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Midrange Gaming Rig - First Time Builder

Last response: in Systems
August 2, 2009 10:38:39 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to build a midrange gaming pc in the price range of about $1300 US. After doing some research I've been thinking about something along these lines:

Monitor: I currently own a 23" one that has a 2048 x 1152 native resolution

CPU: I was thinking of an i7 processor

Case: Cooler Master Elite 310

Preferred Site: Newegg Canada (although I dont really care)

GPU Preference: Nvidia

OC: Maybe

SLI: Not Sure

OS: 64-bit Windows 7

Although I have some other rough ideas, I would very much appreciate suggestions. Thanks in advance for all your help!

a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2009 11:21:04 PM

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
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SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
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CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
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OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
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-$40.00 Instant
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GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
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XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
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Subtotal: $1,230.92

If you relly want Nvidia use a GTX 275 but i think the 4890 is a better deal ATM

August 3, 2009 12:46:34 AM

thanks for the help niklas, is there any reason you suggested the case you did over the Elite 310? Also would there be significant added cost/benefit to a 10,000rpm or a solid state hdd? Additionally, would anyone suggest any changes to niklas' build?

Thanks again for your help!
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a b 4 Gaming
August 3, 2009 1:15:11 AM

From what I get out of reading post and reviews is the WD 10,000 are old school and small. The WD blacks are larger and almost as fast. I guess a better bang for the buck.

You could buy 2 and setup raid 0 and have 1.5 TB vs. 150 gigs

SSD I don’t know much about but heard they are good if you like to spend a lot of money for it.
I guess you could buy a 80 gig SSD run the OS off it and buy 2 WD blacks and be set, but this will put you over your 1300 < price for the PC 

On the case I think it looks better has more room and better cooling a little more well built Ford pinto to a ford mustang
a b 4 Gaming
August 3, 2009 4:13:24 PM

Hmm for far less than 1.2k i personally feel one could pull the trigger elsewhere and get better frames hehe

August 3, 2009 4:17:51 PM

^ did you miss the Newegg Canada part?
a b 4 Gaming
August 3, 2009 4:21:09 PM

TS stated price range region of 1300 USD and didn't care if it was hehe
a b 4 Gaming
August 4, 2009 1:26:34 AM

He did say tho

CPU: I was thinking of an i7 processor

Tryed to build around that