Lets build me a new PC

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  1. RacerJ

    RacerJ New Member

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    so my graphics card cant handle the load that Unreal Tournament (yes, the original one) gives. Definitely time to upgrade to something newer. I haven't put anything new inside this machine in about 4 years, so anything I get will be a massive upgrade. I'll be using this thing for gaming, audio mixing/mastering, and programming

    My budget is $900-1000.

    What I need:
    CPU+heatsink
    Mobo
    RAM
    Video Card
    Power Supply
    HDD
    DVD RW drive

    CPU: Leaning towards core 2 duo... unless there's some cheaper quad-core processors
    e8600
    $270
    e8400
    $165
    e7200
    $120

    Mobo: P45 chipset most likely assuming i go with an intel processor... again unless there's something better that isnt much more expensive
    gigabyte p45
    $120
    Asus p45

    $120

    RAM: 4gb should be plenty right now. i have no idea what kind of specs i should be looking at though

    Video Card: nvidia or ati? and what manufacturer? evga, msi, ?????
    EVGA GTX 260
    $275
    Sapphire HD 4850
    $160
    looking on tomshardware.com, the 3dmark score difference b/w these cards was around 1000 (w/ the gtx 260 being higher), so does that justify the price? Also, apparently the gtx 260 is giant and barely fits in most cases... I have a full tower case already so hopefully I can just move some things around and it'll fit

    Power Supply: looking at 750W
    Corsair 750W
    $120

    HDD: looking at 750gb
    Seagate 750gb
    $100

    DVD RW: something cheap
    LITE-ON dvd r/w
    $23

    The case i have is this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144089
    works well enough for me

    Tell me what you think. I am by no means attached to any of the products that I've listed, so feel free to give suggestions of better things
     
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  2. Doomsday

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    Get the E8400 + Asus P45 combo deal
    get the Xigmatek S1283 cooler and overclock
    get 4GB DDR2-1066
    4850 or 4870
     
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    swapped the burner picked the wrong 1 so thats +1 USD

    as for motherboard whats wrong with it? A-brand not much reviews on it yet but the ones I read are positive same with the PSU. could swap the HDD with a other brand 1TB disks ads like ~10USD, would normally pick the samsung F1 but could not currently not avail at newegg.
     
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  8. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    I've been building my own computers for 15 years, but I will never build another computer from new components. If I build/assemble another computer at all, it'll be old stuff for a linux box.

    I have a feeling every comp I purchase from now on will be a laptop or an all-in-one.
     
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    k here's tentative build #1:

    E8400 with ASUS mobo combo
    $255 - $15MIR = $240

    OCZ 1033 4GB RAM
    $86 - $30MIR = $56

    XIGMATEK heatsink
    $32 - $10MIR = $22

    EVGA GTX 260
    $275 - $30MIR = $245
    OR
    HIS 4870
    $250 - $20MIR = $230

    CORSAIR 750w psu
    $120 - $20MIR = $100

    LITE-ON SATA DVDRW
    $24

    Seagate barracuda 750gb hdd
    $100

    brings me to ~$892 before rebates and ~$787 after rebates

    for the video card... the gtx 260 gets better marks than the 4870, so for $15 more i think it's worth it. is there anything else that makes the 4870 better than the gtx 260?

    quick note... i'll be running vista 32bit on this thing unless i can find a cheap copy of 64bit somewhere. 32bit supports up to 4gb max ram right?
     
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    dont hijack my thread :squint:
     
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    Asus or Gigabyte are better
     
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    you can easily overclock an E8400 to 3.4-3.6GHz,.. so why waste money on an E8600?
    get the Xigmatek cooler mentioned above instead of the Freezer 7 Pro.
    ram is cheap, get 4GB (2x2GB) since you will use Vista64.
     
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    looks good.
     
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    thinkhard OT Supporter

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    wasn't trying to hijack your thread, thought since we were building systems that are similar it was unnecessary to make a whole new thread

    why did you choose that motherboard? i am having a hard time picking out a motherboard. I am looking at

    Rampage

    ASUS P5Q PRO + XONAR DX


    Again I would appreciate any suggestions
     
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    the price to performance ratio is what really sold me on that mobo, along with the combo. msot people i know who have recently upgraded their shit have a mobo w/ the p45 chipset, and they all seem to like it. The price of that mobo allows me to spend more money on a video card

    the rampage also has less PCI-E ports and less sata connections. the +XONAR one only seems to have better onboard audio.. i have a soundblaster xfi platinum card so i'm not going to be using the onboard audio
     
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    1200mk Still same OG

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    what's the best bang for buck performance hdd nowadays?
     
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    300GB 15k rpm SAS
     
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    newegg link?

    nm i found some. so what are the hardware requirements for SAS, does it require a special motherboard or controller?
     
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    I was semi-being a smartass assuming he was referring to desktop SATA drives yet asking a vague question. But...

    Seagate is who I'd go with for a SAS drive.

    As for hardware, you just need a SAS controller. I don't know if there are any desktop mobo's with any built in. Any of these would work:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Value=1932:20624&PropertyCodeValue=1932:30372

    450GB SAS drives may be better value but I'm not sure since they are relatively new.
     
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    hmm, 200 for a good controller and 300-400 more for the hard drive. i think i'll have to pass :o
     
  23. ranthal

    ranthal i did what?

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    pretty similar to my recent build:
    e8400 cpu
    gigabyte p35 mobo
    ati 4850 gpu
    corsair modular 620w psu (effing sweet, get the modular over 750w if it isn't)
    4 gigs corsair xms2 ram
    640 gig segate hdd
    same optical drive methinks

    i love all of the componenets, been runing em for 2 months and no problems.

    not sure if ti was mentioned yet, but w/ the release of the core i7 i really wouldn't bother spending extra money on core 2 family processors right now when one a couple steps below would be fine, so i'd go witht the e8400
     
  24. eof

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    No AMD love in this thread...
     
  25. Limp_Brisket

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    that's because AMD is undeserving
     

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