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Hey everyone, I have finally taken the plunge and decided to build my first comp. It is going to be used primarily for gaming (I play graphics intensive games ie oblivion when it first came out and am interested in many of the other new ones) in addition to everyday more mundane functions (Firefox, Word, etc). After doing some research, the core components that I am looking at are as follows.

CPU: E8400
Board: EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI
Graphics: BFG Tech GeForce 8800GTX 768MB

One of the things that I am big on is longevity of a machine. I am not huge on constantly upgrading unless it is price effective (in the past 5 years my machine has gotten a new DVD burner and Video Card). This means that something that lasts is essential. That is why I have selected a single 8800 GTX and an SLI board because I figure in a year or so I can add a second card at a discounted price and be pretty set. The board can handle 8gb and I plan at starting at 4gb (2x2gb) and just adding the other two in the future. With the new motherboard technology coming out next year, I am a little concerned about how easy it would be to upgrade the CPU if necessary so input there would help as well. Let me know what you think.

Thanks,

T2P
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post #2 of 36
The 8800GTX is very old, and there are much better video cards out right now. Buy a 9800GX2 from BFG Tech, you'll have a 100 day step-up. The 8800GTX is no longer being produced, in 6 months you won't be able to buy one retail(maybe)

I suggest skipping SLI because it scales horribly. Wait a few months for RV770xt or the GT200.

Core 2 Duos will not be compatible with Socket 1366.
post #3 of 36
ouch RGR, lol socket 1366 won't be for awhile yet right? so i think the C2D is okay. i agree with the GPU tho, go for a 9800 :
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Originally Posted by THEBREN View Post
ouch RGR, lol socket 1366 won't be for awhile yet right? so i think the C2D is okay. i agree with the GPU tho, go for a 9800 :
1366 is out December 08...
post #5 of 36
wow yeah it is, thats not cool
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Originally Posted by RussianGrimmReaper View Post
1366 is out December 08...


oh great another unstoppable feeling i need to upgrade ... ''damn you 1366''
..lol..
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post #7 of 36
OP, what's your budget and when do you want to build?
post #8 of 36
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My budget is about 1400-1500 which also includes the monitor. I would like to build as soon as possible as my machine really is old, VPR Matrix, (yes I know...) that can not run much of anything that has come out for some time. I have played multiple games on friends PC's but obviously that is never the same as your own.

There is always a reason to wait for some type of technology but if there really is an extreme change (ie socket 13666) coming that will make it more affordable and worthwhile to wait, then maybe I will have to do so.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e8400 core 2 duo Asus Maximus Formula 2 x 3870's {Sapphire} 2x2gb sticks of OCZ Platinum 
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Windows 7 64bit Acer 24" AL2216W Corsair Vengeance K70  Corsair 750tx 
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Cooler Master Logitech G9x 
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e8400 core 2 duo Asus Maximus Formula 2 x 3870's {Sapphire} 2x2gb sticks of OCZ Platinum 
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Windows 7 64bit Acer 24" AL2216W Corsair Vengeance K70  Corsair 750tx 
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Originally Posted by True2paintball View Post
My budget is about 1400-1500 which also includes the monitor. I would like to build as soon as possible as my machine really is old, VPR Matrix, (yes I know...) that can not run much of anything that has come out for some time. I have played multiple games on friends PC's but obviously that is never the same as your own.

There is always a reason to wait for some type of technology but if there really is an extreme change (ie socket 13666) coming that will make it more affordable and worthwhile to wait, then maybe I will have to do so.
Since you want a budget minded rig, here's what I suggest.

E8400(200ish)
Tuniq Tower 120(45)
Asus Maximus Formula(150ish)
Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2-1000 (150ish)
Two HD3870s!!!(300ish)
Corsair 650VX(130ish?)
A 22" LCD should be around 350 for a good one.
CM690
WD2500AAKS(65)
Some DVD drive

And that's basically your rig right there.
post #10 of 36
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Like I said, I am new to building and some of the knowledge regarding the components is not as strong as it could be. Would you mind expanding on why you recommend what you do? (it the ATI cards over Nvidia and the change in motherboards). Also, just for input, anyone else have opinions on the recommendations?
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Cooler Master Logitech G9x 
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Windows 7 64bit Acer 24" AL2216W Corsair Vengeance K70  Corsair 750tx 
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