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Old 08-22-2008, 12:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Now I'm not so good with computers, but after watching my dad build his own computer, I wanted to build one too.. and if I can't do it, he'll build it for me . My budget is ~$700, and here's the list I came up with: - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases - GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops - SAPPHIRE 100242L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory - Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply 115/ 230 V UL, CUL, TUV, FCC, and CB certification - Power Supplies - HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725032GLA360 (0A35411) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

I wanted to know if all these items would be compatible, and if anyone had any suggestions/opinions, please post. I'm just looking to be able to play counter-strike:source on a higher resolution than 800x600, with high graphics and good FPS.

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That build is very good and will be more than enough for CS:S. You could lower the parts and down a notch and still be able to achieve great fps. You would probably save around $100.

On the other hand though, that rig will last you a while and you can play all current games @ max.


Change the power supply to a Corsair 550vx or if you want to save a little money Corsair 450vx.

Change the hard drive to a Western Digital.

And just to let you know (you may already know) that to get the full 4 gig of ram (windows recognition) you have to have a 64bit OS. I recommend Vista Home Premium 64 BIT.

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i suggest this mobo: - ASUS P5Q SE LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
and second the motion of getting a WD hard drive.
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