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$700 Gaming PC Build, See How It Looks!

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June 3, 2009 10:47:38 PM

Here is my build for my new PC. Not for sure if I will be being a Intel Duo or a Quad core yet but here's the links. Let me know what you feel, going to be playing World of Warcraft mainly.


Case: NZXT Alpha Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Gigabyte P43Max-16GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supplie OCZ StealthXStream 700W ATX 12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Mushkin XP Ascent w/ eVCI Technology 4GB (2x2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VC: HIS Radeon ICEQ 4 Turbo 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Western Digital Caviar 250GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/CD: LG Black 22X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Like I said, the processors I will make a decision after my other post I made. Either a 2.33 Intel Quad or a 3.0 Intel Duo.

Give me what you got, I need some really good feedback. First time builder here!

Thanks

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June 3, 2009 11:36:07 PM

Not bad...you have the right idea, but it could use a little help. First off with a P43 board...which btw the one in your build is a good one, you want a cpu that has a native fsb of 800 - 1066. This E7400 down below is a good one at even a better price. Also that psu you have chosen is super major over kill. This 550w down below will allow you to upgrade to a better vid card later on if you choose, not to mention it's modular. Also forget the 1066 ram. For an Intel build like you have, 800 is more than enough. Take a look at the vid card down below also. It runs even with that one you have chosen and Nvidea drivers are usually more stable.

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $74.99 ($49.99 after MIR) Free Shipping
OCZ OCZ550FTY 550W Active Power Supply Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 Free Shipping*
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99 ($19.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
Sunbeam CR-CCTF92-4 92mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $53.99 ($43.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
mushkin 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... $129.99 ($119.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
June 3, 2009 11:53:28 PM

I will officially make the inevitable Phenom II 720 recommendation.
(Dear god, maybe Toms was right when they said the forums were full of AMD fans)
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June 4, 2009 12:16:35 AM

smithereen said:
I will officially make the inevitable Phenom II 720 recommendation.
(Dear god, maybe Toms was right when they said the forums were full of AMD fans)


LOL.... you read that also eh. I read that last night in one of cangelini's articles/reviews...can't remember which one it was, but I lmao when I read that. I was thinking to myself "oh god how true"....he hit it right on the money. :D 
June 4, 2009 1:09:09 AM

OK, so I would have to change my Mobo wouldn't I? I am pretty sure the one I have chosen now is only for Crossfire and not SLI....or do they normally do both? I would look now but I have to run from my comp for a while. I know the PSU is alittle overkill, but I was afraid that whenever I wanted to expand I would need more power to my comp. If I don't then I will for sure take it down a notch.

Thanks for the comments and anymore suggestions would be great. Thanks!!!!
June 4, 2009 1:13:26 AM

smithereen said:
I will officially make the inevitable Phenom II 720 recommendation.
(Dear god, maybe Toms was right when they said the forums were full of AMD fans)



Thanks . You saved me having to type a long explanation why intels are not good value .


For the OP a slow intel quad will do lots of things at the same time ... but all of them slowly
Its a far better choice [ if you have your heart set on making intel richer by an extortionate amount ] to buy a C2D
The e7400 is a good choice , and so might be an e8200 if its only a few dollars more . These overclock well and match the performance of the more expensive C2D's
June 4, 2009 1:16:20 AM

Redneckemperor said:
OK, so I would have to change my Mobo wouldn't I? I am pretty sure the one I have chosen now is only for Crossfire and not SLI....or do they normally do both? I would look now but I have to run from my comp for a while. I know the PSU is alittle overkill, but I was afraid that whenever I wanted to expand I would need more power to my comp. If I don't then I will for sure take it down a notch.

Thanks for the comments and anymore suggestions would be great. Thanks!!!!


The mobo you have in your build is a single card set up. What is your monitors resolution ?
June 4, 2009 4:16:26 AM

That board only has one PCI-E 16x slot. If you want to go crossfire you will need to go with a P45 board. P45 boards also overclock a bit better for even though they chips are very simular the P43 seems a bit crippled in that respect.
June 7, 2009 5:28:32 PM

Yeah, this was an old post. I have chose a ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo mobo with either an Intel Quad 2.83GHz or a Intel Duo 3.0GHz. Not for sure yet.
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