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Old 11-13-2005, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Want to build/buy a gaming pc around $3000

im thinking to buy or build a game only machine around $3000.
but i dunno where to start...pls if u have any suggestion of parts or anything will be helpful...
im thinking that $3000 as basic start and mb upgarading in the future...

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Old 11-13-2005, 03:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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3,000 is a very good budget for gameing. In fact you could get alot of top of the line parts, if you want me to get parts ready for you and whatnot, PM me.

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Old 11-13-2005, 03:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmmm...nice case, huge powersupply, 7800GTX, maybe dual Opterons.

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Lol, $3000 as a basic start...You won't need to upgrade for atleast another year, lol.

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Old 11-13-2005, 03:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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my system, lol, just get another hard drive and switch out the GTX for the 512mb version coming tommorow, and maybe get better speakers if u want

edit: assuming u dont need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc...
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Old 11-13-2005, 03:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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$3000 dollars!!! YAY!!! great budget.. time to have some fun

Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window - Retail

DFI nF4 Ultra-Infinity Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4800CDBOX - Retail

Power Supply:
Antec NEOPOWER 480 ATX 480W Power Supply 100 - 240V TUV, UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC - Retail

Video Card-
eVGA 256-P2-N529-AX Geforce 7800GTX 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

Heatsink fan-
ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail

SAMSUNG 970P White 19" 6 ms (G to G) LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 1000:1 0.294mm Pixel Pitch - Retail

Sound card-Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Sound Card - Retail

Creative GigaWorks S750 700 Watts 7.1 Speaker - Retail

Operating system-
Microsoft Windows XP Professional With Service Pack 2 - OEM

Comes out at around $2470... throw in the optical drives, mouse, keyboard, and floppy drive plus about 125-150 shipping and it should be about 2700-2800
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Old 11-13-2005, 06:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would think that these parts would do just fine for $3000 bucks. I am assuming that you will OC a little bit and you already have a monitor, speakers, keyboard, and mouse. If you don't, PM me and I could help you.

Case: Thermaltake Kandalf

It costs $189. Should have enough room for anything you plan on putting into your computer. I think it would do fine for water cooling as well. I am going to assume you want air cooling.

Power Supply:Silverstone Zeus 650 Watt SLI PSU

It costs $169.99. Everyone likes the PC Power and Cooling 510 Watt SLI Supply. IMO, it is overkill AND loud. This will do just fine. It has quad +12V rails. You wont need any more power.

Processor: AMD X2 4800+

The best processor, along with the FX-57, on the market right now. It is dual core with both cores running at 2.4Ghz. That does NOT mean the speed is 4.8Ghz total. It just means you can multitask a LOT more with this processor. It costs $787.00, not too cheap .

Heatsink: Zalman CNPS9500

You are going to need a good heatsink to cool you CPU; it is essential especially for overclocking. Zalman makes the best heatsinks on the market. It costs $57.99.

Motherboard:DFI Lanparty SLI-DR

DFI is the preferred company with any AMD processors with almost everyone. This board is an extremely good overclocker but it is a little picky with the ram. It is usually not a beginner board, but you should be fine if you ask people here . Costs $189.00. Asus also has a A8N32 motherboard, which features 2 x16 slots. I don't know about the performance gain you get with this over this motherboard. Maybe someone else here can help you out.

Memory: OCZ Gold 2GB PC3200 Memory

1GB used to be enough but that's not the case anymore. 2GB will soon become a must. Already, some games like BF2 use up almost all of the 2 gigs of the ram. Trust me, you are going to need it. It costs $275.44 after a $30 rebate .

Hard Drives: Western Digital Caviar 300GB Hard Drive

Since you have the money and are willing to spend it, get two of these. One is only $115.00, practically a steal at that price. Two should give you 600GB of space, you can expand later if you want. Costs $230.00 for both of them.

Video Card: eVGA 7800GTX 512mb

This card comes out tommorow and should be the fastest on the market for a while. The downside is the price, somewhere around $650 . On the upside, you won't need to upgrade for a while. It should destroy the X1800XT but you should check the benchmarks tommorow or in a few days to be sure.

Sound Card: X-Fi Xtrememusic

Audigy just replaced their ZS line with the X-Fis, their new flagship models. These are something like 50 times more powerful than the ZS versions, some number..i don't remember off the top of my head. "Only" costs $117.50 .

Optical Drive: NEC DVD Burner

Its a DVD burner, they are all the same so no point paying a lot for one. This one is nice and cheap at $38.99.

OS: Microsoft XP Pro

It's Microsoft. It's Windows. Enough said. Costs $154.95.

That should cover everything. The total comes out to $2858.86, assuming I didn't forget anything . You might need some for shipping . BUT you could shop at ZipZoomFly, free shipping on everything except for the case. You could cut down on some stuff like the hard drive in particular, but hey you have the money .
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Old 11-13-2005, 06:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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heh heh .. We live vicariously through those who come here with huge budgets, asking for help.
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Old 11-13-2005, 06:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally posted by ilovesocks
heh heh .. We live vicariously through those who come here with huge budgets, asking for help.
LOL, yeah. My system cost me a little over 3000, but i saved for a LLLOOONNNNNNNGGGG time for it and then, the FREAKING 7800GTX 512MB is coming out TOMMOROW!!!!!!!!

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Old 11-13-2005, 08:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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wow...i wasnt expected this much replies in the same day i posted..
thx for the lots of info..noow i have too much choices...

it is for the pc only, i already have monitor and all the other stuff..
btw, how good is 7800GTX 512MB?
i read 2x 7800GTX 256MB SLI works better...
and im have no clue about how to physically build a pc..
is there any good site that can show me some "how to"?

thx a lot

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