Ok, so i'm looking to build a gaming rig. Ive never built before, but ive been an enthusiast for a couple of years now.
Right, so my budget is about $1000
If anyone could use that, and possibly make a list of parts for me, that would be awesome
Basically though, it must have:
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
- A 320gb or larger HDD
- 4gb Ram or more (must be good for OC'ing)
- Motherboard with good OC capability
- Antec Nine Hundred
- A graphics card capable of playing Crysis, Gears of War, Unreal Tournament III (basically most new-ish shooters, and future proof for say 2 years)
Any thing else that you can get that still stays within my $1000 budget (budget excludes shipping)
$75 back after MIR
CPU and Motherboard can be combo'd for $15 off
$27 approximately for shipping
With shipping total is $963, after rebates $888.
750W PSU allows for 2 HD 4870's in crossfire later on. G.Skill PI Black Ram can be overclocked to 1066 easily. S1283 Dark Knight cooler allows for good overclocking of E8400. Q6600 can be swapped in for the E8400 for $30 more, and can be included in the Motherboard/CPU combo.
If you wanted to spend the rest of your budget, you could get the 1gb version of the HD 4870 and another 4gb kit of ram for a total of 8gb. That ram is also overclockable too, so there is no reason to spend the extra on 1066mhz ram.
That is probably a stronger build than that first one I showed you, PII 940 performs about equally with Q9400, and overclocks well. Total comes to $1010, with $10 rebate comes to $1000. I personally think the CM 690 is a better case than the Antec 900, and cheaper. Shipping for that system would be $12 because the CM 690 has free shipping, saving you like $40 over the Antec 900. Downside is that that PSU wouldn't support 2 video cards in xfire, although it is a quality PSU.
At the moment though, I'm really unsure about AMD processors, although the PII looks good. I also didnt want to go over $200 on a processor, which is why the Q6600 was perfect. I think I wanna stick with Intel for my first build
Oh yeah, dont worry about shipping costs....I live in the caribbean, so Im having them shipped to Florida, and then here....so yeah, shipping isnt a factor in my budget
And another thing that i totally forgot about.... A MONITOR!! I wanted a decent 22" for no more than $170....but that also doesnt factor into my budget, so if you could find one of those for me too, that would be awesome
This system needs to last me 3 years (i mean, i will upgrade certain parts like the GPU and whatever), but the core parts of the system i want to last me 3 years, 2 at a minimum. I would really like an i7 system, but i dont have the money for that right now, so quad core seems the way to go
I really feel like I'm spoilt for choice, but then when i narrow it down to quality components, im not spoilt at all
The acer is probably a better quality. Acer's are known for giving you a lot for what you pay. The Hanns G is the cheapest 22" that I have seen, but then again, there is a reason its the cheapest I would go with the Acer
I'm also looking to build within the next couple of weeks and your build looks a lot like want I've been looking into. The only differences are the motherboard, PSU, and GPU. I too am going with a Gigabyte MOBO, the UD3R to be exact. I don't care about running two GPU's so that board is perfect for me. And since I tend to lean more towards nVidia then ATI, I will be going with an EVGA GTX260 Superclocked version. As far as PSU goes, it's kind of a toss-up for me: Either the Corsair 650TX or that same PC P&C that you are looking at but in black not red
Ahh cool...yeah im still really thinking about the q6600 vs PII.... and yeah, i dont think im gna SLI or XFire, so the UDR3 might be a good idea for me if i go Intel on this build...and can u give me a link to the black PC P&C you're talking about