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Budget: $750 Gaming/Work PC

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March 25, 2009 2:24:14 AM

Hey guys, I'm new here. I've been looking into putting together a nice little rig. I don't need to do hardcore gaming or anything of the sorts, just some games here and there and a lot of engineering work applications (3D modeling, analysis software) and possibly some light photoshop. I have put together a small list of my ideas and would possibly like some help in optimizing price vs. performance, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My budget is from $650-$800.

Not needed in build: OS, Monitor (I have 32" Sharp 720p I would like to display on), Mouse, Keyboard

Case:

NZXT Tempest ($99 - $10MIR)

CPU/Processor:

Q9400 ($189.99)

MOBO:

EVGA nForce 750i ($159.99 - $30MIR)

Video Card:

EVGA GTX 260 Core 192 ($174.99 - $20MIR)

Hard Drive:

Unsure of make, would like a 1TB drive for under $100

RAM:

4GB

PSU:

Corsair HX620 ($139.99 - $30MIR)

That's all I've got so far, please let me know your suggestions and such.

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March 25, 2009 2:48:04 AM

Lumpyyyyy said:
Hey guys, I'm new here. I've been looking into putting together a nice little rig. I don't need to do hardcore gaming or anything of the sorts, just some games here and there and a lot of engineering work applications (3D modeling, analysis software) and possibly some light photoshop. I have put together a small list of my ideas and would possibly like some help in optimizing price vs. performance, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My budget is from $650-$800.

Not needed in build: OS, Monitor (I have 32" Sharp 720p I would like to display on), Mouse, Keyboard

Case:

NZXT Tempest ($99 - $10MIR)

CPU/Processor:

Q9400 ($189.99)

MOBO:

EVGA nForce 750i ($159.99 - $30MIR)

Video Card:

EVGA GTX 260 Core 192 ($174.99 - $20MIR)

Hard Drive:

Unsure of make, would like a 1TB drive for under $100

RAM:

4GB

PSU:

Corsair HX620 ($139.99 - $30MIR)

That's all I've got so far, please let me know your suggestions and such.


Those Nvidea chipset boards are a mess. You would be better off with a P45 board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99 ($99.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
2 oz copper PCB + Easy Tune 6 for OC

You can save yourself some money also when it comes to that psu. A decent 550w will push that card and leave you plenty left over.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 Free Shipping*
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

This ram is low latency and has good timings not to mention it's on the cheap right now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99
G.SKILL HK 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

don't forget your thermal paste. :p 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail
March 25, 2009 3:40:50 AM

Well are you very specific about intel for CPU and Nvidia for the Graphics ???
Because AMD and ATI have very gud options at that price segment...
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March 25, 2009 9:17:51 PM

From what I saw performance wise from charts, it appeared that for the price, a q9400 at 180 is one of the better deals I can get. And it appeared that the GTX 260 was a good mid-end card for the price. I could be wrong let me know what you have in mind!
March 26, 2009 3:21:15 AM

Here is a PII 940 and motherboard for $260 after a rebate, which will perform very similarly to the Q9400, better in some things, a little worse in others. AMD is producing new chips that will fit the AM2+ socket though, but Intel is pretty much done coming out with faster chips for LGA 775, so you have a bit more of an upgrade path with the AMD route.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

March 27, 2009 6:17:34 PM

xthekidx said:
Here is a PII 940 and motherboard for $260 after a rebate, which will perform very similarly to the Q9400, better in some things, a little worse in others. AMD is producing new chips that will fit the AM2+ socket though, but Intel is pretty much done coming out with faster chips for LGA 775, so you have a bit more of an upgrade path with the AMD route.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Motherboard and processor for 260 isn't all that bad. Although from what I've seen, a q9400 for only $179 is a heck of a deal.

Here is my current list of what I want, upped my budget slightly.

Case:

NZXT Tempest ($99 - $20MIR)

CPU/Processor:

Q9400 ($189.99)

MOBO:

EVGA nForce 750i SLI ($159.99 - $30MIR)

Video Card:

XFX GTX 260 Core 216 ($199.99 - $30MIR)

Hard Drive:

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB ($69.99)

RAM:

Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB 1066 DDR2 ($52.99 - $25MIR)

PSU:

Corsair HX620 ($139.99 - $30MIR)

Optical Drive:

Samsung SH-S223Q ($24.99)

Comes to $927.92 before MIR, and 792.92 after.

Couple questions:

1) Someone above had mentioned thermal paste... is this necessary for all builds or mostly those who OC? And does it make the build run a lot quieter/cooler? I probably will by it, just was wondering a little about it.

2) For the PSU, the HX620 has a modular design; I could save money and get a higher watt power supply for less money, but, this being my first build, would the modular design save me a ton of headaches?

3) And then, any general remarks of the compatability of the system if you have any... thanks!
March 27, 2009 6:27:22 PM

1) if you are just running at stock speeds just use the stock cooler, it will come with thermal paste pre-applied

2) modular isn't worth paying for IMO, I would get the 650tx and use zip ties to make it pretty.

3) It'll all work well together. I would get a 640GB drive instead, it will be faster and not much more expensive. The motherboard you chose is a bit of a crapshoot, those 7 series boards have a lot of problems. I would get a P45 board instead, and the PSU you are looking at isn't strong enough for SLI or xfire anyway, so a GA-EP45-UD3L would fit the bill well. If you want to be able to play on two GPU's, then you need to get the 750tx, which I would then use with 2 4870's instead of the GTX 260's.
March 27, 2009 6:44:36 PM

Alright, thanks for the info. Gonna go non-modular and get the 650GB as well. Couple more questions though.

1) I don't plan on doing SLI right now as it is, but down the road I may possibly want to upgrade. If I were to upgrade to a 750TX (which is 30 dollars less anyways), what motherboard would you recommend?
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