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Old 04-02-2009, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for a new computer, It is going to be for school but I am also going to be gaming on it. My budget is between 500-$650. Can anyone help me out please?

I will also need a..

- DVD-RW internal drive

I will not need an OS.

EDIT: I will be playing some of the following....
Call of Duty: World at War..
COD4
and others of that nature.

My current resolution is 1024x728 pixels.
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What sort of games? Do you already have a monitor? What resolution do you want to run said games at?

Here's what I can do with what you've given us to go on, without a monitor:
Power Supply - Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies $99.99 - On second thoughts this is probably a bit much, you might want to look at the 520HX instead.

DVD-RW drive - Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - CD / DVD Burners $26.99

Case - Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $39.99 - you might wabt to look at a better case than this though.

HDD - Newegg.com - Open Box: Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $42.88

RAM - Newegg.com - CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $49.99

CPU - Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops $164.99 - awesome processor, overclocks like a champion, perfect for gaming. I was considering a Phenom II X3 build but this was only $15 more.

Mobo - Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards $84.99

GPU - Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1155-TR GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $149.99 - A GTS250 will probably do you fine unless you're gaming at high-res. And depending on what games you want to play, you might want to get a cheaper one like a 9800GT, or a more expensive one like GTX260/280.

Total - $659.81, with $45 mail-in rebates.
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Yes more info please so we can determin your needs!!
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Let me know what information you need and I will edit my thread.
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See my post for what information we need Also, updated my post to include a build.
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I would say to get a 4850. It's faster then a 9800GTX and a GTS 250 is almost exactly a 9800GTX+

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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Ok, Thank very much so far. I'm thinking of maybe getting a new OS. What do you recommend? Also, I have never put together a computer before, Is it hard? I've heard you just really have to follow directions.
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For the OS, I'd recommend Vista Home Premium X64 edition

As for building its extremely easy! Its like a jigsaw puzzle, don't push a piece that doesn't go somewhere or try to cut stuff off to make it fit, and it works fine
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As mentioned, a bit more psu than you need, can save a few bucks if you downgrade and you'll still have room to grow:

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

or

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40įC EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Power Supplies

edit\ agree with vernon, go with vista home prem 64, and building it yourself is easy, see here:

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A couple posts on putting the system together...different motherboard but same concepts, just take your time and follow what the motherboard manual says.
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