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My buddy is big into FPS and TPS and doesn't want to spend anymore than $1000 on this build. I'm not sure what's in his old rig because we're in Iraq right now, but I decided I'd take a crack at giving him a solid rig. Here's what I have so far:

EVGA SLI 780i $240 after MIR
2 EVGA 8800 GT 512 $280 after MIR
4GB OCZ Reaper DDR2-800 $57 after MIR
Intel Q6600 $100 (from me)
Corsair 650W PSU $90 after MIR
Seagate Barracuda 500GB $85
NZXT Alpha $50 after MIR
TRUE $60

Total: $962 before shipping

I'm not sure what fan to attach to the TRUE. I don't think I've missed anything except the sound card. I'm not sure what a good budget sound card is or if he has one he could pull from his old rig.

The only reason I went with the 780i was two PCIe 2.0 slots. Otherwise I would have with with the 680i. I think it might actually be a better idea to go with the 680i and a single GTX 260.

Suggestions? Thanks.
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With soundcard:
  • NZXT Alpha Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Open Window - Retail $64.99
  • DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $184.99
  • VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $309.99
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - Retail $129.99
  • 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
  • Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $64.99
  • ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card - Retail $99.99
  • OCZ OCZTVEND2 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $49.99
Total: $989.92

And $35 of rebates.

Better rig (4GB RAM, HD 4870, with the option to add a second one later on, better CPU cooler, faster HDD, more powerful PSU, and of course a DFI mobo )
Edited by Chozart - 7/8/08 at 5:00pm
    
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If you're dead set on getting two cards, then get two 4850's with his budget. The 8800GT's can't really be called "solid" with ATI in the house. Otherwise, get a P35/45 board for a single card solution, like a 4870 or a soon-to-be 4870X2. For two GPU's, get Corsair's 620W as it has more amperage, which is really all that matters for powering them. Definitely get G.Skill RAM, not that OCZ. I would say if you're going to CF get an X38 chipset as the X48's don't really offer anything new for their higher price, but definitely go DFI either way in the X38/48 or P35/45 route, their boards are OC'ing heaven.
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I was asking him what he's willing to spend on his rig and he told me $1000. With the 8800 GT so cheap, I figured two of those would be the best way to go and I know two of them will handle anything. I really haven't put much thought into this rig.

Like me, he won't be assembling this for months. Probably not until November so a lot of these components will be cheaper.'

I'll try exploring more options. I know ATI is the fan favorite right now, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the best solution. I believe the GTX 260 outperforms the HD 4870 and if the two are at a similar price point, I'll lean toward an nForce chipset.
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The 4870 usually beats the 260. At the same price point, the 4870 is better. If Nvidia prices the 260 more aggressively, it can be a better value than the 4870, but it currently is not. I also wouldn't buy an 8800gt at anything more than 120 as that's creeping dangerously close to the 4850s price point (including all rebates/discounts for both cards). 4850CF trades blows with 8800gt SLI, but CF has the added benefit of generally better boards and whatever performance increases may come with ATI's driver updates.
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Basically get what Chozart said, although I'd say maybe a 4850 instead of a 4870 and use the money for a nicer case and faster ram, 4850 would probably be fine depending on what resolution he's playing at.
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also if you do go sli look at the 750i, which has two pci-e 2.0 slots and would be better in his price range
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026 $189
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post #8 of 13
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Thanks, rRav3n. I wasn't aware the 750i had two PCIe 2.0 slots. I'll definitely consider that board if I end up suggesting the nVidia route.

I'm looking at reviews and benchmarks and it looks like the HD 4870 does indeed outperform the GTX 260 in most every game. I think if the GTX 260 drops below $300, the HD 4870 might as well to keep the pressure on. Hopefully these price drops come within the next month or two to give me a clearer picture.

Thanks for the many suggestions already. Keep them coming. The more input, the better.
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Thanks, rRav3n. I wasn't aware the 750i had two PCIe 2.0 slots. I'll definitely consider that board if I end up suggesting the nVidia route.

I'm looking at reviews and benchmarks and it looks like the HD 4870 does indeed outperform the GTX 260 in most every game. I think if the GTX 260 drops below $300, the HD 4870 might as well to keep the pressure on. Hopefully these price drops come within the next month or two to give me a clearer picture.

Thanks for the many suggestions already. Keep them coming. The more input, the better.
If he's going to build as late as november.. he might want to wait a *little* longer. Early next year, Intel's Nehalem will come out, so he should either go for that, or take advantage of the inevitable price drops on the older gear.

But, if I were to build RIGHT NOW, you know my picks.

and regarding the 750i chipset: the eVGA FTW is the ONLY board with that chipset you should consider. It runs SLI at x16, x16, while the other 750i boards run only at x8,. x8
    
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He says he's not in a rush to build it. In fact, I'll probably be the one putting it together and overclocking for him. He's not really technologically knowledgeable. Pretty much everything he knows is what I've told him about.

I think Nehalem might be a little out of his price range. I'm not sure how many chipsets will support it, but I'm relatively sure there'll be quite a premium price tag for them since no current chipsets will support it. On top of that, DDR3 will be standard and that will double the cost on memory leaving little room elsewhere. The only advantage in waiting until January or so is price drops on everything else.

If I knew exactly what he had in his current desktop, I'd have a more concrete idea of what to do. If he could use the case again and use the motherboard for a lot of the components before going with a complete overhaul, I'll suggest he go that route. I won't know what he has until we get home, though.
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