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Decent Budget -- Fairly Clueless

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The sticky for this fourum is great, but it looks like it's been about 6 months since its last activity. So, I'm pestering y'all.

I have around $1200 burning a hole in my pocket. I can spend more if its a radically good "investment" at this time, but I would prefer to chain myself to the $1200 range if possible. Time frame is not pressing, but I don't want to wait months for the next latest-greatest. I would rather not watercool at this time.

I will be using this rig for MMO gaming, and current needs aren't real demanding, but you never know what's around the corner. This machine will do a fair bit of photoshop and multi-tasking work as well. (I've been known to run Photoshop and an MMO concurrently).

My higher end pre-built purchases in the past have generally cost me around $3500 and lasted me around 3 years with minor upgrades. I'm looking for decent "future proofing" here as well.

Components I need:
(Budget: ~ $1200 )
  • Motherboard
("user friendly" a big plus)
  • CPU
  • GPU(s)
(prefer Nvidia -- SLI only if I will benefit from it)
  • RAM
(4GB minimum -- will use Vista 64. Not a fan of Tracers)
  • Hard Drive(s)
(Storage needs aren't massive -- currently using ~50 GB)
  • Optical Drive
(pretty much just to install software)
  • CPU Cooler
(tower style -- not too heavy but solid mounting. I have plenty of room, but I'll probably hang a bit of diamond plate off the top of it )
Components I already have are listed in my specs. (1000W PSU, 1920x1200 Monitor)

Anyone out there want to take a stab at this one?
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for hd the samsungs f1's are awesome, same for seagate perp drives.'

cooler > get a TRUE

Optical> I love my samsungs lightdrives

CPU> go for a E8400 if gaming, Q6600 if not

Mobo and ram > do homework. Asus and Giga are picky with the ram. Recommend a DFI

GPU > depends on gaming, new 9600gt maybe ???
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post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by equetefue View Post
CPU> go for a E8400 if gaming, Q6600 if not

Mobo and ram > do homework. Asus and Giga are picky with the ram. Recommend a DFI
Thanks for the response.

As far as processor goes, I'm tracking that dual core is favorable at the moment for gaming. I think this is mainly due to the 45nm Wolfsdale being such a smoker and that many games don't take advantage of multiple processors? Does this mean that the quad core is significantly inferior for gaming, or just that they aren't available in the 45nm technology at very affordable prices at the moment?

As far as motherboards, I've done some homework but to the novice many of the specs might as well be Greek. At least at the Egg, it looks like none of the DFI boards support PCIx 2.0. As I understand it, that's not much of an issue today, but will it be in the nearer future?

Also, any off-the-cuff thoughts and feelings about the X38 vs P35 chipsets? I have been looking at nVidia there, so I'm not terribly up to speed on the Intel offerings.
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Whoops. Just found the build log forum. Looks like I have plenty of reading to do.

This post is probably in the wrong spot, and probably premature. My appologies.
post #5 of 7
What's the timeframe for this rig? It sounds like this rig will last for a long period. So quad core is the way to go. Industry needs to time to develop applications/games for multi-core. This trend has been picked up few months ago. With this in mind,

Boardick a mature X38 or wait late April for X48
CPU: Q9450 and up.
GPU: Real side by side benchmarks and reviews for latest GPU will be availbale from ATI and Nvidia within next few weeks. Wait to see some numbers.
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Originally Posted by Warfarin88 View Post
Whoops. Just found the build log forum. Looks like I have plenty of reading to do.

This post is probably in the wrong spot, and probably premature. My appologies.
Plenty of people post in here instead, no worries.

I'd look at the EVGA 780i mobo and G.Skill ram. G.Skill is IMO the best ram out there, it handles overclocking like a pro.

I'd pick up an Nvidia 8800GT for your graphics card, for ~$229 it's the best deal out there right now. Might look at the Nvidia 9600GT also. Little bit less performance but only ~$180.

Q9450 will be a 45nm quad core to the best of my knowledge, haven't looked extensivley, but for $347 they are smoking proc's.
post #7 of 7
This post is in the right spot. For what you need, I'd go with this stuff as it will last you a while like you want.

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