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post #1 of 18
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Alright, a friend of mine has asked me to recommend him parts for a gaming build he is doing. The budget is around $1200 dollars, and he only needs the box. He is looking to overclock, but it will be his first time doing it and I doubt he will want to try anything ridiculous.

Here is what I was looking at:

CPU: E8400
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R
RAM: 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tracers (2x2GB)
GPU: EVGA 8800GTS 512MB (G92)
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB
PSU: Corsair 650W
Case: Antec Nine Hundred
DVD: Samsung SH-S203N
CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower or Thermalright Ultra Extreme

I have been a little out of touch with the computer world recently, so I did the best I could and figured I would post here to avoid recommending anything stupid.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Here is the Newegg wishlist.
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post #2 of 18
My picks:
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail $189.99
  • G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail $84.99
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - Retail $99.99
  • LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S OEM BK - OEM $25.99
  • Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail $49.99
  • COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $84.99
  • 2X EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $339.98 (for the pair)
  • EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $189.99
  • Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $109.99
Total: $1,175.90

SLI

Or with a single 8800GTS, like the one you picked, which brings the total down to $1,080.91. Possibly add a second HDD for RAID... (But I think SLI-ed 8800GT's sounds so nice)
    
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post #3 of 18
That's a very competent build...

My only suggestions are as follows:

1) Ditch the Crucial 2x2GB memory, they're expensive for what you get. If he wants 4gbs he should consider the g.skill 2x2gb ddr2 1000mhz memory kit for $85 shipped. *side note* 2x2gb is completely wasted on a 32bit OS, so make sure he has XP/Vista/Server 64bit.

2) The Xigmatek S1283 is an amazing cooler(I should know ) it keeps my q6700 nice and cool. No doubt the TRUE offers slightly better performance, but that might require a high CFM noisy fan and a lap job to get the base flat.

-EDIT-

3) The corsair 550VX is more than enough for my rig, which thanks to my quad core sucks down more power than your buds hypothetical build... You should give it look as it is one of the best PSUs for the money.

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-5...205852646.html
Edited by MasterKromm - 6/5/08 at 4:55pm
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post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help guys!

I'm pretty sure he will get Vista x64, so 4gb shouldn't be a problem.

I think I'll stick with everything you suggested MasterKromm, although I'm still not sure whether to get a Tuniq Tower or the Xigmatek.

I'm still not sure about SLI, either. From some of the reviews I've seen, two 8800GT's in SLI would beat the 8800GTS on some games (COD4) by a significant margin, but would actually perform worse in others (Crysis).

It would probably still be worth it to go SLI, but I'll have to see what games he is wanting to play first.

So, here is what I'm looking at now:

CPU: E8400
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R
RAM: 4GB G.Skill DDR2 1000
GPU: 2x EVGA 8800GT
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB
PSU: Corsair 550VX
Case: Antec Nine Hundred
DVD: Samsung SH-S203N
CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower or Xigmatek S1283

Newegg wishlist is here. It is probably too expensive, but the Antec Nine Hundred has a $40 rebate it looks like, and I think there was another item that had a rebate, but I can't remember which. I wish the wishlist would list that somewhere...
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Windows XP Home Samsung 226BW Logitech G15 Enermax Liberty 400w 
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post #5 of 18
Why do you need 2 8800GTs?
post #6 of 18
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Alright, he is going to order the parts tonight, so I thought I would bump this and see if anyone else has any thoughts. This is the build I'm looking at now:
Quote:
Originally Posted by HeelyJoe View Post
CPU: E8400
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R
RAM: 4GB G.Skill DDR2 1000
GPU: 2x EVGA 8800GT
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB
PSU: Corsair 550VX
Case: Antec Nine Hundred
DVD: Samsung SH-S203N
CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower or Xigmatek S1283
If I'm doing anything stupid, I'd appreciate someone pointing it out. Any help would be great.

The wishlist is here.
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Windows XP Home Samsung 226BW Logitech G15 Enermax Liberty 400w 
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Antec Nine Hundred Logitech MX518 
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post #7 of 18
get the tuniq cuz it has bolt-tru mounting. but if you have a bolt kit for the Xigmatek then go for it.

lol very close to my build...
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post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by HeelyJoe View Post
CPU: E8400
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R
RAM: 4GB G.Skill DDR2 1000
GPU: 2x EVGA 8800GT
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB
PSU: Corsair 550VX
Case: Antec Nine Hundred
DVD: Samsung SH-S203N
CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower or Xigmatek S1283
See a problem there? lol

The DS3 doesn't have SLI support.
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Originally Posted by dM@n View Post
See a problem there? lol

The DS3 doesn't have SLI support.
thinking the same look at the 750 FTW motherboard
    
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post #10 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by HeelyJoe View Post
So, here is what I'm looking at now:

CPU: E8400
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R
RAM: 4GB G.Skill DDR2 1000
GPU: 2x EVGA 8800GT
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB
PSU: Corsair 550VX
Case: Antec Nine Hundred
DVD: Samsung SH-S203N
CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower or Xigmatek S1283
550VX isn't even close to poewrful enough for two 8800GTS's. Plus the DS3R dosen't have SLI support, you need a Nvidia board for that.
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