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Old 12-22-2008, 01:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm hoping to build a high-end gaming pc for somewhere near $3000 but I don't know too much about today's hardware options so I'm not sure about my ability to optimize components for the budget. But I figure- I feel reasonably competent that I could assemble the machine and I hear they really skewer you in the pre-built high end market, so I was wondering if you folks might be able to help me out? Do you have ideas for components- or could you point me to a good starting place for this project?

Thanks so much for your time and suggestions!

(I already have ordered a new monitor so that wouldn't need to be factored into the budget)
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Cut your budget in half and spend the remainder on a premium monitor along with a gaming mouse and keyboard.

Even after all that you will still have about a thousand left over.

Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

Subtotal: $1,507.92
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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WAIT!!! SEND BACK THAT MONITOR, AND GET A 52" HDTV TO PLAY GAMES ON!!!

You can build an ultimate gaming machine for like $1800, and get a 52" 5 series Samund HDTV for $1500.

Parts for computer:

Gygabyte UD5
Intel i7 920
GTX295(Coming out next year, so buy a cheap graphics card, and use that for like a month)
Tripple channel PI Black RAM
Cosmos S Computer Case (Wait for a sale)
Corsair 1000HX PSU
HT Omega Striker sound card
Blu Ray burner
2 1TB HDD

Buy this stuff on Newegg.com, and wait for a sale for certain items, and buy them one at a time. Search for guides on the internet to learn how to build a computer. i.e 3-DGameman.

Beaten >.>
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If his budget as that high, he might as well get a 10,000 rpm hard drive or maybe the gtx 280. I don't know when the gtx 285 comes out, but I think that'd be a premium time for him to get his build.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Awesome. Thanks for the advice! I've already ordered the NEC 30" MultiSync LCD3090WQXi as I've heard good things about it and found a good deal, so hopefully I'll be set for the monitor.
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Same set up on newegg canada.

Quote:
Subtotal: $1,694.73
Handling: $84.80
Shipping: $77.79
Promo Code: $0.00
Grand Total: $1,857.32
Not a bad deal.
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Would the TV really make a better monitor than the NEC?
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You actually want to be using your computer on a 52 inch HDTV?
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, probably not.. now that you mention it =)
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Yea that's not a great idea at all... Go with the build Hussein recommended. You can even add a second graphics card if you want, but you won't really need it.
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