Gaming Setup

so i have been looking around for a while now and this is what i have come up with everything fits in my budget of 850 shipped with taxes. let me know what you guys think ill be using this for gaming(WoW) and some school.


SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151176

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Retail
www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.259577.22-152-181

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.245591

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
MSI N250GTS-2D512-OCv2 GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.256302

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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  1. If you're willing to wait a month or so and go ATI, the 4890 should drop in prices soon with the 5800s here. You can probably pick it up for $150 next month or November. It's much better than the 250.
  2. anyone
  3. herron6506 said:
    anyone


    What's your screen resolution ?
  4. 1280x1024
  5. herron6506 said:
    1280x1024


    Then that build up above will do just fine. And that gts 250 does really good with WoW...much better than it's counter part the ATI 4850.
  6. anyone else
  7. come on i want others opinnions
  8. my suggestions are along the lines of slight increases in your bottom line with huge increases in performance -

    you can get the uber-popular GTX 260 video card (EVGA GTX 260 Core 216)

    i'd recommend 6gb of ram rather than 4, again a little more money but in my opinion very worthwhile (i play wow as well as crysis) .. especially if you're using a lot of addons like i do it comes in very handy

    caviar black 640gb HDD is not a lot more expensive but on top of giving you more space it's also higher performance - dont forget you're going to lose around 50gb in converting to NTFS (1000 bytes per kb vs 1024 bytes per kb) and western digital are commonly considered more reliable as well.

    nothing wrong with your case or psu, IF you are not planning to upgrade prior to a whole new build. If you're going to upgrade individual components, you're likely going to add another video card for SLI, both the case and power supply will not support this (need 650W or more for two cards and the antec 300 isn't big enough to fit two modern cards anyway) -- this is a bit pricier an upgrade though, the antec 900 + corsair 650w are an extra $100 compared to that combo

    finally, good choice of DVD burner and don't forget to Add to Cart the proper Vista, make triple sure you get 64bit not 32bit
  9. lehighace06 said:
    my suggestions are along the lines of slight increases in your bottom line with huge increases in performance -

    you can get the uber-popular GTX 260 video card (EVGA GTX 260 Core 216)

    i'd recommend 6gb of ram rather than 4, again a little more money but in my opinion very worthwhile (i play wow as well as crysis) .. especially if you're using a lot of addons like i do it comes in very handy

    caviar black 640gb HDD is not a lot more expensive but on top of giving you more space it's also higher performance - dont forget you're going to lose around 50gb in converting to NTFS (1000 bytes per kb vs 1024 bytes per kb) and western digital are commonly considered more reliable as well.

    nothing wrong with your case or psu, IF you are not planning to upgrade prior to a whole new build. If you're going to upgrade individual components, you're likely going to add another video card for SLI, both the case and power supply will not support this (need 650W or more for two cards and the antec 300 isn't big enough to fit two modern cards anyway) -- this is a bit pricier an upgrade though, the antec 900 + corsair 650w are an extra $100 compared to that combo

    finally, good choice of DVD burner and don't forget to Add to Cart the proper Vista, make triple sure you get 64bit not 32bit


    You left out the part where the OP will need a new mother board in order to run two of those cards in SLI, and a larger case like the CM 690.
  10. this is true ... that's why i suggested a bigger case, and as for the motherboard you're right i neglected to even look at the motherboard he chose.

    This just adds to my comment about that there's a major difference between upgradeable or EOL, as built this system is already EOL for all intents and purposes - less expensive than upgradeable, but no less the case.
  11. what case would u suggest i go with
  12. herron6506 said:
    what case would u suggest i go with


    I would suggest a CM690. For a long while I was battling between the Antec 300 and CM 690, but the CM won me over with its fan options and size. (Not to mention the free shipping on the Egg!)

    lehighace06 said:
    my suggestions are along the lines of slight increases in your bottom line with huge increases in performance -

    you can get the uber-popular GTX 260 video card (EVGA GTX 260 Core 216)

    i'd recommend 6gb of ram rather than 4, again a little more money but in my opinion very worthwhile (i play wow as well as crysis) .. especially if you're using a lot of addons like i do it comes in very handy


    I'll agree with the first line, the GTX 260 would give you a good increase in performance. I would wait though, the new 5850 will come out and it SHOULD drop the prices of the older cards. Again, patience is the price you pay here :).

    I wouldn't get 6gigs of ram with the i5 750 as it only has dual channel support. If you're going to increase ram, do it in increments of 2. This is what I have been told by others in the forum, so feel free to correct me :). Just a suggestion.

    Goodluck with the build and let me know how it goes.
  13. again this is my fault for not staying up to date ... my i7 uses triple channel and i assumed that was the direction i5 was going as well; in that case if you're looking for budget perhaps stick with 4gb for now but be sure your motherboard can support at least 4 ram sticks and 8gb at the very least, i have a hunch you'll be asking santa for another 4gb kit rather shortly, if it can't be fit into the current budget.
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