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May 19, 2009 4:03:52 AM

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

XFX MB750I72P9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

And, I'm not really sure how to choose a good hard drive.

Please tell me if these are good enough to run the latest games on high or if you recomend something better than an item i have posted. Thanks

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May 19, 2009 4:20:23 AM

Welcome to the forums.

First of all, we need to know your budget, but keeping in line with what you have...

Don't get an Intel-nVidia chipset. They, well, suck. They don't OC worth a damn, and they are buggy as hell.

Secondly, I'd recommend strongly against getting a C2Q. AMD Phenom IIs are better value for equal performance, and Intel Core i7s are much better performance, howerever, they are more expensive and have little to no improvement in gaming.

The memory you have selected is triple-channel DDR3. The motherboard you have selected is DDR2. A Phenom II system can be either DDR2 or DDR3 depending on the motherboard and processor, both dual-channel. A Core i7 system is triple-channel DDR3.

The graphics card you have selected is decent. If you do get a Phenom II system, I would recommend a HD4850X2 instead, they're going for penuts right now and would leave you room to add another on an AMD chipset.
May 19, 2009 4:27:24 AM

I'd stay away from those friggin nvidia 750 boards. real funny about what processors they like to work with. not worth the hassle. if you were going to pick the q6600 i wouldn't reply to your post. plus i had one and it sucked.

the video card is ok but if sli-ing isn't in your future got with a p45 board. gigabyte possibly. good luck.
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May 19, 2009 4:31:53 AM

Jokerboy714 said:
Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

XFX MB750I72P9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

And, I'm not really sure how to choose a good hard drive.

Please tell me if these are good enough to run the latest games on high or if you recomend something better than an item i have posted. Thanks


What's your budget...do you need an o/S (Windows), monitor, etc... and what country are you in; US, Canada, etc.... let us know that and we can help you a bit better. :) 
May 19, 2009 4:45:19 AM

As of now, i'm almost at the top of my budget which I would say, its about 800 to 1200. I live in the US, and this is pretty much my first time I'm gonna build my own PC. If you guys suggest diff. parts, which is great that you do, I preffer to shop from newegg. Thanks
May 19, 2009 4:49:11 AM

Oh yeah, and for monitors, i really wanna get something bigger than 20" but less than 26". I pretty iffy about it though since I can't find a decent one for a good price. Speakers, i can get locally
May 19, 2009 5:36:08 AM

Excellent choice for the case. The Antec 900 is one of the most popular, if not the most popular case with gamers

The Antec TruePower New 650 is another good choice. The TP New series has been earning high marks in technical reviews.

You may want to consider a different motherboard. Nvidia has been having some quality problems. Since you're building an Intel system take a look at motherboards with Intel chipsets.

I have not kept up with the latest monitors. Last year I purchased a Samsung Syncmaster 220wm, 22 inch wide screen monitor when it was on sale at my local Fry's Electronics store. I'm not a hardcore gamer so I don't know if the monitor is appropriate for gaming. However, I used to work as a digital imaging editor. I worked with ads that appeared in high end fashion magazines. With just a little bit of tweaking the color rendition is excellent.
May 19, 2009 5:48:26 AM

This build includes a monitor and a factory over clocked gtx 260 with the option to add another one later on for SLI if you so choose.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-mo... <--- Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <--- Save yourself some money and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 Free Shipping*
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 ($99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U3R $179.99 | $164.99 after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$5.00 Combo Price: $169.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $174.99 ($154.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv4 GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 ($149.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail

Total: $1,260.89 | $1,165.89 w/mail in rebates
May 19, 2009 5:51:20 AM

i agree with the i7 build it will be a better overall comp
May 19, 2009 10:37:02 PM

Why_Me's build is very good, but if it's over your budget or if you're gaming at crazy resolutions, drop the i7 for a Phenom II, possibly with Crossfire.
May 20, 2009 12:23:11 AM

yeah, i really like your build Why_me, but i think my budget may be set to a little, high, so i guess i"ll just change the processor under smithereen suggestions to a Phenom 2, and is the Phenom 2 better than a Core 2 Quad q9550?
May 20, 2009 12:27:25 AM

also, is there a cheeper motherboard that i could get from newegg, thnx guys
May 20, 2009 12:35:51 AM

another side question, what the tuniq tx 2 for, and i can't really afford an i7 so this is what i have so far

