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Old 03-18-2011, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello I'm Diaxus. I'm new to the forums and new to computer "Geeking" as I would call it, I'm very interested in the build of computers and various types of hardware/software.I'm looking forward to working and talking with all of you here on Tech Forums. But anyways lets get to the point I have gathered up what information I could find, and I found this but I'm not 100% sure this is right buy for the money that I will be spending. I'm on a 800$ budget and I have to take at least 120-150$ out of it to spend on a monitor.

P.S. - I'm looking for a casing that will allow me to upgrade as many times as possible so in the mere future I can upgrade to bigger and better tech.

Here is what I have gathered up:

Video card:

If you could recommend anything to upgrade it / add to it cause I might have forgot something (With-in my budget of course) that would be awesome!

In the mean time cheers!

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Old 03-19-2011, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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All your links are broken. Can't help without it fixed.

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Old 03-19-2011, 12:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Fixed them, Sorry about that. I wasnt thinking, I had a list like this and just copied and pasted but it didn't carry over the full address. My apologies.
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I'm either going to go for this made computer by me or try to get these once they come in stock: - Recertified: Gateway FX Series FX6840-01 Intel Core i7 860(2.80GHz) 8GB DDR3 1TB HDD Capacity ATI Radeon HD 5570 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You have selected a pretty good build. Don't forget you need an optical drive and operating system. Do they need to be included in your budget? What is the total cost for your build system with operating system and optical drive?

Your CPU is an excellent choice.

For the video card, I recommend the GTX 460 768MB card. It is a solid card that can be found at a discount right now because it is being replaced by the GTX 550 Ti, but the new card is slower. The 768MB version of the GTX 460 is only slightly slower than the 1GB version, but costs substantially less. See the slight performance difference in this article:

Nvidia GeForce GTX 460: The Fermi We Were Waiting For : GeForce GTX 460 At 1 GB And 768 MB

That review also allows you to compare the performance of the 460 with the HD5830 you listed.

Note that on the THG Best Card for the Money article linked below, the GTX 460 1 GB is one of the cards recommended at the $200 price level. This card is almost as fast and as shown in the review above, and costs quite a bit less..

Best Graphics Cards For the Money: March 2011 : March Updates

For a specific card, I recommend the MSI Twin Frozr because of its effective but quiet heatsink/fan, factory overclock, and good price – only $130 after rebate. - MSI N460GTX Twin Frozr II SOC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

You can find more information about selecting video cards at:

Best Video Card Upgrades for Gaming

I assume you have confirmed that the memory you selected is compatible with the mobo - either by finding the memory on the mobo compatibility list or the mobo on the memory list generally viewable at the memory manufacturer's site.

Good choices for HDD and PSU.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Tom's Hardware Guide is currently doing there "System Builders Marathon". They have posted model builds for $1,000 and $2,000 budgets and within the next day or so should post one for a $500 budget. You might want to watch for the later at their site - when posted it will be in the list of new articles in the upper left corner.

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Link to $1,000 model
System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $1000 Enthusiast PC : System Builder Marathon: $1000 Enthusiast System

Also here is ExtremeTech’s article on building a “cheap” ($850) desktop from last December:
Build It: A Cheap Gaming Desktop - How To by ExtremeTech

You can also find some model builds at by usage and for different price points at the THG forum:
[Solved] Recommended Builds by Usage - General-Homebuilt - Homebuilt-Systems
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You may also want a computer case, unless you want to use cardboard.

Build to be updated, a reminder to myself.
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