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Old 05-17-2009, 09:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so this will be my first computer I actually build so I need a little help as far as parts go. My reason for building is because my laptop is just over 3 years old and the signs of being old and not letting me multi-task and play games are showing. Now that I'm done with undergrad degree basically, I don't have much heavy use for a laptop after this coming year. Please help me also if you see a way I could cut costs slightly because its not going to be a powerhouse right away but should be pretty good. Also if you see something that doesn't work with something let me know but I think all these parts are compatible. I would also like to keep it under $1,600 total if possible but $1,700 is fine too.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 - $149.99
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling / Silencer / 750-Watt / Quad PCI-Express / SATA-Ready / Black Power Supply, 80Plus - $119.99
Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 - $309.99
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 - $279.99
CD/DVD: LG Black - $24.99
HD & OS: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB Hard Drive Bundle With Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit DSP OEM DVD - $190
Memory: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) - $94.99
Wireless Networking (Probably unavoidable): TRENDnet TEW-423PI PCI Wireless Adapter - 54Mbps, 802.11g - $19.99
Video Card: XFX GX285XZWFF GeForce GTX 285 1GB - $329.99

Total: $1,519.92

Other Needs:
-Monitor
-Keyboard & Mouse

I found this monitor (below) and like it because of Full HD, the webcam (my current one is very unreliable) and 24inch display but am open to suggestions. I also have a keyboard and mouse that can get me by so really I'd like to just focus on the rest.

Monitor: ASUS MK241H Black 24" 2ms - $269.99
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Looks like a very nice thought out build! Definitely a very worthy gaming machine. Would going with the 295 GTX be over your money limit? Although the 285 GTX is definitely far beyond "Good Enough", I figured with the extreme specs of the machine, maybe you would just want to go all out on it.

Monitor seems very nice, I am not sure if there are better out there or what not since I just run my 32" but that monitor looks much better than my old 24" Sceptre monitor so I would say go for it!

For the mouse, I would highly recommend going with the MX518. I know NewEgg had it on sale, I think they still do. It is the best mouse I have ever used! Been using mine for about 3-4 years now and if/when it dies, I will be sure to go and buy one again, fits my hand perfectly, the buttons are properly placed...etc. and a lot of the guys I play with online also have the Logitech MX518 and love it.
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now, Nice build, looks like you have done your hw. But i would buy the parts from newegg, tiger direct seems to be more expensive. This is what you should get from newegg.

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It would be a good idea to skip on the OS and just get windows 7 RC which is free for a while, then later on you can get it when its released officially. This will some you a good $80 or so.
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Yeah, I actually like Windows 7 more than Vista (I had originally uninstalled Vista and reinstalled XP ... but now I only run Windows 7 and all my programs work for it) so save yourself some money and get Windows 7, then next year worry about buying an OS

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Looks like a very nice thought out build! Definitely a very worthy gaming machine. Would going with the 295 GTX be over your money limit? Although the 285 GTX is definitely far beyond "Good Enough", I figured with the extreme specs of the machine, maybe you would just want to go all out on it.

Monitor seems very nice, I am not sure if there are better out there or what not since I just run my 32" but that monitor looks much better than my old 24" Sceptre monitor so I would say go for it!

For the mouse, I would highly recommend going with the MX518. I know NewEgg had it on sale, I think they still do. It is the best mouse I have ever used! Been using mine for about 3-4 years now and if/when it dies, I will be sure to go and buy one again, fits my hand perfectly, the buttons are properly placed...etc. and a lot of the guys I play with online also have the Logitech MX518 and love it.
With my savings from all the newegg stuff I might be able to get the 295 but I might actually try to cut so I can afford a LCD TV instead of wasting money on a LCD Monitor which will just get replaced in less than a year anyways.

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now, Nice build, looks like you have done your hw. But i would buy the parts from newegg, tiger direct seems to be more expensive. This is what you should get from newegg.

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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 - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Rosewill RNX-G300LX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP with 2 dBi Antenna - Wireless Adapters

It would be a good idea to skip on the OS and just get windows 7 RC which is free for a while, then later on you can get it when its released officially. This will some you a good $80 or so.
Dang thanks that saves around $200 or so using newegg and I think at first I am going to go with Windows 7 to see if I can handle it (skeptical of something new).
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You should be fine,you will find it is alot like vista in terms of GUI, just added a couple of new features really. But it does seem to load up/shut down significantly faster then vista did. I am having a spot of trouble with mine since it's pentium 4 1gb ram system, and driver support is very limited. But with new parts like that, nearlly all components have software supporting windows 7
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With my savings from all the newegg stuff I might be able to get the 295 but I might actually try to cut so I can afford a LCD TV instead of wasting money on a LCD Monitor which will just get replaced in less than a year anyways.
The 295 isn't really necessary. The 285 is a beast of a card and will run anything you need. Why would your monitor get replaced in a year? I don't really recommend running your computer off a TV screen because they have lower resolution. Some people like it but I think things look much better on LCD monitors.

I am using Windows 7 and it is awesome. I haven't had trouble with any of my programs and everything just runs more smoothly. I like how you can move windows to the sides to make them auto-snap to that half of the screen and if you move them to the top, they auto-snap to full screen. It is a nice OS to use. No need to be worried with it. It feels like a finished product already.
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The 295 isn't really necessary. The 285 is a beast of a card and will run anything you need. Why would your monitor get replaced in a year? I don't really recommend running your computer off a TV screen because they have lower resolution. Some people like it but I think things look much better on LCD monitors.

I am using Windows 7 and it is awesome. I haven't had trouble with any of my programs and everything just runs more smoothly. I like how you can move windows to the sides to make them auto-snap to that half of the screen and if you move them to the top, they auto-snap to full screen. It is a nice OS to use. No need to be worried with it. It feels like a finished product already.
Yeah I was watching a youtube video and it showed like shaking the mouse to hide all the windows except one so I thought that was pretty neat. I was going to replace it with a TV in the future since I don't see my old school one lasting much longer. I did hear lower resolution was a problem on them though. I added a TV tuner in the mix because I am going to be away for the summer (june-aug) and its easier than lugging around my current tv or if I got an LCD it would be 40+ inches and thats not easy for travel in my car either. I need to decide multi monitors (two 19inch) or one bigger one (24inch). What do you guys think because I multi task alot and especially watching tv that could be nice having a full size tv window. One other concern but I'm sure it should be fine --- The Ram. Is 6gigs sufficient for multi tasking alot because currently I have 4 gigs on my laptop and I have issues but that is most likely my processer.

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Its going to be about $1,770.68 with all the mail-in rebates. Also I forgot about my Vista 32bit retail I have on my laptop so worst case scenario I could use that and just have some ram not being used until I get 64bit. That would be assuming I don't want to use Windows 7 but I will see on that. Going to check on keyboard/mouse status but I probably won't get one of them at least now so thats another $60-70 off ... around $1700 total so looks like I made my budget almost right on with pretty much everything I wanted.
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Yep that build is all good, i think you made the best choice going wit ha single monitor, 24" is a great size to have. Dual monitors are good for multitasking (and btw 6gb is plenty for that) but for gaming its not as great as people think it is.
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