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

What i need now
-budget graphics card, but can still play most games today on high settings
-a cheap power supply, preferibly 600watts+
-a processor- i'm not sure how to choose a good amd one or an intel one
-and cooling system

thanks
May 20, 2009 1:29:52 AM

Do you *have* that, or do you have it picked out? If you don't have DDR3 already, buy DDR2. That's a triple-channel kit, it's designed for a Core i7 board.
May 20, 2009 1:37:42 AM

smitheren is 100% right, either get an X58 chipset mobo and a core i7 cpu or get a standar 2x2GB 1066MHz kit, or maybe two, these days ddr2 is incredibly cheap
May 20, 2009 1:48:29 AM

Also, we need a dollar figure for your budget.
May 20, 2009 1:57:32 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 ($49.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $189.98
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7400 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $47.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK HDT-SD964 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $174.99 ($154.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv4 GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
May 20, 2009 2:06:49 AM

i dont think i wanna go as low as core 2 duo, so i guess i'll stick with an i7 with the x58

but finally, my set budget is no higher than $1000.00
May 20, 2009 2:29:44 AM

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <--- Save yourself some money and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.95 Free Shipping*
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 ($49.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U3R $179.99 | $164.99 after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$5.00 Combo Price: $169.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $174.99 ($154.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv4 GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 ($149.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail

Total: $1,160.85 | $1,060.85 w/mail in rebates
May 20, 2009 2:39:50 AM

That is conspicuously higher than $1000. I'll try and set something up in a few minutes when I have time.
May 20, 2009 2:41:56 AM

smithereen said:
That is conspicuously higher than $1000. I'll try and set something up in a few minutes when I have time.


Not much I could do seeing how he wants a monitor included in that build...no monitor and I would have met that budget. I'm thinking an AMD build would probably work within that budget.
May 20, 2009 2:59:28 AM

Just keep in mind that if you're going high end with the CPU you won't be able to go high end with the GPU under a $1000 budget, maybe a single radeon 4870 or gtx260 if you buy a cheap mobo and no more than 70 dlls in hdd.
May 20, 2009 3:01:49 AM

Try this.
Open-Box MSI 790FX $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4GB DDR2-1066 $67 -$25 MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Phenom II 940 $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD4870 1gb $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ GameExtreme 700W $100 -$20 MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 300 $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129042
Dark Knight $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029
TX-2 $5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835154003
DVD Drive $18 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$675

If you want to spend more, up it to a 955 and a 4850X2.
May 20, 2009 3:12:19 AM

actually, why_me, i really like your build, your right, since i included a moniter with that, it is actually well in my budget, so I'm pretty sure that i'm gonna stcik with that build. Again, i really appreciate all your guys' help. thanks a lot!!

May 20, 2009 3:14:01 AM

Good choice. Congratulations, and good luck with your build.
May 20, 2009 3:17:49 AM

smithereen said:
Try this.
Open-Box MSI 790FX $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4GB DDR2-1066 $67 -$25 MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Phenom II 940 $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD4870 1gb $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ GameExtreme 700W $100 -$20 MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 300 $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129042
Dark Knight $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029
TX-2 $5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835154003
DVD Drive $18 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$675

If you want to spend more, up it to a 955 and a 4850X2.


Nice build. :)  The only thing I would change out on that is the psu to something like the corsair 750w. That ocz doesn't have enough pci-e connectors to run crossfire later on. If he wants to rule out crossfire, then change that psu to the ocz 550w fatal1ty.
May 20, 2009 4:19:59 AM

Thank you, and good point. I recommended it because it was a steal, and I've had wonderful experience with OCZ's support. I'll keep that in mind.
May 20, 2009 4:49:47 AM

is this combo any good?

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
May 20, 2009 3:04:33 PM

For how much?

Edit: Found it. It's not a huge screaming deal, but that's a nice motherboard. If you want to save some dough, get a Gigabyte. I'd also look into the less-outrageously-priced eVGAs, I've heard some good things about them.
May 22, 2009 1:46:24 AM

is the i7920 good with the GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
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