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Old 06-13-2009, 01:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My next step is college which meaans a new computer for me. My school said I had too much money to recieve a laptop scholarship so now I've taken a whole new approach. Originally I was planning on buying a Lenovo Thinkpad W500 from the school for about $1800. Instead I'm going to get a netbook which I'm simply getting the best for $400 (and is not the point of this post) and a high end pc for $1400.

More to the point I want the best gaming desktop you can buy roughly $1400. I've researched and looked at different parts and there are a few things I am certain about taht I will just list.

processor: intel i7 920
RAM: 6 GB DDR3
GPU: here is what I am not so certain about. Do I get two 9800 or one GTX 275 that can have another one added on to it later when the price comes down.

Windows Vista Home Premium must be on it but that is it as far as software is concerned I am pretty sure.

I want to be able to play Empire: Total War at max performance and the pc must last 4 years (college) and still be decent.

Thanks ahead of time. I get flooded by all the choices when I try to custom build one so it would be jsut perfect if I could get that personal expert advice.

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Old 06-13-2009, 06:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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for 1400 you could have two options, one gtx 285 or two gtx260's. The 260's are the better solution in your range if your going for a high res otherwise you can just go for a single gtx 285 and have the option for sli gtx285 later on down the track.

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Thats 43 over but is an awesome build, just managed a gtx 295 in there which is a bit better than gtx 260 SLI, but if you want it under your budget because you want to fit Hom Pre. in there get 260's and combo the Os with the HDD. Otherwise get windows 7 for free.
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You seem to have two power supplies in there, baron. Also, a 750TX should be fine for 2x260s/2x285s in future.
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You could save $130 by going with crossfire HD 4890's which should be faster than the GTX 295.

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Number One: You should build a computer instead of buying. You will easily save $1000 dollars or more. It is is much much much easier then you think. The people here will tell you how to do it but here is a good link.

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Number Two: Baron's build is great. I have'nt heard much about this but you might be better of with 2 GTX 280s. hope the other guys will answer that.
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Number One: You should build a computer instead of buying. You will easily save $1000 dollars or more. It is is much much much easier then you think. The people here will tell you how to do it but here is a good link.

The animated guide to Building a PC. Learn to build a PC from scratch with PCitYourself!

Number Two: Baron's build is great. I have'nt heard much about this but you might be better of with 2 GTX 280s. hope the other guys will answer that.
GTX260s cost almost as much as 4890s right now and they are slower. 4890s are a great value for high end cards.
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Thanks for all of the really good and quick feedback. I think I'll go with one very good graphics card and add another later. Or will that change something that will need to be upgraded like power supply?

Anyway thanks for the advice.
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i use a gtx285ssc and would recommend the card. it creates an unbelievebley smooth gameplay experience. I will be adding another in the future which you may opt to do the same.
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Can anyone tell me what the cooling system is on the recommended parts and why there are two power supplies?
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The two PSUs was a mistake.

I would personally recommend this cooler:

Thermalright TRUE Black 120

But there are other cheaper options:

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