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Old 02-05-2006, 11:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys been gaming for a little under a decade now and have seen worlds of change in hardware lately. I normally play FPS shooter's (CSS, BF2, DOD source etc) but am not limited to them (EQ2 aswell). Last year I bought a notebook to take to college with me, and at the time it had the best gaming parts around. 128mb 9700 mobility ati, amd 3700+, 1gb ram, 19" lcd etc... And it's a great little rig for the space. But recently I dropped out of college and started working fulltime, so I no longer need my trusty laptop...

So that said I will be starting with my first full buildup Desktop gaming system. I have excellent mechanical knowledge ( welding, soldering, electrical skills etc) and will be making the all aluminum case (since i can't find one i love...).

I have assembled all these parts/prices from newegg and am not set on any, looking for gaming/performance only...cost is marginal, shooting for 4500$ but can be extended...

$1,039.00 AMD FX-60 2.6hz dual core
750$ GeFORCE 7800gtx 512mb memory 650mhz core ddr3
180$ LANPART or geforce board 180$ SLI supported DDR
150$ 2x 1gb ddr 400 corsair 184pin
155$ 74gb raptor 10,000rpm
219$ PC power and cooling 510w powersupply
293$ Creative x-fi fatal1ty FPS soundcard
120$ CD/DVD rom & BURNER
250$ Liquid Cooling
840$ 21.3" NEC LCD w/ 8ms response time .. maybe a 24" Dell ultrasharp LCD 12ms??

53$ Logitech G5 6 button gaming mouse
80$ surrond sound headphones
150$ Varies fans, heatsinks, etc , LCD tempature display???
50$ Cables and various misc stuff

That comes out to a little over 4k, anything I missed, anything you'd change? Compatibility? I want the ultimate gaming rig...
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Old 02-06-2006, 12:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, the ultimate gaming rig would probably come out at $7000-8000, but for borderline, let me see what I can do.

ATI Radeon X1900XTX Video Card - $649.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814195003

DFI LanParty UT RDX200 Cross-Fire AMD Motherboard - $168.00 (If you want to go Crossfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136165

OCZ Platinum Series with EB technology 2GB (2 x 1GB) RAM - $305.59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227225

Western Digital Raptor 150GB SATA150 Hard Drive - $286.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136012

Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $395.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136014

PC Power & Cooling TURBO-COOL 850W Power Supply - $448.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703002

Anyway, that's the changes I'd make with that kind of money. Of course, if you really want an insane fast (and expensive) HD...

Seagate Cheetah 15,000RPM 147GB 3.5" SCSI Ultra320 68pin Hard Drive - $1,140.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822111151

Adaptec 2004100 64-bit/66MHz PCI SCSI Controller Card - $229.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816103326
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Old 02-06-2006, 12:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think I'll stick with Nvidia 7800gtx, guess i'm an ATI hater now... Only need about 10gb of hd on this computer, as it will only play CSS for cal this season...

Thinking of dropping down to the AMD X2 4800 now... simliar specs, better ocing potenial

Everything else looks great
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Old 02-06-2006, 12:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow dude, that's a lot of money for a CS:S system. But whatever suits you, I guess. Just note a sub-1000 rig could run CS:S all max with no problems.
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