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Old 03-05-2010, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New to building, looking to start.

Hello all, I am new to the idea of building a PC for myself, but I feel it is the most advantageous route in terms of cost and customization.

To start, my price range peaks out at $800. This PC will primarily have a purpose of gaming, I want to be able to run current games (example, Modern Warfare 2) at high settings with very smooth gaming. I was also hoping to get a video card that would last me several (~3?) years of at least solid smoothness in future game. After some *brief* research, would a 9800GTX be something I am looking for?

Can I achieve this goal with my price range? No monitor/keyboard/mouse, just the tower. Also I'm not looking for anything aesthetically pleasing...but if it works out that way, then cool

I appreciate any help/tips and item suggestions (I've been looking at newegg for parts) you have. Thanks!

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Old 03-05-2010, 12:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's very possible in that price range to make an AMAZING computer.

I'll update this post with an edit and make a few suggestions in a few minutes.

I did this build up very quickly.

Someone may be able to come up with a better one. - Free shipping w/ promo code EMCYPYN48, ends 3/8

The total comes to $814 if you use the shipping promo code.
With... $45 worth of rebates.

Basically my suggestion for a good graphics card that could potentially last 3 years and run modern games smooth as butter...
ATI Radeon HD 5850
It will stomp all over any existing Nvidia card. (That's less than $500)

I suggest going with AMD over Intel right now because the gaming performance is similar and Thuban's just around the corner.
(And it saves money)

The Rosewill Blackbone is an amazing case for the price. (I'd rate it 10/10)

I forgot OS and Optical Drive, if you absolutely need those things you can bump the CPU down to a Phenom II X4 925, or a Phenom II X3 720, or Phenom II X2 555.

The Phenom II X4 955 is a great quad core processor geared for overclocking. (Unlocked multiplier)

The PSU will last you and run the rig just fine. (OCZ, 80+ certified, lots of Amps on the 12v rails, what more could you ask for?)

The RAM is DDR3 1600Mhz with CL8 timings, good stuff.

The Hard Drive was a budget choice on my part.
Seagate's not known for having the fastest or most reliable, but right now for it's price bracket that 500Gb sure is a good deal. :]

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Old 03-05-2010, 02:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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wow, thanks for all the help! I honestly didn't expect such a good reply, although this is my first time on this site. I've saved your setup and it looks great to me. I'm still looking for other setups though, and any other ways to save money as well.
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Old 03-05-2010, 03:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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do you an OS included in the budget?
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This is a decent little guide

Build a PC - Introduction to Building your PC -
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Old 03-07-2010, 06:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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orih's build looks good. For the sake of variety, here's another try: (also, this includes an optical...)

Same case and memory as orih chose + - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD253GJ 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - BIOSTAR TA790GXB3 AM3 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

total: $796.92 + ~$10 shipping.
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Default Re: New to building, looking to start.

AMD is defiantly the way to go right now. The guys above me have some great builds. I only suggest maybe saving a bit of cash and getting this board. - ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

I used that for my first build and it's been great. It does only have 4 sata ports but it does have 2 esata on the back which could be useful. Just a suggestion. :-)

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