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Phantom NZXT and $800 - What Would You Build?

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My son recently received (today) a new Phantom NZXT case for his first gaming build. Needless to say, we know very little about doing this and came to you for help. While I applaud his ambition, his Dad is not much help here.

Can you help us?

If you had a budget of $800 and this case, what would you build? Please excuse my ignorance in this matter, but who better to ask help from then experts such as yourselves that have done this before?

We thank you in advance for any help here.


tmcindc
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  1. keyboard?mouse?monitor? do you need them? gaming pc?
  2. Sorry...

    This is a gaming PC. He already has the keyboard and mouse. The monitor he has as well, although I'm sure he'd like to upgrade. That might be something down the road. Biggest concern is the build within the case.

    Thanks for asking....
  3. Best answer
    here's a build

    cpu/mobo:asus M487TD/USb3 and phenom x4 955
    ram:corsair xms3 ddr3 4gb 1600 cas 9
    hdd:samsung f3 1tb
    psu:ocz modz 500 watts
    gpu:gtx 470
    dvd drive:asus dvd drive
    os:windows 7 home 64bit

    total:$775.92

    THIS is a guide how to build your own pc :)
    i also opted for the ati 6870 but IMO 470 is a great deal with CUDA and stuff. fits the budget also.
  4. id recommend an ATi 6850 over the 470 its cheaper and runs cooler.

    dependent on the resolution of your monitor you could change the graphics card.
  5. HeyImGodly said:
    id recommend an ATi 6850 over the 470 its cheaper and runs cooler.

    dependent on the resolution of your monitor you could change the graphics card.


    why not the 6870? it runs much faster than the 6850 and it fits the budget, yes i agree. it depends on the resolution. a 470 would maybe to much.
  6. xurwin said:
    why not the 6870? it runs much faster than the 6850 and it fits the budget, yes i agree. it depends on the resolution. a 470 would maybe to much.



    xurwin,

    Thanks so much for the information. Maybe I should also mention that I will supply the OS, so that can be taken out of the equation. That being said, would you spend the $$$ somewhere else and upgrade?

    I'm sorry I didn't mention that earlier....again, kind of new to this.

    Thanks again for the information...it is a tremendous help!


    tmcindc
  7. xurwin said:
    why not the 6870? it runs much faster than the 6850 and it fits the budget, yes i agree. it depends on the resolution. a 470 would maybe to much.

    i agree with the 6870 but im just assuming that the monitor would be less than 1920 x 1080 due to the fact this would be a first time build.
  8. HeyImGodly said:
    i agree with the 6870 but im just assuming that the monitor would be less than 1920 x 1080 due to the fact this would be a first time build.



    So if he was to have a monitor that was 1920 x 1080 you would recommend the 470?
  9. if its just gaming. the gpu matters most. so i would put your money into that or if you want to buy a new monitor that could do 1920x1080(HD 1080p)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236112

    here is a good monitor :) $190
  10. tmcindc said:
    So if he was to have a monitor that was 1920 x 1080 you would recommend the 470?


    like he said, but with your money, i suggest the gtx 470 so it could save you a year or 2. its powerful and could help you in the long run.
  11. tmcindc said:
    So if he was to have a monitor that was 1920 x 1080 you would recommend the 470?


    Id recommend the 6870.
    ifyou are getting the 470 though i recommend this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125351&cm_re=GTX_470-_-14-125-351-_-Product
  12. HeyImGodly said:
    Id recommend the 6870.
    ifyou are getting the 470 though i recommend this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125351&cm_re=GTX_470-_-14-125-351-_-Product



    Thanks....

    Looking up the 6870 ( on newegg.com) I see there are many options. Please help me with this...what is really the difference between the Sapphire, MSI, ASUS and the like? Is the technology the same?
  13. tmcindc said:
    Thanks....

    Looking up the 6870 ( on newegg.com) I see there are many options. Please help me with this...what is really the difference between the Sapphire, MSI, ASUS and the like? Is the technology the same?


    there all the same usually there are just small tweaks to the speeds inside of the actual graphics card.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349&cm_re=6870-_-14-161-349-_-Product

    the HIS card is fine. specifically I'd pick that one ^^
  14. batuchka said:



    Thanks again for everyone's help! This is what we decided on and wanted to get one more "look-see" before ordering. Again, as we have requested throughout this thread, we do ask for your feedback.

    Thanks so much!

    tmcindc


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