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[NEW SYSTEM BUILD] $800 Gaming PC

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May 21, 2009 5:48:53 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a week

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: games, movies, web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Requires everything. (monitor, os, keyboard and mouse)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Budget of $800, need a decent gaming computer to run WoW at med/high settings, and run crysis at ok quality.




-=XXXXRaidmax Aztec Case and Raidmax 530W PSU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$110XXXX=-

Antech 300 and Antec Basiq Continuous 500W PSU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$94

Acer 22" Widescreen monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$150

Intel Pentium E5200 and Gigabyte EP43 Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$140

EVGA 9800 GTX+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$130

Gskill 2x2GB DDR2 800 4-4-4-12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60

WD Caviar 320GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50

LG Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$24

Artic Freezer 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$32

Artic Silver 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$9

Logitech Keyboard and Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$13

OS: Windows 7 RC
Free


Total with shipping comes down to: $785
$45 of rebates, but I'm not counting on those to go through.


Right now, I only play WoW on a P4 3.4ghz, 1.5gb ram, radeon x300 system. I think it's been like 10 years since I bought this system at costco for $2000 dollars, so I'm way overdue for an upgrade.

Haven't even tried all the new games like crysis, left 4 dead, fear 2, farcry 2, fallout 3, mirrors edge, and a whole lot of other games that I'm going to get to play on this system.



So, feedbacks, opinions? I can probably go a little over $800
May 21, 2009 5:52:40 PM

No on that PSU, get an antec 300 and a high-end 450-550w.
May 21, 2009 6:34:55 PM

Raidmax PSU's are ticking time bombs and should be avoided at all costs. Here's a few upgrade suggestions:

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 (The HD you picked is an older, slower model)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $94.94 (Antec 300 + Antec EA430 PSU combo)

POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-DH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $10 MIR

G.SKILL HK 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... $49.99 (The PI Black RAM is very nice, but this RAM has the same specs without the fancy cooler for $10 less)

If you have a little wiggle room in your budget, one of these PSU's would be a nice upgrade from the EA430:

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 - $25 MIR

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 - $15 MIR
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May 21, 2009 7:02:28 PM

That GTX 260 is the old 192 Processor Core version. I would pass on it. If you can swing it, I would pick up the OCZ 550W PSU and a 4870 GPU.

POWERCOLOR AX4870 512MD5 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 - $20 MIR
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