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Old 02-06-2009, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1 year before, I said I was going to build a desktop with $2000. It consisted of Q6600 and 9600GT SLI. But it didn't happen because I had to move. Now after one year, new stuff are introduced which are almost twice as fast as the build I was going to get before. My laptop died so I need a computer.

I am going to send the laptop to Sony for service. Tomorrow I will be buying the stuff for this build. This build is for me to get experienced and practice with overclocking before I start taking #1 spots. I currently have $1600 after spending so much money. My mom giving me $5000 which I will receive tomorrow when my uncle comes from Puerto Rico. And I am planning on selling the laptop or giving it to my brothers.

I can pick the parts from past experience. I just need you guys to give me advice or ideas because I haven't been active as before.

I won't be going with water cool yet just high end air cool first. I am keeping this build until May because I am going back to Puerto Rico to visit and don't want to lose money and I am going to get a new one after vacation.

Budget: $2000 - $3000 including tower, mouse, monitor, keyboard, speakers.

I am going to have fun next weekend. No school on Friday and Monday.

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Old 02-06-2009, 05:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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With that budget, if you weren't getting i7, I would worry. I'm piecing something together right now.

EDIT: What kind of gaming do you do, anyway?

EDITEDIT: [b]This is what I have so far.[b]

These parts I am pretty set on recommending:

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Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TpowerX58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
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Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - Logitech Wave Pro Desktop Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo - Keyboards


Now, there are some parts that are a personal preference on your part.

The HDDs I picked out are the same cost, different brands/sizes.
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Speakers are up to you, both good sets, one is obviously a lot better than the other, but more expensive:
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And for monitors, well, here ya go:
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So, pending a video card at that point.
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looks good.

get this psu instead

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

and as far a card goes

Newegg.com - XFX GX285NZDFF GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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I was thinking about that PSU, since the cost difference wasn't that much, but I guess I was waiting to see which video card he wanted to get.
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he could even afford a GTX295. so that is also an option.

Newegg.com - EVGA 017-P3-1291-AR GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 &#40;448 x 2&#41;-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

it all depends on what games he playes and what monitor he is going to get.
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I liked the 285 you threw out there...of course, he could always grab a 295 and dual 24" monitors. He can afford it.
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Newegg.com - Acer P243WAid Black-Silver 24&#34; 2ms&#40;GTG&#41; HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 400 cd&#47;m2 3000&#58;1 ACM - LCD Monitors

^ that is a good monitor too, will match the GTX285 or GTX295
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The only reason I threw up the ASUS was because of the 1080P, but I like the Acer better, hence why I included it.

I wish I had a couple grand to throw at a new machine. :[ It's fun to pick out parts for someone else, but man I would love to finally be able to do it for me.
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I currently don't do any gaming becuase I don't have a mouse and I can't play with max settings. I will start playing all the games when I finish building this.

I am getting GTX 285 SLI or GTX 295 and a 24" monitor. I also have multiple Sony 52" HDTV. If you are asking me why I might get GTX 285 SLI it is just for benching. After some weeks I will sell one.
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shoot, i didnt even see that you recomended that monitor too.



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EDIT: well in that case, go with 2 GTX285's
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