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[Gaming] Help with a new Midrange System

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January 13, 2009 12:28:24 AM

Alright, I'm a bit new here, but I've been doing a fair amount of research. I'm looking to build a nice gaming rig with a price point of around 1000-1200. I've already got a few parts picked out that I'm set on, but I need advice on the other parts to complete the computer.

The parts I've picked so far are:

PC P&C Silencer 750 Watt PSU (Already purchased since it was on a really nice sale)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Cooler (Getting the retention bracket as well)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core2Duo E8400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair XMS2 DHX 4 GB RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rest of the parts are up for suggestions. Any of the above listed parts are open to change if you can give me a better alternative. Trying to keep the price fairly reasonable, but still able to play most modern games without issues at a higher resolution. I intend to crossfire another 4870 into the system at a later time. Suggestions would be great!

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January 13, 2009 9:28:27 PM

As an update, the Antec 900 just went on sale on Newegg, so I'm picking the case up. From what I understand, it should be adequate for my needs.
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January 13, 2009 10:53:21 PM

As to the other parts... well, sounds like a P45 board will work just fine. The most recent benchmarks show little difference between the P45 crossfire and the X48, and the P45 is generally considered the best overclocker, a more important consideration.

Gigabyte UD3P would be one, ASUS P5Q-E would be another.

The Sapphire 4850X2 just dropped down to $300.00... I have always liked that price point for a video card.


January 15, 2009 4:46:57 PM

Proximon said:
As to the other parts... well, sounds like a P45 board will work just fine. The most recent benchmarks show little difference between the P45 crossfire and the X48, and the P45 is generally considered the best overclocker, a more important consideration.

Gigabyte UD3P would be one, ASUS P5Q-E would be another.

The Sapphire 4850X2 just dropped down to $300.00... I have always liked that price point for a video card.



I had another question. What do you think of Dual Core vs. Quad Core? (in the context of gaming). The Q6600 is about the same price as the E8400 right now.
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January 15, 2009 5:02:30 PM

It's something you have to decide for yourself. If you have a look at my guide linked in my sig, you'll see a section near the top talking about dual vs. quad and giving some idea about pairing the type of user to the type of CPU.

If you do get a Q6600, you'll need to overclock it a bit at least.
January 16, 2009 2:45:21 AM

Which motherboard in particular would you recommend?
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