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Old November 1, 2008, 09:14 PM
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Default New to PC gaming. Requesting help building a rig.

so I've been using an old P4, 756MB DDR1 ram, 64MB video card PC for about 5 years now, and I think it's time for an upgrade. I wanna start fresh so I don't wanna use any old parts from my current PC except the following.

Samsung 216BW 21.6" Monitor@1680x1050 native res.
a year and some odd month old wireless card.
Windows XP Professional retail copy no CD key though :/

I want a PC that will last me 3-4 years. Of course I plan on upgrading within those 4 years but I don't wanna end up replacing all the parts. I want the best GPU out right that last awhile, and a PSU that I won't need to replace unless it's broken. CPU and mobo are something I need help with and an explaintion on what Core i7 and X58 are. this PC is strictly for gaming, surfing, chatting, and some movies. I won't be building for a month since I just got a job and wanna save up. so can someone give an example of the best rig that can max out all games at that native res?
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Old November 1, 2008, 10:19 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
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Old November 1, 2008, 10:26 PM
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What is your budget? Do you plan on overclocking? You could run either an E8400 Dual Core @ 3.0GHz stock speed or a Quad Core Q9450 @ 2.66GHz
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Old November 1, 2008, 10:30 PM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Mostly gaming but also surfing, chatting and watching some movies on the side.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
$1500 to $2000...agian I'm building it in a few months but that's how much I wanna spend, budget might increase.

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Canada

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
Whatever will give me the best preformace for the buck.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
wireless card.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
yes, been looking at these forums for awhile.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
depends if it's necessary.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
2-3 months.
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Old November 1, 2008, 10:32 PM
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oh yeah forgot. I wanna max all all games that are out now. Crysis for example I wanna run at my native res with AA and AF at 30fps through out the entire games. I'm all in for that Sli or Crossfire stuff.
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Old November 1, 2008, 10:40 PM
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For a monitor with 1680x1050 you really don't need to invest in SLI or Crossfire. A single high end card will do just fine such as a GTX 280 or a 4870X2.

It's still up in the air as to how much of an improvement Core i7 will be over the current platform. I would wait and see what's what before investing in the new socket.

IMO, you don't really need to be picking parts until a few weeks before your ready to order. Though planning and researching prices as well as making sure the components are compatible is very important. Technology changes so fast that whats good now can be obsolete 3 months from now.
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Old November 1, 2008, 10:49 PM
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Hmm, there really isn't much for you to upgrade now that Core i7 is coming out. However, you don't need Core i7 with your use, plus it'll be too expensive. If you wait for Core i7, you MUST go with DDR3 and it'll probably cost over $600 on the CPU, motherboard, and RAM alone.

Even though you have a $1500 to $2000 budget, I like to order things that are the best bang for buck and then go on from there. So here'a reference on what I think you should be able to get for around $1500.

Intel Core 2 E8400/Q6600/Q9450
ASUS P5Q-Pro or Gigabyte EP45-DS3R. You may want to take a look at HC's review on the EP45-UD3P as well.
OCZ Vendetta 2
OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, etc. 4GB DDR800 CL4 RAM
Corair HX620 or TX750
ATI 4850/4870 or NVIDIA 9800GTX / GTX260 216SP
WD/Samsung/Seagate 640GB
Antec 900 or whatever that you like

Mouse, Webcam, Keyboard, Speakers, etc. is user preference.

Purchase from places such as NCIX or Direct Canada. Those are really good places to purchase from. And don't forget to use the price match option.
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You are welcome. Now keep in mind a lot of those prices are current sales prices. I would check again when you go to order at what prices are and make changes accordingly. Pretty much if I had the amount of a budget on a PC that is what I could get.

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