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rjbarker October 7, 2008 09:04 PM

For Those Looking...Great Gaming Rig...Period!
For those folks looking for something that will produce great results and won't break the bank:
Case - Antec Twelve Hundred Mid Tower Gamer Case 1200 ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio eSATA - DirectCanada - $164.30
MOBO - EVGA Nforce 780I SLI LGA775 ATX 3PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 RAID Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - DirectCanada - $249.83 ($30 MIR)
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail - DirectCanada - $172.99
RAM - Mushkin XP PC2-8000 Redline 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada - $118.72
GPU - EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 SC --MHZ 896MB --GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card - DirectCanada - $318.15
PSU - PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad 750W ATX V2.2 EPS12V 24PIN SLI Active PFC Power Supply Black - DirectCanada ($25 MIR) - $149.99
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache Ncq Hard Drive Oem - DirectCanada - $63.88
DVD RW - Samsung SH-S223F Black SATA DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 16X/12X DL INT DVD Writer OEM - DirectCanada - $27.99
HSF - Zalman CNPS9700 LED Copper CPU Heatsink 110MM Fan LGA775 AM2 S939 1250-2800RPM 19.5-35DBA Blue LED - DirectCanada - $65.19
Monitor - Samsung Syncmaster 2253BW 22IN Widescreen Lcd Monitor Black 1680X1050 8000:1 Dvi Vga - DirectCanada - $237.25
OS - Microsoft Windows Xp Professional Oem - DirectCanada - $145.88

Pretty much covers it.
Price - $1714.17 + Tax = $1919.87 - MIR's $55 = $1864.87 Total
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This would be a rock solid gaming machine, Crysis, Crysis Warheaed, Far Cry2 etc etc.
PS I don't consider this kind of coin for this level of performance as "too much", really depends upon what level you consider yourself to be comfortable with and whether or not you want to "tweak" games for ultimate "gameplay"...me..I enjoy ALL the eye candy and smooth performance! :punk:


Mr. Gruntsworthy October 7, 2008 09:09 PM

I could hack a fair bit of money off of that and still have something as good.

The motherboard you picked is way too expensive, considering the machine only has one graphics card. A P5Q board would more than suffice, methinks.

A Radeon HD4870, though weaker, would still play those games.

you say it's a build that 'wont break the bank' yet is almost two thousand dollars.

A good budget gaming machine would be half that.

rjbarker October 7, 2008 09:24 PM

Thats your opinion and thats when I find gamers starting to "tweak" for performance..when they try to go cheap....I DON'T Tweak.and I don't go cheap, when it comes to my Gaming systems...All the eye Candy my friend and smoooooth!! I new this would get all the Intel Chipset and ATI boys "goin"..hahahahah


A good budget gaming machine would be half that.
Did I sat "Budget Machine" anywhere...no...this is a Performance Rig at a reasonable price.

miggs78 October 7, 2008 09:38 PM

But but sir... I would change few things, make it a even better system and cheaper

Motherboard: Asus P5Q Deluxe $201.60
Heatsink: OCZ Vendetta 2 w/ Noctua NF-P12 w/ Thermalright Bolt thru Kit :$63.48
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 $152.28
Hard Drive: WD 640GB $86.40 (now for some reason DC has its price high)..
Visiontek HD 4870 $298.89

You'll have an even better system for $1536.75 (exclusive taxes) almost $300 cheaper..

The CPU cooler has mail in rebates, so take off $10 more. Lots of people suggest the Noctua fan, hence I listed, otherwise I would go for something cheaper..

rjbarker October 7, 2008 09:55 PM

Nope I stick to NForce Boards and Nvidia...they go hand in hand have proven themselves to me. The Tri Sli Board may appear over kill, but it provides the option of either GTX SLI or Tri SLI in the future, hence the case for Tri Sli.
SLI GTX 260's would reuire no upgrades to this system...Tri SLI would require an upgrade to the PSU.
Hell, if I were building this Rig for myself, it would be + $500 more as I would go straight for the 790i FTW Board, DDR3, SLI GTX 280's and a 24" monitor. My price included Taxes! As for a "better system" again...thats only your opinion. I don't see the "better" part of it...please elaborate what makes it "better"..

Tazer-[X] October 8, 2008 12:00 AM

nvidia USED to be good. Like the days when Amd USED to be good.... I remember the days of the 815 chipsets.. Used to be good. Even teh 440 motherboards USED to be good. But nForce? mmm, not for me. A high performance machine to me is one that can load crysis maps in high detail like 50 % faster than anyone else. The only way your gonna do that is go raid. The only way your gonnA get any smoother than most of us around here is spend like 5k on something exotic, but heck, i can still oc the snot out of a sub par chip and get 'smooth' :)

enaberif October 8, 2008 12:03 AM

bad case.
base optical drive.
bad motherboard.

Tazer-[X] October 8, 2008 12:08 AM

LoL okies enaberif, are you a mother LoL

Mr. Gruntsworthy October 8, 2008 06:38 AM

a lot of people agree with me

CanadaRox October 8, 2008 06:41 AM

I definitely have to disagree with this rig. Nforce is currently a horrid chipset, and I would NOT recommend it to anyone unless they already have GPUs to SLI. I'd replace the case with something cheaper, put the P5Q-E for the motherboard, drop the GPU to a 4850, and choose a 64bit OS (and not direct them to XP x86). I'd also upgrade the HDD to the WD 640GB drive.

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