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I'm building this for a friend of mine. Budget is firmly set at $1000. Use for this PC will be 2D Graphic Design/College Study/Gaming. I'm hoping he can get a copy of XP 32 from his school for a decent price.

A few important questions to address
1. I just did a little tweaking to bring cost down by changing the PSU from a $70 Seasonic to this much cheaper one that got good reviews. But will it be enough power? There will be no SLI and I may mildly OC the CPU depending on which one I decide to get.

2. I'm unsure as to what video card/CPU combination to get. I initially had him set with a factory OC EVGA 9600GT at 700MHz and an E6750 CPU. That had us well under budget so I replaced the CPU with a Q6600 and we came in still below budget. So then I went back to the E6750 and added an EVGA 8800GTS 512MB and we were under budget again. Should I sacrifice CPU quality for a better video card, or video card quality for a better CPU? He doesn't game a lot now because his current computer doesn't allow him to but I think he would start if he had the ability.

3. I'm pretty confident that I will go for an E8400 instead of the E6750 or the Q6600 but they are not in stock right now. By the time we build this PC I think NewEgg should have them in stock. If the E8400 is available I think I would be willing to sacrifice video card prowess for the CPU.

4. Should I get an aftermarket cooling system? If I got him the Q6600 or E6750 I would overclock to 3.0GHz if he wanted me to, but nothing further. The E8400 would stay at 3.0GHz. If you think I should look into an aftermarket cooler please make a recommendation but note our $1000 budget.

Ok I think that is it for the questions. Here is one rendition of the build. Remember I am on the fence with CPU/Video Card/PSU.

Lite-On Optical Drive

Rosewill Cheap but effective case

Abit IP35-E ATX motherboard

Acer 20" Widescreen monitor

Logitech Media Keyboard

Logitech Std. Mouse

G-Skill 2x1GB DDR2 800MHz Memory

WD 250GB AAKS HDD

These items are highly debatable
hec HP400D RETAIL ATX12V 400W Power Supply

Intel Q6600

EVGA 9600GT 700Mz OC
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You'll get no complaints from me however I favour Seagate hard-drives.
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I would suggest you get a 22in monitor for about $30 more. You get not only a bigger screen but a increased resolution that im sure you wont regret.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009102
Mr. Windy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
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Mr. Windy
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Q9650 Asus Maximus II Formula EVGA GTX 460 8GB OCZ 800Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2x300 V-Raptor, 2x1TB WD, 2xSegate 320GB Fedora 14 2x Samsung 245BW Corsair 750TX; APC BR1500 
Case
Soldam Windy Altium FC 700 
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1. youll regret buying a cheap power supply.

2. e6750 and 8800gts 512mb will be best for a extreme gamer. q6600 and 9600gt will be better for the average user with a little gaming.

3.yes, e8400 pwns, GET IT IF YOU CAN FIND IT!

4. Yes get a after market CPU cooler. I recommend Scythe 120, Zalman 9700 or Tuniq 120 Tower
Gaming Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core2Duo e8400 @ 4.2ghz Asus P5E HIS 3870x2 1GB @ 900mhz Kingston HyperX DDR2 1200 PC9600 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Western Digital 500gb Acer 24'' 1920x1200 Z-Board Merc Stealth Antec 750 watt 
CaseMouse
Lian Li PC-A70 Modded Server Case Logitech G5 
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Core2Duo e8400 @ 4.2ghz Asus P5E HIS 3870x2 1GB @ 900mhz Kingston HyperX DDR2 1200 PC9600 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Western Digital 500gb Acer 24'' 1920x1200 Z-Board Merc Stealth Antec 750 watt 
CaseMouse
Lian Li PC-A70 Modded Server Case Logitech G5 
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Originally Posted by mortimersnerd View Post
I would suggest you get a 22in monitor for about $30 more. You get not only a bigger screen but a increased resolution that im sure you wont regret.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009102
I got a 22" monitor for my grandpa and I find it to be pretty awkward. I am used to my 20" so maybe that is why. They both have a resolution of 1680x1050. I will have to think about that.

Does that Mobo support the 45nm CPU? I don't know much about this mobo or the 45nm stuff. ABIT is getting some really bad reviews on NewEgg, but also some good ones.

This Corsair PSU looks pretty nice upon a very quick search. With Q6600/E8400 we are $13.57 OVER budget when you factor in shipping. Stupid high fuel prices!!!!

Thanks for the quick replies.
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