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September 23, 2009 4:56:43 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Between mid Oct 09 - Dec 09. Most likely in Oct. Looking to pay at most total of $1000.00 before rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Burning Dual layer DVDs, Surfing the web,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers. possibly might reuse my current case and graphics card:

My current case, let me know if I should change it

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

My current graphics card, let me know if I should change it

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Only brand preference is using an Intel chipset. Thinking about the new i7 series. Also, I prefer Nvidia graphics cards. Had bad experiences with ATI back in the day.

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Forgot to add that I am a complete newbie to building a computer myself, I have always just bought premade ones. I have never built a computer before and I was wondering how hard it is to do so and if i should even attempt to do it.
September 23, 2009 5:02:24 PM

sorry about that, i'll go ahead and change the original post!
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September 23, 2009 5:04:20 PM

jcmusic525 said:
Hi, I was wondering if some of you can help me choose parts to build a complete gaming rig for under $1000. I already have a mouse/keyboard/monitor/computer case (a NZXT case since my friend owns the company) and I might also take out my DVD-RW drive from my current computer to put into the new one (if thats a good idea). Also, I have never ever tried to put together a computer before so is this a good idea for me? Is it really hard to do so? Also should I change cases or keep it? this is the one my friend installed for me.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...



Just read my specs and get what I have below at Newegg. Avoid TigerDirect at all costs! What I don't show is the PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply. You should be able to build a new gaming system for around $450.
September 23, 2009 6:45:01 PM

Thanks for the advice El Capitan, any more advice out there? I would like it to be as high end as possible for $1000.00.
September 23, 2009 6:51:43 PM

Buy a new monitor that displays at 1900 x 1200. Use your existing one as a secondary or sell it. Invest more into a graphics card (you'll need to buy a stronger Power Supply).

The least of your worries will be a faster Quad Core CPU (like the i7 920) and a super-duper motherboard. With video cards, you can SLI/Crossfire in the future when the prices drop.
September 23, 2009 7:06:26 PM

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Buy a new monitor that displays at 1900 x 1200. Use your existing one as a secondary or sell it. Invest more into a graphics card (you'll need to buy a stronger Power Supply).

The least of your worries will be a faster Quad Core CPU (like the i7 920) and a super-duper motherboard. With video cards, you can SLI/Crossfire in the future when the prices drop.


Right now I have a Dell 530S Inspiron computer with ths spec. Only things I changed from the config is the graphics card and gaming case.

Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 (2.2 GHz) ; RAM installed: 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM ; Hard drive: 320 GB Standard; Mobo: Intel G33 Express 800MHZ. ; Graphics Card: BFG GTS 8800 ; OS: Windows Vista 32 bit

Should I just get a new graphics card instead of building a new rig? I can't get anymore ram because of the stupid 32 bit.
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September 23, 2009 7:07:35 PM

I would use your current vid card until Nvidea releases their new DX11 cards this December.

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P55M-D2 Combo Price: $299.99 | $284.99 $15 off w/ code FUN15, ends 9/30 Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ MATX Motherboard
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-750 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1156 CPU, Retail

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $79.99 Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V S61EPS Power Supply Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $149.98 Free Shipping
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Retail
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM | Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon


September 23, 2009 7:19:50 PM

You can wait for the next generation DX11 cards, but they'll be expensive when they first release, and there won't be many games utilizing DX11 until further down the road. Check your power supply and look at the specs for it. It will help determine if you'll need a new one for your video card upgrade.

That system is fine for now. I'd wait before building an entirely new system.
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