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Old 10-17-2007, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm getting a gaming PC in about a month and have a limited budget. My question is what kind of rig would you suggest? Should I build my own or get a premade?

Also, I was looking at one with these specs :
CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6750 CPU @ 2.66GHz 1333FSB 4MB L2 Cache 64-bit
Mainboard: ($20 off Mail-in Rebate) (Quad-Core FSB1333) MSI P6N SLI-FI nForce 650i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard
Memory: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Value Select or Major Brand)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 16X PCI Express
Video Card 2: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 16X PCI Express
LCD Monitor: ViewSonic Q9B 19& quot; COLOR TFT Active Matrix SXGA LCD Display 1280x1028 (Original Black)
HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
Optical Drive: (Special Price) 18X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: 16X DVD ROM (BLACK COLOR)
Sound: 3D WAVE ON-BOARD 5.1 SOUND CARD

Would that be able to handle most of the stuff I'd throw at it?
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I don't think I'm a fan of the 8600 GT SLI.

You'd be better off with a 8800 GTS, or a 2900 PRO, I think.

I'd just build your own...
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think you're right: one better video card is way better then two lower quality.
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It would allow you to get a better motherboard as well...
Are you planning on overclocking? (in which case you might want a memory upgrade)
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Build your own FOR SURE!
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he's buying from CyberPower... the only p35 board there is the MSI Neo
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Build it yourself. This would kill that premade build.

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - 29.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $64.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $69.99

Hanns·G HG-191RPB Black 19" 2ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $179.99

XFX PVT80GGHF4 GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported HDCP Video Card - $279.99

XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P3 550W ATX12V 550W Power Supply -$79.99

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 - $94.99

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - $129.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - $279.99

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - $19.95

Total: $1170 after rebates but before shipping so it will be about $1200

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Old 10-18-2007, 06:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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So upgrade to an 8800 GTS and upgrade the motherboard? What motherboard would you guys recommend. Also, I'm looking at a PC from buyxg, not CyberPower, don't know if that makes a difference though.

I might need to add that I've never built my own PC, so that might pose a problem.
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don't worry about it.. we've converted people to building instead of buying...

but if your worried go to NCIXUS.com and buy the assembly feature.. .($15) choose the part we recommend and then they assemble it to u if its compatible..
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Definitely build...you will have a lot more fun and will learn a lot. You really cant do anything bad to it, and worst case if it doesn't work you can just take it to a local shop.
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