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January 14, 2011 10:33:39 PM

my girlfriend is letting me spend ~600 on a new desktop setup...

right now i run 2 monitors.
an acer 233h and a crappy non high hp vs17

okay so here's what I'm plotting...
http://www.acer.it/ac/en/US/content/model/PT.SFK02.001

This desktop is 498... I get a 10% discount from walmart...

this will leave me with around 130-140 to spend on a graphics card.

i DO have a 9800 GT but I want something that will be effective for playing WoW/LoL in one screen and watching WMP or own3D.tv on the other screen.

any suggestions to get me going?

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January 14, 2011 10:55:17 PM

Building a computer can be much less expensive then buying a pre-built.And don't make the same mistake i did,that is a multimedia PC.If your a gamer you do not need a Multimedia PC,it just puts extra costs that you don't need to spend.

At that budget $140 theirs nothing you could buy that would give you any type of performance gain over the 9800gt.

Building your own computer is the best option in my opinion.
What type of computer do you have now?Plz list full system specs(RAM,mobo,PSU,etc.,etc.)
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January 14, 2011 10:57:00 PM

Actually just looked at the link rolli59 gave and it looks like a really good deal.460gtx would be a nice improvement over the 9800gt.But it doesn't have the full 1G which you might need running 2 monitors.
January 14, 2011 11:03:21 PM

I'm not upgrading the computer I have right now. It is just a little guy...
It's a small case that my ex GF got me.. 9800GT is really the only thing worth salvaging.
I like the link you provided for me.. is there some sort of tool for sorting all of this information nicely?
Like...does newegg have some sort of computer builder utility or is it just the cart?
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January 14, 2011 11:04:48 PM

Just drop it in the cart, you can modify it at will until you buy.
January 14, 2011 11:16:30 PM

I don't care about HUGE FPS I just want to run a game smooth on one monitor, and watch video on the other. Do you think it will happen with my 9800? Thanks for all the posts! Keep the advice coming :) 
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January 14, 2011 11:24:44 PM

If you do not care about massive fps and willing to lower settings a little then the 9800GT will handle it OK.
January 14, 2011 11:30:21 PM

I'm playing around with this system builder marathon link you posted.. making a post on this website was a great idea.. you have been a load of help already!
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January 14, 2011 11:54:15 PM

That link he provided is a fantastic deal.Adding another 9800gt for SLI would give you great FPS too.

I would buy that combo
January 15, 2011 12:09:03 AM

I'm tweaking with it ATM. I think I would prefer another case...
January 15, 2011 12:20:48 AM

I really like the idea of the built in power supply... a lot of the cases that I am looking at have complaints about theirs...
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January 15, 2011 12:37:41 AM

You could salvage some parts from your other computer.That is why i was asking what your full system specs were.You need at least a full Mid-Tower to accomadate the mobo.And SLI'ing 9800gt's is a good idea if you already own one.
January 15, 2011 12:42:54 AM

I didn't take a W7 license into consideration...
January 15, 2011 12:43:31 AM

Manufacturer:
Acer
Processor:
Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2220 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory:
4094MB RAM
Hard Drive:
624 GB Total
Video Card:
NVIDIA GeForce G100 <--------- This was a dump of the specs when I got it, have a 9800GT in it now.
Monitor:
Acer H233H
Sound Card:
Headset Earphone (4- Logitech USB Headset)
Speakers/Headphones:
Keyboard:
USB Root Hub
Mouse:
Logitech HID-compliant G5 Laser Mouse
Mouse Surface:
Operating System:
Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_ldr.090302-1506)
Motherboard:
Computer Case:
January 15, 2011 1:16:00 AM

If you are going for a cheap budget system, NewEgg is the way to go. They always have great deals going, and you almost ALWAYS get better value from getting the parts and doing it yourself, because you know exactly what you want, and the 9800 GT still has a value of around 90 bucks, so it would be good for what you are trying to do.
January 15, 2011 1:19:14 AM

OOOH... I just remembered my MSDNAA login... YAY W7 :D 
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January 15, 2011 1:45:38 AM

You an salvage the HardDrive and RAM.4G of RAM is a terrible thing to waste.Is it DDR or DDR2?Whats the speed?
Did you even want to salvage parts from it or use it as another PC altogether?

I'm thinking the Graphics Card is going to be the most expensive thing so go with a gtx460 or a 6850 and then work from their on what parts you can fit into the budget.
Although the combo he has lined up for you looks really good.SLI'ing 9800gt's aint a bad idea at all and should last you another year.Also the SandyBridge i5's are brand spanken new and their really good.But that also means prices are going to drop for AMD and Intel's older model chips.
January 15, 2011 2:41:18 PM

I think a 6850 is what's going to happen with the GFX card... is this a good idea?
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January 15, 2011 2:43:10 PM

The HD6850 is an excellent choice.
January 15, 2011 2:49:32 PM

You think it will offer improvement over my 9800 then?
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January 15, 2011 8:27:29 PM

You should look for the items with free shipping.Shipping really starts to weigh on the budget.
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January 16, 2011 4:58:29 AM

the power supply in that case is crap, dont bother with case/psu combos, the psu's are always crap and wont last more than a year and can potentially destroy everything else in your computer when they go.
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January 16, 2011 6:19:46 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
the power supply in that case is crap, dont bother with case/psu combos, the psu's are always crap and wont last more than a year and can potentially destroy everything else in your computer when they go.


Not always true, Antec pairs some of their cases with their Earthwatt power supplies, very good case/PSU combos there. It's just like 90% of case/PSU combos that are crap.
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January 16, 2011 7:16:12 AM

I would also agree,most of the time the PSU&Case bundles aren't of very good quality.

Were you going to save the RAM from your other build or buy new?
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January 16, 2011 8:17:35 AM

loneninja said:
Not always true, Antec pairs some of their cases with their Earthwatt power supplies, very good case/PSU combos there. It's just like 90% of case/PSU combos that are crap.

fair enough if you want to get picky 90%. I would even go 95%, Antec are pretty much the only hope when it comes to reliable case/psu combo's.
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