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January 5, 2009 11:13:52 PM

Hi I'm new to this forum and thought this would be the best place to ask for tips on what would be best. I just got back into the PC gaming scene and actually want my computer to be able to play them on high if possible.(Crysis,Cod4, Wow,etc.) Now i have about 2,000 to spend on it if needed. A couple of things i use My Hdtv as a monitor, would also love to get some use from my Onkyo Ht-S6100, and was think about going quad instead of dual core. This is pretty much what i was thinking of getting as of now any input would help especially since im not sure on a case yet.

CPU:Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor $229.99

Motherboard: ASUS P5N7A-VM LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300/nForce 730i HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $119.99

GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1265-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $279.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000333AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $109.99

Power Supply:CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $124.99

Memory: OCZ Gold 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad kit $124.99
January 6, 2009 12:30:02 AM

Q8300 is bad idea. Either go for Q6600, Q9550, Q9650. A high clocked E8x00 will perform better than Q8300. A Q8300 is basically 2 E5200 glued together, the low end of Penryns. Not only that, low CPU multi will make it a challenge to OC.

Based on your CPU budget price, you'll have to settle for a Q6600 or even consider an i7 build. Your total is close to $1000.

Here is an i7 Build Total $1050 :

CPU i7 920 $295:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard Gigabyte X58-UD3R $210:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GTX260 core216 55nm $275
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD WD 500gig $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU Corsair 750TX $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory Wintec AMPX 3gig 1333mhz $77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 6, 2009 2:17:16 AM

Is the i7 920 really that much better i ask because i was at odds at what processor to get. Nice choice on the motherboard and that is definitely something im thinking about changing but now to look at memory since this now supports DDR3. Also whats the difference between the Gpu i chose and the one you did. One thing also what kind of case would be good to put this all in. Thanks for your help
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January 6, 2009 2:36:42 AM

For me the only choice to stay with socket 775 is if you want a dual core. But if you're considering quad then the i7 can be had for nearly the same price as a socket 775 quad build.

i7 is not that much better, but it is better than the current quad.

DDR3 that I chose is only 3gig because I wasn't sure what OS you use. If you have Vista64 or XP64, then consider upgrading it to 6gig.

The EVGA 1255 is the new GTX260 core216. It is 55nm, as compared to the current 65nm. Advantages are usually cooler running, and little bit higher oc.
January 6, 2009 2:42:56 AM

hi...tats nice tat u want to reconsider ur options...cos if u are willing to spend tat much cash then better off spending it for parts tat will last alteast for 2 or more years....
So i think the options given by flyin15sec is gud...but u can reconsider the ram and the gfx card....(nt tat the 260 is bad but u can have a gud price to performance part instead)

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $244.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if u are a nvidia fan, then the choice is urs...
The 1GB DDR5 will be a grt addition for high resolutions....

And as for the ram if u want to go wit i7 then u should consider this one..
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $144.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the HDD u can check out which the WD black 640GB heard they are very gud...
January 6, 2009 3:36:13 AM

gkay09 said:
hi...tats nice tat u want to reconsider ur options...cos if u are willing to spend tat much cash then better off spending it for parts tat will last alteast for 2 or more years....
So i think the options given by flyin15sec is gud...but u can reconsider the ram and the gfx card....(nt tat the 260 is bad but u can have a gud price to performance part instead)

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $244.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if u are a nvidia fan, then the choice is urs...
The 1GB DDR5 will be a grt addition for high resolutions....

And as for the ram if u want to go wit i7 then u should consider this one..
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $144.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the HDD u can check out which the WD black 640GB heard they are very gud...


I thought "wigger typing" was dead on this forum...one can wish.
January 6, 2009 3:40:26 AM

If i decide to got go with ati id probably get the Radeon HD 4870 X2. Nice choice of ram gkay09. Also what kind of case would you guys recommend.
January 6, 2009 3:42:31 AM

vashanime04 said:
Hi I'm new to this forum and thought this would be the best place to ask for tips on what would be best. I just got back into the PC gaming scene and actually want my computer to be able to play them on high if possible.(Crysis,Cod4, Wow,etc.) Now i have about 2,000 to spend on it if needed. A couple of things i use My Hdtv as a monitor, would also love to get some use from my Onkyo Ht-S6100, and was think about going quad instead of dual core. This is pretty much what i was thinking of getting as of now any input would help especially since im not sure on a case yet.


First, is your budget really $2k? Or could you stretch it that high thanks to Mr. Credit Card?
(if it's really $2k, follow flyin15sec's advice and go with an i7 CPU, but go 6gb of DDR3, a $250+ x58 with SLi and a gtx280 ($320), adding a second later on.

What resolution if your HDTV and how old is it? 720p is cake to game on, 1080p take some decent hardware.


January 6, 2009 4:08:58 AM

Noya said:
First, is your budget really $2k? Or could you stretch it that high thanks to Mr. Credit Card?
(if it's really $2k, follow flyin15sec's advice and go with an i7 CPU, but go 6gb of DDR3, a $250+ x58 with SLi and a gtx280 ($320), adding a second later on.

What resolution if your HDTV and how old is it? 720p is cake to game on, 1080p take some decent hardware.


Yes that is really my budget.(Im not a credit card person :non: ) The Last computer i got was a Vaio Rb30 and i want something that will at least last longer than it did. :D  Also with 6gb of ram i would need to get a 64bit Os corect, My Hdtv is about a year old is a native 1080p set.
January 6, 2009 4:12:37 AM

If you want the computer to last a while, 6GB and a 64-bit OS are the way to go IMO.
January 6, 2009 3:59:24 PM

This is were am i at now on me building my PC.

CPU: CPU i7 920 $295

Motherboard: Motherboard Gigabyte X58-UD3R $210

GPU: ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G/A Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $509.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000333AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $109.99

Power Supply:CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $124.99

Memory: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $144.99
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