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April 22, 2009 6:42:21 PM

A friend told me this site was very helpful with putting together computers, and I would like to know what kind of gaming setup I can get for around $1500. I mainly play WoW and Steam games right now, but I don't care if it's "overkill," what would be the best desktop I could get, monitor included? Thanks!

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April 22, 2009 7:13:59 PM

After reading a few threads:

PPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next couple weeks, hopefully.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 processor

OVERCLOCKING: If it won't strain the system, yes.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Depends on the monitor you can pick out, I suppose.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: None.
April 22, 2009 7:27:26 PM

Have you done any research yet?

If not, do a little looking.

A basic list would be something like

i7 920 (get it at microcenter.com - only $229.99)
Asus p6t (cheap at microcenter too).
3x2GB DDR3 RAM

GPU (4870x2, GTX 285/295, etc).

22" or 24" monitor.

Aftermarket cooler.

Quality PSU by PC Power and Cooling, Corsair, Antec (600w+)

There are plenty of guides on the site and around the net.

Check out proximon's sticky at toms for some suggestions.
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April 22, 2009 8:07:18 PM

Well, with what I've been able to come up with so far...

Graphics: (2x) SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS P6T WS PRO LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not sure what kind of case would be best; I don't care what it looks like as long as it functions, so cheaper is probably better as this is roughly $1400 at the moment. What other pieces would I need besides a case?




April 22, 2009 8:16:50 PM

Mierin said:
Well, with what I've been able to come up with so far...

Graphics: (2x) SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS P6T WS PRO LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not sure what kind of case would be best; I don't care what it looks like as long as it functions, so cheaper is probably better as this is roughly $1400 at the moment. What other pieces would I need besides a case?

Are you willing to break your budget? Cuz that build will probably do it...You don't have a case, HDD, or Cooler in that build and you are at $1400...
a b 4 Gaming
a b Ý World of Warcraft
April 22, 2009 8:20:34 PM

+1 for the P6T / i7 920 / GTX 285 build.
April 22, 2009 8:23:49 PM

xthekidx said:
Are you willing to break your budget? Cuz that build will probably do it...You don't have a case, HDD, or Cooler in that build and you are at $1400...



I could, but if the build you posted would perform similarly, I'll just go with that. Is that a complete list of parts or would I have to get anything else?
April 22, 2009 8:38:01 PM

That is everything, you might add some thermalpaste, I'm not sure if the stuff that comes with the cooler is that good, but it might not make any real difference unless you go for a big OC.

The GTX 285 will play any game you want at that resolution, even crysis at maximum settings, so there is no need to get two 4870's. On top of that, the 4870's consume a crapload of power, which you will pay for when you get the electric bill. The GTX 285 is one of the most efficient GPU's out there.
April 22, 2009 8:50:09 PM

Okay thanks! One last question: On newegg, it shows a Tom Clancy game and CoD WaW included in the price and I am unable to take them out of the cart. What's the deal with those?
April 22, 2009 8:58:39 PM

Those are freebies that get thrown in, you aren't paying for them. If you look at the prices of the items they get bundled with, you have that price subtracted from those items in the total's column.
April 22, 2009 9:02:43 PM

That's what I thought; however, a quick calculator of the cart showed them as being included in the final price anyway.

Edit: Nevermind, I'm an idiot and didn't read your whole post.
April 22, 2009 9:06:29 PM

Look in the savings column in the cart. The GPU has -$49.99 savings, which offsets the COD game. The i7/MB combo has the same thing on top of the combo and instant savings, which offsets the HAWX game. If you really don't want them, Sell them on ebay for $35 or so and think of them as rebates.
April 22, 2009 9:43:01 PM

Don't get a Crossfire or SLI setup unless you gotta 24" or 30" monitor running 1920x1200 or 2650x1600 resolution. With a 22" at 1680x1050 the extra $200 you're spending on the second card will only get you a few extra frames per second that you won't notice.

I would go with an AMD AM3 processor, particularly the Phenom II x3 720 BE. It can be overclocked well on up to 4.0 ghz, will deliver great performance for gaming, and save you ~$200 instead of an i7. Honestly you won't notice a difference in gaming between the PII and i7 as long as you have a good mobo and video card. I would put that extra money into a 24" monitor to justify a Crossfire or SLI build.

AMD Phenom II x3 720 BE CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DFI Lan Pary 790FXB-M3H 790FX/SB750 Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x Saphire ATI HD 4870 1GB video cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4GB (2x2GB) OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600 7-7-7-24 memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ GameXStream 850w PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung 22x DVD+-RW Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer H243Hbmid 24"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total price: $1516.88
April 22, 2009 9:53:29 PM

But if you want, another option is to stick with a 22" LCD monitor at 1680x1050 and a single GPU solution. With the money you save there I would get a GTX 285, so while you're sacrificing resolution and 2 inches of monitor width, you will gain a substantial increase in game performance.
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