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First gaming build. Advise/Opinions well appreciated

post #1 of 32
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I'm very new to the forums, I figured i'd introduce myself here and also get good responses on my future build : ) I intend to do just about all gaming on this thing, and I guess watch a few movies from time to time.

I have about a $2400-2500 budget, including monitor price aswell. I think I have found a good setup for the price, but if anyone can spot places i can save money or better product please let me know!

LIAN LI PC-V1000BPLUSII ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $229.99

EVGA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - $189.99

EVGA GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 Will be running SLI, so will cost - $519.98

PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - $149.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz - $194.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) - $84.99

Western Digital Caviar 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $99.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit - $99.99 edit from XP32bit

SAMSUNG Black DVD burner 2MB Cache SATA - $26.99 edit from IDE

Scythe KM01-BK "KAZE MASTER" 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - $42.99

OCZ OCZTVEND2 120mm - $49.99 edit

Scythe 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan 3 of these - $26.97

And either SAMSUNG 2493HM Glossy Black 24" 5ms (BTW) or Gateway FHD2400 Black-Silver 24" 3ms - $479.99

Please let me know what you think! Will start purchasing within the next 2 weeks or so
Edited by rickychambersm - 5/27/08 at 3:37am
post #2 of 32
Looks great. A few changes would be to get Windows Vista Home Premium x64 and go for a Samsung Syncmaster 245BW. Otherwise it's looking quite good.
post #3 of 32
Change the Xp to Vista x64 and also instead of those two coolers get a tuniq tower
post #4 of 32
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Forgot to add I was planning on using my 360 and PS3 with the monitor, so needed the extra connections or would go with the 245.

Why Vista 64? From most of the readings I have looked at, most people agreed XP was still the way to go for now
post #5 of 32
The rig looks nice.. as for the hsf.. i'd recommend the xigmatek on account of my buddy has one on his q6600 and it works awesome

Also.. i'm sure the e8400 is great but you can also consider this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115018 since quad core is more future proof

Also vista64 runs so fast after sp1.. (also you'd be able to use all your ram)



edit: welcome to ocn!
Edited by Vegnagun - 5/27/08 at 3:02am
post #6 of 32
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Forgot to add I was planning on using my 360 and PS3 with the monitor, so needed the extra connections or would go with the 245.

Why Vista 64? From most of the readings I have looked at, most people agreed XP was still the way to go for now
The XP version you have linked is a x86 or 32 bit version and hence does not allow you to use all your ram (in that case why buy it). Vista 64 will allow you to and to be honest, I think it is better thank XP by a long shot.
post #7 of 32
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Forgot to add I was planning on using my 360 and PS3 with the monitor, so needed the extra connections or would go with the 245.

Why Vista 64? From most of the readings I have looked at, most people agreed XP was still the way to go for now
64 bit so that you can make full use of your 4gb of ram. With 32 bit XP you only get 4gb of total ram address space (i think that's the right jargon). So with your SLI'd 512mb graphics cards you'll only be able to use up to 3gb of your ram (probably under that). Bit of a waste. Vista's doing pretty good now anyway, look at how many people on the forum are using it. You'll run into trouble if you're trying to use old hardware such as outdated printers because of lack of drivers, but with your budget I can't see that happening.
The other option is XP 64 bit, but from what a lot of people have said here, it's pretty awful.
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Ph II X4 955 BE (C3) Asus M2N-SLI DELUXE EVGA 8800GTS 320MB 4GB G.Skill's DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.10 320GB LG DVDRW Windows 7 x64 Dell ST2410 & Samsung 2032BW 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.10 320GB LG DVDRW Windows 7 x64 Dell ST2410 & Samsung 2032BW 
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Hiper 530W Antec NSK6000 Logitech MX Revolution 
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post #8 of 32
Looks like a nice setup, you need to use vista 64 to be able to use the 4gb of ram, it runs very fast with and I have had no problems.

I also the agree with the advice on using the tunic tower or maybe a Thermalright Ultra 120.
post #9 of 32
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Thanks. Such quick responses, heh.

Well I got my decision of XP from this resource http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=1332&page=5 , and http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=1390&page=2 . which pretty tells me Vista isn't what i want from his conclusions.

EDIT: Was aware i wasn't going to be able to use all 4g but the price of the ram was so cheap i figured why not
post #10 of 32
Nice build, cant really fault it. All i would change is XP for VISTA 64 BIT.
As the CPU goes that is what i think i would go with ATM, the Q6x00 is great, but at the moment most stuff is optimised for 2 cores and the new 45nm Duos seem faster and more overclockable. The new 45nm quads (not the extremes) dont seem worth the premium over the Q6x00's. So yeah either E8400 or Q6600. Either are damn fine chips.
Good luck with it and keep us posted with progress
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SpinpointF1 1TB, 2x250GB WD VelociRaptor Raid0,... Asus LightScribe DVD-RW Corsair H70 + 2x Akasa Apache 120mm in Push Pul... Win 7 Home Prem x64 + RedHat Linux Dual Boot 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC 32" FULL HD LCD Logitech G15 mk2 OCZ ModXtreme 700w 80+ Silver Modular CM Storm Sniper - Tinted Panal 
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CM Storm Sentinal Advanced mk1 Steel Series WoW Special Edition Asus Xonar DG with built in Headphone Amp.  Roccat Kave Headphones with True 5.1 audio. 
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