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First time builder! Gaming PC 700~800$ish

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August 22, 2009 2:38:33 PM

*EDIT* Waiting a bit longer suggested by dirtmountain. Will bump the topic up later when I am ready!


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Withing a week or two
BUDGET RANGE: US$700-800ish
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd prefer an Intel CPU
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in a few years not right now
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in a few years, but most likely not
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1680 x 1050)

My current computer is a 6+ year old Sony Vaio and I need a new computer to keep up with the new and upcoming games! I'm a little scared to build the computer but I read a lot of tutorials and saw various videos on youtube, that combined with the manuals that will come with the parts I feel like I should beable to do it!

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: Crucial 4GB DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO: ?
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 1GB 256bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Corsair 650W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Western Digital 640GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CD: LG 22x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE: NZXT Guardian http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or perhaps the popular Antec 900 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total @ newegg with all the parts added in separately (no combos)
~$685.93 with $45.00 with rebates. Microcenter has the CPU for $50 Cheaper as well
(I used the NZXT Guardian for the case)

I appreciate all the help and tweaking that I will get from you more experienced builders :]

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August 22, 2009 3:02:50 PM

Since you want to use DDR3 RAM and don't intend to crossfire, this P43 would be fine for you at $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since crossfire is off the table, you can drop down to a cheaper power supply that will be fine for your system. A 500w Seasonic for $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or a 500w OCZ for $60 or less if you count the rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If your budget can take it, try to squeeze in a HD4870 GPU for gaming, $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*EDIT* I'd be at fault if i didn't mention that in just 2 or 3 weeks the new Intel CPUs on the LGA1156 socket will be out. The i5 750 and a cheaper P55 would only add a bit to your budget, will probably perform better and won't stick you with the basically dead LGA775 platform.
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August 22, 2009 3:32:03 PM

Ah! I think perhaps I'll wait a few weeks then! Thanks for the news :) 
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