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Old 05-26-2005, 01:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Need help building $2000 gaming rig

Please help if you can.

BUDGET: $1500-2000
CPU: prefer AMD
No more jet engines, please make this one quiet
MOBO: OCing is great, but not essential
HDD: make it fast, then make it large
RAM: make it fast, then make it large
SOUND CARD: the best, within reason
VIDEO CARD: the best deal, not necessarily top of the line
MONITOR: 17' LCD without ghosting - should be good for games specifically
SPEAKERS: I now have cambridge soundworks 4.1 - could recycle unless something much better available
OS: If it will run all current games, I would gladly use anything over Winblows

Thanks for your help,

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Old 05-26-2005, 02:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I do not want to recommend a bunch of things that are bad ideas, so I'll just tell you what I do know.

I know that for motherboards, the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum is EXCELLENT for overclocking... that is why I got it.

I know for RAM, some good overclocking stuff is the dual pack of OCZ 3200 Platinum Rev. 2.

Video cards... I know that a GeForce 6600 GT is good, 6800 GT is better if you have the cash, and a 6800 Ultra is fantastic if you have money to spare.

As for the processor, I am not sure exactly what would be best, but I'd go with maybe an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ with a Venice core so you can overclock it. There are probably better ideas floating around out there though.

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ socket 939 @ 2.3 GHz
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum motherboard
EVGA GeForce 6800 GT
2 GB DDR 400 (PC 3200) (2 x 1 GB sticks) (Dual Channel)
DVD player and seperate DVD RW drive
Floppy Drive
80 GB Western Digital Hard Drive
500 watt power supply
Sound Blaster Audigy
Logitech 5.1 surround sound speakers
SAMSUNG SyncMaster 710T LCD monitor
Aspire X Navigator Case
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Old 05-26-2005, 02:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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DFI, Venice, Zalman, Seagate SATA

Good for a quiet overclocking system.
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Old 05-26-2005, 03:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You could search for a identicle one for the links, but here is my sugestion:

DFI lanparty SLI D
AMD 64 3500 venice
G. skill ram, if it fits if not than the OCZ rev. 2
6800gt preferable from EVGA
2X 80gb seagate hdd - RAID0 - sata (very quiet, very reliable and very fast)
NEC DVD burner
Antec, thermaltake, OCZ or enermax psu
A case you like.

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Old 05-26-2005, 03:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here's a link to another $2000 build:

Intel E6750...........PSN: ELBATROP
XFX nForce 650i Ultra
Patriot PC2-6400 8GB (4x2GB)
eVGA 9800GT
36GB WD Raptor
120GB SG
Logitech X-530
Samsung SyncMaster 931c
Samsung SyncMaster 750s
Windows 7 Home Premium 64
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Old 05-26-2005, 05:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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DFI nF4 Lanparty Ultra AMD Athlon 64/FX MoBo <--great overclocker
Nvidia 6600GT, it's great, and a lower cost for a next-gen card
AMD Athlon 64 3500+
Aspire X Navigator Case
1GB Geil PC3200/4000 RAM
2x 74GB Western Digital Raptors 10k RPM in RAID 0
Windows XP Pro, then get 64 when it comes out
Any Turtle Beach sound card

That should do it. If you have about 150$ left to spare, get another 6600GT and put it in SLI, the beauty of DFI nF4.
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Old 05-26-2005, 06:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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For your main hardware i suggest this. OCZ Platinum Rev or Rev2. This RAM is absolutely great for OC. Get a 3200 Venice, not a 3500. The 3200 and 3500 will OC the same. DFI nF4 Lanparty Ultra. Some type of PCI Express video card. A 6800 GT would be ideal. You can OC a 6800 GT past Ultra speeds. Im pretty sure OCZ Platinum Rev is around 215$ for 2x512mb. The 3200 Venice is 200$. Im thinking that DFI is around 160-180. 6800 GT is around 360$. So your just around 1000$. This is a very hot setup.

So now you have 1000$ to spend on minor hardware. You can get a nice sound card for 100$, and a PSU for 80$. I suggest getting an aftermarket heatsink and cpu fan. That would be around 60$. I suggest getting a single HDD at this moment. Some type of seagate or western digital. You can pick up a nice 100GB HDD with a, 8MB buffer, 7200rpm, serial SATA, for around 100$. 2000$ is the perfect amount man. Thats the type of system i would get.

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