$800 budget - is this the best I can do with it?

gAmerSamMy

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I have finally decided to build a desktop with a budget of $800, I hope for it to be at least Quad-Core because I want to use this for at least 3 years. I don't really game on PC because i'm a console gamer, the only 2 games I play on PC is Sims 2 (Sims 3 in June) and World of Warcraft. The graphics card should be able to handle dual 22" screens and those games. Here is a list I put together, I'd appreciate any comments or opinions:

ORIGINALLY:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $119.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core - $169.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $134.99

XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 - $129.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $129.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit - $44.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $79.99

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 - $25.99

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TOTAL: $795.92



CHANGED:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $119.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core - $169.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $134.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit - $44.99

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $144.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $79.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $89.99

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - $24.99
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TOTAL: $809.92


Many Thanks,

Sammy
 
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The motherboard you picked is awesome, but it supports crossfire, not SLI. I'd get a 4850 instead of the 9800GT so you'll have the option of crossfire in the future.

POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-DH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131125 $129.99 - $15 MIR

I have the 520HX and it's very nice, but it's a little spendy. I'd get the 550VX instead.

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550vx $89.99 - $20 MIR

You can get the faster WD6400AAKS...

foolycooly

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looks good but you can save some money by going with:

coolermaster 690 -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

the PSU you can save some money on also, although I'm not the best person to suggest one. Corsair is an outstanding manufacturer obviously, but you can save some money with another high quality brand.

Spend the extra money on a WD caviar black 640gb -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

it's the fastest 7200rpm hdd on the market.

-Your avatar suggests that you may have your heart set on the antec 900 though :p
 
The motherboard you picked is awesome, but it supports crossfire, not SLI. I'd get a 4850 instead of the 9800GT so you'll have the option of crossfire in the future.

POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-DH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131125 $129.99 - $15 MIR

I have the 520HX and it's very nice, but it's a little spendy. I'd get the 550VX instead.

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550vx $89.99 - $20 MIR

You can get the faster WD6400AAKS drive here for the same price:

WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar?SE16 SATA WD6400AAKS SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Buffer Hard Drive
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10008688&prodlist=celebros $64.99

I didn't see your CPU listed. You said you wanted a quad core, what one were you thinking about?
 
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theramman

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Maybe im blind but were is your processor?

but you can check out mine, its around 800-900 still swaping parts tho
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261410-31-first-build-suggestions

But yeah the 4850 was my first choise. but im going to have to check out that MoBo Im wanting to crossfire later in the road ;)

Tho with that new graphics i think youll have to upgrade your PSU.
Here is the one im going to use...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011&Tpk=S75CF

Aslo +1 for cooly the Coolermaster is a good case, but im also lookin at the 900 a guy i know is going to sell it to me for 70

BTW what console you game on?
 
I didn't configure in the O/S in the total price, and I didn't add in a cpu. The case runs 3x120mm fans w/side air duct and has decent cooling. I take it your not going to overclock, so I didn't see any reason to put in a high end motherboard, memory, etc... The mobo is a decent one and is set up for a single vid card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119104 $49.99
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-SKN2-GP Black / Silver Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150070 $4.99
MASSCOOL FD12025S1L3/4 120mm Case Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703015 $74.99 ($59.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128372 $98.99
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122 $44.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127387 $129.99 ($114.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
MSI N9800GT 512OC GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 $79.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106266 $23.99
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

Total: $514.91 +shipping
$484.91 w/mail in rebates

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM




 

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Yeah I've had my eyes on the Antec 900 for a while, I think its beautiful and it should last a pretty long time.

I've edited my list for the hard disk. Thank You!
 

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okay I shall change over to ATI 4850, so I think I need to up my PSU to 750W? I never know how to calculate how much power I really need.

I game mostly on PS3 and Xbox 360, the Wii and DS and PSP not that often, its usually for playing with friends or when I'm traveling.


 

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What is the thermal compound for? I already have Vista-64bit so don't add that to the budget. I think I'll keep the more expensive motherboard to keep the option to cross-fire.