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OK latley I have been thinking about getting something totally new. I was going through new egg and made a wish list with all I wanted and it was over $2000. I have never build a PC from the ground up so as far as getting heatsinks, necessary fans, ect.. i'm not sure about all that and not sure if i want to get that deep into it.

Other option is going with something like an AlienWare system (i hate there cases but thats no big deal) since they will finance if i want to go that route and they seem to have options for almost anything you want buts its gonna cost ya!!!

What would everyone suggest or is there some good premade new egg wish list floating around cause i dont want to buy a bunch of stuff andf then have size and compatabillity issues when i go and put it together. thanks for any help...
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Hang in there mate,some good member goin to come up with a good rig for you soon.It's easy and better if you build by yourself.I have mine for sale if you interest?Send me a pm.
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do it yourself....
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Yes, like ^he^ said, do it yourself. I just built my first computer from the ground up, a couple months ago, and it was a fun experience.

Just get an idea of what type of computer you want, how much you are willing to spend, and what you plan to do with the computer in the future (upgrading). I know I screwed up because I bought an 8800GTS for a motherboard that supports crossfire, heh. We all learn from our mistakes. Just do your research and you should be fine.

One thing I did get help with was putting all the parts together. I got a couple friends who knew what they were doing to come over and help me connect everything because I didn't want to hook things up wrong. When we first tried to start the computer, it didn't start up. Ironically, my friend was the one who screwed up and plugged the pci-e power cord into the cpu power input.
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post #5 of 17
What are you looking the rig to do mate? We can fix you up one for less than $2000 surely
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well i have the new egg wish list made

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...sp?ID=11757707

I think for the most part that should be it, its all the small things that i'm sure i'm forgetting that it gonna get me.



all it ever gets used for is screwing around on the net like this and gaming. So i want to make sure I get the most out of the graphics.



Or last choice is to......New case, New mobo, New GPU, New PSU, New Cooling and overclock the hell out of all of it???? Could do all that for about 700 or so.
Edited by whipple16 - 6/2/08 at 6:46pm
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post #7 of 17
Assuming you are using that 19" LCD still, an 8800GT will be all you will ever need in terms of GPU horsepower. If it is just for screwing around on the net and gaming, look for an E2180 which are extremely cheap at the moment and overclock exceedingly well. The Zalman cooler is also a poor performer. You would be better off with a Thermalright Extreme 120 or if you want to go cheaper an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 (I'm using this with my E2160 and it is more than sufficient).

Perosnally, I would stay away from nvidia chipsets. I don't like them and they are very hard to overclock. Look for a P35 board like the GA-P35-DS3L or the DFI P35-T2RS if you want to raid.
post #8 of 17
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thanks, the cooling system is no big deal i will get whatever you all recommend, for the processor I would like to overclock and get into the low 3GHz range. (if i used my current Pentium D would it be stable in the low 3's with a nice artic cooler on top....)


I guess i'm gonna keep reading up and taking recommendations and hopefully pull the trigger in a few weeks here.


I think i know what i want by now and it sure beats spending 2500+ on some alienwware type system.
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Originally Posted by NrGx View Post
Assuming you are using that 19" LCD still, an 8800GT will be all you will ever need in terms of GPU horsepower. If it is just for screwing around on the net and gaming, look for an E2180 which are extremely cheap at the moment and overclock exceedingly well. The Zalman cooler is also a poor performer. You would be better off with a Thermalright Extreme 120 or if you want to go cheaper an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 (I'm using this with my E2160 and it is more than sufficient).

Perosnally, I would stay away from nvidia chipsets. I don't like them and they are very hard to overclock. Look for a P35 board like the GA-P35-DS3L or the DFI P35-T2RS if you want to raid.
if he wants to spend $2000 (it seems thats what he wants to spend) he should go for a quad core. the Q6600 is $215 and the Q6700 is $275 (both retail)

for ram go with this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231145

and for HDD, go with this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136131

get a 8800GTS 512 video card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127325

and a evga 750i FTW mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026

get the TRUE cpu cooler and the scythe ultra kaze 3000rmp fan.
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post #10 of 17
for $2000 you can have my rig right now and i'll even put it in a pretty case for ya


could be all yours!
Edited by microman - 6/2/08 at 7:42pm
    
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