Building a computer. Suggestions?

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  1. audio

    audio New Member

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    So with the upcoming tax returns, I've decided to build myself a nice custom gaming computer. Nothing too fancy but still able to run games quite nicely. Only games I play are MMORPGs, RTS or FPS.

    Anyways, this is what I've thrown together with a budget of roughly $1,000. I'd like to get the best bang for my buck so if there are any suggestions let me know. I'd like to have as much input as possible before making the final purchase.

    Here's what I came up with so far...(all on newegg.com)

    Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

    Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45

    Processor - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core

    Power Supply - Antec NeoPower 650 Blue 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC

    Video Card - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported

    Ram - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel

    Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

    Monitor - Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1


    Let me know what you think or what I can improve on. :wiggle:
     
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    no offense but that is a horrific build, slow / outdated CPU and GFX, crappy monitor, not the ability to upgrade to SLI, small HD

    Mobo: MSI K9A2 Platinum AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940
    GPU: ASUS EAH4870/HTDI/512M/A Radeon HD 4870 512MB
    Mem: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W
    HD: SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM
    case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
    Monitor: SAMSUNG 2433BW High Glossy Black 24"

    Pro's ++
    Faster CPU (faster then a Q9450, close to a (9550)
    Faster GPU (close to a GTX 260)
    Ability to upgrade to Crossfire
    Bigger HD
    Full HD monitor (24" vs 22"), not an Acer
    More powerfull PSU

    Con's--
    Case

    adds up to 1004.89 after rebates.

    comparison review: 4870 vs 9800GTX http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-4870-review--asus/9
    comparison review: Q6600 vs phenom II: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-940,2114-24.html
     
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    nah

    that thw article is comparing a stock 3.0GHz Phenom II to a 2.4GHz Q6600. (10% difference)
    at the same clock speed,... Kentsfield is still about 2.5% faster than Deneb clock for clock.
    he's still better off with an overclocked Q6600 (or the Q8300).

    i'd agree with the 4870 though if budget permits.
     
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    Altough I doubt anyone that asks OT to rate/configure a system for them is going to do any serious OC'ing comparing at stock is not a fair comparison, the new Phenom II's OC's easely as well getting to 4GHz on air is no exception.

    what do you think of the monitor then vs the initial picked one?

    comparing both systems as they are id say mine would win by miles on any benchmarks as well as having a bigger full HD monitor.
     
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    no overclocking,.... i wouldn't recommend the Q6600. it would be slow for what he needs (gaming).
    i wouldn't recommend the Phenom II either.
    the $165 E8400 would be the best choice imo.
    but then there's the dual vs quad debate. I'll leave that for him to decide.

    the vid card was the unfair comparison.
    a 9800GTX is comparable to the 4850, not the 4870.
    if its within his budget, by all means he should get it.

    again, I never liked Acer. Although that Samsung is also a cheap TN panel,... I'd buy that instead of the Acer of course.
     
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    What's so bad about Acers?
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Just my opinion, but SLI if fail.

    Better to get a dual gpu card.
     

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