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Old 11-20-2006, 02:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need a complete gaming rig under $1400. Preferably based around the core duo e6600
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Old 11-20-2006, 05:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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AeroCool SPIRAL GALAXIES Black/Silver SECC 0.8mm / Front Panel ABS, Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

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GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

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eVGA 512-P2-N637-AR GeForce 7950GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Superclocked Video Card - Retail

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CD Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144151

Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144417

Hard drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130071

GPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130071

PSU

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i didnt add cables, monitor, or a sound card. The graphics card was overkill i know you should go with something a little less expensive. This was just something fun for me to do during my second block class rather than pay attention. I think its a good build i would definatly buy it if i had 1400 in my pocket. The subtotal came to under 1400 but as i said no monitor etc. (or shipping)
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Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 - $308.00

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 - $146.99

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2-800 Dual Channel Kit - $214.99

eVGA Geforce 7900GT 256MB GDDR3 - $225.99

Western Digital Caviar 250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s - $69.99

LG Black 16X Super-Multi DVD Burner - $29.99

Antec True Power Trio 650W - $124.99 minus $25 mail-in rebate.

X2GEN Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor - $146.99

Case, Keyboard, Mouse and Speakers not included (your choice here). The PSU might be too much.

Total: $1,267.93 minus $25 rebate from the PSU.
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Personally, I think you should get the 8800GTS. It's much more future proof, and right now you have the money for it. You don't need a high end sound card... and if you don't need a monitor, you'll be much better off
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Please show me how to fit a 8800GTS on a $1400 budget!
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look at my last post thats on a 1400 budget
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look at my last post thats on a 1400 budget
yeah...you've got a crap mobo, crap ram, and crap other parts too...good effort to fit in that GPU i'm not belittling what you did, but that ram and mobo should NEVER be used with the E6600. that's a complete waste. he could go with a E6300, a DS3 and better ram for the same price and have better performance...it really was a decent effort to get the 8800GTS in there but i would not suggest doing it.
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It's under $1400, granted, but consider the following

1) Only 1GB of DDR667 RAM.
2) Cheap ECS motherboard.
3) No monitor, and that's at least an extra $150 if he wants LCD.
4) No speakers, keyboard or mouse, which could cost from $50 to $150, depending on what he wants.

Mine lacks case, keyboard, mouse and speakers, but they can still be squeezed into the budget. However, I have to admit yours is a good alternative.

The question here is: is a 8800GTS really worth it? Me, I'd rather get 2GB of RAM and better quality parts with a 7900 or 7950.
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Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 - $308.00

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 - $146.99

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2-800 Dual Channel Kit - $214.99

eVGA Geforce 7900GT 256MB GDDR3 - $225.99

Western Digital Caviar 250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s - $69.99

LG Black 16X Super-Multi DVD Burner - $29.99

Antec True Power Trio 650W - $124.99 minus $25 mail-in rebate.

X2GEN Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor - $146.99

Case, Keyboard, Mouse and Speakers not included (your choice here). The PSU might be too much.

Total: $1,267.93 minus $25 rebate from the PSU.
I'd say that this is the best build so far...I think you'd be better off downgrading to an Antec TruePower 550W and getting a better monitor or GPU though.

Antec Truepower Trio 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...NE&N=0&Ntk=all $110 ($95 w/ rebate)

hmm...well i guess it's not gonna help that much unless you get it w/ the rebate cuz it's only $15 and that's not gonna help much.

Just wanted to tell you...if you get a 7900GT that should last you for a few years with pretty decent performance but expect to upgrade the GPU first over about any other part unless you want more hard drive space.
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