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Old 11-14-2008, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im building a new computer since it has been 5 years since i first built one. I've got about 1,200 +/- 200 dollars to spend, looking to build something that will run games like crysis, call of duty, etc. without a hitch. Any suggestions on what I can change or get rid of to cut the price down to that range are appreciated.

Current Selected Items

Case $99.99
ABS Aplus ABS-CS-EL Diablo Black 0.8mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer
Newegg.com - ABS Aplus ABS-CS-EL Diablo Black 0.8mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Hard Drive $99.99
Western Digital 500 GB
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Graphics Card $419.99
GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit
Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Memory $102.99
Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240 Pin
Newegg.com - Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory + 2GB Xporter Razzo USB w/Futuremark 3DMark Vantage Bundle - Desktop Memory

Processor $249.99
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5 GHz
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Motherboard (Combo with Power Supply $388.98)
Asus Rampage Formula LGA 775
Newegg.com - ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Power Supply (Combo with Motherboard)
Rosewill RX950-S-B 950 W ATX 12V
Newegg.com - Rosewill RX950-S-B 950W ATX 12V v2.2 & EPS 12V v2.91 SLI 8800Ultra SLI CrossFire Ready Active PFC PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

CD/DVD Drive $244.99 (Want a Blu-ray Burner)
LG Black Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner
Newegg.com - LG Black 6X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 6X Blu-ray DVD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive Model GGW-H20L - Blu-Ray Burners

Total Price $1,689.94 with shipping
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Default Re: Building a new computer and need suggestions

looks like a pretty good build, now remember to use all that 4gbs of ram you need a 64bit OS
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Do you have any suggestions on what i can switch to reduce the cost? Thanks
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Im building a new computer since it has been 5 years since i first built one. I've got about 1,200 +/- 200 dollars to spend, looking to build something that will run games like crysis, call of duty, etc. without a hitch. Any suggestions on what I can change or get rid of to cut the price down to that range are appreciated.

Current Selected Items

Case $99.99
ABS Aplus ABS-CS-EL Diablo Black 0.8mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer
Newegg.com - ABS Aplus ABS-CS-EL Diablo Black 0.8mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Hard Drive $99.99
Western Digital 500 GB
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Look at the WD 640gb

Graphics Card $419.99
GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit
Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Check out the GTX 260 Core 216 instead, or since you originally had a X48, go with an HD 4870 (equal performance but you get room for expanding to CFX)

Memory $102.99
Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240 Pin
Newegg.com - Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory + 2GB Xporter Razzo USB w/Futuremark 3DMark Vantage Bundle - Desktop Memory

The G-Skill 4gb DDR2 PI kit is like $70.. and you can buy a separate copy of Vantage and a non-cheap USB Drive anyways..

Processor $249.99
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5 GHz
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Not recommended.. low Multiplier.. and low potential overclocking yield.. I'd recommend checking out the Wolfdales

Motherboard (Combo with Power Supply $388.98)
Asus Rampage Formula LGA 775
Newegg.com - ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Check out the Biostar I45 instead..

Power Supply (Combo with Motherboard)
Rosewill RX950-S-B 950 W ATX 12V
Newegg.com - Rosewill RX950-S-B 950W ATX 12V v2.2 & EPS 12V v2.91 SLI 8800Ultra SLI CrossFire Ready Active PFC PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Overboard to an extreme.. get a Corsair 750tx from Buy.com (use Google check out and its another $10 less)

CD/DVD Drive $244.99 (Want a Blu-ray Burner)
LG Black Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner
Newegg.com - LG Black 6X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 6X Blu-ray DVD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive Model GGW-H20L - Blu-Ray Burners

Total Price $1,689.94 with shipping
Recommendations in quotes.. should drop your price a chunk
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