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Case
Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-BA Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - 75.99


Motherboard
ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - 149.99


Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - 274.99


Video Card
XFX PVT96GYDDU GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - 159.99


RAM
OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - 98.99


Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - 84.99

Disk Drive
Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - 29.99


PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - 99.99


Total
974.92$

Basically, I think this is a good configuration, but the limit IS 1000$, but I would like to shave it down some more. Any suggestions, any parts that can be gotten cheaper elsewhere or a better part for a bit less? Please make any suggestions, and also tell me whether this PC would be a good gaming PC too. Thanks you very much.

Also, would it be better to wait until the new Montevina chipsets come out, so that these parts could get dated and possibly cheaper?
post #2 of 41
get a q6700 its got a higher multiplier, and its about the same price or get an e8400 or 8500, as the quad isnt quite useful for games yet, and you could get the EVGA 750i, besides, the 750s arent great for ocing quads.
    
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See, I know quite a bit of this, but I didn't know about how the 750i fares for overclocking. Now, which chipset would be then? The 780i its too expensive. Do you think think the 680i would be good then for overclocking? Also, wouldn't the newer Penryn based Q9300 be a better investment than the 65nm Q6700, even though the latter has a higher multiplier? Again, thanks for your help.

Another quick question, is the EVGA brand that much better than other boards? The thing is, they tend to be a bit more on the expensive side.
post #4 of 41
680i doesn't support 45nm Quad. Few vendors were working on the BIOS but didn't have any official announcement. The 65nm Q6700 has 10x multi and 8mb. Evga has better warranty.
post #5 of 41
Grab up some of this ram.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231145

It's a awesome deal for what your getting. G.Skill is a good company.

Yeah, i'd really shoot for a E8400 or Q6600.

Compusa.com is having a deal if you use paypal they'll take 20 dollars off your order.
post #6 of 41
save $60 with a Q6600 - and get more performance overclocked
save $100 with an E8400 - and get a faster (but dual-core) CPU
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Get an 8800GT instead of the 9600GT. Its a better card. Also this one is on sale for less than the one you picked.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150280

Also buy.com has the PSU for $10 cheaper.
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-6...206178324.html
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post #8 of 41
The 8800GT would be a better choice over the 9600GT.

You can actually pick one up for $150.00 at best buy.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1196469743507
post #9 of 41
Just did something similiar for a friend, here's a 1k SLI setup. It's $1145 in the setup but there's $160 in rebates. A lot of the stuff had free shipping so shipping is less than $20. Not really skimping anywhere either, all great components, even for overclocking.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...spx?ID=6789205
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250 GB Seagate Barracuda 20x DVD Burner Vista Home Premium 64bit CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 750-Watt 
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250 GB Seagate Barracuda 20x DVD Burner Vista Home Premium 64bit CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 750-Watt 
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Case
Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-BA Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - 75.99


Motherboard
ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - 149.99


Processor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - 274.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - 189.99


Video Card
XFX PVT96GYDDU GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - 159.99
XFX PVT88PYSF4 GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - 159.99


RAM
OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - 98.99


Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - 84.99

Disk Drive
Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - 29.99


PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - 89.99

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Total
974.92$
879.92$
That's a nice savings there. So, does the warranty of EVGA warrant an extra 40$ish for a 680i board? Also, that RAM is a bit more expensive, but maybe the CAS latency makes the price tag worth it?
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