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January 11, 2009 1:07:49 PM

I allready purchased him g15 keyboard/ habu mouse and have a copy of windows vista. I built my sons last computer 3 years ago on here getting help from you guys/girls and would appreicate the help again. My son is a gamer and plays FPS/RPG and all sorts of games. I'm looking to build this sytem before his birthday on Jan. 18th.
Thanks Again.

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January 11, 2009 1:15:50 PM

Go with an i7 system with either a 4870x2 or the new GTX 295. With the budget you have you should have no problem building it.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2009 8:17:28 PM

Do you have a monitor already? If not, get an Acer 24".

You could try something like this (prices from Newegg, approximate, after rebate, before shipping and taxes):

E8500 $190
GA-EP45-UD3R $105
HD 4870 X2 $400
PC Power & Cooling 750W $80
WD6401AALS $80
SH-S223Q $30
CoolerMaster HAF 932 $160

Total $1050 I think. Possible upgrade Q9550, for an extra $140, but it won't do much in games. Possible upgrade i7 920/x58 mobo/DDR3 RAM, for an extra $400 or so, but again for minimal benefit in games. Maybe a sound card and speakers. If you're into overclocking add a HDT-S1283 cooler (for E8500 or Q9550, but not for i7 920).

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January 12, 2009 3:20:05 AM

If you buy an I7, the aftermarket coolers are expensive and the stock one is trash.

If you are planning on buying a 24+ inch monitor, you are going to want a 4870x2 (500 or so). If you are talking 20-, you are better off with a single 4870.

If you are talking 17inch, then you want a 4850.

If you are talking 1080p TV, 4870x2.

aevm's system looks good to me.

edit: Some 4850x2s are on the market, but they seem to be poorly made so I would avoid them.
January 12, 2009 12:56:13 PM

My son ended up matching my price so I was able to build him something a bit more expensive just stuck on a few pieces.

Currently have these :
All thi stuff is from dell pretty much copied an XPS build since I get big discount there.
Operating System - Vista 64- Bit Home Premium
Processor - Intel Core i7 - 965 Extreme - Level 2 (factory O/Cd to 3.7GHz)
Memory - 6GB Tri - Channel DD3 at 1066MHz (3x2GB DIMM)
Video Card - nVidia Geforce GTX280 1024mb x2
Hard Drive - 600GB Velociraptor Data ( 2 x 300 GB SAtA - II 10000 RPM Hdds)
Optical Drive -LG DvD burner
Sound Card - Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Mouse/keyboard - Habu mouse / g15 keyboard

What I need :
A compatible motherboard
Power supply
Aftermarket cooling if necessary
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2009 1:41:51 PM


Some ideas:
Motherboard: eVGA x58
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932
Power Supply: Corsair 1000HX
Aftermarket cooling: it's necessary all right, at 3.7 GHz. Noctua NH-U12P or Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme+Scythe SFF21F (the LGA1366 versions)
January 12, 2009 1:54:56 PM

is the 1000 watt necessary or would something like 850 watt still work?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2009 2:10:20 PM

It would probably work, just not in the optimal efficiency range of the PSU.

Here's nVidia 's list of recommended PSUs for two GTX 280 cards.

They range from Antec Signature 850W to 1200W and even 1500W. OK, 1500W is ridiculous, ignore that.
January 12, 2009 2:31:16 PM

Awesome I appreciate the help do you have any other reccomendations for the build?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2009 2:36:19 PM

It looks very beautiful already. I just hope you get a big discount, because it's very expensive.

I assume the Velociraptors will be in RAID 0. Otherwise, I'd replace one of them with a $80 640GB WD6401AALS drive.

That DVD burner is SATA, not IDE, right?

January 12, 2009 3:00:17 PM

Ya its SATA. Yes they will be RAID 0 as well. It is very expensive what I've been finding out but having him pay for something rather then be just buying it might teach him some responsibility. Oh I had one more question if you dont mind. Any 20-24 inch monitors you reccomend. I'm not looking to spend too much more since this has allready doubled my original budget but something nice since his is currently only 15inch >_<.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2009 3:08:55 PM

Well, with that kind of graphics power it makes sense to go for 24" (1920x1200) rather than 1680x1050 (22" or 20").

This is Newegg's best-selling 24" monitor:
Acer P243WAid Black-Silver 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD HDCP $340
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2009 3:40:22 PM

+1. Nice find. I saw that LG at BestBuy last month and liked it. It had better vision angles than the other 24" or larger monitors in there, including some Samsung and Viewsonic models.