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Old 10-14-2009, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I'm working on building a gaming PC around $1,200. Please comment or give suggestions on this build. The following build is actually over $1,400 so I'd appreciate if you can tell me how to reduce the price to $1,200.

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Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $289.99

Newegg.com - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail $279.99

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PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $119.99

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GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail - $249.99

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RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C9 - Retail $134.99

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HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM - $69.99

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DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM - $32.99

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Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail - $139.99

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OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM - $109.99

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that is a solid build. nice job picking the parts. but i would swap the ram for these instead:

Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory

also, that gtx275 is showing as deactivated on newegg...
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That is a great build. Only thing is the RAM. Go with the RAM Burn suggested and you'll be good to go
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if you want to lower the price you can change the gfx card.
this offers gtx 275/285 performance at a lower price.
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100269HDMI Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

and this is better for around the same price.
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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I definitely recommend that you get a Radeon 5850.

You could go with this combo: Motherboard/CPU
Motherboard $109
Core i7-860 $290

It offers almost identical performance but is much cheaper altogether. You sacrifice Triple Channel ram and instead you get dual channel. Which doesn't translate into any real world performance hits.
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^he may consider going sli/crossfire at some point so the future cards will be bottlenecked by the p55's 8x/8x pci-e bandwidth. i would stick with the i7 920 build. and +1 for the 5850, great card at a great price
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