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I'm gonna buy a new system and I could really use some feedback. I'm not great with hardware so I can't build one myself. I'm basically looking for the best gaming system I can get for around $1300<br />
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Below is a system I put together using cyberpowerpc.com s core 2 duo configurer, it looks like a good system to me. The total cost is $1,291.42 (after sales tax). <br />
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CASE: X-BLADE Mid-Tower 450W W/ WINDOW & LCD Temperature Display + FAN CONTROL (BLACK COLOR)<br />
CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 CPU @ 2.4GHz 1066FSB 2x2MB L2 Cache<br />
MOTHERBOARD: MSI P965 Neo-F P965 Chipset LGA775 Supports Core 2 Duo CPU FSB1066 DDR2/800 Mainboard w/GbLAN, USB2.0, &7.1Audio<br />
MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)1GB (2x512MB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Value Select or Major Brand)<br />
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA Geforce 7900 GT 256MB 16X PCI Express Video Card<br />
VIDEO CARD 2: NONE<br />
LCD Monitor: NONE<br />
HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (160GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)<br />
Data Hard Drive: NONE<br />
Optical Drive: COMBO DRIVE (16X DVD-ROM & 52x32x52 CD-RW) (BLACK COLOR)<br />
Optical Drive 2: NONE<br />
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO<br />
OS: Windows XP Home w/sp2<br />
Professional Wiring for All WIRINGs Inside The System Chasis with High Performance Thermal Compound on CPU<br />
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PRICE: $1,291.42 (after sales tax) (tax is around $100)<br />
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Is this a good price? Anything I should change on it? Am I missing anything? I was thinking of getting ATI X1900XT PCI-E x16 512MB instead of a Geforce 7900 GT 256MB 16X PCI, the x1900xt is $100 more expensive so I would need to down the CPU to Coreâ„¢ 2 Duo E6400 CPU in order to afford it. I was wondering if the downgrade of the CPU would be worth the upgrade of the video card.<br />
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Sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong forum =/<br />
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you can try buydirectpc.com. they have tons of customization. don't know any that's ever bought from them though. a little expensive though for their C2D pcs. you might as well try and do it yourself. it's easier than you might imagine.
 

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The MSI boards for Core 2 Duo CPUs are garbage, get a GIGABYTE S3.<br>
Better yet, an ASUS P5B-Deluxe. It's expensive but it's worth every penny and ASUS are the best choice for Intel systems.
 

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yea, get a gigabyte mobo... and 2gb of memory instead of 1gb. you'll fine this will allow you to max the settings in games like Quake 4 and more memory intensive games like that.<br />
you may also want to consider a 250gb hard drive or something a bit larger than 160gb. thats plenty for games and programs, but if you do any type of video storage you'll soon learn that 160gb fills up fast. i mean i use probably around 90gb for my games and programs along with windows and stuff... and then around 60gb for my videos and music and basically everything i would want to back up if i were doing a reformat. in fact, if you like you could just get an external, thats what im doing since ive got two 80gb's in raid 0 <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><br />
oh and one last thing, if you plan on overclocking... since we <i>are</i> in overclock.net... you may want a bit more than 450watt psu just to be safe.
 

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Dont use the psu inc with the xblade case. It is only 450w and is not made by a known brand. it will be ****ty.
 

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Stay with the cheaper graphics card for now. When DX10 comes round the corner, you'll be glad that you bought the better processor rather than the better graphics card when you need to upgrade your system later. Graphics cards generally get out-dated a lot faster than processors.
 

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In regards of that part, I'd say buy a $200 video card. Something like a GeForce 7900 GS or X1900GT max and wait for the DX10 cards, currently I'm using a 6800 GS and this is more than enough for the games I play with but I'm definitely going to shell out more cash on a DX10 card when they arrive.<br><br>
Here's a comparison charg between the differences in a 7900 GS vs X1900GT: <a href="http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=443&card2=415" target="_blank">http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....=443&card2=415</a>
 

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i can vouch for the psu in the x-blade being junk. its a winpower or something. depending on how much of an overclock(if any you are after) the value ram may hold you back
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">In regards of that part, I'd say buy a $200 video card. Something like a GeForce 7900 GS or X1900GT max and wait for the DX10 cards, currently I'm using a 6800 GS and this is more than enough for the games I play with but I'm definitely going to shell out more cash on a DX10 card when they arrive. <br />
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Here's a comparison charg between the differences in a 7900 GS vs X1900GT: <a href="http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=443&card2=415" target="_blank">http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....=443&card2=415</a></div>

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</div>I'd say the x1900xt 256MB or the 7900GTO is the best deal now, they have same or lower price compared to the 7900GT, but they own the 7900GT by a mile.
 
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