Build 4 a Friend.
I'm building a system for a friend he gave me $1200 to play with. So this is what I have come up with. He won't be overclocking it.
Asus P5Q Pro Atx LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 Crossfire 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound Gblan Esata Motherboard - $139.99
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor - $215.88
2GB Corsair XMS2 PC2-6400 DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 - $54.99
Dual HIS Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E - $379.98
Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 32MB Cache 500GB SATA - $75.88
LG-H20NS10 Black DVD±RW - $26.46
Corsair TX650W 650W ATX PSU - $91.35
NZXT Apollo ATX Mid Tower Case - Black - $73.44
Total - $1,057.97
Amazing, I just had some fun doing a "pretend quote" @ NCIX (my fav thing to do on a slow day at work) and came up with almost the exact same build (albeit the AMD version with a 780G motherboard and 4Gigs of Mushkin PC-6400). Sub-$1k Gaming boxes are not only possible now, they're powerful! (Thanks to the new 4800-series). Looks great!:thumb:
If your running Crossfire, I think it would be worth while to get a X38 motherboard so you have full x16 on both slots...
Even if he/she isn't overclocking, still get a heatsink. Those Xigmatek ones are rather cheap.
I second the X38 mobo, an after-market HSF and a better case. Now, with the 4870 around the corner, wouldn't be better to go for one?
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