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Making a computer build list on NEWEGG for a friend of mine,

He's looking at these basic's, and is interested in high performance, but not breaking budget of 1k, (a little over is "ok" but preferably under 1k).

He has soundcard, (x-fi fatality).
He has Dell 24" Widescreen O_O

Requirements suggest,

Quad core CPU,

2-4gb ram, (2gb min start)

*Wants to run Crysis on very high...*

I'm recomending at least a 500gb hd, if not 2 of them.

And a DX10 video card with 512mb ram or more.


He is expecting this pc to "do him enough good" for at least 2-3 years, at least 2 (to quote him, a very long time, so I figured a range).

The "CASE" has to be GREEN, and Mid tower, (odd preference but a request of his). And Decent cooling, but not a vaccume, lol...

So if anyone is able to give me a starter build to work on, be very much appreciated.

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"Very High" is a little sketchy. It depends on the resolution he needs to run it. I run it at 1440x900 everything on high with 2x anti-aliasing and I play very nicely. Depending on the area I'm in I can tweak a few of the settings to very high and still play great, but I prefer just leaving it all on high. Natural Mod for Crysis is really nice also. It modifies some of the lighting without any impact on performance: http://planetcrysis.gamespy.com/View...s.Detail&id=12

I have an E8400 with a BFG 8800GT overclocked and I can't run Crysis with everything on very high. I'm running Vista x64 with 4GB of RAM, at PC2 6400.

To run with everything very high your friend would need SLI, unless he wants to get a 9800 which in my opinion isn't worth the pocket hit.

I'm extremely happy with what I got. Below are links to my full build from Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152052 Hard Drives (2 of these)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130318 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811998121 Extra Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817152026 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231122 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129021 Case

That's all just to start you off. The CPU is only a dual core which I recommend over the quad core. When your friend sees the REAL quad cores hitting later this year he'll cry for spending so much on the ones that are available now. The case isn't green but it's a very nice quality case I'll assure you of that. The power supply lights up blue so be sure you let him know. Just find similar ones in that price range and he'll be fine. I would definitely suggest dual 500GB drives if he's a heavy PC user. I have my 2 set up on a RAID (which I had to buy a PCI RAID card for $20) and my file transferring is very nice

Of course he might want to add a DVD drive onto that, which should be just ~$30.
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He's in Canada, so everyone can stop making their newegg build now Remind me again what web sites you Canadians use?

You said it can be a little over $1000, so I assume it's ok to make a build that's $0-200 more than $1000 assuming mail-in rebates take it under $1000?

Will you/he be overclocking this rig?

And a green case? Really? *shakes head* lol

EDIT: And I assume he already has all the peripherals? i.e. speakers, mouse, keyboard?
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Originally Posted by durch View Post
He's in Canada, so everyone can stop making their newegg build now Remind me again what web sites you Canadians use?

You said it can be a little over $1000, so I assume it's ok to make a build that's $0-200 more than $1000 assuming mail-in rebates take it under $1000?

Will you/he be overclocking this rig?

And a green case? Really? *shakes head* lol

EDIT: And I assume he already has all the peripherals? i.e. speakers, mouse, keyboard?
Good thing he said put together a Newegg build list.
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Good thing he said put together a Newegg build list.
LOL good catch.
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I'm pretty sure dual cores are better for gaming right now as most game engines aren't optimized to take full advantage a quad. A quad system would be better for application use like encoding video, compression and multi-tasking though. If he'd rather the latter just swap out the E8400 for a Q6600 and call it a day.
It would be impossible to build a rig for a grand to play Crysis on very high settings as even the best systems today are brought to their knees in certain areas of the game. Areas of great combat, dense particles, ect. will take your frame rates into the low-teens or lower so your minimum frame rate will suffer, even SLi systems run into snags.
While I can't build one to his/your standards for that price, I can build one that should suffice for playing it a bit watered down at his 24 inchers native resolution.


Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 $239.99
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L $89.99
Patriot Viper 4GB(2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 $106.99
EVGA GeForce 8800GTS (G92) $289.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX $99.99
Samsung SpinPoint T HD501LJ $104.99
Samsung Black 20X DVD+R $26.99
Samsung Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive $6.99
Raidmax Smilodon Extreme Black $79.99
Tuniq Tower 120 $39.99

Total: $1085.90 + Shipping
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$245 - Intel Q6600
$240 - BFG 8800GTS (G92) 512MB (after $30 MIR)
$100 - WD 500GB HDD
$60 - ABIT P35-E (after $30 MIR)
$35 - 2x1GB Crucial Ballistix PC2 6400 (after $30 MIR)
$85 - Corsair 550VX PSU (after $15 MIR)
$50 - Green case, decent cooling (after $20 MIR)
$30 - 20x DVD Burner w/ Lightscribe and SATA
$40 - Tuniq Tower 120
$6 - AS5 Thermal Compound

$891 after MIR and before S&H ($125 in MIR, S&H should be about $30)

Good system at stock, great system once overclocked
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Intel Q6600

2GB G.Skill (PC6400)

(Don't know about hard drive....sorry)

XFX or EVGA 8800GT or 9600GTS for a cheap alternative.

Case Apevia X-Supra! It's awesome!

Thats all....Good Luck!
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post #9 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by durch View Post
He's in Canada, so everyone can stop making their newegg build now Remind me again what web sites you Canadians use?

You said it can be a little over $1000, so I assume it's ok to make a build that's $0-200 more than $1000 assuming mail-in rebates take it under $1000?

Will you/he be overclocking this rig?

And a green case? Really? *shakes head* lol

EDIT: And I assume he already has all the peripherals? i.e. speakers, mouse, keyboard?
K, i'm in canada, friend is in states, Hence Newegg request...duh...

And mail in rebates, dun care, he usually doesn't realize that.

Will he oc? I know how to run a computer, maintain it, tweak it to hell and back, but... he's well, noob....

He has speakers mouse keyboard, and a 24" lcd WS. And yeah, he wants green.... Go figure

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If he's not overclocking, then I would modify my build slightly.

First, you might want to switch the Crucial Ballistix to Corsair XMS2. In addition to saving $1 (woo hoo) you'll probably have a better chance of getting memory that works. The recent Ballistix seem to have a high failure rate, but the ones that work overclock very well. If you're not overclocking, then the Corsair might save you the hassle of an RMA.

Second, you don't need a Tuniq Tower and AS5 paste if you're not overclocking. So scrap those, and replace the $245 Q6600 OEM with a $255 Q6600 retail (comes with a stock cooler).

So now we've saved $37 and have less odds of an RMA, bringing the cost down to $854 after MIR. The system is absolutely fine for his needs, I say go with that. BUT... if he really wants to spend all $1,000... then lets make a few more changes

Drop the Abit P35-E and 8800GTS (G92) 512MB. Replace with:

$150 - eVGA 750i
$340 - SLI two eVGA 9600GT 512MB

This puts you $44 over budget, but c'mon, he'd have dual 9600GT's
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