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help config gaming rig

Post by DeusEx » Mon Nov 19, 2007 4:28 pm

so the budget is about 1100 dollars... can anyone help me config the best gaming rig out there? here is what i got so far. all prices are shown from new egg except the processor. Note: I want intel processor and Nvidia graphics. I also want the computer case i indicated (mid tower and 4 120mm fans).

Where i could have screwed up: the power suppl and the motherboard. Thats 2 components i know nothing about. Is 700 watts appropriate or too much? also is the motherboard too expensive ?

Sunbeam Quarterback IC-QB-SVBK Silver/ Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $54.99
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard $94.99
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM $79.99
CD-Rom Drive $28.99
Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) $44.99
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply $139.99
XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express $269.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6550 $169 Zip zoom fly
Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110 967561-0403 Black 102 Normal Keys $29.99
ViewSonic Value Series VA1703wb Black 17" 8ms Widescreen LCD Monitor $189.99
ALTEC LANSING BX1020 6 Watts 2.0 Speaker $15.99

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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by maj0r_pawnage » Mon Nov 19, 2007 4:43 pm

Corsair 620HX ftw?
E6300 @ 3.51GHz 1.392v
Asus Maximus Formula
Antec 550Watt Psu
Mushkin [email protected] 5-5-5-15 / 2.28v
Zalman CPU Cooler CNPS7700
6408800GTS(OC 691MHz Core/2.132GHz Mem)
2x80mm case fans +2x120mm case fans

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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by DeusEx » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:01 pm

what does that mean ?

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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by dicecca112 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:14 pm

Corsair's PSU are built better and are the same or equal to in price.
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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by dgood » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:18 pm

get a bigger monitor, or a widescreen or something. 17" lcd? get a 20" or 20.1" lcd. They are the same price.
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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by DeusEx » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:26 pm

thanks for the input im already looking at the larger monitor. the PSU are more expensive from corsair tho from what i see on new egg.

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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by vicaphit » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:47 pm

you may want to think about a DVD rom/CDRW, or DVD rw

most games now come in DVD format only, that would prevent you from using your gaming rig.
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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by dicecca112 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:55 pm

DeusEx wrote:thanks for the input im already looking at the larger monitor. the PSU are more expensive from corsair tho from what i see on new egg.


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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by ibleet » Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:33 pm

DeusEx wrote: Where i could have screwed up: the power suppl and the motherboard. Thats 2 components i know nothing about. Is 700 watts appropriate or too much? also is the motherboard too expensive ?
A Corsair HX520w would be fine since you are not going SLI.
The P35 motherboard you chose is fine...actually its one of the cheaper P35 boards that I would even consider.

Things I would consider changing:

Lite-On DVD Burner
Intel E6750
DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Ram

Don't forget that you also need an O.S. for a new build...If you want it to validate this is... 8)

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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by Zertz » Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:40 pm

CPU: E6750
RAM: Crucial Ballistix
Mobo: DFI BLOOD IRON P35-T2RL
PSU: Corsair HX520/VX550

IMO, this is a bit more expensive, but it will also overclock much better.

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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by DeusEx » Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:48 pm

well the thing is that this computer is for my little brother and he is paying for it. his budget was originally 1000 and i pushed it to 1100 but i cant go over that. The video cards are expensive as hell i noticed if you want some decent performance. I mean damn 300-500 for that alone? jesus man...

btw for this kind of a system whats a decent power supply wattage i should get? i was looking at 700 but someone offered 650. So how much do i need really?

Also thanks for the input... im def gonna get the better ram you posted and the lite on dvd drive... Thinking about the processor .. 20 $.. probably will get that too.

Now one last thing. This is the best video card i can get for the money right? cant get much better with this kind of a budget? i noticed 8800 gt was better than the gts but still runs call of juarez crummy even on modest resolutions?

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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by dicecca112 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:56 pm

don't worry about Wattage, worry about quality of build and amps. Like what has already been said, the Corsair 520 is one of the best PSUs, and can be found all the time for 100$.
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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by DeusEx » Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:17 pm

so diccecca lets say i was to get the one you recommended. Everything will run with no problems even though its a 520 watt?

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Post by dicecca112 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:19 pm

absolutely, I'll see tomorrow if I can dig up the story, and I'm sure Nate can attest to this, they had a system running overclocked 8800gtx in SLI, 4 Raptors, and an overclocked Intel Quad Core with the 520

I ran a highly overclocked rig with that PSU that is very similar to the one you want to build. That rig will use 250-300W at load highly overclocked
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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by maj0r_pawnage » Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:24 pm

i think that was the 620 :P
E6300 @ 3.51GHz 1.392v
Asus Maximus Formula
Antec 550Watt Psu
Mushkin [email protected] 5-5-5-15 / 2.28v
Zalman CPU Cooler CNPS7700
6408800GTS(OC 691MHz Core/2.132GHz Mem)
2x80mm case fans +2x120mm case fans

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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by ibleet » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:18 am

I'm pretty sure it was the 520, I remember the post.

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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by dicecca112 » Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:32 am

was a 520 but I was a little off on the specs. Still http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=38310
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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by DeusEx » Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:49 pm

huh good stuff i never would have guessed ! i though if need power , need get higher wattage.. well thats cool i guess i get to save some on the psu.

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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by maj0r_pawnage » Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:11 pm

i thought you were talking about http://www.legitreviews.com/article/462/1/
E6300 @ 3.51GHz 1.392v
Asus Maximus Formula
Antec 550Watt Psu
Mushkin [email protected] 5-5-5-15 / 2.28v
Zalman CPU Cooler CNPS7700
6408800GTS(OC 691MHz Core/2.132GHz Mem)
2x80mm case fans +2x120mm case fans

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Re: help config gaming rig

Post by ibleet » Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:24 pm

No, neither of those posts were the one I remember. The one I'm thinking of showed a rig with (2) 8800GTX SLI being easily powered by a Corsair HX520w PSU. It was a thing of beauty. :lol:

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