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Old 11-05-2008, 08:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The original recommended components guide has gotten out of date so Vernong, Zmatt, and I have put together this new one. We have broken the guide into three main sections. Low-end, mainstream, and enthusiast. There are also an accessories and watercooling section for parts and supplies like fans, thermal pastes, etc. (which will be completed in the future), that could be used on any build regardless of the price.

Most of Tech-Forums' members are located in the US, so we used Newegg as the standard for prices and links. We will continue to add on more international sites in the future. Basically these lists just give a general idea of the components to look for depending on your budget, regardless of where you buy your parts from.

Low-end/budget components will include builds that cost approximately $500 or less. It will include alot of hardware that is still acceptable, but may be of the previous generation of parts.

Mainstream components would include builds that generally cover the range of $600-1,100. And it may overlap with budget and enthusiast lists to some extent. We have only included current generation hardware in this section. Most of the builds recommended on this forum would fall into this category.

High end components include builds costing more than $1,100. All of the leading and cutting edge hardware are listed here.
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Low End/Budget


Intel
Dual Core | Socket LGA 775
Celeron E3200 Wolfdale 2.4GHz - $53
Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz - $68
Pentium E6500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz - $95

AMD
Dual/Tri Core
Socket AM3:
Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz - $61




Intel | Socket LGA 775
Micro ATX
Gigabyte G31M-ES2L* - $53
Gigabyte G41H-ES2L (w/ HDMI) - $65

ATX
Gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L - $80
MSI P43 Neo3-F - $85

*This motherboard has integrated graphics. The IGP should be sufficient for general usage but is not suitable for gaming.

AMD
Micro ATX
MSI 785GTM-E45* (w/ HDMI) - $70
Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H* (w/ HDMI) - $80

ATX
ASRock A780GXE* (Supports CFX) - $75

*This motherboard has integrated graphics that should be suitable for light gaming.




2x1GB, DDR2-800
G. Skill PK (Cas 4) - $43




Rosewill RP550V2-S-SL 550W (SLI/CFX Ready) - $55

ATX 80 PLUS Certified
PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS370X 370W - $40
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W - $50

For more detailed information see the Updated Power Supply Guide.




ATI
General Usage/ HTPC
SAPPHIRE HD 4350 512MB* - $35

*Low Profile

Light Gaming
POWERCOLOR HD 3650 512MB - $40
XFX HD 4650 512MB - $50

Moderate Gaming
SAPPHIRE HD 4670 512MB - $67
SAPPHIRE HD 3870 - $85

Nvidia
General Usage/ HTPC
ZOTAC 8400GS 256MB* - $27
SPARKLE 9400GT 512MB - $43

*Low Profile

Light Gaming
Galaxy 9500GT 512MB - $50

Moderate Gaming
ASUS EN9600GSO 512MB - $60
EVGA 9600GT 512MB - $90




Western Digital Caviar
Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 8MB Cache - $40
Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache - $50

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
ST3160813AS 160GB 8MB Cache - $40




Intel & AMD Supported
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm - $23
Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer - $35

Intel Only
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 - $34

AMD Only
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro - $28




ATX Mid Towers
Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P BK - $40
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 - $50
Rosewill R5605-BK - $55
COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 - $60
Antec Three Hundred Illusion - $60




Acer X193Wb 19" 5ms - $110
Acer X193W+BD 19" 5ms (High-Res 1680x1050) - $120
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Mainstream


Intel
Dual Core
E7400 2.8GHz - $119
E8400 3.0GHz - $168

Quad Core
Core 2 Quad
Q9550 2.83GHz - $220

Core i5
750 2.66GHz - $200

AMD
Tri Core
Phenom II X3 720 BE - $120

Quad Core
Phenom II X4 940 BE - $170



Intel
Socket LGA 775
Single PCI-E 2.0
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R - $120

Multiple PCI-E 2.0
DFI LP DK P45-T2RS PLUS - $105
BIOSTAR TForce TP45HP - $110
ASUS P5Q Deluxe - $140

Socket 1156
MSI P55-GD65 - $160


AMD
Single PCIE 2.0


Multiple PCIE 2.0





DDR2
2x1GB
G. Skill PK (Cas 4) - $43

2x2gb
G.SKILL PI Black DDR2 800 Newegg
G.SKILL PK DDR2 800 Newegg
Patriot Viper DDR2 800 Newegg




Corsair Newegg
Antec Newegg
PC Power & Cooling Newegg

For more detailed information see the Updated Power Supply Guide.




ATI
HD 4830 Newegg
HD 4850 Newegg
HD 4870 Newegg

Nvidia
8800gt/9800gt Newegg/Newegg
9800gtx+ Newegg
GTX 260 Newegg
GTX 260 Core 216 Newegg




Western Digital Caviar 640gb Newegg
Western Digital Caviar 750gb Newegg
Seagate 7200.11 500gb Newegg
Seagate 7200.11 1tbNewegg




Intel & AMD Supported
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm - $23
Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer - $35




Antec 300 Newegg
Antec 900 Newegg
Cooler Master RC-690 Newegg
Cooler Master HAF Newegg
NZXT Tempest Newegg



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High End


Quad Core
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




SLI and CrossfireX Compatible
Newegg.com - MSI X58 Platinum LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-DS4 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - Foxconn Renaissance LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - MSI X58 Eclipse SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards



























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Accessories

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Thermal Paste

Tuniq TX-2 Newegg

Sound Cards

Gaming

Creative Sound Blaster SB0570 Audigy SE Newegg
Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio Newegg
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Newegg

Audiophile

M-AUDIO Audiophile 192 Newegg
ESI Juli@ (not sure where to get one. Newegg doesn't carry ESI products though)
Auzentech X-Fi ("")

Head Phones
(thanks to the Audio guys for recommendations)

*Disclaimer*
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Supra-aural*

SENNHEISER PX100 Newegg

*Supra-aural are the type that fit on your ears, not around them.

Circumaural*

audio-technica ATH-A700 Newegg
SENNHEISER HD 280PRO Newegg

*Circumaural are the type that enclose your ears. Think the huge DJ headphones.

Budget

SENNHEISER DJs HD202 Newegg
Any Sony

Fans

Scythe "ULTRA KAZE" Newegg
Scythe 120mm "Slipstream" Newegg
APEVIA LED Fans Newegg
AeroCool XtremeTurbine Newegg
SILVERSTONE FM121-B Newegg
Rosewill RFA-120 Newegg

TV Tuners

ATI TV Wonder Newegg
ASUS My Cinema Newegg

Lights

LOGISYS Newegg

Keyboards

Saitek Eclipse Newegg
Logitech G11 Newegg
Logitech G15 Newegg

Mice

Logitech G5 Newegg
Logitech MX518 Newegg
Logitech G7 ]Newegg

Networking

Wifi cards*
*Note I picked cards that used Atheros chipsets to insure maximum compatibility in *nix environments.

D-Link WDA-1320 Newegg
NETGEAR WG311 Newegg
BELKIN F5D7000 Newegg

Routers

LINKSYS WRT54GL Newegg
LINKSYS WRT54G Newegg
NETGEAR WNR2000 Newegg

Storage

Silverstone FP34-B USB 2.0 Card Reader Newegg
SABRENT CRW-UINB 65-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader Newegg
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Looks pretty good. I know the list takes a long time to make so I can help if you need it.
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Looks pretty good. I know the list takes a long time to make so I can help if you need it.
I may take you up on that.
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I think the 9600GT can go into the mid-range as well. You can also add the Q6700 under mid range as well, in my opinion.
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I'll be willing to help too
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