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Old 10-18-2008, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, I've been trying to catch up with specs on the latest technology, and there's so much information to take in, I was hoping someone could just recommend a build for me. My employer has allotted me $1200 for a computer - So why not just build a sick gaming rig? I figure $50 on a mouse (logitech G5) and $50 or so for shipping, leaving me with $1100 max left to spend (can't go a dollar over the total). I have a decent monitor, but every other internal component has to be factored in to this price (thermal paste, what?).

Also, any mail-in rebate deals wont be able to play into the total price (I wouldn't see a cent of it anyways).

Thanks in advance! You guys sound like you really know your ****
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Old 10-18-2008, 03:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Give me like 5 minutes and I'll put up a list I think is good.

Your so lucky, you get 1200 bucks to spend on a computer
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Old 10-18-2008, 03:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's true, this is the greatest thing ever =P Thanks a ton


One more thing - I'd really like this computer to be able to run Ubuntu when I'm not actually playing games. Compatibility here is a must, though I feel like I may be on my own on this one.
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mobo: Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

cpu: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops or
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

gpu: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100257L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards or
if u have a monitor smaller then 24" get: Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H485QT512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ4 Turbo Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

psu: CORSAIR 750w TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - CMPSU-750TX - Buy.com

ram: Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

hard drive: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

case: up to u but here are some popular ones:
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

cpu cooler: Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks w/ this bracket: Newegg.com - XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

some sata dvd drive and ur set
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By the way, what resolution is your monitor?

EDIT: Stalin just posted almost the exact same parts as what I was picking out. Go with the parts suggested above, you'll be mighty happy with it.
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trust me i know how u feel, i spent 300 on one of my gtx's and by the time i got it they dropped $100
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i think thats about what i spent on my crap about a month ago.lol
I just don't understand what's crappy about a Q6600 in an Asus P5Q Pro, with a new GTX 260, 4 gb OCZ ram, all in an Antec 900... And a 37 inch monitor!

I would be so happy to have a computer of that calibur.
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hes not saying its crappy hes just saying that new tech is coming out so quick right now and everything is loosing value fast

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EDIT: Stalin just posted almost the exact same parts as what I was picking out. Go with the parts suggested above, you'll be mighty happy with it.
yea we all got the ideal 1000-1200$ build down pretty good lol
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Ah, wonderful guys. Much appreciated. Any word on whether this hardware is supported in Ubuntu?

Also, a side note - it just dawned on me that my monitor is a 17' LCD max res 1280 x 1024. It is crappy as all ****. Would it be worth sacrificing some of the other hardware to get a new monitor? How much worse would a $900 build be as compared to the quality I'll lose from the monitor?
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Get the E8500 instead of the Q9550, then spend the money saved on a good monitor.
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