Recommendations for a better desktop


Feb 21, 2009
I never built one myself, and it is getting to that point where I will need to if I want to game anymore. I went on Ibuypower to get an idea of some parts, but know that ordering from them is a coin toss between getting a good computer or getting a paperweight that is a pain to return. I do not want to spend too much more than $1400 on a computer, so I was wondering how the following would be, if it can even work at all. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. The last thing I want to do is buy parts that can not work well together or build a computer that will be too noisy.
tower- NZXT Apollo Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
power supply- Coolermaster Real Power Pro 850w Power Supply
processor- Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q8300 (4x 2.5GHz/4MB L2 Cache/1333FSB)
cooling fan- Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooling Fan System Kit
motheroard- [SLI] Asus P5N-T Deluxe NVIDIA nForce 780i
ram- Corsair XMS2 Xtreme w/Heat Spreader 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400
vcards- NVidia Geforce 9800 GTX+ 1Gb w/ DVI- Running SLI mode
Harddrive- Seagate SV35.3 ST3500320SV 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive DVD writer/player- Sony Dual Format/Double Layer 20X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive

As previously mentioned, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated


Dec 24, 2008
For $1400, you can get a much better computer.

I'm going to go for the best gaming build I can right now on the Core 2 platform, later I will attempt an i7 (which is very doable on your budget).

First off, get this combo; Q9550 and 4870x2

Then this combo; 850tx and UD3P mobo

Mushkin Ram

Haf 932

Vista home premium 64

Caviar Black 1TB

DVD Drive

Your total from newegg is $1250 with shipping included, and you get about $40 back for MIR. The HAF is $130 from Microcenter, which brings your total to about $1400 with the shipping for the case, before you get your MIR. This rig will kill games and is way better than the one you were looking at. This is probably the best "gaming" configuration you can do on your budget. An i7 would be faster in some things such as video/photo editing, graphic design, ect, but is more expensive and you would have to sacrifice on the video card for it to fit your budget, which would translate to less gaming performance.


Feb 21, 2009
Well about this system, I will easily be able to get a OS. I do like how the motherboard runs DDR2 memory, but feel DDR3 will quickly become the standard so I think I may wait till it gets a little better. The case is great, so I will look into that. I am thinking about just getting A 500Gig storage instead of 1TB, which I do not see filling up any time soon. As for the battery supplier, the one you recommended was great, but I think I may want the Thermaltake Toughpower W0172RU 850W 80 bronze certified version. I do not know how I feel about radeon graphics cards myself (I a ma little loyal to NVidia), so I will look into that more. Overall though, your recommendations are helpful, and forced me to look harder, making me possibly have a much better system in the future.
+1 for all of xthekid'x's suggestions. DDR3 is only worth it on an i7 build, 640GB and 1TB drives are faster than 500GB drives due to higher data density, Coolermaster and Thermaltake PSU's are only so-so, and being "loyal" to a certain make only limits your possibilities for no good reason.