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Old 06-01-2008, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm wondering if someone could give me a quick laundry list of a solid gaming build for the price range listed. I don't need monitor, keyboard, mouse, or speakers. Just case, hard drive, video card, cd-rom, psu, ram, motherboard, processor and cooling system.

By the way, the phrase "solid gaming build" simply means a machine that will run most games reasonably well.
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Old 06-01-2008, 11:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go to newegg.com and buy these

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GPU: ECS 8800GTS 512MB G92
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Old 06-01-2008, 11:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you very much for responding. However, even after all of the rebates have been factored in, of which there are more than $100 worth (and we all know how long it can take to get mail-in rebates back), the total of this build is over $900. This is a bit out of my price range.
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How about this, change if you want:

MOBO: DS3L
HDD: 7200.10 250GB
GPU: cheapest 8800GT
DVD Burner: if your not going to burn stuff. go get a dvd-rom/cd-rom
PSU: Rosewill 550W

tell me if u are over ur budget
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How about this, change if you want:

MOBO: DS3L
HDD: 7200.10 250GB
GPU: cheapest 8800GT
DVD Burner: if your not going to burn stuff. go get a dvd-rom/cd-rom
PSU: Rosewill 550W

tell me if u are over ur budget
-how about the EP35-DS3L
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182017&Tpk=rosewill%2br p550-2
-an 8800gt 256mb, or 8800gs or 9600gso
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CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor $132
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard $89
Case: your choice
HDD: Seagate 7200.11 320GB 16MB Cache $70
GPU: ZOTAC ZT-88TES3P-FSP GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $179
DVD Burner: Sony NEC Optiarc Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner $26
PSU:Corsair VX 450w Power Supply - CMPSU-450VX $70
RAM: mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) with EPP Profile Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $49
Heatsink: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 $37
TC: ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound $7

*Bold - with mail in rebate
Total before shipping and MIR and NO CASE $659

note- weak point probably be the CPU, look into quad core if your budget ( after picking out case/ including shipping) allows

Sorry, but I no longer think crucial tracers are a good idea anymore, with the infamous .8FE5 batch problems (google it), just not worth the hassle
and Vern, after some searching, yes even the Tracers are one sided now, not just regular ballastixs

edit- vid card also have lifetime warranty if you register the card
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CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors $200

HDD: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives $70

Case: Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $110 ($70 After MIR)

MOBO: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards $90

DVD Burner: Newegg.com - ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache E-IDE/PATA 20X DVD±R DVD Bulk Burner - Retail - CD / DVD Burners $27

PSU: Newegg.com - Rosewill RP550 ATX V1.3/ EPS12V 550W Power Supply 115/230 V CSA, CB, TUV, FCC, UL - Power Supplies $55

Thermal Compond: Newegg.com - Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease $4

RAM: Get the mushkin that fat.clown recommended soon if u want the 3dvantage free

Heatsink: Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks $37

GPU: ZOTAC 8800GT or Newegg.com - ASUS EN8800GT/G/HTDP/512M GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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If he is on a budget, he might as well get the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro. It is the best bang for buck cpu cooler, has MX-2 compound already included, and will save him some more mulah. Also, why no one has mentioned the 9600GT is very odd seeing that the 9600GT will give him full settings on any game out there save Crysis and maybe Age of Conan. A good 9600GT will only cost $120 and the AF7 will only cost him $30 so right there he has saved $60 off of even your cheapest suggestions =)
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he wants a solid gaming build and many games are coming out
he can go with the AF7 then upgrade to the 8800GTS
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I understand that he wants a solid gaming build, but for $800 or less, spending $200+ on graphics isn't really an option. Not to mention the 9600GT will be a great card for quite a while still. The 8800GTS may drop in price some in the future (after the newer cards are released), but until then I still think that any build under $900 shouldn't invest more than an 8800GT 512MB in graphics.
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