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Alright, i am planning on upgrading my computer, it is a dell xps 630i but from what i have seen it seems most of the parts in it will be largely useless, except i can use the hard drive, optical drives, and GPU(8800GTX) It will mostly be used for playing games,
My budget is $1000, and i do live near a microcenter so i can get an i7 920 for $200
What do you guys reccomend? What do you think a good build would be?
i called this thread a budget fudgit, because you can change my build(fudge it) within my budget (budget)
Thanks!!!
 

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with $1000 trash that gpu and get something better like a 4890. also, the hdd plays a big role in performance, so unless it is like a raptor or a caviar black, it would bring down the rest of your system
 

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If i was too get a new graphics card, do you suggest i get a new case or just stick it in the dell xps 630i? also is right now even a good time to be buying parts? What i have been thinking of would be like
Intel Core i7 920- $200
Evga 121 Matx- $200
OCZ 6GB DDR3- $120
all of that seems to be pretty steady and leaves money left over so i can get a new case such as the ATCS 840 or the Danger Den Torture Rack
That would leave the current graphics card though
 

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Depending on what games you're playing and your resolution, an 8800GTX should be fine.

And I'd definitely get a new case for the build.. Re-using Dell cases is a no-no.


Personally, with a budget of $1000 I'd simply leave that system intact and start from scratch.
 

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$1k aint budget in my book O:

Well, technically $1,000 is the "budget."
 

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Dont ever say "fudgit" again.

That actually made me laugh. Ignore it if you don't find it humorous.
 

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That actually made me laugh. Ignore it if you don't find it humorous.

Ditto. I found it quite creative.
 

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Here's a thought -> $816 total leaves room for a GPU upgrade if you like.

From Microcenter:
$200 CPU i7 920

$150 CASE CM HAF 932
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0293547

From the Egg
$235 MOBO EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188049

$99.99 PSU CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005

$105 MEMORY OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227388

$100 HDD 2x Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136074

Other vendors:
$60 CPU COOLER Megahalem
http://www.crazypc.com/products/prol...em-508600.html

$16 CPU Fan Panaflo 120mm L1A - FBA12G12L1A
http://www.jab-tech.com/Panaflo-120m...A-pr-2686.html
 

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That does look good Aardobard, i think the Megahalems can be purchased from microcenter too, so that would save some money on shipping. That motherboard is really sleek looking, Do you think it might be a better idea to bump the haf 932 up to the atcs 840? Also would it be better to get like a 1TB Western Digital Caviar for the same price as those two hard drives? If that motherboard performs well then it definately looks like a good choice
 

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You could get a 1TB drive in addition to the two smaller ones which I intended to be in RAID0 for performance. As far as cases go, it's really personal preference. If you like that case, then by all means, get it. I'm not familiar with it.
 

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Hmm...I cant really seem to decide on what case to get =( but other then that this build seems to be shaping up nicely, Do you think that evga board would outperform the rampage 2 gene, and the evga matx board? those are all in about the same price range
 

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For it's price range, the EVGA board I linked to has great ratings (80% 5 eggs) and enough ratings (26) to begin to get a feel for the mobo. The other two you mentioned are lagging behind in both these areas. Lacking personal knowledge, I'd tend to go with the ratings, not that it's perfect, but it's a decent enough gauge.

[Thinking out loud] If you don't plan to actually use multiple GPU's in the future, getting the EVGA mATX board might be more of an option (it has 2 PCI-E slots, but they appear to be close together) and would permit a smaller/cheaper case. Those combined savings could get you into a upper-mid range GPU, a nice velociraptor or some well-deserved computer assembly beverages.
 

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Tragically, i got into a spending spree, and bought a nice new monitor, and keyboard and mouse, so now my budget is down to $750. Any suggestions?
 

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mobo

psu

Going by your sig that's all you really need. For the video card just get something in the $300 - $400 range to make it really worth the upgrade from the 8800gtx.

Don't forget to overclock for best results.
 

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hmmm....$750...hold this post lol.
 

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Okay, what kind of games will you play and what resolution is the monitor? Are you doing 2x monitors now?
 

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The new monitor is 1920x1080, right now i am playing games such as tf2, css, l4d, Sims 3, and a dab of crysis. Right now i do not have two monitors setup, but i do have my old monitor, and have been thinking about doing dual, just havnt got around too it, and dont see much benefit. Thanks so much for the help
 
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