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Old 12-28-2008, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking for Best Gaming PC for under $2500.00

I am somewhat a newb..
This will be my first computer i am building 2500 budget..

Please help


Processor

Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad Core Processor
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

$570.00

Case

NZXT Guardian 921 CS-NT-GD921-B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Newegg.com - NZXT Guardian 921 CS-NT-GD921-B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
$90.00


MotherBoard

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
$210.00

Memory
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
$240.00

Power
COOLER MASTER UCP RS900-AAAAA3 900W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER UCP RS900-AAAAA3 900W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply - Power Supplies
$280

Speakers
Bose Companion 3 Series II 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System
Newegg.com - Bose Companion 3 Series II 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - Speakers
$250.00

The rest of the following i have some questions

Monitor

SAMSUNG TOC T260HD Rose Black 26" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 10000:1(1000:1) Build in TV Tuner & Dolby Digital Surround Sound
500.00
or

SAMSUNG T260 Rose-Black 25.5" 5ms Touch of Color Series HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 20000:1
500.00
or

Any other opinions on good monitors?
Use- Majority Major Gaming/ Partial Blue Ray Movies

Video Card
I am heard so many mixed opinions on which video card to pick this is the one i ended up chosing but i dont feel like its not sufficient to what i need. Please help..

EVGA 512-P3-N890-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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$215.00

Hard Drive
* In Order to save money I tried to find the cheapest hard drive to find which i plan on replacing in about 2-3 months. But i want to know what hard drive I will need in 3 months. Should i get one big one or 2 smaller ones. Which are the biggest bang for your buck?

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
$55.00


Cooling-

Need some ideas for cooling for the i7.




Thank You for your help and opinions
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i would save a few hundred and get the 920 i7 instead of the 940 i7

then put that money to good use and get a gtx 280 or ati 4870x2

since you said it was for gaming.

also, you should prolly get a better case than that one.

coolmaster 690
antec 900
antec 1200 (this one is really nice)
i have seen all 3 of those first hand, and they all look like nice cases with good airflow.
and others i cant think of offhand.
i am not a case pro, so others may help you out on that much better than i can.

also, if you can stretch it, go with the evga x58 motherboard, its a lil more, but i hear its a really nice board
Newegg.com - EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

also, save some on the memory, by getting better sticks
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
(if im wrong here, somebody will correct me )
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I would save some money and get the Logitech X-540 speakers, it is much cheaper and they are amazing. It's what I have right now, and I couldn't be happier.

If you want to check it out:
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i would save a few hundred and get the 920 i7 instead of the 940 i7

then put that money to good use and get a gtx 280 or ati 4870x2

since you said it was for gaming.

also, you should prolly get a better case than that one.

coolmaster 690
antec 900
antec 1200 (this one is really nice)
i have seen all 3 of those first hand, and they all look like nice cases with good airflow.
and others i cant think of offhand.
i am not a case pro, so others may help you out on that much better than i can.

also, if you can stretch it, go with the evga x58 motherboard, its a lil more, but i hear its a really nice board
Newegg.com - EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

also, save some on the memory, by getting better sticks
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
(if im wrong here, somebody will correct me )
Thank You...

Switched the Processor
Video Card
and now looking at the 1200 antec

any more ideas will be helpful
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Whatever you do don't get the Bose speakers.
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Thank You...

Switched the Processor
Video Card
and now looking at the 1200 antec

any more ideas will be helpful
none that i can think of atm.

cant help you out with speakers, im fine with plain ol onboard audio + cheap $20 speakers for my needs (i got bad hearing anyways lol)

you can overclock your i7 920 to 3.0ghz fairly easy (and even higher with little effort) if you were worried about chip speed.
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Whatever you do don't get the Bose speakers.
whats wrong with the Bose?
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Bose uses a lot of acoustic tricks that make them sound good to people that don't know better.
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They also are not as high quality as other brands and they are way over priced.
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