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Wanting to build a $500ish gaming build for my friend. I don't even know where to start, I've just been reading around looking at different specs for different video cards/cpus..

He doesn't need a hard drive/case/keyboard/mouse/speakers

He already has a water cooling loop, so he would like to fit a water block into the budget (thinking DD TDX block?)

500 isn't really strict budget, could go cheaper, could go higher if its worth it for the performance.

It is gonna be mostly for gaming, always running dual 22" lcd monitors at 1680x1050.

We plan to over clock, but aren't gonna get too extreme..

But we have no idea what is the best bang for the buck. We don't know if a $80 processor is going to be fast enough? If a dual core is the best way to go or a quad core? If we should be looking into higher dollar processors or what..

Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037

AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103300

Or should we look more at a quad core?

Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115055


Also the radeon HD 4850 or 4870 video card


EDIT: also looking at future upgradeability.. Possibly SLI in the future, maybe change from the black edition amd into a quad core amd in the future?
Edited by Towlieee - 12/24/08 at 7:55pm
    
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post #2 of 18
Well if your really just going to game and basic use there really isn't any need to go with the quad core. That e8400 is a amazing processer, overclocks like crazy and is just a good performer. Since he is running dual monitor's i'd say go with the 4870. Look at the computer in my sig it's the one i plan on building sometime this week, it'll be around $350 (without graphics card,case,and HDD) and should be pretty good for gaming.
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I agree. Stick with an E7200 or E8400. The 4850 should be plenty but the 4870 is a great choice too. You will need like a 550w psu with decent amperage Id say about 32amps or so on the 12v rails.

Any case you like will do. and 2gb of ram
    
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change the card for this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143166
Edited by j0z3 - 12/24/08 at 8:07pm
    
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You can take case, and HDD off that list. Said he already has one.
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You can take case, and HDD off that list. Said he already has one.
So, the build changes, ill brb in a sec.
    
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CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037 E8400 $160
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131299 Asus P5Q pro $115
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227267 2x2GB $25
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817702010 BFG 550W $50
GFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161236 HD4870 $190
DVD Drive: $20
CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...3003&Tpk=S1283 S1283 $26

total: 586

use the rest for the water block and thermalpaste/fans
Edited by kazakia - 12/24/08 at 8:35pm
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total ends up being 666.43
after 80 rebates
it equals~570
by the way, i'm only downloading legal programs on utorrent.
     
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post #10 of 18
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Found this ocz600w for $44 after mail in rebate (but MUST order tonight) is this psu gonna be stable overclocking with 2 cards and possibility of running quad core?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341010



Also I'm looking at overclocking highly, and I could a also get 2gig of ram now, and purchase 2 gig later..

Would I be better off getting some higher mhz ram?
maybe something like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231233


And what about this video card? is the 1gig video memory good???
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161247

Btw the budget COULD go higher, possibly 700 or 800.. Just really looking for the best bang for the buck, and wanting a high end pc.. But not really on a SET budget...
    
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