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I need a new rig and in a hurry. My budget right now is $1400. Ive been out of the hardware game for too long and I dont have the hours to read up on everything that has changed.

I am looking for the best gaming performance for my money. I play lots of games and I do multimedia/gaming design. My computer is my life. I work and play on it everyday. It is my newspaper in the morning, it is my work space that makes me money during the day, and it is my tv/gaming machine at night. Find me the best deals you can with combos and what not but please dont go over $1400.

I'll give $25 paypal/mail to the person I feel has helped the most with my final build.

Needs:


  • 22" monitor - Gaming Movies Tv - Needs to be very reliable
  • Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129043 ?
  • 4 Gb ram
  • Intel chip - Quad/dual doesnt matter but I need the best bang for the buck.
  • Intel board - I hear they are nice these days but if you find something better and on the cheap please include it. Needs good onboard sound...
  • HDD - 1tb of space or something great for gaming with a storage harddrive with at least 500gb (I got a 150 gig raptor right now...)
  • Videocard - Sli? crossfire? 2 chips in one card. I got no clue.

I will start buying parts on tuesday. It would be great to buy everything right from newegg but it is not required if you find me a good deal.

Good luck and happy hunting.

Ive been looking here for deals: http://www.hardforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=28
Edited by Dotter - 10/5/08 at 1:44am
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post #2 of 59
geez no need to pay anyone.

can you do newegg?
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post #3 of 59
Samsung 245BW - $410
Antec 1200 - $170
Patriot Extreme 2x2GB - $34
Intel E8400 - $170
DFI Dark P45-T2RS Plus - $175
RAID0 640GB AAKS (2) - $180
Visiontek HD4870 - $245

Total: $1384

Links in a second.

You're getting a 24" monitor there but if you want an OS you can trim that back to a 22".
Edited by NrGx - 10/5/08 at 1:55am
post #4 of 59
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wow so fast... Yes newegg is great.

Also I have a vent server if anyone wants to chat.

Monitor looks sweet...

e8400 quoted from newegg: "3DMark06 score of 17,606 with this and my dual Radeon HD3870's. my computer levitates about two inches above my desk now. i think it's self-aware."

Edit:

If I cut back to a 22" I would love to get 2x 4870 or will it not matter that much?
Edited by Dotter - 10/5/08 at 3:06am
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post #5 of 59
psu - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256020

dvd - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151173

case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129043

HD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148274

Monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001261

Thermal Paste - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186020

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017

Heatsink - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001

Video - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121253

Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131299

ok total = $1327.91 and there are some mail in rebates there too that i didn't add in. that should leave you with enough for shipping too.

note: the mobo and psu come as combo so you save 100 there (factored into total)
And the mobo is crossfire for another 4850 down the track.

edit: Ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231207

new total = $1382.90, my bad lol. hopefully the mail in rebates will help with the shipping to keep it under 1400.
Edited by Mxbn0 - 10/5/08 at 2:30am
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post #6 of 59
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If I cut back to a 22" I would love to get 2x 4870 or will it not matter that much?
the monitor will take a fairly sizable chunk out of ur budget, and 2x 4870 costs half of everything inside and including the case if the monitor is 300+

you will probably need to buy the 2nd gfx card down the track at a later date, as they will keep on falling in price like a feather in a 2 mile high vacuum tube
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post #7 of 59
Don't forget the Microsoft/eBay 30% cash back offer right now. That is SERIOUS coin. I just used it to buy my HD 4870. The build I have in my sig is basically about what I'd recommend for you except for the monitor... spring for a nice one. The 245BW that was posted above is really nice. I was back and forth about Intel vs AMD (long time AMD user) and dual core vs quad. I researched for months (I'm a little on the obsessive side) and came to the dark side (Intel). The Intel chips overclock so much better. If you are gaming I say go with the E8x00 series chips. You can achieve a higher clock speed (4.0 ghz on air should be easy) which will work better for todays games than a quad somewhere in the mid 3 ghzs. Todays games aren't using the 3rd and 4th cores very much... You are basically using 2 or 4 cores at a slower speed. What I'm trying to say is 2 cores at 4.0 is better than 2 working cores and 2 idle cores at 3.6ghz. For my build I wanted the best bang for the buck components on the market. I'm not afraid to spend money... just afraid to waste it.

Good luck and keep us posted on the progress.

Ty
Edited by Cander - 10/5/08 at 5:28am
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It is my newspaper in the morning, it is my work space that makes me money during the day, and it is my tv/gaming machine at night.
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I do multimedia/gaming design.
with that, do you do a lot of multitasking? say maybe couple of tabs open in Firefox, Outlook and some other stuff running all at the same time when you work? And how long do you want to keep this rig for without touching it. From your first post, it sounds as if you are a little too busy to be looking at computer upgrades all the time so i would think that a quad would be better for you in the end, as it will last longer for the newer programs that use all cores possible. especially the 2nd quote says quad core to me, as multimedia design needs a lot of horsepower.
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post #9 of 59
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First off great work so far everyone. I checked out all the parts so far.

Some of the things I am 90% sure on:

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129043

Video: VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129113

Monitor: SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001268


I use opera for the web and use up to 50 or more tabs on my current rig. Instead of clicking I usually will just open all the links with tabs then just move to them read and close. Usually I will use a few programs at a time. Say photoshop & imageready. 3d design interests me so I might try that as well.

So yes I am a mutitasker to the extreme. My current setup works pretty well for mutitasking and gaming but currently I run at 1290x960 with a huge crt. Once I bump up the resolution with a new monitor I know it wont handle maxed settings with the current rig. current rig: 2.4 dualcore, 8800gts 312mb, 3gb ddr2 5400, cheap intel mobo with hd sound.

I did webdesign for years but recently I have just been working for my mom with her business. In my free time I do what interests me the most at that moment. It could be gaming, photoshop, 3d design, movies/tv, music... I get into everything. The most important things to me are power and flexibility. It needs to be smooth. When I open 10 apps I dont wanna have to wait.

EDIT: I want it to last as long as it can but I would rather just upgrade the whole pc in a year or two. Also I only work about 3 hours a day so I have a **** ton of free time.
Edited by Dotter - 10/5/08 at 3:12pm
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Originally Posted by Dotter View Post
First off great work so far everyone. I checked out all the parts so far.

Some of the things I am 90% sure on:

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129043

Video: VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129113

Monitor: SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001268


I use opera for the web and use up to 50 or more tabs on my current rig. Instead of clicking I usually will just open all the links with tabs then just move to them read and close. Usually I will use a few programs at a time. Say photoshop & imageready. 3d design interests me so I might try that as well.

So yes I am a mutitasker to the extreme. My current setup works pretty well for mutitasking and gaming but currently I run at 1290x960 with a huge crt. Once I bump up the resolution with a new monitor I know it wont handle maxed settings with the current rig. current rig: 2.4 dualcore, 8800gts 312mb, 3gb ddr2 5400, cheap intel mobo with hd sound.

I did webdesign for years but recently I have just been working for my mom with her business. In my free time I do what interests me the most at that moment. It could be gaming, photoshop, 3d design, movies/tv, music... I get into everything. The most important things to me are power and flexibility. It needs to be smooth. When I open 10 apps I dont wanna have to wait.

EDIT: I want it to last as long as it can but I would rather just upgrade the whole pc in a year or two. Also I only work about 3 hours a day so I have a **** ton of free time.
In that case I would get an Intel Q9450 or alternatively, wait for the Core i7 920 processor being released in the short future.
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