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December 11, 2008 2:46:02 AM

Hey guys I am trying to put together a nice gaming computer for around $1000,(Less if possible). I have searched for a while and changed my shopping cart around on Newegg many times and this is what I have so far. I would like to hear any suggestions for different parts, upgrades or downgrades as applicable.

CD/ DVD DRIVE: LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD Burner with LightScribe
Price = $25.99

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion Black Mid Tower Computer Case
Price = $49.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Price = $64.99

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
Price: $199.99 or $189.99 after mail-in rebate

PSU: PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
Price = $94.99 or $59.99 after mail-in rebate

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 Desktop Memory
Price = $44.99

Motherboard and CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor and ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Price= $274.98

OS: Windows Vista 64-bit Home Premium
Price= $99.99

CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
Price= $18.99

Thermal Paste: ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
Price = $6.99

Total Price with Shipping and Handling = $893.49, which becomes about $830 after mail-in rebates

Should I just keep the build like this and buy some games, or shell out the rest? I have another hundred to dish out so I would be happy to hear anything. Thanks

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December 11, 2008 3:18:42 AM

not to shabby. the 4870 1gig is worth is extra cash if you have it.
December 11, 2008 10:36:15 AM

Thank you for that Blackjack, I was considering the graphic card update.
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December 11, 2008 11:31:42 AM

Decent list.

I would change the HDD to Western Digital 640 GB for a little $$$ more - great drive and performance for a good value.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 11, 2008 11:49:01 AM

^ True. That drive is almost as fast as the old Raptors in most benches.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 11, 2008 10:13:58 PM

^ I beg to deffer on the Ballastix. I have had to return about 2-3 of their sets due to Memtest86+ errors at stock settings. For the past 6-7 months imo Crucial has been lacking in their quality department. Had problems with their SD cards too. In 2007 I bought a lot of Crucial made stuff (20+ sets of RAM) and never had problems.
December 12, 2008 12:57:38 AM

okay well I was looking at both of the memory sets that you all suggested. Is over clocking the memory really necessary? Otherwise I am happy with the memory I have already, seeing that I have another stick already, putting the total memory to 6GB.
December 12, 2008 7:48:08 AM

What size monitor do you have? Do you plan on overclocking?

Its best to run your memory in pairs of sticks. This is what make them DDR Double Data Rate. 2 x 2GB sticks run faster then 3 x 2 GB sticks (with i7/x58 being the exception).

+1 for the G Skill Pi Black memory
+1 for the WD 640 GB HD (best to get 2 of these and raid 0 them)
+1 for the E8400 / P5Q Pro combo

If your not gonna overclock then lose the after market cooler and get a better case. Coolmaster 690 or an Antec 300 or 900.

Also consider upgrading your PSU to a corsair 750 watt... as you will be limiting future upgrades (second video card) with only 610 watts.
December 12, 2008 1:09:07 PM

Okay so you are saying that I should not put the other stick into my Comp?
I have a 22 inch 1680 by 1050 screen and I plan to over clock my cpu
a b B Homebuilt system
December 13, 2008 11:42:16 PM

^ Can you tell exactly what "other" RAM you are talking about?
December 15, 2008 2:56:52 AM

ahh nevermind i got all my parts, i appreciate it though