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A friend of mine in the States needs a new rig and I'm helping him select one.
He can spend $2500.- and this is what I came up with.
It's $2220.86 total now

Few thoughts:
- Will the PSU be powerfull enough? Yes
- HDD's will be in raid 0.
- 2x 8800GTS it is.
- He wants a 22" TFT max.
- Did I miss anything?
- Swapped keyboard (Logitech UltraX Silver/Black 104).
- Onboard sound.
- Just needs a good CPU heatsink.

All comments are welcome, I want the best gaming rig for that $2500.

EDIT: New list.
EDIT2: Yet another new list.

Edited by Wattes - 5/20/08 at 11:58pm
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post #2 of 33
That psu will be plenty for that rig.

I would change the gpu as I think the 9600 is a let down for the rest of the build. If the budget fits a Gx2 then go for that. However if not go for something like a 8800 GTS 512mb which is basically a 9800GTX with lower volts.
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That psu will be plenty for that rig.

I would change the gpu as I think the 9600 is a let down for the rest of the build. If the budget fits a Gx2 then go for that. However if not go for something like a 8800 GTS 512mb which is basically a 9800GTX with lower volts.
I could do one Gx2 so he can upgrade to another one later if he wants
But isn't the 9600GT about the same as a 8800GTS?
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post #4 of 33
That's an excellent looking rig there. Great choices on components.

The total looks like about $2340 from what you have listed. One thing I'd change (if it's still in your budget) is to go for dual 8800GT 512MB or 8800GTS G92 512MB cards (both perform better than the 9600GT's). The 9600GT's are great, but if you're spending that much on a rig, you may as well go for better GFX cards.
    
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Quote:
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I could do one Gx2 so he can upgrade to another one later if he wants
But isn't the 9600GT about the same as a 8800GTS?
It's slower.

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That's an excellent looking rig there. Great choices on components.

The total looks like about $2340 from what you have listed. One thing I'd change (if it's still in your budget) is dual 8800GT 512MB or 8800GTS G92 512MB cards. The 9600GT's are great, but if you're spending that much on a rig, you may as well go for better GFX cards.
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Thanks, didn't know the 9600GT's performed worse, I'll switch that then.
Any other thoughts?

EDIT: Also, is it worth getting the 640MB GTS's for the higher resolutions on the 22" or are those G80 only?
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post #7 of 33
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Originally Posted by Wattes View Post
I could do one Gx2 so he can upgrade to another one later if he wants
But isn't the 9600GT about the same as a 8800GTS?
SATA dvd burner instead?

Maybe a different keyboard like Logitech G15 or G11. No point in getting a Microsoft set if your not going to use the mouse.

640mb GTS are G80 only. 512mb is enough for a 22".
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Thanks, didn't know the 9600GT's performed worse, I'll switch that then.
Any other thoughts?
You may want to get a DVD Burner with a SATA interface (instead of IDE like you selected). I'm not sure if the speed will make much of a difference, but the SATA has a much less bulky cable than the old IDE's. Way better for cable management and possibly case airflow IMO.

Other than that, everything looks great. That's a very nice build you have listed there.
    
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SATA dvd burner instead?

Maybe a different keyboard like Logitech G15. No point in getting a Microsoft set if your not going to use the mouse.

640mb GTS are G80 only. 512mb is enough for a 22".
Oh lol, didn't notice the mouse came with that
And I intended the DVD burner to be SATA... Guess I didn't read carefull I'll switch that.
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FYI: Not saying the Tuniq Tower is a bad cooler... but if you want a Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme, I recommend Petra's Tech Shop. They are $56.99 there. And if you're wondering, PTS has great customer service. They even have a vendor rep member here at OCN. I got my TRUE there.
    
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