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Old 05-20-2008, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
I want to build a new computer, but I've become totally out of the loop as far as hardware goes, so I'm having trouble deciding which parts to get. Any help would be great!

Some details:

Use: Mostly gaming. Ideally the system would last a few years, and is capable of being upgraded fairly easily when I need to.

Budget: $1300-$1400, including decent speakers & vista (not sure of which version to get though). Budget does not include monitor, mouse, keyboard, which I will be getting separately. The monitor will likely be 19-22".

Brand preference: I do not have any brand preferences like intel, amd, nvidia, ati.

Overclocking: I don't plan to overclock the system.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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Q6600 (I'm going to make you push this to 3.0ghz because its recommended for all future games, and all you need to do is move the FSB from 266 to 333, I know you don't want to but its safe)
8800gts g92 or wait for HD4870 or GTX 290 (or if you have a 24'' or bigger monitor get dual 9600gt's in SLI Mode)
Arctic Freezer Pro 7 ( I don't recommend stock cooler even if you are at stock)
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750i FTW if you decide to SLI (if not)
Vista Home Premium
OCZ ReaperX 4gb Kit
Choose a Case and HD size with Optical Drives depending on Preference
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Thanks for the suggestions.

Here is a rough build of what I'm thinking...

Case: Antec 900
http://www.newegg.com/product/...p?item=N82E16811129021

Motherboard: ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/product/...p?item=N82E16813131284

Video Card: geforce 8800GTS (g92)
http://www.newegg.com/product/...x?item=N82E16814127325

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/product/...p?item=N82E16817139005

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/product/...p?item=N82E16819115017

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
http://www.newegg.com/product/...p?item=N82E16820231166

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/...p?item=N82E16822148298

Monitor: Hanns-G 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/product/...p?item=N82E16824254005

DVD Burner: ASUS 20X DVDĪR DVD Burner with LightScribe
http://www.newegg.com/product/...p?item=N82E16827135163

OS: Windows Vista 64bit Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/product/...p?item=N82E16832116204

CPU Fan/Heatsink: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/product/...x?item=N82E16835186134


Any advice or suggestions? A major concern is compatibility issues between all of the components. Also, I'm not sure about the mobo. Is it worth the price in regards to the system or should I look for another?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Don't get the Asus Rampage Formula, you can easily soft mod a Asus P5E or Asus Maximus Formula into one for a lot cheaper
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Case: Get this one Newegg.com - NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases cheaper and similar
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I didn't tell him to change the case because its really sole preference, but the NZXT Tempest is one of my favorite case (Coolermaster 690 is also a good one)
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i've kind of been out of it for a while but WOW that case is sick!
i'm gonna start recommending it
for RAM, that link isn't working for me, reaperX is a good series as vern said
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All your links don't work btw
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Newegg has a deal for an Asus PRO LGA 775 P35 board with 2 pci x16 slots and supports crossfire. Only $125!
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p35 only does crossfire in 16x + 4x mode
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