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Old March 17, 2009, 01:23 PM
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Hello everyone, my names Matt and i just recently started saving up for a new gaming pc that I've been going crazy over so here it is!

EVGA GeForce GTX 285 1024MB (01G-P3-1281-AR) nVidia GeForce GTX 285 Chipset (648Mhz) 1024MB (2484Mhz)- $509.99

EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 3-Way SLI Socket 775 nVidia nForce 780i Chipset-
$270.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Socket LGA775, 3.16 GHz-
$254.99

Western Digital Caviar Black (WD5001AALS) 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 32MB Cache- $86.99

Corsair XMS2 Dominator TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF Matched Pairs 4GB Kit (2x2GB) 1066 mhz- $129.99

LG GH22NS30 Black SATA DVD-Writer 22xDVD+R/-R 8xDVD+RW/6xDVD-RW 16xDVD+R DL 12xDVD-R DL 48x CD-R 32xCD-RW- $30.49

Corsair TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply-
$156.99

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Ultimate Gamer Case
- $163.99

If you guys could please tell me whether this would be a good build or if there is anything wrong with what you see. I should be buying and piecing together the pc by the end of May. I'm trying to keep the price of the computer under $2000.

Oh and I will be running this pc on a 24" Acer P241w at 1900x1200 resolution.

K guys thanks for the feedback so far, I do not plan on doing much overclocking at all because I'm really not that familiar with how to do it properly, that is why i chose some EVGA parts because of the lifetime warranty. I have been taking all of my prices off of Tiger Direct and Canada Computers. These parts with tax is about $1812.99. Also, at first i was going to go i7 chipset but it blasted my price over $2000. As to the IDE drive, that was an accident and I will change that. I have also chosen to stick with 1066 mhz ram.

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Old March 17, 2009, 01:35 PM
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Many people will reccomend a 640gb WD caviar black over the seagate hard drive.
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN Sata Hard Drive Oem 5YR Mfg Warranty - DirectCanada


Personally I would go with a Q6600 instead. If your set on a dual core the E8400 is cheaper and performs nearly the same.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail - DirectCanada

Are you planning on overclocking at all?
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Old March 17, 2009, 01:45 PM
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First....for "under 2K" you could build yourself an I7 Rig....but for a Duo Core Rig I think you can do a little better alright.
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EVGA GeForce GTX 285 Video Card - 1GB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV
Good choice in Card, particularly for a 1920 x 1200 Res, but bear in mind with that Res and a single 285, you won't be "cranking everything to the Max" on some select games.
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EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 3-Way SLI Socket 775 nVidia nForce 780i Chipset
Love my Board in my 2nd rig and very easy for OC'ing, but unless your planning Tri Sli, you'd probably be best suited with a 750i - you will get many folks saying stay away from this Chipset, but take it all with a grain of salt.
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Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Socket LGA775, 3.16 GHz
Don't bother spending the extra $$$ on a E8500, go with an E8400 and OC away to well beyond E8600 speeds.
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Seagate Barracuda (ST3500320AS) 7200.11 SATA 3.0Gb/s 500GB 32MB Cache (OEM)
Swap this out for a WD 640GB Caviar Black
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OCZ (OCZ2RPR12002GK) DDR2 PC2-9600 Reaper 2GB (2 x 1024MB) dual Channel Kit 1200 mhz (x2)
Don't know how "proven" this RAM is on either a 780i or 750i Board, you may be dissapointed, stick to either proven 1000 or 1066 Mhz RAM, thiers some great deals right now on Corsair, Mushkin or GSkill
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LG GH22LP20 IDE LightScribe Black 22X DVD-Writer
Make sure you get SATA
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Corsair TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply
Good choice, but bear in mind if you plan on getting a 2nd 285 and SLI in the future you'll be "pushing the envelope" with that PSU and perhaps wishing you had gone a little "beafier"
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Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Ultimate Gamer Case
I am NOT a fan of the Antec 900 cases at all...my personal opinion here but they're "long in the tooth" and there are much better options out their.

