$1300 Budget need opinions on build

mat7861

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Hey everyone! I am new to Toms Hardware so first of all i would like to say hello to all! Second, I am building a new gaming computer. I have a budget of $1300 and need some advice on which components to use. I haev a couple builds i have seen and am intersted in but i would like opinions from people a little more Computer savvy than i. Just for your info, this is my current system which i am selling:

Intel Q6600 OC to 3.0
MSI P31 mobo
Nvidia Geforce 8800GT
2g Gskill DDR 2 800
Sound Blaster X-fi Extreme Gamer

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
 

xthekidx

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I'd say go i7, Asus P6T MB, 6gb of DDR3 ram, GTX 275, Antec 300 Case, Xigmatek S1283V cooler, OCZ 600W StealthXStream PSU, WD6401AALS HDD, Vista HOme premium 64bit, that should be about the right price, and look around for combo deals at newegg to save some money.
 

dragoon190

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^+1

Although, wouldn't the 64bit system use up all 8GB of RAM if you throw them at it?

BTW, does you budget include or exclude the price for the monitor?
 
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http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-motherboard,7463.html <--- Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137 $74.99 Free Shipping*
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-750w-tx-series-80-plus-certified-power-supply-corsair-tx-cmpsu/q/loc/101/206178325.html $114.99 Price After Rebate(s): $104.99 Shipping: FREE
Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128375 $199.99 ($184.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093 $36.99 Free Shipping*
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $249.99 Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247 $89.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.186064 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $154.98
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,217.89 | $1,192.89 w/rebates
 

mat7861

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Excludes the monitor, I have a Sumsung Syncmastter 2253bw. I have a build on newgg that is close to that except the motherboard i have picked out is an EVGA Intel x58 board.
 

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"BTW, does you budget include or exclude the price for the monitor?"

Dragon next time read the thread.

XthekidX and Why_Me always come up with the best builds. THeir pretty similar, get either. If you want to SLI later however, go with the 850W PSU (Corsair). It's only an extra 20$ so you shouldn't have a problem fitting it into your budget.

 

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Could be the resolution he was aiming for due to budget constrain on monitor. I did that when looking for GPU for my build.

EDIT: I think 4870 should be sufficient for 1680x1050, unless 4890 is within $10-20 of 4870, I personally would go for 4870.
 
For the people suggesting a 4890, 4870, and the 9800gtx.... gtx 275 uses less juice than the 4890, it eats up the other two cards, and this build leaves room to add another gtx 275 later on.
 

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huh??

9800gtx 2's?? dual gpu on 1 card.. well, 2 of my friends that have had them, bad driver problems but, also, theres a couple guys on a ventrilo server im on that have them and there fine, 1 is going quad gpu with it on a 750i, dunno why but, owell.

 

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+1 for Why_Me...he's right.

But for the record, the 9800GTX 2's might consume more power, but they still hold very good graphic processing than most of the other newer cards.
 

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2 9800s would be pretty close to a GTX 295.
The GTX 275, however will scale better, and leave more room for later.
Plus @ 1680x1050 everything will obey your rig.
Why_Me's opinions are always top-notch. :p
 

mat7861

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Ok due to popular demand by both of my alter egos... i am rasing the budget to $1500. So i guess my biggest dilema is which graphics card(or cards) to go with.
 

xthekidx

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Your monitor has a resolution of 1680x1050, there is no point in getting a faster GPU than a GTX 275 or 4890, both of those cards will be able to max out any game at that resolution.

If you are alright with spending $200 more, then upgrade the MB to the Asus P6T Deluxe V2 and get a nicer case like the HAF 932 or CM Storm Sniper, or get a second HDD for Raid 0. Later if you want to upgrade to a bigger monitor then you can consider getting a second GPU to add on.
 


Like kidx posted above;...there is no reason to raise your budget. Your good to go with that gtx 275. Later on if you end up buying a mondo size monitor with a super high resolution then just go and buy yourself another gtx 275 and run them in SLI. Save your money. Right now if you go with any of these builds you have a gaming rig most people can only dream of. Your pretty much good to go.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-275,2266.html <---review and benchmarks of the gtx 275.

One other thing, before you let anyone put some dingbat idea in your head of going with a 4890 check that link out. On average the 275 beats the 4890 out not to mention the important part...at least to me. The 275 uses less juice (power), and produces less heat. So all in all it's a superior card to the 4890.
 
Ok if you did want to pimp out your rig, well then this is the case of cases. Switch out cases with that CM 690 and your going to have a case to match your build ...not to mention you will be the pimp of your hood. This case has it all...superior cooling/airflow, size/room, not to mention it looks like a bad azz mofo. Also it's going for a bargain right now at that price along with free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160 $139.99 Free Shipping*
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
 

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:??: Yeah, it slipped my mind that a GTX 295 is just 2 GTX 260's. Sorry about that, but 2 9800's would still be reasonably powerful, except for the issues in scaling and drivers.