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Old June 13, 2009, 01:31 PM
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Hey guys,

I wanted to build a budget gaming PC, for about $900 more or less. I mostly play the Call of Duty series some Sims 3, Crysis, Fallout 3 and a few other games. I will buy stuff from either Newegg or TigerDirect(the store) in Toronto. I prefer to use Intel E7400 series and up, and my GPU is getting old(8600GT overclocked to 650mhz[originally 540]). I don't care about the GPU brand, I want something at the power of a GTS250. I intend on using my OCZ 4GB SLI(800mhz) ready memory I recently purchased.I will also keep my HP 19" 1400x900 monitor. I have read at Maximum PC about the Crysis 40fps $500 rig, but I'm worried the parts wont last that long(non future-proof). I plan to OC maybe just a little bit. Something like 2.6ghz to 3 or so. Plan to build it within the next 6 months. I would also like to note that I will spend the most on the GPU, and a 250-320GB drive is fine. ANY version of windows is fine also. And one more thing, since this WILL be a future computer, don't be afraid to help me choose parts that add up to $1500 or so, prices will drop! But I really would like to know a good build if I build it now.

Thanks is advance, Elliot

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Old June 13, 2009, 02:02 PM
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You should wait like about three months for the Core i5 stuff (It wont be that expensive), and at that time i heard that the EVGA gtx 275 will be around 200 dollars.
As for the case, I would get a Coolermaster HAF 922, and for the hard drive, a western digital black for around 80 bucks. In total it should be around 900 to 1000 dollars.
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Old June 13, 2009, 07:02 PM
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Gaming at 1400x900

I would choose the following parts.

Q8400 $200
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3p $130
XFX 4870 1gb $170
WD black 1TB $99
Antec EA650 watts $72
Any 4gb ram under $40

= $711 before taxes and shipping

Upgrade in the near future to a 22inch or future proofing?

TIme to go Crossfire + after market heatsink for overclocking the quad.

Did i miss anything?
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Old June 13, 2009, 07:04 PM
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If I was you I would probably go for a Phenom X3 for a processor at minimum, though I would suggest NCIX I think I would probably by a GPU like a 4850 or so and wait until 5000 series comes out and then pick up another 4850 for crossfire for cheap.

Good point about the i5 but there will always be new technology around the corner so its your choice is 3 months "high quality" gaming worth the difference in proccesor.
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Old June 13, 2009, 07:06 PM
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Even though it's unnecessary, for $30 more, you can get a 4890.
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Old June 13, 2009, 07:28 PM
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all the part i listed can be easily found in online retailers, so i didn't want to include something like an 4890 thats can be bough for $200 during surprise specials.

As for the I5, it WON"T BE CHEAP AT ITS LAUNCH, by the time I5 gets here in Q4 there will be 6core CPUs out in a few months, then wait another year to get the 6core cpus?
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Old June 13, 2009, 08:31 PM
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I5 are suppose to be cheap as lunch. The only reason why intel always delay for about 1 years now it's because they still have to many C2D and C2Q in stock to clean off before get it out. As intel and AMD say 6 and 8 core CPU will be reserved for buisess networking and other big thing like that, for the next years I think these chip will be 1000 and over only because they are 6 to 8 core. wich is realy usless because more then 80% of software are for now not able to use quad so for 6 to 8...3 years more to be realy usefull.
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I like 5ILV's build but you already have ram and drop the 1tb for the 640gb black, its faster and quieter. Also the BFG GTX 260 sp216 was on at NCIX for $159 AMIR, Id go for that.

Dont plan on prices dropping to much more in the next 6 months, most of the LGA775 low end CPUs (up to the Q9400) are pretty much bottomed out, alot of this series of video cards are as well. and I highly doubt you will be able to make a $1500 build now cost $900 6 months down the road.
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Old June 13, 2009, 11:03 PM
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5ilv's build is really good for the price. However I wouldn't get that and instead, consider changing some of the parts to this.

NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P 790GX AM2+ Motherboard & AMD Phenom II X4 810 CPU - MA790XT-UD4P-X4-810 In Canada.

ATI 4850 - $99

Also ask yourself, do you really need 1TB? If not, save your money and eventually when you got the funds, get a 22" LCD monitor. There are a couple like Acer, Samsung, etc. going for under $200, and the 4850 will definitely run games at 1680X1050 easily.

If you're going to run Folding@Home, then replace that 4850 with a 9800GT or GTS250. If you got the extra money, then get NCIX.com - Buy BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC MAXCORE55 590MHZ 896MB 1.998GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I Video Card - BFGEGTX260MC896OCDE In Canada.
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Old June 14, 2009, 11:00 AM
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thank you guys, so about the i5, it will be 6 cores? can u please define cheap(people think i7 920 is cheap and some think celeron is cheap) and approximate performance, like is it more or less power than an i7?
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