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Average Gaming Rig w/ True 5.1

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August 10, 2010 7:01:49 AM

So heres the thing... I'm a Microsoft Administrator and honestly the last thing I want to do when I get home is research the latest hardware so if anyone has some free time to build a box for me I'd appreciate it.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Money in hand & ready to go

BUDGET RANGE: <$900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (BFBC2, SC2, Fallout 3, HL2), Movies, Browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
Case
Keyboard
Mouse
Monitor
OS: Win7 64
Power supply:Thermaltake W0093RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Harddrives:
Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x (Raid 1) Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or Intel. No preference

OVERCLOCKING: Slightly if any

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm sick of using 5.1/7.1 simulated headsets. For this rig I'd like emphasis on the Audio and obtaining TRUE 5.1 surround sound with a headset to support it. I don't use speakers as I live in an apartment.

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Here is my current rig if you think any of it's salvageable:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo:
EVGA 122-CK-NF66-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i Ultra
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply:
Thermaltake W0093RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrives:
Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x (Raid 1) Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


August 10, 2010 7:37:34 AM

Well you can get AMD based PC for less, but not sure how the audio quality will compare to the one above...
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August 10, 2010 7:49:02 AM

^gkay09

Make note that I will also need a sound card which supports true 5.1 surround sound. Also, a computer case and power supply is not needed as I already have one. Thanks!
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August 10, 2010 8:19:10 AM

^ Well did you check that Intel board ? It comes with Premium onboard sound card...

And as for the PSU, how old is the one that you have ? Might be time to buy a newer more efficient one...
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August 10, 2010 8:23:42 AM

Great point gkay. I'll look into it further. Thank you for your input.
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August 10, 2010 8:26:10 AM

^ But there are newer boards that come with SATA 6GB/s and USB3.0 such as the ASUS P557D PRO-E, but would again cost more...Also am not sure how well it would fare compared to the above board...
And also if you are OK with AMD, then you could get a cheaper builds...
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August 10, 2010 8:36:23 AM

I don't have a bias towards Intel so if you have an AMD build in mind then post it up. As I said before, I'm specifically looking for the best Audio option. I stopped following hardware awhile back so I'm assuming AMD's still run a bit hotter? I can't imagine the performance being much less.
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August 10, 2010 8:45:31 AM

If you go with AMD, the you wont get SLI support...
X4 955 + HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASRock 870A Extreme - Supports crossfire but no SLI and sound card needed to get True 5.1...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Though the 500W maybe be able to power the HD 5850, but you cannot go Crossfire and also would be a good idea to change the PSU...
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August 10, 2010 9:02:49 AM

Checking em out now. Thanks again.
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