Build for my Nephew

Hello all, I recently built me a new pc with the following specs









OS Vista 64

I didn’t find this website to after I built it, but so far I am pleased with it. I see I might have saved some money with a few different parts. My cost was 1000 with tax and shipping after the MIR.

My nephew would like me to help him build a PC. He has a 22” lcd and plays WOW/War hammer and might like to try GTA. He also has a budget of 1000 but if he can do it for cheaper and still get a sweet rig to run thos titles all the better.

Would like some input on the parts I used, or a better bang for the buck change out of the parts, to try and shave some money off the rig . Thanks Niklas


Dec 24, 2008
Well the parts you used are all good parts, the only thing is the PSU/MB/GPU choice. You chose an xfire MB and an Nvidia GTX 260 video card (which is a 192 version, not as good as the 55nm 216 version). You cannot use 2 gtx 260's in SLI on that MB, so that was a small waste of money there, although that MB is high quality. You probably should have gotten a HD 4870, so that you could crossfire. The PSU however is not good enough to support 2 4870's or 2 GTX 260's either, but its a bit overkill for just one of those cards. You should have either gone bigger with the 750tx or smaller with the 550vx PSU's (or 520hx if you really need modular).

Now on your nephew's system, we can do better. Here is how I would do it:

HDD/CPU: WD1001FALS and PII 720


Ram: G Skill DDR2-1066 4gb

DVD: Same samsung you used

CPU cooler: Zalman CNPS9700 (at $34 is a good deal, these are usually way overpriced)

Case: CM 690 <==rediculously good price on this case

PSU: Corsair 750tx

GPU: MSI 4890 1GB OC 880MHZ

OS: Windows Vista 64bit

That comes in at about $1016 including shipping, then you get $40 MIR. That also leaves you the option of Crossfire later so you can upgrade the GPU, and you can also upgrade the CPU as well to any PII processor to be released this year, and possibly into Q1 of 2010, which is supposedly supposed to include a 3.6ghz Quad. This setup will handle all your nephew's games and will be good for some time to come on his 22" monitor.

Nice build. :) I would only make two changes to that build.

1) Motherboard. This mobo down below is identical to the one you have in your build, but it is set up for one vid card and it's cheaper. It's a great choice with that vid card and cpu you chose. $114.99 ($99.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
2 oz copper PCB + Easy Tune 6 for OC

2) PSU. This power supply down below is more than enough to run that build of yours, yet it's on the cheap right now.... $69.99
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Hi all. Thanks for the info, I will take it all into consideration on my nephews build. As for my build agreed i could of saved 15 bucks on that other MOBO, and got a smaller PSU. The VC i was going to get a ATI 4870 but a friend said he hade problems with them and i ordered the wrong 260 lol. Oh well maybe next year i will change the VC out if needed or get 2 and xfire them and upgrade the pus to a 750 or 850 :)