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Old 03-08-2009, 07:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys I am looking to build a new gaming computer. My current system is out of date and I want an upgrade.

I want to go with Intel, and I would like an nvidia chipset if possible. I'm pretty out of snuff and I'm not sure what to get.

I will be using vista, but you guys don't need to figure that into my budget I will buy that separately. I'd like a decent looking case, with maybe a clear side.

Other then that I will leave it up to you experts. Thanks in advance!

PS. I also need things like optical drives. Really all I need is one, a DVD RW/ cd RW in one would be nice if it exists
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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PC Case: Antec NSK6580 with 430W Power Supply 125.00
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P 130.00
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 GHz 6M L2 Cache 165.00
Memory: Corsair XMS2 4 GB (2 X 2 GB) PC2-6400 800 44.50
Hard Drive: Western Digital 640GB Caviar Black SATA 7200 80.00
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD4650 512MB DDR2 DVI 67.00
Total 611.50

Probably need an optical drive as well....I am sure there are much better suggestions, but thought I would get the ball rolling for you.
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Thanks, much appreciated. In the past I've spent a lot more on video cards, and I don't think so much on the cpu. 3.0ghz is a lot it seems. Maybe I could save there and splurge more on a video card? Also, that case seems a bit much, didn't really look all that impressive, and I've read cases with a psu are garbage.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here ya go chief:

Cpu:
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

mobo:
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

gpu:
Newegg.com - MSI R4850-512M OC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

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

psu:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

hdd:
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

optical:
Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

case:
Newegg.com - Rosewill R5717-P SL 120mm Fan Pre-Installed on the Top and 80mm Slim Fan Cooling HDD,ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Total is $608 with shipping, then $60 of mail in rebates.
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In a week, 4870's are gonna be $150, so you can get a sunbbeam core contact freezer for the E7400.
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nice build GT
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gt's build looks good... i'd go with that
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ah there we go thanks, looks more like what I was going for. I prefer intel, but I was reading up, what about the new AMD phenom II x3 processors? They are at about the same relative price point, and have another core. Is that the better buy?
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The extra core in the X3 720 can have an advantage over the E7400, in threaded workloads and 3D rendering. And it proves to do better in gaming.
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well that's just about everything lol. would it make more sense to do that?
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