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July 5, 2009 2:15:46 AM

How much would you pay for this gaming rig settup? Sorry I am a complete noob im not sure if this might be the right setup for me. I will be doing Online gaming, video encoding, and picture editing. If I need to add or take away any components please let me know. Thanks in advance oh and btw I have a $700 Budget

Case: CoolMaster Elite 310 Mid-Tower 420W case
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache 64-bit
Fan: XtremeGear Ultra Twin Heatpipes Cool Copper Heatsink
Motherboard: MSI G31M3 Intel G31 Chipset LGA775FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard
Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (corsair)
GPU: nVidia GeForce 9800 GT 1GB16X PCI Epress (EVGA powered by nVidia)
HDD: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM
CD drive: Sony Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive
Sound: High Definition On-board 7.1 Audio
Speakers: 600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers
Keyboard: XtremeGear keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear OticalUSB 3 Button Gaming Mouse
WNC: PCI Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Netwrok Interface Card
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Business Service Pack 1 64-bit (free Win7 Upgrade)
July 5, 2009 2:56:00 AM

$600-$650.

That motherboard is cheap and that GPU is outdated.
July 5, 2009 3:17:12 AM

+1^ The parts cost $553.90 w/o speakers & cooler (not needed, or wrong one in this rig) at Newegg.

That mobo won't allow SLI/Crossfire. One upgrade may be to get a mobo and a psu that will. That way you have a video upgrade path (a second 9800, etc) without having to replace those parts.
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July 5, 2009 6:52:38 AM

Twoboxer said:
+1^ The parts cost $553.90 w/o speakers & cooler (not needed, or wrong one in this rig) at Newegg.

That mobo won't allow SLI/Crossfire. One upgrade may be to get a mobo and a psu that will. That way you have a video upgrade path (a second 9800, etc) without having to replace those parts.

hmm I dont quite get what your trying to say...
July 5, 2009 7:17:56 AM

Your suggested mobo won't allow 2 video cards.

Fix it by getting one that does, and a power supply powerful enough to support 2 video cards.

That way, if you need to upgrade, you can without replacing mobo and psu.
July 5, 2009 7:23:52 AM

oh alright I understand which mobo would you recommend? I just cant go over my budget couse its all I have for now...
July 5, 2009 7:01:32 PM

One that has 2 PCIe slots, and supports your choice of Crossfire (ATI) or SLI (nVidia).

Are you building yourself, or buying from Cyberpower?
July 5, 2009 10:10:46 PM

Ive always wanted to build one myself and if I did it would be my first one because I have a 3 year old dell dimension right now. I will go with which ever option is cheaper and goes within my budget.
July 5, 2009 10:47:15 PM

Go to www.cyberpowerpc.com and use one of their "Configurators". Put together a configuration that supports either SLI or Crossfire. Get a price. Then go to, say, Newegg and price out the parts. Post the configuration here for comment. Then you can make a "Make or Buy" decision.
July 6, 2009 3:20:07 AM

my settup does support SLI/CrossFireX...and Ive decided to buy mabey the parts will go down by the time I get paid....thanks for the help and advice I grately apriciate the trouble =D
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