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Confirmation on final $800 Gaming build

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November 25, 2008 8:27:59 PM

I made a thread when I was still figuring out what I wanted for a "best bang for my buck" gaming PC I was making, I changed alot and this is what ive come up with:

CPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - or other HD 4850

Drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

Case- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

GPU- SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Drive- SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM

HD- Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

MoBo- GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

RAM- G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

PSU- CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Other Stuff:

Total - $831.92
Total After Rebates - $761.92

Monitor – 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard/Mouse – 8.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS – $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - $5.99


Theres only 2 things im really divided on, that being the CPU and the GPU. Im sure theres a perfectly good reason to not go for this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... over the 8400

And ive been told that HD Radeon 4850's are the best bang for you're buck, but ive seen alot of superclocked and otherwise Nvidia GPU's going for decent prices.

The one thing I like about the build above is how its hugely easily upgradeable. The 8400 is a great overclocker along with the MoBo, and I can crossfire the GPU pretty cheap?

Anyway, overall thoughts before I go ahead and buy everything? Note Ill be getting the thermal compound and keyboard/mouse from a local hardware store rather than pay twice the price of the item itself in shipping.
November 25, 2008 8:42:22 PM

That's a great build. :) 

The only thing I would suggest is checking the newegg combos. I think they have a E8500/GA-EP45-UD3P combo which is basically a free upgrade to the E8500.

I would also see if your local shop has Arctic Cooling MX-2 instead of Arctic Silver 5. MX-2 cools a little better, doesn't require a curing time, and is non-conductive.
November 25, 2008 8:53:38 PM

Wait for the Black Friday deal on the Antec 900, I think it'll go for $60 shipped, IIRC. You could also save some $ and get the Antec 300 case instead of the the 900. It's going for $53 shipped at Buy.com!
Antec Three Hundred ATX Computer Case
Newegg's link, but is $70 right now, was $55 just a couple of days ago!

e8400/Asus p5q pro combo for $250, is a good deal too!
1st combo at the bottom of the page!

RETAIL DVD Burner is one thing that I'd consider, since it gives you the software to read/burn DVD's!! Not much more $ either! $27 shipped!
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail

The rest of your parts look good!
November 26, 2008 8:34:06 PM

The antec 900 is about $60 now, that and a ton of small -10 or so instants, the final price ends up at $737 WITHOUT rebates.

+ $8.25 for 3-day shipping on all of it, god I love the egg.

!