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Old August 7, 2009, 12:59 PM
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I want to get a new computer to play games, but i only want to spend $1500. I do not care about brands, and I want a 1TB hard drive. What is the best for my money? That price includes a monitor.

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Are you buying parts and putting everything together or buying a prebuilt? Also might want to consider i5 if you're not in a rush - cpu and mobos should eta in stores in 5/6 weeks hopefully.
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hmmm check out memory express's webiste they have some decent prebuilts with i7's. ill link to the flagship model.

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/Computers(ME)/ComputerSystems(ME)/GamingSystems(ME)/Default.aspx
onfortiunetly the cheapest model with a i7 is 1600$ though.
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He needs a motherboard as well. i7 is probably out of your price point. A Phenom II or an i5 when they come out will probably be better for you.
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I want to get a new computer to play games, but i only want to spend $1500. I do not care about brands, and I want a 1TB hard drive. What is the best for my money? That price includes a monitor.

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You should care about brands. This isn't like clothing, where people just buy certain brands to look "cool." With computers, good brands usually equate to good quality.

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I think one of the more common items prebuilt machines tend to skimp on is the PSU (generally generic) which to me is a big no-no. A good reliable PSU is a must regardless of the wattage.
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Old August 7, 2009, 03:59 PM
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Thermaltake V9 Case 89.10

Intel i7 920 309.97

Gigabyte UD3R 213.14

OCZ 6GB PC3-10666 119.99

Seagate 7200.12 1tb
89.99

Samsung 22x SATA w/ LightScribe 25.56

eVGA GTX 275 648 mhz
259.99

Corsair 750w PSU
117.88

Samsung T220HD w/ Speakers 249.99

TOTAL 1475.61

Is there anything you would change in this










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If the rig is just for gaming take a look at the AMD route, could spend less then 1300 still have a solid gaming rig.
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Are you looking to overclock the cpu/gpu? You may want to look into an aftermarket cooler, such as the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ or a Xigmatek HDT-S1283.

For your parts, you could probably get a better case for a little bit more. A Haf 922 will help cool your i7 better, and it can be had for $110 if you do a little PMing. This all comes down to personal preference of course. That motherboard is a good choice and that ram should be fine. I'd pay the extra $10 and grab a Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb. Seagate has been known to have a few problems in the past. For the graphics card, here's where you can save some money. If you want a card that will do well at 1680x1050, look no further then the 4890. You can get one for a little less than the GTX 275 and the performance difference will not be much. Unless of course you're a folder, where Nvidia cards fare much better. For a power supply, you could probably go down to the Corsair TX650, whichever is cheaper right now. They seem to change every week . That monitor is the one I'm using right now. If you don't plan to use the TV tuner or hook a console up aswell, I'd recommend just getting the regular T220.

The most important advice I can give is to use Hardware Canucks price matching to find the best deals on the items you want. Good luck
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is the 4890 better then the 275? And 650w is only 10$ less
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