Building a Mid-Range Gaming Computer

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!
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  1. I didn't noticed... thanks!
    I'll change it...
  2. Hi...
    Have you noticed the new AMD CPUs ?
    And you dint give your total budget yet...
  3. 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.
  4. ^ 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?ItemList=Combo.198615

    3. RAM -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227297

    4. HDD -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074&Tpk=WD3200AAKS

    5. DVD
    http://www.amazon.com/SONY-NEC-OPTIARC-AD-7220S-0B-DVDRW/dp/B001HJPY72

    6. Graphics card - 2x 4850 1GB in crossfire
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161275

    7. Case + PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.198951

    Total - $755 without rebates...
    And it would easily beat that setup of yours by a very high margin...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
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