Need advice for building a gaming PC - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-09-2008, 01:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10
Default Need advice for building a gaming PC

I couldn't turn up anything that seemed promising on Ebay, so I am now considering building a new computer (my current is from 2000). I would like for it to be able to handle Counter Strike and Wrath of the Lich King graphics, but I'm no exactly sure what that means--I don't know how fast of processor, how much ram, or what kind of video card I would need. I'm willing to spend ~650 dollars or less. Will that be enough? I was hoping someone with similar goals, or some computer genius could answer my questions and give me a parts list.
__________________

Nmonster is offline  
Old 10-09-2008, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
 
veg1992's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 19,993
Default Re: Need advice for building a gaming PC

Easy:

e7200
HD 4850
4gb G-Skill DDR2 800 kit @ 4-4-4-12 Timings
Case/HD/Drives of your choice
Biostar I45
Corsair 650tx
__________________

__________________
I do not accept help requests and/or deleted threads/complaints by PM, Profile or IM/Email. Just ask on the forums! Also, I do have Lockerz invites if you want them, feel free to PM me your email if you want one :0

If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the
or under my avatar; it helps me know that my advice actually helped you.


.. But things don't go according to plan! My Actual Rig, 2009:
veg1992 is offline  
Old 10-09-2008, 02:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10
Default

Cool! Thanks. I went ahead and put together a list of links. Hopefully I didn't mess up.

Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops $119.99
(Cons: "The heatsink was rubbish")

HD 4850
So many different brads that I couldn't choose. I don't know which is reliable. ~$160-200


4gb G-Skill DDR2 800 kit @ 4-4-4-12 Timings
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $64

BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - Open Box: BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard $105

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
(mouthful)
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies $100

SIGMA ORCA ORCA-WB Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Newegg.com - SIGMA ORCA ORCA-WB Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $40

All for ~$600. Still not sure which graphics to get... Anything else I might need besides a new monitor?

Forgot that I need an OS.
Nmonster is offline  
Old 10-09-2008, 02:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
AKA , gt7sanremo
 
Evolv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Harrisburg,PA
Posts: 1,240
Default Re: Need advice for building a gaming PC

This one will do fine, they're all the same basicly, just stay away from Sapphire brand as I heard their customer support sucks.

Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H485F512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

Random movie quote to make you seem hip and "with it":
"Please take the chairs away. I don't like them. The big one is staring at me and that short one is being very droll."
Evolv is offline  
Old 10-09-2008, 02:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10
Default Re: Need advice for building a gaming PC

It seems like everyone complains about their graphics cards overheating.
Nmonster is offline  
Old 10-09-2008, 02:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
AKA , gt7sanremo
 
Evolv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Harrisburg,PA
Posts: 1,240
Default Re: Need advice for building a gaming PC

Well all 4850's run a little hot. You can either get an aftermarket cooler, or do the fan hack to allow the fan to run at a higher speed. Just google "4850 fan hack" and a bunch of stuff will come up about it, it's not that hard to do.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

Random movie quote to make you seem hip and "with it":
"Please take the chairs away. I don't like them. The big one is staring at me and that short one is being very droll."
Evolv is offline  
Old 10-09-2008, 03:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10
Default Re: Need advice for building a gaming PC

Oh yeah, a few people mentioned altering their fan speeds. I'll look into that now.
Nmonster is offline  
Old 10-09-2008, 03:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,078
Default Re: Need advice for building a gaming PC

If you need a OS and are a student or know someone that is and they don't need a OS you could get Microsoft Server 2008 for free. Its very similar to Vista and is available here

https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/...rver_stan.aspx

Just have to prove your a student.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
"Now I lay my computer down to sleep, I pray the hard drive my files to keep, If I should lose power before I save, I pray the hard drive my backups to take"
The Techies' Bible - Dario 1:1
dario03 is offline  
Old 10-09-2008, 03:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Stryker_77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 91
Default Re: Need advice for building a gaming PC

With these specs u wil b able to play games atlot more demanding then those u hv mentioned.
Stryker_77 is offline  
Old 10-09-2008, 03:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10
Default Re: Need advice for building a gaming PC

Quote:
Originally Posted by dario03 View Post
If you need a OS and are a student or know someone that is and they don't need a OS you could get Microsoft Server 2008 for free. Its very similar to Vista and is available here

https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/...rver_stan.aspx

Just have to prove your a student.
I am a student but I've heard nothing but bad things about Vista. Sounds like I'd be signing up to be a Microsoft guinea pig. LOL
__________________

Nmonster is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Good gaming PC under $700? jester070993 New Systems | Building and Buying 1 09-27-2008 09:38 PM
First Time Build Advice STRONGLY NEEDED! amdslayer87 System Upgrades 6 09-11-2008 07:26 PM
Need Advice On Upgrading getemboi System Upgrades 22 08-30-2008 07:02 PM
Gaming laptop advice cdcmoon Laptops and Notebooks 7 10-04-2007 10:21 AM
New build advice needed sguffee New Systems | Building and Buying 13 04-12-2007 11:48 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.