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February 22, 2009 4:55:16 PM

First time building a desktop for my 10-year old kids. Primarily used for such games as Crysis, Spore, Half-Life, Battlefield, Halo games. Budget needs to stay around the $700 range. All parts are from Newegg:

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail 119.99
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 134.99
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail 54.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail 99.99
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 109.99
HIS Hightech H485FN512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card 139.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive 79.99
HP Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner 29.99
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers 189.99

Much appreciated.
February 22, 2009 6:51:03 PM

...well it's been a while since I took math, but its looking to me like you are way over budget. Are you asking for ways to cut down on your build without sacrificing quality? For $700 monitor included, I don't think its possible to build a computer to play crysis, most people would spend $300 or more on a GPU if they were planning on playing it.

So if you want to stay in budget, here is what I would do:
Change the E7400 to E5200
Change the Mobo to the UD3L or GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L
Change the Case and PSU to Antec Sonata III
Go with this monitor instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not sure where that puts you cost wise, but it is the best way to cut your costs I think without sacrificing too much gaming performance.
February 22, 2009 9:44:22 PM

The CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W is overkill for this build. An Antec Earthwatts 430W or 500W would be enough. (40$-60$)

You could also replace the G.Skill PI Black with the regular 4GB G.Skill. That will save you 10$ without a noticeable decrease in performance.

You could also pick another cheaper case that will do the job. At the end, it's the performance that matters not how the case looks since your budget is 700$.
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February 22, 2009 10:35:51 PM

Antec Sonata 3, rather good looking case, good quality an comes with an EarthWatts 500W for 130$.

Also, I suggest a 1680x1050 over a 1080p (1920x1080), simply because the extra "pixels" will only tax the GPU more without much gain in overall quality.
February 22, 2009 11:07:38 PM

Thanks everyone, I meant 700 without the monitor
February 22, 2009 11:31:39 PM

K88 said:
Thanks everyone, I meant 700 without the monitor


Here's a build I made on another thread. If you get rid of the heatsink it will cut it down to $700. But if you keep the heatsink and overclock that cpu you will get alot more out of your money. Bump that cpu up to 3.5Ghz @ 1066 fsb (10.5 x 333).

btw, I added that case fan for the fact this case is set up to run 3x120mm case fans. It goes up in the front.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
MASSCOOL FD12025S1L3/4 120mm Case Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 ($59.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping
PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $98.99
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 Free Shipping*
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retaill

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99 Free Shipping*
Scythe SCMNJ-1000 80mm Sleeve "NINJA MINI" CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retai

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 Free Shipping*
SAPPHIRE 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

Total: $735.89 (not including shipping and mail in rebates)
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