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March 31, 2009 2:23:11 AM

This build is for gaming and CAD. I would appreciate if you all would help me make this computer as cost effective as possible. (performance/price) I would like it to run cool, stable, and fast. Really want this bugger to last me sometime.

1000$ or less.

No overclocking

Don't need keyboard, mouse, speakers..


Here is what I came up with. Total was 950$(?) or so.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 $164.99


XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler $39.99



SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB $189.99


ZALMAN VF1000 2 Ball VGA Cooler $39.99



ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard $119.99


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $109.99


ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive $20.99


G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 900(PC2 7200) $47.99


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $109.99


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $89.99 after $20.00 Mail-In



Sorry If I didn't link right..

Thank you guys~

March 31, 2009 3:40:00 AM

Something else to add. Is there any new hardware that is coming out this year, that I should look out for?
March 31, 2009 3:49:14 AM

Intel
Core i7 920/GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Combo $449.98 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.156589

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $93.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231225

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319

LG Black 22X 2MB Cache SATA 22X CD/DVD Burner $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136152

COOLER MASTER RC-690 Computer Case $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119137

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX $89.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139006

MSI R4870-MD1G Radeon HD 4870 1GB with HDMI $179.99 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814127413

If you plan on overclocking you will have to add-on a better CPU Cooler
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler $26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233003
with
XIGMATEK ACK-I7361 $9.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233027

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835186020

Total $1042.90


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March 31, 2009 4:12:55 AM

You shouldn't need the Xigmatek or Zalman coolers if you are NOT going to overclock because it would be a waste of money. You have a bunch of great choices there. I have that same mobo and case and the 650tx psu. I'd take the extra 80 bucks you'll save from the coolers and get a bigger graphics card (for gaming) or a bigger cpu (for cad). Great job!

edit:
knotnut comes through with a great find on that cpu/mobo combo. His set up is much, much better for you. Also, you didn't mention whether you needed monitor because that would change things a lot.
March 31, 2009 4:20:47 AM

Quote:
You shouldn't need the Xigmatek or Zalman coolers if you are NOT going to overclock because it would be a waste of money. You have a bunch of great choices there. I have that same mobo and case and the 650tx psu. I'd take the extra 80 bucks you'll save from the coolers and get a bigger graphics card (for gaming) or a bigger cpu (for cad). Great job!

edit:
knotnut comes through with a great find on that cpu/mobo combo. His set up is much, much better for you. Also, you didn't mention whether you needed monitor because that would change things a lot.


I don't need a monitor and I only have windows xp 32bit. sorry I forgot to mention that. Thank you, msclman. I figured that I was a little paranoid over cooling. When I play games I get a lot of glitches and flickering on my old 7900gtx. Blaming it on cooling. I really enjoy that setup knotknut. It's definately looking more towards the future.

*bow* thank you kind sirs.
March 31, 2009 6:03:15 AM

gkay09 said:
Well found this Graphics card + HDD combo...they HDD not a WD Black but still the combo price is a steal...

1. Seagate ST3640323AS: $69.99

2. Sapphire Technology Limited 100259-1GL: $189.99

Combo Discount: -$45.00
Combo Price: $214.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

But if you want to stick with the WD Black, then get this card with free stalker game...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Indeed It is a steal! I'll go with that VGA+HD combo for sure. :love: 

All these combos brought the price down to $976.92.
Do you all Think that my cooling is sufficient with the case I got. (as long as I don't overclock)

Much appreciated, everyone.
March 31, 2009 2:48:23 PM

well if u really want to get the best bang for your buck id recommend AMD instead of Intel, that being said heres a AMD build that fits your requirements...

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0GHz Quad-Core Black Edition
Motherboard: ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AMD 790FX
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Hard Drive: Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB
Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
Case: Antec Three Hundred
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W

TOTAL = $879.89 ($974.46 after Tax & Shipping)
March 31, 2009 2:58:03 PM

knotknut's build above is nice, but it's not going to do you any good until you step up to a 64-bit OS. A 32-bit OS will only be able to use less than half of the 6GB in that build. You really need to step into 2009 and either get 64-bit Vista or use the 64-bit Windows 7 beta.

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99
March 31, 2009 11:58:22 PM

lasoski311 said:
well if u really want to get the best bang for your buck id recommend AMD instead of Intel, that being said heres a AMD build that fits your requirements...

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0GHz Quad-Core Black Edition
Motherboard: ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AMD 790FX
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Hard Drive: Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB
Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
Case: Antec Three Hundred
Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W

TOTAL = $879.89 ($974.46 after Tax & Shipping)


Thank you for that lasoki. I'll look between the two builds when I get the money to buy it. Yarr, it's a bit pointless to have that much ram without windows vista 64-bit. That will be my last upgrade.

Thanks for assisting a stranger in need. Y'all definitely put me in the right direction for this build
Cheers! :love: 
!