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Old 01-31-2008, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

I'm looking to do my first build. I'm looking to put together a rig that can handle a good amount of gaming (not professionally by any means), looks decent, and will last for a while. I've been around a few builds before and gotten my hands dirty so I'm not completely helpless inside a case but I'm looking for suggestions to get myself started. Maybe some good parts/brands to look into? Spec levels I might need? etc.

You guys all seem pretty up on this stuff so I would appreciate your input.

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Old 01-31-2008, 03:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, what is your budget?

Quads are moving into the mainstream, but dual cores are still viable. Intel has the definite speed advantage in CPUs, so that would be the direction to go. I am not up to snuff on Intel parts, though, so I will let others direct you for those.

The biggest part of making a gaming system last is in the graphics card. The 8800 GT/GTS/GTX is a monster of a card, with the 3870 close behind. The 3870 X2 is showing good performance as well. of course these are top-end cards, but they will last for a while.

Another big decision is the power supply. The best advice is not scrimp on the PSU. If the PSU craps out on you, it usually takes other components with it. There is a PSU guide posted in the Tutorials sticky... be sure to check it out.

The other decisions, like storage and RAM, are pretty straight forward. Deciding on XP or Vista is pretty much personal preference.
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Old 01-31-2008, 03:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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heres a great build for 1k i know you didn't list a budget, but this is a common budget

q6600
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Abit IP35
Crucial Ballistix 2gb Kit
Vista Home Premium
Corsair 520hx
Tuniq Tower 120
Add a case, HD and Optical drives
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My budget will probably be about 1500 with another 400-500 for a nice new monitor. (Signing bonus for my summer internship!!!)
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ok change a couple things in my list then:

get one 8800gts g92, Asus p5e or Asus Maxmius Formula, maybe get the OCZ Reaper 4gb Kit
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if you get 4 gigs of ram make sure to get 64 bit Vista. Also, for a good monitor look to Samsung.
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q6600
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Maximus Formula x38
520hx

only thing is your going to have to lower your monitor budget to perhaps a 23'' instead of 24''
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So..... after reading responses and doing some more research here is my build as it stands:

MoBo:GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail

GPU:EVGA 640-P2-N829-AR GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

CPU:Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail

PSU:CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail

RAM:OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Cooling:Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail

Case:Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

HDD:Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Other: I'll put in a DVDRW drive, new mouse/keyboard, monitor, and maybe speakers (irrelevant at this point though)

I'm looking for whatever feedback you all can give me. Again, just trying to put together a rig that will last for a while and perform above average the whole time if i can help it.
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Oh, another question.

What will my situation be with thermal paste? Will I need to buy a tube or will I get some with the Tuniq sync?

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u didn't get the g92 GTS... its 512mb and don't tell me that the 640mb beats the 512mb
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