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Old 08-01-2008, 12:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New budget gaming rig, need advice/opinions

I have a budget of $1000 max to build my machine. I'm trying to design it to be power efficient and quiet (though 'gaming' and 'power efficient' almost seem like an oxymoron together). I also like to use multiple monitors (2, maybe 3), so if I'm doing that should I go with crossfire instead of nVidia cards? I understand SLI isn't compatible with multi-monitor setups. I'm not a big fan of SLI or Crossfire anyway, since the performance increase doesn't seem that great for the price, so if I have two cards it'll just be for more monitors.

I could also use some advice on a good CPU cooler, I'm trying to balance noise level and cost.
Anyway, here's what I'm looking at so far:

Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N862-AR GeForce 9600GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Default Re: New budget gaming rig, need advice/opinions

nice, get a8800gt over the 9600gt, a wd 640gb, a rifle cooler.

For the multi monitor thing, if ur using three then just grab a cheap pcie or even pci card for the third.

If you are not going to upgrade that cpu in about 10 months to a quad then don't get it and get a q6600 right off the bat.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the 9000 series video cards more efficient than the 8000 series cards? Maybe it won't make any difference at all, in which chase I will go with the 8800. It didn't seem like that huge of a performance difference when I was researching, so I went with the more efficient choice.

As for the q6600, I didn't go quad core because as of right now, it seems nothing really takes advantage of all four cores, and I can get a higher clock speed for cheaper with dual core.
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Well you can get the Q6600 for only $10 more on newegg now and there a lot more future proof.
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get a 550vx psu (cheaper still run system fine) save u about 25. i second gettin a quad to, its the smarter choice. also crossfire would be the better choice if your going to go crossfire because sli doesnt support dual monitors and ATI cards a alot better for price/perf atm.

with Xfire disabled you can go three monitors with 2 cards. So either way for dual monitors or more you need 2 cards, ati is the best choice maybe 4850's if you dont have alot of cash.
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^there is no need to go cross fire just for the capabilities having more monitors, like i said, get a cheaper pcie or pci for the thrid monitor. No the 9600gt is not better, the 8800gt beats it by a minimal amount but performance is performance, why get a less performing on when you can get a more performing one for a little bit.

Hey baron, if he wants to spend the extra money to get modular, let him.

Mage, pretty soon you will see a lot more applications and games utilizing 4 cores, so by not getting one you could very limit your computer.
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Okay, you've convinced me on the quad core. Thinking about it, I'm a programmer, so at the very least that'll allow me to learn how to use 'em.

Now atm I'm looking at this rifle cooler:
Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
Will that fit in my case? I'm getting the CPU OEM now, so I'd really like to have a working cooler on it when it comes....

On the power supply, I wasn't that particular about the modular, I just didn't see that other one honestly. Maybe I'll switch before I order.

On the video, I'm not going to go either xfire or sli, since I'm not a fan anyway, so if I want a third monitor, I'll take luke's advice and just get a cheap card for it.

BTW, luke, I notice in your sig a 9600gt. If you don't mind me asking, why did you choose that one?
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yes that rifle will fit in any standard case.

I chose it because i didn't have a lot to spend on a video card at the time, it had a $50 mir (which would have made it only 130 if they had honored the MIR) and it came with a great dual slot stock cooler that allowed me to overclock it nearly to 8800gts 512mb performance.
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You could save some money by getting the Biostar TP45HP instead of the P5q Pro.

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
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^there is no need to go cross fire just for the capabilities having more monitors, like i said, get a cheaper pcie or pci for the thrid monitor. No the 9600gt is not better, the 8800gt beats it by a minimal amount but performance is performance, why get a less performing on when you can get a more performing one for a little bit.

Hey baron, if he wants to spend the extra money to get modular, let him.

Mage, pretty soon you will see a lot more applications and games utilizing 4 cores, so by not getting one you could very limit your computer.
if he wants to play games dual monitor he would. i was assuming he does.
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