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kaius42

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I'm looking to do my first build. While I'll be using it for schoolwork, internet, etc. the primary purpose is gaming. I don't need anything too fancy, but I'd like to be able to run something like Oblivion at high quality with 30+ FPS. The cheaper the better, since I'm on a pretty tight budget. At first glace, this is what I've come up with:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz
$164.99

GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB
$134.99

GIGABYTE P45 Mobo
$93.99

2GB GSkill 1066 RAM
$31.99

Seagate 640GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
$64.99

SATA DVD-ROM/CD-ROM Drive
$17.99

RAIDMAX Smilodon Case
$89.99

Acer 21.5" 1080p HDMI Monitor
$179.99

Total Cost: $778.92 + S/H

This is a bit pricey for me. I would like to spend $100-200 less but I don't know how to do that while ensuring that my purchase isn't a waste because it's outdated. I guess the main concern that I have is that this system is overkill for a casual gamer. Is that the case?
Also, will this work? Is there anything I missed? Any and all advice is appreciated, as I've never attempted to build my own system before.

Thanks!
 

MrCommunistGen

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You could save some money with an E7x00 or E5200 and then spend a bit more on a faster GPU. This would probably give you a faster gaming rig overall. You might not want to trust the PSU that comes with the case.

-mcg
 

xthekidx

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Do not use the Raidmax PSU, its crap. Get a quality PSU from Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, Antec, or maybe OCZ. Try something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024&Tpk=antec%20sonata%20III
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.178069

Just get quality DDR2-800, 1066 is going to give you almost no improvement.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231219&Tpk=g%20skill%20hk

Better GPU options (perf/dollar):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150357
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130468
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161244

Save a little on the MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128380

I would go with an E7400 and OC it a bit to save some money there too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206&Tpk=E7400

Cooler to OC:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029&Tpk=S1283v
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019
 

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or if your willing to upgrade later then you could go i7 and then get more ram and a better gfx card later.

I could build an i7 PC in the UK for £580 inc vat, sure it won't have a fancy gpu or decent gfx card but you'd have enough to run the pc, hdd, mobo, ram, gfx card, dvd drive etc.
 
On your budget your going to have to learn to over clock. Move up your fsb to (12.5 x 266) and run this at 3.2GHz @ 1066 fsb and your good to go. Also there's cheaper monitors out there.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119106 $49.99
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black 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 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341012 $54.99 ($44.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181196 Combo Price: $112.98
GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207006 $29.99 ($19.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
Sunbeam CR-CCTF92-4 92mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130468 $129.99 Free Shipping*
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 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 $74.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122 $41.99 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=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

Total: $482.92 *not including shipping and rebates
 

kaius42

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Thanks so much! I'm amazed at the helpfulness of this community!
I'll do some more research and come back.
 

kaius42

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well i'd like hdmi to hook up my xbox 360 if possible
however, assuming i did spend a little less on the monitor, bumping my budget up to about $600, what would you all suggest differently?
 

kaius42

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so you're saying just stick to a traditional lcd for the monitor for the sake of my budget? i figured it would be a good idea to kill two birds with one stone, but i hadnt thought about the GPU performance..
 

kaius42

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here's another question: is it better to spend less and get a mediocre rig now, or spend more on a system that will last longer fighting off tech depreciation?
 

xthekidx

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Well you get more for your money if you spend less now and upgrade every year or so than if you were to spend a bunch now and hope for it to be up to date for a while. Today's $1500 system will be topped by next years $800 system. However if you spend that money today, you get to enjoy top of the line stuff, whereas if you only spend a little and and upgrade every so often, then you never get to experience the best out there. It depends on how bad you want the cutting edge technology.
 

kaius42

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lol i can definitely live without it. all i want is something that'll run the games i play, which aren't even the ones with the cutting edge graphics (i.e., crysis). so i suppose i'd prefer to go the upgrade route