Looking to build my own computer!
Hello I was wondering if you guys could help me out with building a computer. Unfortunatley I'm in University and on a budget. However I do enjoy gaming. For sure I would like to be able to Play SIMs 2 with out lag or choppiness, but even more I will want to be able to Play Sims 3 in a few months with the same conditions. Here is the tricky part. I can only spend arround 800 dollars... Is this possible ? If so can someone build me a computer and post the specs ? Thanks for the help !
Search the site for the "System Builder Marathon" articles. The articles describe systems at various price points. They are good places to start.
slomo asked: "Would you need a monitor, OS, mouse, and keyboard as well?" If you do, you shouldn't spend more than $500 - $600 on the computer itself.
As a dyed in the wool system builder, I hate to say this, but you may be better off buying an assembled system, then later upgrading the video card. OTOH, you lose the satifaction of telling your friends, "Yep. Built it myself."
Well here goes:
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz
ASUS P5Q Pro
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB
EVGA 512-P3-N971-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
COOLER MASTER Centurion 590
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W
Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800
Rosewill RK-101 Keyboard
Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse
Total: $836.88 - $110 MIR= $726.88
Check out Tom's Hardware System Builder Marathon: $625 Gaming PC : Spending A Little More article at this link below.
That is $175 under what you want to spend but it did not have the Operaing System added in the price. I would change a few things out, to what I would like myself.
Under $800 Computer Spec
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor - Retail $109.99
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $136.99 ($116.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ OCZ Vendetta 92mm Ball CPU Cooler - Retail $34.99 ($26.99 after $8.00 Mail-In Rebate)
XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail $8.49
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $49.99
POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-DH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $154.99 ($134.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $69.99
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $49.99
XIGMATEK MC NRP-MC751 750W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V Ver. 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail ($55.99 after $60.00 Mail-In Rebate)
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM $22.99
ESET Smart Security Home Edition V3.0 - OEM $54.99 (Anti-virus and Firewall, works 32/64bit MS OS)
Subtotal of above system is $701.39 without added in shipping costs and MS operating system below.
MS Operating System
Since you are a Student you mshould be able to get the Academic version cheaper at school, then at NewEgg.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM $99.99
Hope this helps you out, good luck on your upcoming build.
Oops!!! Did not know you need Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse.
As jsc said!!!Quote:As a dyed in the wool system builder, I hate to say this, but you may be better off buying an assembled system, then later upgrading the video card. OTOH, you lose the satifaction of telling your friends, "Yep. Built it myself."
I play the Sims 2 all the time. but the game is only single treaded. So a duel core or qurd core doesnt help.
I have a phenom at 2.86ghz with a 4870 and the game is smooth for the most part.
I just hate how the games highest res is 1600x1200.
I play on a 1080p HDTV so the game looks a little weird.
I would say that a 3.0ghz CPU would run the Sims 2 great.
imo, that 9800GT is overkill for a 19" WS, and for the SIMS 3 on probably any res...
i reckon an e5200 instead of e7300, 9600GT, a better case (antec 300 or CM690?), and an S1283+retention bracket. my e5200 is currently stressing @ 3.66GHz, and i am confident it will get to 4.0... 3.0GHz is 99% given on that e5200... just 240fsb instead of 200!
anyway, thats my two cents.. will pay close attention to this thread :P