Building a Mid-Range Gaming Computer Tags: New Build Systems Last response: June 10, 2009 5:23 AM in Systems Share Anonymous 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) DVD R/RW: 22X NEC AD7220S RAM: 2x1GB OCZ Reaper HPC Edition Dual Channel 1066 MHz Case: Antec 300 XP Pro->Windows 7 TOTAL PRICE: 740$ APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:the closer-the better PARTS NOT REQUIRED:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE:No 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. Thanks! More about : building mid range gaming computer Why_Me June 9, 2009 8:43:10 AM http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... Anonymous June 9, 2009 8:46:51 AM I didn't noticed... thanks! I'll change it... Related resources Help Building a Gaming Computer? ~Mid-Range Budget~ - Forum Building a Midrange gaming computer, need advice. - Forum have several computer parts+400 usd, want to build a midrange gaming pc. - Forum Midrange gaming computer, build picked. Thanks! - Forum Building mid-range gaming Desktop PC - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer gkay09 June 9, 2009 10:03:22 AM Hi... Have you noticed the new AMD CPUs ? And you dint give your total budget yet... ALX_The_Joker 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. gkay09 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 3. RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 4. HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 5. DVD http://www.amazon.com/SONY-NEC-OPTIARC-AD-7220S-0B-DVDR... 6. Graphics card - 2x 4850 1GB in crossfire http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 7. Case + PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Total - $755 without rebates... And it would easily beat that setup of yours by a very high margin... gkay09 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... ALX_The_Joker 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... Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Building mid-range Gaming PC Forum SolvedMid-Range Gaming Desktop Build Forum SolvedBuilding a mid-range gaming PC. Forum SolvedChecking parts on Mid-Range Gaming Build Forum SolvedFeedback for mid-range gaming PC build Forum SolvedBuilding a New Mid-Range Gaming PC Forum SolvedFirst PC Build Attempt - Looking for weak points in this mid-range gaming machine (Australia) Forum SolvedBuilding an i5 mid-range gaming rig - Please Comment Forum SolvedGaming PC midrange build ~$1100 Forum SolvedMidrange Gaming build help Forum SolvedIs my mid-range gaming build too restrictive for possible future upgrades? 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