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Building gaming computer for my son 1500-1800

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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.
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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
Case
Power supply
Aftermarket cooling if necessary
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2009 1:41:51 PM

Wow...

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.
http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009125
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.
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