Tom's community. Only looking for a tower specification. Need OS. Would like to keep it around a thousand dollars. Is there a standard configuration for this price range made popular for the season? I apologize in advance if this question has been beaten to death; I looked, to no avail. Thanks in advance! :) 
a b 4 Gaming
November 22, 2008 5:12:45 PM

What resolution will you be gaming at?
a b 4 Gaming
November 22, 2008 5:24:06 PM

This build assumes a 24" monitor:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $309.98 -$20.00 MIR (CPU/Motherboard combo)

G.SKILL PI Black 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=N82E168... $49.99

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=N82E168... $69.99

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99 - $15.00 MIR

Antec Nine Hundred Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-nine-hundred-steel-atx-mi... $99.98

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 -$30.00 MIR

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=N82E168... $27.99

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=N82E168... $99.99

Total - $1,057.90 - $65.00 MIR's = $992.90
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a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2008 3:05:42 AM

+1 for that build. It's exactly what I'd pick for a 22" monitor too, btw.

Keep in mind that you can add a second video card later with that setup, if you need it.

If you prefer a case without lights get the RC-690 for $75.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137
November 23, 2008 4:32:58 AM

what about a 4850, you can always crossfire later
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

that build is exactly what im making, note for note except for the GPU

im really torn on the GPU at the moment, ive been told 4850's are the best bang for your buck, but Ive seen better reviews for other GPU's
November 23, 2008 5:00:26 AM

nah, just get the 4870, and if you want later you can crossfire it with a 4850, another 4870, a 4870X2... pretty much anything.

+1471329432186510356186503 for the CM-690 :D  my favourite case EVAR! (btw it does actually have a blue led fan in the front :lol: ) down with the fugly antec 900!
November 23, 2008 11:14:30 AM

Thank you for all the replies! :)  I've a 22" monitor, which I believe is 1680/1050, though it's the middle of the night and I'm on my phone atm. Is this still applicable, or should some changes be made?

I should add: How does this processor pair up against the Q6600? Is Vista more desirable than the 64 bit XP? Thanks again everyone.
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2008 5:12:18 PM

Most 22" monitors are indeed running at 1680x1050. Shortstuff_mt's build is still fine for that IMO.

Vista 64-bit is more desirable than XP 64-bit. It adds DirectX 10 (some games look better). Also, games are tested a lot more on Vista than on XP 64. I'm just guessing that for every recent game there are 20 times more people running them on Vista than on XP 64 and reporting bugs back. XP 64 is aimed at enterprises, not at gamers.

How doe sthe E8500 do against the Q6600? I'm going to assume you won't overclock. If you play FSX and nothing else, then the Q6600 is way better. In most other games, the E8500 is a bit better. In the future, games will support quads better and the Q6600 may in fact become the better choice, but we're not there yet.
November 25, 2008 9:32:54 PM

Fantastic. A few more things, please, if you wouldn't mind: Would Vista Pro be worth the extra money, and is the stock CPU cooler adequate? Any other recommendations? Thanks again, everyone. :) 
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2008 3:06:45 AM

There's no such thing as "Vista Pro". Here's a link which compares the different versions of Vista. Vista Home Premium suits most people just fine.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/compare-...

Here's the newegg link to 64-bit Vista Home Premium.

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=N82E168... $99.99

The stock cooler will be fine if you aren't overclocking. If you think you might try overclocking or just want a cool-running chip, check out this cooler and retention bracket. The bracket allows you to screw down the cooler instead of the push-pins that come on the stock Intel cooler.

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99 - $10.00 MIR

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $8.49
November 26, 2008 4:48:04 PM

your build is exactly the same thing i did, except I went with the corsair 750w psu, and I did crucial ballistix ram.
November 26, 2008 5:24:08 PM

It's also the same as mine, except i went with a antec 850W TPQ and 4GB Crucial Ballistix memory. i'm still trying to decide which monitor to buy to go along with it, but that's another topic (one that i've started already)
December 13, 2008 11:49:55 PM

Got off to a late start. Planning on ordering the parts by Monday. Any price drops on what was previously unattainable, or any substantial upgrades for, say, an extra hundred dollars (meaning $1,100 system)? Anyone have any other recommendations? Thanks again everyone. :hello: 
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