New Build---Gaming PC

DrNoski

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: US$700-800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Have Video card ATI Rad HD 4670

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Open to opinions

OVERCLOCKING: Casual OC, nothing crazy

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: More lights the better, noise is no issue


GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

2xWestern Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
(Set in RAID0 for OS and Apps)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136033

SIGMA SHARK SP-635 635W ATX12V V2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817226002

2xG.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

Thermaltake CL-P0257 Blue orb II CPU Cooler for LGA775 & K8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106069

Main Concerns:
Good RAM to go w/ CPU?
Price range is flexible if there are any small increases in cost for much better components:
 


Myself...I always find it easier to do a build if I have a case.
 

hundredislandsboy

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I like your picks with the P45 chipset mobo and e8500.

But for a gaming rig, 1920 x 1200 is a hefty resolution for a 4670 to handle. The GPU will bottleneck your framerates.

You want two Raptors, $160 for 140 Gigs of storage space? You want it for RAID and you want to ne sure it'll be fast (as it backs up data...)

If you aren't going to overclock much, you won't need the $50 Blue Orb CPU cooler.

IMO, when building a gaming rig, the first choice is the monitor size because that will dictate what GPU you need and then what CPU you need to push the GPU.

The LED lights you get later to accessorize your rig. When your not gaming looking at your screen, you can always look at your desktop and look at its LEDs.

 

DrNoski

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Thanks for the replies,

I do plan on updating the video card before the end of summer, hopefully going big; possibly crossfire.

Yes, I do plan on using the 1k rpm Raptors just for apps and OS but i have a 1TB for music/movies/storage.

Is there a better choice for RAM? or is what i have picked pretty good for the current setup.
 
Move the fsb to (9 x 400) and run it at 3.6Ghz 1600 fsb. Ebay/Craigslist that 4670 you have.

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10009795 $74.99 ($49.99 after MIR) Free Shipping
OCZ OCZ550FTY 550W Active Power Supply Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128364 $119.99 ($104.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037 $167.99 Free Shipping*
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - 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.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10010332 $239.59 ($219.59 after MIR) Free Shipping
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731 $49.99 ($39.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587 - 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 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $24.99
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: $782.92 | $702.92 w/mail in rebates

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of the psu in this build

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7
 
@DrNoski as you are open to suggestions, you should look into the AMD X3 720...It would offer very good gaming performance - similar to the E8400 and better in other multi-threaded apps...Here is a build that you can look into...

CPU + Mobo
AMD Phenom II X3 720 + ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 Combo

Graphics Card
SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB

RAM
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

HDD
WD BLack 640GB

CPU Cooler
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283

PSU - Sufficient for even 4890 Crossfire
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W

DVD -
LG Black 22X

Total - $786 | $721 w/mail in rebates

So you get a better upgrade platform with sufficient power to upgrade...

And WIN 7 for OS...
 

DrNoski

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Thanks for all the great replies!!
Gotta love the Tom's forums when looking for people who know their stuff.
Thanks guys!
 

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