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Old 11-02-2008, 12:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to build a new computer mostly for gaming. I'll be playing newer and older games. So I want something that can max Fallout 3/Far Cry 2/etc, but I'll be playing the occasional 2D RTS game every once in awhile too. No set budget, but I'd like to keep it under $1k with monitor included. So the cheaper, the better. I already have speakers and the OS.

Here's what I've found so far while looking around here. Prices are from Newegg unless mentioned otherwise.


Mobo = BIOSTAR TPower I45 ($159.99) Could I get a cheaper one at the same performance?

CPU = Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 ($189.99) 8600 is too much of a price increase, while the 8400 is just $20 cheaper.

CPU Cooling = Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm ($34.99) I hear it's the best air cooler out right now and it comes with the best thermal paste.

RAM = G.SKILL PI Black 4GB ($69.99) Looks to be the best 4GB set for that price.

GPU = SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB ($164.99) Cheapest 4850 I could find.

HDD = Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB ($69.99) I'm open to anything better/cheaper here.

PSU = Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ($80.99 from buy.com) If I could get something comparable from Newegg, that'd be great.

Case = COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black ($89.99) Don't really care about the case, just so it has 3 fans or so and will fit all the stuff.

DVD Drive = ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black ($27.99)

Mouse/Keyboard = Logitech 967973-0403 Black Mouse Included ($12.99 I'll use my Razer mouse from this heap, but I'll need another mouse for the old computer then so I opted for a combo here)

Monitor = need suggestions, I want 22" LCD but don't know what's good.



That's $901.90 before any MIR's, so I know getting a 22" is unreasonable. I guess I'm willing to go over if it's good bang for my buck. Does this build look good, is it compatible, and will it achieve what I want it to do? Are there any components better than what I've listed? Thanks.
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Build looks fine
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It should, because he got the same exact parts I picked out from my thread!
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It should, because he got the same exact parts I picked out from my thread!
Not sure what thread that is, but I remember finding the psu and ram from another thread, the other parts I've had my eye on. :P

Any advice on monitor though? Or cheaper, but still good alternatives to any of the parts?
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Umm... how much you wanna spend?
Do you have an HDTV?
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You'll have to stretch your budget a bit for a monitor
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I can stretch the budget a bit for a monitor, but I'd like to keep the price of it less than $200, if possible. No, I don't have a HDTV.
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Newegg.com - ASUS VW221S Black 21.6" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - LCD Monitors

Only 21.6'' Monitor for under $200 before rebate..

The rest either have rebates or have to be lower sized (in those cases the HD 4850 would be overkill)
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What about this? Newegg.com - Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 - LCD Monitors
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Ya that's pretty good
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