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Hey everyone. I've been looking around at the other budget builds posted on here and have gotten a few ideas. A buddy of mine is a gamer who wants to get a new tower in order to play Age of Conan smoothly. He was going to go through Alienware, but I told him its cheaper to do it this way. Another friend of mine referred me here to try and get an idea of what is the best bang for the buck.
The budget for the build is preferably $1,000, but can go up to around $1400. He has no real preference towards AMD or Intel so pretty much anything goes. The recommended specs for the game he wants to play are as follows:

Recommended configuration:
(Up to 1280X960, most features on)

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OS: Windows XP SP 2 or Windows Vista
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Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or equivalent
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RAM: 2048MB Dual Channel DDR2
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Video card: NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX or equivalent
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Video memory: 512MB
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DVD-ROM: Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive
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HARD DRIVE SPACE: 30GB

Obviously these aren't hard to meet with his budget so the best for his price range would be most appreciated. He will just need the components for the desktop and vista (obv), no need for monitors / input devices. Thanks ahead of time for the help.
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Ok... here is my shot (all from Newegg... do look around since some items can be had cheaper elsewhere... like the PSU at www.buy.com):
  • COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $84.99
  • GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard $89.99
  • XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $179.99
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply $99.99
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 $198.99
  • G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ $84.99
  • Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $69.99
  • SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B $24.99
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD $99.99
  • Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler $49.99
Subtotal: $983.90

This will run that game with ease. If you want a bit more upgrade options, you could get an SLI board such as the EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW, but that will ad $100 to the budget...
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
Ok... here is my shot (all from Newegg... do look around since some items can be had cheaper elsewhere... like the PSU at www.buy.com):
  • COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $84.99
  • GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard $89.99
  • XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $179.99
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply $99.99
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 $198.99
  • G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ $84.99
  • Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $69.99
  • SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B $24.99
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD $99.99
  • Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler $49.99
Subtotal: $983.90

This will run that game with ease. If you want a bit more upgrade options, you could get an SLI board such as the EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW, but that will ad $100 to the budget...
I second that.
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Awesome thanks for the info. Quick question though. Say we do get the SLI board and he decides to tack on another 8800 down the road, will the 550w power supply be able to run it? I remember hearing horror stories about the 8800s power use when they were first released.
Edited by Pakrat424 - 5/15/08 at 5:42pm
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If you'd go for the SLI board with possible upgrade plans, I'd go for a bit more juice.

As I said, www.buy.com has great deals on those Corsair PSUs, and this TX750 is an awesome buy:
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-7...206178325.html

That will be plenty power for SLI.

Note: the G92 based 8800's aren't as power hungry as the G80's. Still, it's better to have more power, esp. since it won't cost much more money (if you get the buy.com deal).

I have positive experiences with buy.com. They ship fast. I bought an HX520 from them for a folding rig.
    
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Excellent. Thanks a million Chozart, you made my friend a very happy man.

Another question though. In terms of a sound card. Is there a real difference between the onboard and say an Xtreme one?
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I would recommend a Q6600 over a E8400... Unless he plans on upgrading it within 2 years, but the Q6600. Quads are going to be far better in a few years once programs are able to use them to their full potential.
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Originally Posted by low strife View Post
I would recommend a Q6600 over a E8400... Unless he plans on upgrading it within 2 years, but the Q6600. Quads are going to be far better in a few years once programs are able to use them to their full potential.
There is some truth in this comment, even though a 'few years' is a long time.

A dedicated sound card does make some difference, although it isn't as huge at is was before. I'd try onboard, and if he doesn't like it, you can always add a sound card.
    
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