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Old October 15, 2008, 02:08 PM
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My brother-in-law who is currently in Afghanistan and will be coming back at the end of the month is wanting to build a new gaming system .

He wants to be able to play games like COD4, Assassin's Creed, Gears of War and the new Far Cry 2. He will be gaming on a 20" Wide screen Monitor at a resolution of 1680x1050

He's coming from an old Pentium Celeron D processor with 512MB of RAM.
His budget is $800. He will not be overclocking the system. He does not have a brand preferences.

The parts he already has and will be using are as follows.
Coolermaster CM690
Western Digital 640GB Hard Drive
LG DVD-RW Drive
Keyboard and Mouse

He'll be running Windows Vista 32-bit.

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Thanks for all of your generosity.

The parts hunt is over.

Here is the parts list.

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (Donated by misterlarry and 3.0Charlie)
EVGA nForce 750I SLI FTW (Donated by yycraven, Wolfbane, Balistx and 3.0Charlie)
2x EVGA GeForce 8800 GT (Donated by Rommel)
Buffalo Firestix 2x1GB PC-6400 (Donated by FreqE1)
Antec TruePower Trio 650 (Donated by Dr. BenD Over)
Scythe Katana II HSF (Donated by encorp)
Fan Controller (Donated by misterlarry)
Fans (Donated by 3.0Charlie and Xilikon)
UV Blue SATA Cables (Donated by chriskwarren)
New Copy of Call of Duty 4 (Donated by Chilly)
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Old October 15, 2008, 02:14 PM
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Pick up a Gygabyte board; for their price you can definitely get a solid one and grab a 4850, as for a processor maybe an E8200?

that'd be like 450-500 or so and maybe another 80-100 on a psu
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Old October 15, 2008, 02:23 PM
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Love threads like this

Gigabyte EP45-DS3L --> ~$120
GTX 260 (any brand) --> ~$300
G.SKILL 4GBPQ PC2-8000 4GB --> ~$80
Corsair 650TX --> ~$110
E8400 --> ~$210

Total is about $820 + tax and shipping. If you want a little cheaper cut the 260 for a 4850 and you can get it all for about $800 taxes and shipping inc.
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Old October 15, 2008, 02:26 PM
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I've got a brand new fan controller still in the box that I will donate to his build if you PM me with a mailing address. It's not much, but if there is something that I can do to improve his build, call it a very small token of my gratitude. Let's see if there are any other donations out there.

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Old October 15, 2008, 02:28 PM
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I've got a Scythe Katana II, brand new sitting at home in a box! It's by no means a power house cooler but it's better than stock and if you're not going to be OC'ing like mad I'd gladly toss it in the mix!
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Old October 15, 2008, 02:36 PM
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Way to go encorp!

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Old October 15, 2008, 02:45 PM
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Yeah once the parts are on order etc and the OP is ready to go; let me know and I'll ship the thing to whatever addy can be provided then!
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Old October 15, 2008, 03:29 PM
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WOW. Thanks guys for such generosity.
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Love threads like this

Gigabyte EP45-DS3L --> ~$120
GTX 260 (any brand) --> ~$300
G.SKILL 4GBPQ PC2-8000 4GB --> ~$80
Corsair 650TX --> ~$110
E8400 --> ~$210

Total is about $820 + tax and shipping. If you want a little cheaper cut the 260 for a 4850 and you can get it all for about $800 taxes and shipping inc.
Well what else can I say.. You know that will cost you less than $800 off course, Price match, I remember seeing the E8400 in the $180 range, also the DS3L in the $80-100 range.. Well you could get either the GTX 260 or a 4870, is is totally your choice, I think these days the 4870's are going on good sales, I saw one on NCIX for $270 with mail in rebate really.

edit: Kudos to a Cdn Soldier, give him my regards!!..
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Need a PSU? I've got a slightly used Antec TP3 650 sitting here collecting dust I'd be willing to donate.
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