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April 2, 2009 7:49:03 AM

Hi guys, i'm about to build a computer soon (late April early May) and I was wondering what kind of system would you guys recommend for me. I have about 1000-1100 to spend on the system (not including monitor).

Now here are my needs:
This computer is going to be used mostly for gaming. I dont do any video editing/rendering or anything of that nature. The types of games i play right now are pretty old school because my computer is pretty dated (4 years old). I play Warcraft 3 DOTA, Crossfire and starcraft and counterstrike 1.6 (source kills my computer). I used to play 1.6 pretty competitively and I plan on playing source.

I want a system that will be able to play Starcraft2, Diablo3, Source & Street Fighter IV. As you can probably tell, i dont play MANY games and i'm not too interested in those super high end games out right now such as Crysis or FarCry. I also would like to maybe future proof my computer a little so i can upgrade it in the future.

Anyways, sorry for the long post - i've been out of the loop for a while.

thanks for the help!

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April 2, 2009 8:36:13 AM


Late April Early May




Gaming, excel stuff, may need to use dual monitors in the future.


I have everything else (mouse, mousepad, headset). Need PSU and Case.

Software: I have Windows XP - is there any reason why i should go Vista?


Newegg or MWAVE


Don't care


Probably not.


I will be using a 24 inch and 22 inch.


located in Southern California. Will probably add another GPU to the system in a few months.
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April 2, 2009 11:15:52 AM




HDD+ CPU Cooler(If you change your mind about overclocking)



Graphics card -

Total - $1209 without rebates...
If certainly not overclocking, then the aftermarket CPU cooler is not needed. Stock will do.
$1174 wihtout rebates...
So by the time you buy the components, you might get combo deals also...
April 2, 2009 11:22:10 AM

Well as for the OS, if you have a 64 bit XP, then dont go with vista....use that XP and when Win 7 comes out, buy that...
April 3, 2009 2:50:11 AM

my XP is 32 bit.

also how big of a PSU will i need to run dual 4890's?
April 3, 2009 2:55:55 AM

850w preferably, you could get by with a 750w
April 3, 2009 4:14:10 AM

+1 850W to be safe...The 4890 have a higher power requirements than the the 750W will be just good enough but going with 850W will give you more headroom...
April 3, 2009 4:15:24 AM

And if you use that XP 32-bit OS, it will recognize only 3.5GB of the 6GB installed...So you should go for a 64bit OS...
April 3, 2009 4:35:06 AM

alright, thanks for the info guys. very helpful

So far I will be getting these parts

PSU + Motherboard

I'm a bit wary about the PSU because of the reviews (its a small sample but noisy and flimsy doesn't sound like a good combo) so this is tentative.

Case: Coolermaster 690


Hard Drive:

Graphics Card: Ill probably wait and see - 4890 or GTX 275

April 3, 2009 4:49:48 AM

Hi...about the PSU, dont take chances...
Get this...

You can take a look at this combo also...

Next get this RAM + Mobo combo...OCZ Platinum...Even this is a very good RAM...

Dont get that HDD...It will be very slow...Did you see the 5400 to means, it will always not run at 7200...
Get either of these...

But the best would be this...
April 3, 2009 4:52:49 AM

thanks again.. and no i didn't see the 5400-7200 haha - i'm not very computer savvy thats hwy i'm here
April 3, 2009 5:48:00 AM

EDIT: Double Post :|
April 3, 2009 5:58:05 AM

xthekidx said:
You will only see a little over 2gb of ram with xp 32bit and a 1gb GPU...not a good idea. You really should get Vista 64. You can have it for $80 right now...
Promo code -$20: EMCLRLN28

:D  As I had suggested - 64-Bit OS