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Old April 30, 2009, 04:27 PM
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Hi there.

I need to buy myself a new gaming build but I've been out of the loop for a while, so I'd like to have some input from you. My budget is 1000-1200$ without OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor. Right now I have a shitty monitor but I intend to eventually play at 1900x1200. I play mostly source games and strategy titles, but you can bet I'm buying Crisis Warhead and World in conflict when my computer's built. :) I don't plan to overclock and I'd like this computer to run graphically intensive games at high detail for a year and a half and to be able to run RTS titles and similarly less demanding games for 3-4 years.

Graphics:EVGA GeForce GTX 275 633MHZ 896MB 2.26GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card 275$

Memory:
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail 65$

Hard drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM 89$

Power supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail 130$

DVD:
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVDR DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM 33$

Ok so I think this is a pretty good skeleton of a build for 592$, but I need some help getting a good processor and motherboard, and the cooling and case to go with it. Ideally it would be a SLI motherboard so I can just put in another 275 when I need it.

Should I go with i7?

Also, the deal on the graphics card I've found is likely to end soon. Is that a sure value (should I buy it while it's still time?).

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Old April 30, 2009, 04:39 PM
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A little more info is always good..as in:
What type of games?
What Resolution?
What are your expectations?
Are you planning on OC'ing
Is 1000 to 1200 your Budget?
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Old April 30, 2009, 04:49 PM
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Sorry about that. I've updated my post with new information.
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Old April 30, 2009, 05:09 PM
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I don't think you can fit a Core i7 in that budget. If you want SLI but don't overclock, get a 750i board like this EVGA nForce 750I SLI LGA775 ATX DDR2 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA RAID Sound GBLAN Motherboard - DirectCanada
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What's a good processor to go with that? Is quad core really that necessary? I've heard most games still only use two cores.

So basically E8500 or Q9550?

Would a E8500 be a bottleneck with a GTX 275?
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the Q9550 is overprice, may as well put a little bit more money for Core i7

get this Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail - DirectCanada

at 1920X1200, there will not be any bottleneck, don't worry and get yourself a nice PSU if you going to SLI later on.

NCIX.com - Buy Antec Truepower New 750W Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus SLI Ready 120MM PWM Fan - TP-750 In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - CMPSU-750TX In Canada.
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for case, get a Coolermaster 690 for mid-tower (unless you want something more fancy) and you don't need an aftermarket heatsink if you don't overclock
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So even the E8500 is not needed? E8400 is fine? (unless there's some weird naming convention here and the E8400 is actually better)
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So even the E8500 is not needed? E8400 is fine? (unless there's some weird naming convention here and the E8400 is actually better)
the E8400 seems to overclock with ease. I have one with an OCZ Vendetta 2 and I just bumped the FSB up without touching the default voltages... mine is running at 3.6 GHz smooth and stable now for over 6 months, The E8500 runs at a default of 3.16 (I think it is) while the E8400 is defaulted at 3.0 (9x vice 9,5x FSB).
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You won't notice much of the difference if you're gaming and get yourself good PSU or a better case instead with the money.
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