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Old July 21, 2008, 04:13 PM
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Hello everyone! My computer's video card died a few months back, and since then I've been using my parent's computer to game with. Unfortunately I'll be starting my second year of college in September, and since I'm moving away I can't take their computer with me. Besides, their computer isn't really good to game with anyway.

I'm looking to build a new gaming computer, using some parts from my old computer. The computer is about three years old, and I'd like to use as many of the old parts as I can to save money.

Old Computer (Parts I hope I can reuse to save some money)

Case: Midi ATX with a 400w power supply. (If I need a better power supply, is it generally better/cheaper to buy the case/power supply together or seperate?)
Hard Drive: 80gig hard drive. Not sure what brand or model it is.
Disk Drive: 16x DVD + RW. Again not sure what brand/model. Still works fine for me though.

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For my new build I'm looking for something that I can build for around 700-800$. I mainly play World of Warcraft, and I want something that can play it on max settings with good FPS. I also play some Half-Life games, Team Fortress 2, and some Counter Strike.

Video Card: I've been thinking about either the 9800 GTX or the HD 4850 as they both seem to be 'the' video card at the moment, and are both around 220$ it seems. Which is better, or is there an Option C I haven't seen yet? Also, which brands should I look for? I don't plan on getting a new monitor any time soon, so I'll be using my year-old 19 inch LCD monitor at 1280x1024 resolution.

Motherboard & CPU: Here I am completely lost. I'm not good at remembering specs and numbers, and so even though I've tried to do some research here, I just end up confusing myself more, getting different boards and things mixed up. Just looking for some advice on a solid pair that will serve me well.

Ram: Again, there are so many options to choose from I don't know where to begin. Just looking for as much as I can get within my budget, and from a reliable brand.

Power Supply/Case: I'm hoping I can reuse my old case and/or power supply, but in case I can't, any suggestions here? I suppose it would depend on what motherboard/video card I get. Also, as I asked above, do these generally go as a package or separate?


That's all I can think of at the moment, though I know I'm probably forgetting something. Any advice you guys can give will be greatly appreciated. I'd also be interested in any suggestions about where to buy these parts for the lowest price. If I can order the parts online, there are a couple computer shops in my area that I could probably pay to assemble it for me. I'm a complete newb, so I don't plan on attempting it myself.

Also, I don't plan to do any overclocking or stuff like that. Just looking for a solid gaming computer that will play my games well at maximum settings, and has potential to be upgraded in the future. Just want as much bang for my buck as I can get.

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Old July 21, 2008, 04:41 PM
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First, welcome.

Second, are you aware that $700-$800 can set up a full, complete rig? Check this out:

Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan $98.99
Mushkin SP PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-18 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit *IR-$10* $84.99
LG G-H20NS15 Black DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 INT SATA OEM DVD Writer $25.98
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 3.5IN 500GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive OEM $73.98
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard $86.99
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 32BIT DVD OEM $102.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB Retail $179.98
Gigabyte GeForce 8800GT 700MHZ 256MB 1.4GHZ DDR3 PCI-E2.0 Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV DIRECTX10 Video Card $134.99

Total, without taxes: $788.89. Free shipping with the purchase of Windows Vista, and no Pricematching done.
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Old July 21, 2008, 04:57 PM
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I forgot to add a HSF: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ctic%20Cooling. Add $27.42.
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I do have my Windows XP disks from my old computer, and I recently got a laptop as a gift for school that came with the Windows Vista disks and stuff. Could I possibly save the money on buying the operating system again?

If so, are there any areas I could go a bit bigger? Maybe the video card?

How well do you think a build like that would perform on what I play?
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Old July 21, 2008, 05:16 PM
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The motherboard 3.0Charlie told you about is a damn good motherboard. I'm selling one for $75 + Shipping. The board is under 3 months old.

Parts 4 Sale

PM me if you are interested.
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Old July 21, 2008, 05:23 PM
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I do have my Windows XP disks from my old computer, and I recently got a laptop as a gift for school that came with the Windows Vista disks and stuff. Could I possibly save the money on buying the operating system again?

If so, are there any areas I could go a bit bigger? Maybe the video card?

How well do you think a build like that would perform on what I play?
If Windows is already installed, you cannot re-install it on another computer.

The 8800GT is a very potent video card - can still match the 9800GT and the HD4850.

That rig will play your games quite nicely.
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Old July 21, 2008, 05:40 PM
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Ok, so I'll need the new OS then.

On the video card, what's the difference between the 256MB and 512MB versions? If I could stretch the budget a bit, would it be worth it to get the 512MB one or is it more worth my money to just go with the 256MB one?
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I'd go with the 512MB in this case the extra memory on the card will help more.
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Old July 21, 2008, 05:43 PM
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And thanks for the offer BALISTX, but I'd prefer to get my parts new. Kinda paranoid about used parts.
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There are some real good used deals on this forum from reliable/honest traders. Just be sure to get a good PSU. The corsair series over 550 watts will do nicely. As far as single cards go then the 8800GT is a great deal with the massive pricedrops.
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