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Old 12-22-2007, 03:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Building comp during Hard times, Need help plz

either get a 512MB 8800GT or a 512MB 8800GTS

the 320/640 MB GTS models are based on the older g80 architecture, the new GTS (512) are based on G92, and offer compareable performance to a GTX (a $500+ video card) -- if you buy an evga one from Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! it comes bundled with crysis at $360 , and the GT (offering about 90% of the GTX's performance - still a great card) is on newegg at $270


see if you can go with a seagate 7200.11 500gb for a harddrive rather than the more expensive raptors -- the performance difference is minimal (if any), but the price drop is rather large.

you might consider getting either g.skill (Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail) or crucial (Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail) RAM... kingston RAM will work though... make sures its DDR2 800/PC6400 atleast

for sound card, get the x-fi xtreme gamer... tbh i think all the fatal1ty stuff is overpriced, most of the reviews i've read on the fatal1ty x-fi have been medicore at best... no sense in paying a premium for a lower quality product with a fancy name on it (Newegg.com - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail)

as for the mobo.... are you talking about the X38 asus board? a lot of their boards carry the "republic of gamers" name... if so, i'd stick with your current p5k motherboard for now

for power supply, these are all great ones to choose from
Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Retail (NON MODULAR)
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
Newegg.com - XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P4 700W ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240V / 200 -240V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail

processor... Q6600 G0 stepping (see if your friend can garuntee the G0 -- if not, clubIT.com garuntees it, or you can take your chances with newegg)... if you plan on overclocking much (i think the stock can take it up to around 3.0 ghz), consider getting an aftermarket heatsink... the tuniq 120 ($45) and the thermalright ultra-120 extreme ($60+fan) are both great products, but make sure you get a case that's big enough


case: check out the mid/high cases listed on here Recommended PC Components
food for thought:
the (silver) cooler master stacker 830 is for sale on newegg atm at $110 after rebate... thats a killer deal, and a very nice(read: HUGE) case
the antec 900 is one of the most reccomended cases on this forum for a reason


sorry about all the newegg links -- newegg.com is one of the best online suppliers in the US (for service and prices) and they might have better prices than compusa (in store prices usually suck -- i hate you, frys!)... if anything, you can atleast use the links as a refence for part models

p.s. dont forget speakers and monitor
p.p.s get vista 64-bit if possible
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