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SpeedFive
01-04-2010, 09:14 PM
Hello all, I was in the process of trying to finalize my new gaming rig when I thought that getting more opinions on the parts would be a good idea (I've only talked to about 3 people about it).

Keep in mind that this isn't meant to be the computer to end all setups; this is simply an upgrade over my borderline-useless computer (that I am on right now).

The general gist I was going for was a compromise in computing power (multicore @ a reasonable price, good video card) for price (budget of 800 approx.)

The following are my parts, and feel free to post any suggestions/improvements that I could use.

Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

Video Card (getting from a friend for discount):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130440

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136039

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157172

As for a case and PSU, I'm getting both for a discounted price from a friend, my case choice being an Antec 300, but I still need a suggestion on the PSU, so if anyone has any good relatively priced suggestions, go for it! Thanks! :D

slayvus
01-04-2010, 09:25 PM
You don't need to get a retail hard drive.

You can pick up a Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 32MB Cache (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320) for $5 more.

What PSU are you getting from your friend?

Everything else looks good.

You may want to pick up RAM rated at CAS 7 at DDR3-1600 instead of CAS 9. Something like the G.Skill RipJaw 2x2GB DDR3-1600 @ 7-8-7-24 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303).

Even if you aren't overclocking you may want to pick up a after market heatsink. Something cheap, but good like the Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134) would be good.

SpeedFive
01-04-2010, 09:29 PM
What PSU are you getting from your friend?


That's the thing, he hasn't given me any recommendations for a PSU, he just told me he would give me a discount if I bought one from him. It would also help if I knew the correct wattage I would need for something like this. I've had to repair & assemble computers before, but I've never really had any experience working with PSUs & wattages. :(

EDIT: Almost forgot, thanks a lot for your recommendations, I'm sure they'll help!

jamesd9007
01-04-2010, 09:30 PM
This (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&cm_re=650_corsair-_-17-139-005-_-Product) PSU should be more than adequate for your system, and other possible upgrades in the future. Good luck with the build.

Baron_Fel
01-04-2010, 09:31 PM
Id get this RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189) instead. Its at 1333 but lower latency and voltage.

Get a Spinpoint F3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product) or this 1.5TB Seagate (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=22-148-337&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&SelectedRating=-1&PurchaseMark=&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=2).

he should be selling you that 8800GT for well below $100.

slayvus
01-04-2010, 09:31 PM
Would you like modular?

Also, can he get you an Antec 300 Illusion instead? That has more fans than the Antec 300.

SpeedFive
01-04-2010, 09:39 PM
he should be selling you that 8800GT for well below $100.

It's a 9800GT, and he quoted me at 120 flat for it.

Also, yes, Slayvus, he can get me the Antec Illusion, he also had one.

Baron_Fel
01-04-2010, 09:42 PM
It's a 9800GT, and he quoted me at 120 flat for it.

same thing, and that isnt a very nice price when you can get new for under $100 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000048&Description=9800gt&name=Desktop%20Graphics%20%2f%20Video%20Cards&ActiveSearchResult=True).

slayvus
01-04-2010, 09:48 PM
For $110 you can pick up a 9800 GTX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125096)

SpeedFive
01-04-2010, 10:00 PM
For $110 you can pick up a 9800 GTX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125096)

Thanks, thinking about going with the GTX. I'm also currently consulting with my Steam friends about this rig as well (most of them I know to be huge tech-heads).

I'd like to thank you all a lot for you help. My current total runs at about $750 (w/o cooler). You've been a great help in my search for good deals. :D

freeloader105
01-04-2010, 10:11 PM
SpeedFive, for that price, you could get a used GTX260 off Ebay. IMO, buying new graphics cards is impractical when you're buying cards from an older generation.

slayvus
01-05-2010, 12:54 AM
The 9 series is one generation gold... Heck the GTS 250 is one generation old even if it is the GT 2 series.

YahooElite
01-05-2010, 11:16 AM
the GTS250 may be a 9800GTX+ but its still a very powerful card. as long as its a strong card runs cool and overclocks well who cares if its a generation old.

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/ksx2b/

Baron_Fel
01-05-2010, 12:25 PM
For $110 you can pick up a 9800 GTX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125096)

you can get a 4850 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824&cm_re=4850-_-14-102-824-_-Product) or GTS 250/9800GTX+ for the same price.

GoDMiN
01-05-2010, 12:58 PM
It's a 9800GT, and he quoted me at 120 flat for it. That card cost $100 if you buy it new. Imo since your getting a i5 go all out and get a 5850, or get a AMD 955 or AMD 720 with the 5850.

CPU bottleneck > GPU bottleneck when it comes to gaming.

GotEmRunnin
01-05-2010, 01:12 PM
Would you like modular?

Also, can he get you an Antec 300 Illusion instead? That has more fans than the Antec 300.


both can hold the same amount of fans. the illusion simply comes with LED fans that's the only difference, and it cost 15 bucks more.