You should be able to put something together for around $1400 = $1500 taxes included.

EDIT: Don't forget the Aftermarker HSF for OC'ing.
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Old March 17, 2009, 01:55 PM
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I agree completely with dropping the E8500 for an E8400, I wouldnt go Q6600 but thats just me, its a good cpu but its getting old, if your going for a quad just go I7or Q9400. The 902 is a nice case, and fixed a few problems with the older 900, it looks alot nicer then the older one as well, its styled like the 1200. you wont have any real problems with the case besides maybe cable management.

Deffinetly stay away from IDE cables, sata is much nicer to work with if only just for air flow and looks. And yes go with the WD black over the seagate, its much faster (fastest 7200 rpm hard drives out).

I also agree with RJ on the motherboard, the 750i FTW from evga is a great motherboard, and should fit this build perfectly.

Are you planning on overclocking at all? and if so are you looking at aftermarket heat sinks or are you planning on going with the stock intel one?

Drop that ram for some cheap G.Skill or mushkin PC8000 or PC8500, I really doubt you need that much head room on these chips.

As for the power supply, I agree with RJ your going to be pretty close to its limits with 2 gtx285s if you feel like going sli later on. If your not planning that sort of build then the TX750 will work perfectly fine.
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Old March 17, 2009, 02:00 PM
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If this is a 2k build, it should be i7, without a doubt.

Keep the gfx/hd/dvd, etc...but swap your mobo/processor and ram for some i7 love and do yourself a favor
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Old March 17, 2009, 02:07 PM
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There is little Performance Difference at stock from a E8400 - E8500. So, Like others have said, get the E8400 if you plan on sticking to a Core 2.
You could if you wanted Opt for a Good Mid-Tower vs a Full tower if you don't plan on cramming tonnes of Gear into or going Tri-SLI.
If thats the Case, I'd suggest going with something like the CM690 as my first choice, and NZXT Tempest as my Second Choice.
That would, shave about 100 off the Case choice alone and save you some coin in the end.

For the PSU you could Probably find a BFG Tech 680W for cheaper than the Corsair if you wanted. BFG has apparently made some great strides in making better PSU's and I know that Charlie here run's one.

For the RAM, I second the Decision to go to Corsair or Mushkin. You could probably find an equal set from NCIX/ Direct Canada for much cheaper than those Reapers.
Or, you could downgrade a little and get the OCZ Plats for around $65 or so.

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Old March 17, 2009, 02:27 PM
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Even though I don't like Core i7, I agree with the rest. Go Core i7 if you're spending $2000. Also answer sticky. We just know it's a gaming computer, but where you gonna buy from? Are you overclocking? We need all those information.
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Old March 17, 2009, 03:01 PM
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Try this i7 rig for size. It's under $2K. You could probably Price Match a lot of these items at NCIX as well. It was just more convenient to find them all on Newegg.

Newegg.ca - EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.ca - EVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.ca - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.ca - mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.ca - Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
Newegg.ca - Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
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Try this i7 rig for size. It's under $2K. You could probably Price Match a lot of these items at NCIX as well. It was just more convenient to find them all on Newegg.

Newegg.ca - EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.ca - EVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.ca - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.ca - mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.ca - Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
Not a bad build, drop in a pioneer or sammy dvd drive and a OS and your good to go. 690 isnt my first choice though but thats just me, I dont think there is many sub $150 cases that I like.
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Old March 17, 2009, 03:22 PM
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Not a bad build, drop in a pioneer or sammy dvd drive and a OS and your good to go. 690 isnt my first choice though but thats just me, I dont think there is many sub $150 cases that I like.
Haha I think you got Ninja'd. I added in a Pioneer drive before you even blinked .

But yes I agree that the case should change. It's just an option to a price on the case. It's the buyer's decision on that part.
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