Help me build a gaming computer

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  1. Mewgia
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    So my birthday recently passed and I now have a fair amount of money to spend on a computer. I have $900 to spend. However, with so many choices of what to get for every little part, I don't trust myself to make the best purchase.

    So.
    I want the best computer for gaming that I can get for that amount of money. I already have a case so that cuts off a bit of cost. Here are the specifications that I want:
    What I have so far:
    Processor - $125: Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Allendale 2.0GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
    RAM - $70: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CB/CE/CSA/UL/FCC
    I'm getting a soundcard from a friend so that's under control.
    Thinking of these for speakers, they are cheap enough, get generally good reviews (there are only 14 reviews for that particular model, but the $38 model from that company seems to be the same exact thing except with a different model number :/ it has about 60 reviews), and supposedly have nice bass and a separate bass control (a must for me)

    Things I still need to decide on:
    Graphics card. I was going to get the one that Kellyan95 linked to (one post down) but now I think I will go for a DX10 card and forgo the G15 keyboard and smexy mouse. It's easier to upgrade from a $15 mouse&keyboard set to a $90 one than from a $140 GFX card to a $200-250 one...
    mother board with a couple of Firewire ports, a good amount of USB ports, and gigabit (or better, but that shouldn't really effect much) ethernet. Needs to be good for overclocking things. I'm probably going to get the one kellyan linked to but I'm going to look around a bit more
    Everything else necessary that I have left off of this newly edited post, I'm kind of out of it right now so I probably chopped off a lot of stuff.
     
  2. kellyan95

    kellyan95 Banned

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    You're not getting a good DX10 card with that, go for a top end DX9. Or a good LCD monitor.

    E4400, 2GB Gskill, $90 PSU (500W) 7900GS/X1950.....

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115014
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128047
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231098
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817341001
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102061
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822152085
    ~$700

    How big of a monitor do you want? A really good 24" will cost you $560....~$300 for a 22"
     
  3. flai

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    For a monitor I recommend a Samsung Syncmaster 940BW. 1440x900 19-inch. Its a great monitor and there's a 22" version just up from it which is absolutely gorgeous.
     
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    A monitor is the biggest investment in a new PC. They will last much longer than all the other components, but you have to get a good one. $550-$800 for the highest of high end 24" monitors (BenQ FP241W, Dell 2407WPF-HC, Samsung 244T)

    For 22" there is the Samsung 226BW and CW
     
  5. Foie

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    For you mouse, I would suggest the Razor diamondback. I got that mouse recently, and it is definitely the best mouse I have ever used. They are only $25ish shipped after google checkout at buy.com
     
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    Since I will eventually have two monitors, getting a huge one is not of high importance - 17-19" will do. My friend has two 17inch monitors and that's plenty big.
     
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    On your budget i would recommend a ATI(AMD) X1950 graphics card i use one its DX 9 but unless you are running vista with DX 10 this is the card for you.
     
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    @lee: Since I don't want to upgrade graphics cards so soon so that I can play DX10 stuff, but I may have to just get a good DX9 card, use that for a while, and wait a bit for when I get more money to buy a good DX10 card.


    Also, I rearranged somethings and stated that the mobo must be good for Overclocking things...Since I won't be able to get great stuff I'll need to OC the hell out of what I get.
     
  9. superrob

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    Get a Q6600 Quad core processor [​IMG]
    It runs @ about 10Ghz [​IMG]
     
  10. Sinkhead

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    I already suggested you to ask on BuildYourOwn.org.uk methinks, they're really good... I think I suggested it anyway...

    The E6750's are REALLY good value for money (due to a pricing fluke they are cheaper AND more powerful than the E4400 and the E6150. For motherboards look at the Asus P5K ones, if you go for a Core 2 Duo without a 50 on the end you can look at the P5Bs as well... Samsung SpinPoint drives are really quiet and they're pretty cheap and reliable too. Try to get a modular PSU as well.

    - Sam
     
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    I second that I have the 20" version and it's awesome. if you want a good cheap monitor, don't go for a cheap LCD as they tend to be crappy(washed out, high response time, uneven backlighting). I would reccomend getting a CRT as they are cheap and you'lle get a high quality picture, only problem is space though.

    Also remember for dx10 you'lle need vista is that coming out of the budget too? if so I reccomend getting the
    " ATI(AMD) X1950" it can be overclocked quite a bit and is pretty cheap, and it plays all the latest games really well.
     
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    Not for gaming it doesnt.
     
  13. superkrm

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    get a westing house monitor
    if ur lucky u can get a 37 inch around 500 dollars us
     
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    37" what? 720p?
     
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    1080
     
  16. kellyan95

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    Which probably has a resolution of 1920x1080, not supported by most games. On top of that, I can't find said monitor anywhere
     
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    Ok, what about 1:1 hardware scaling? The X1950 can't do 1920x1080 very well in new games. The Dell 2407-WFP and BenQ both have it
     
  19. superkrm

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    then run at a lower res or get a better card

    how about you read those threads of the people who own this lovely monitor
     
  20. kellyan95

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    I also did extensive research into 24" monitors, and found those two to be as close to perfect as you can get

    And that model has been discontinued, it's extremely hard to find