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Building a Mid-Range Gaming Computer

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June 9, 2009 8:36:15 AM

Around 800$

CPU: intel E8400

Motherboard: Gigabyte EP43-DS3L

GPU: Gigabyte GeForce 9800GT or

Point of View GeForce 9800GTX+ (I didn't decide yet)

HDD: WD3200AAJB or WD3200AAKS 320 GB (I didn't decide yet)


RAM: 2x1GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition Dual Channel 1066 MHz

Case: Antec 300

XP Pro->Windows 7


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:the closer-the better

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:I would like a quite PC and a nice case

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024*768/1280x1024

Which PSU should I take?

Will this Computer be able to run good games on Windows 7?

I will be happy to hear your opinion.

June 9, 2009 8:46:51 AM

I didn't noticed... thanks!
I'll change it...
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June 9, 2009 10:03:22 AM

Have you noticed the new AMD CPUs ?
And you dint give your total budget yet...
June 9, 2009 11:08:58 AM

Ok, lets see:

CPU: E8400 is great for the Mid-Range. Moreover, you can easily OC it to 3.5GHz without a third-party cooling system (considering you have a normal stock and a good Case).

Motherboard: Gigabyte EP43-DS3L is great for the Mid-Range unless you're looking forward to build an SLI array so you'll have to take the DS3 version.

GPU: The difference between the 9800GTX+ and the 9800GT is quite negligible for the Mid-Range so I'd take the 9800GT.

HDD: WD3200AAKS which is faster a has SATA II interface (correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the WD3200AAJB's interfaceis SATA II).

DVD Burner: As you said. no need to buy a Blu-Ray at this moment.

RAM: I don't think there's a 1GB OCZ version. anyway, I would take two sticks of Kingston KHX8500D2/1G. I would take the two sticks of OCZ Reaper if you want 4GB of RAM which may be useful.

Case: Antec 300 is definately superb. You might look on Antec 900 as well.

PSU: As for the PSU, if you don't mean to build an SLI you don't need more than 500Watts. So I'd say Zalman ZM500-HP 500W or Thermaltake 500W Toughpower 140MM 12V SATA.
June 9, 2009 12:41:35 PM

^ Hmm some what nice explanation but you have left out some major points...

1. CPU - E8400
I would suggest X3 720 instead - Gives nearly the same performance as the E8400 in games and better in multi-threaded apps and is about $30 less.
This also overclocks very well.
2. Mobo - ASUS 790GX

3. RAM -

4. HDD -

5. DVD

6. Graphics card - 2x 4850 1GB in crossfire

7. Case + PSU

Total - $755 without rebates...
And it would easily beat that setup of yours by a very high margin...
June 9, 2009 12:53:19 PM

A single 4850 1GB would outperform the 9800GTX+ 512MB in most of the games...
ans 2 of them in crossfire would blow the 9800GTX+ out of water...
June 10, 2009 5:23:20 AM

gkay09 said:
A single 4850 1GB would outperform the 9800GTX+ 512MB in most of the games...
ans 2 of them in crossfire would blow the 9800GTX+ out of water...

I don't think Crossfire is located in the Mid-Range as he asked...