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Old 12-27-2007, 06:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Pc Build for gaming.

This is my first PC that I'm going to build for gaming. I'm not too sure about the budget, but somewhere around $1500 should do which includes a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers. I think I need an OS I only have the XP Home upgrade. With some help from b1gapl's guide I came up with this setup please rate.

CPU - AMD Phenom 9500 Agena
MOBO - MSI K9A2 790X
RAM - GeIL DDR2 800 (2x1GB)
Video Card - HD 3870
PSU - XCLIO Greatpower 550W
HDD - Samsung SpinPoint T series 500GB
Heatsink - Thermaltake CL-P0114
Case - XCLIO Windtunnel
Monitor - Samsung 226BW
Keyboard - Razer Lycosa
Mouse - Razer Diamondback
Speakers - Logitech x-230

I was thinking of a Cooler Master 690 but since it's a mid-tower wasn't sure if it would have enough room. Oh just noticed that I need an optical drive too.
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Default Re: First Pc Build for gaming.

I've heard a lot of people don't like that keyboard. I guess its like laptop style keys.
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As for the heatsink i would change it to a scythe infinity or a thermalright 120.
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CPU - Q6600 - $280
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
MOBO - ABIT P35 - $180
Newegg.com - ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
RAM - Crucial Ballistix 2x1GB - $50
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Video Card - eVGA 8800GT - $270
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
PSU - Corsair 550W - $75
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX ATX12V V2.2 550W Power Supply 90 - 264 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
HDD - Samsung 500GB - $105
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Heatsink - Tuniq Tower - $45
Newegg.com - Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail
Optical - Sony DVD - $18
Newegg.com - Sony NEC Optiarc Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
Case - Antec 900 - $80
Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Monitor - Samsung 22" - $270
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 226BW Black 22" 2 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1(DC 3000:1) - Retail
Keyboard - Logitech G15 - $70 (No longer on Newegg for some reason)
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard 967599-0403 at TigerDirect.com
Mouse - MX-518 - $40
Newegg.com - Logitech MX518 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB + PS/2 Wired Optical 1600 dpi Gaming-Grade Mouse - Retail
Speakers - Logitech x-230 - $39
Newegg.com - Logitech X-230 32 watts RMS 2.1 Black Speaker System - OEM

$1520 After mail in rebates, without shipping.
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Cooler Master CM Black Stacker 830 ATX Full-Tower Aluminum Case with Vented Side, Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports RC-830-KKN2-GP at TigerDirect.com

why not take this, its full tower easier to work with inside
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also take this instead of the samsung HDD
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
its double the cache (temporary memory) and has a 5 year warranty instead of a 2 year from samsung

also he forgot thermal paste
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and he also put in a IDE dvd drive which is not ideal nowadays for wire management
Newegg.com - LG Electronics Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write - OEM
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Okay I think I know what to get now. One more question though

XP or Vista and which version?
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XP is good now, Vista will become Mainstream soon..... I'd say reuse XP
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yeah if tiger direct still has that special on the stacker...then its a no brainer. Get vista, you'll love it. You could probably get a g11 keyboard off of e-bay brand new for like 30$ it doesnt have the lcd screen but who even uses it?
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yeah if tiger direct still has that special on the stacker...then its a no brainer. Get vista, you'll love it. You could probably get a g11 keyboard off of e-bay brand new for like 30$ it doesnt have the lcd screen but who even uses it?
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