Is this a good, cheap build?

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Oct 20, 2008
  1. CPhantom
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    Well, I am in dire need of a gaming computer. I would like one under the price of $1,000 dollars. Not something insanely elite, but something that will run my Games like World of Warcraft, Half-Life 2, and Counter Strike: Source on their top speeds without a problem which I think this could pull off.


    I came up with this thing at I buy Power, were they seem to sell pre-built computers for a cheap price. I ended up at $960 for what I am getting. I just wanted to see if anyone else thought this was good, as I am no computer expert.

    thanks!



    Case ( Nzxt Guardian 921 Gaming Tower Case w/420W Power Supply Black )
    Case Lighting ( Cold Cathode Neon Light Green )
    Power Supply ( 600 Watt -- XION SuperNova XON-600R14-201 Power Supply SLI Ready )
    Processor ( Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8400 (2x 3.0GHz/6MB L2 Cache/1333FSB) )
    Processor Cooling ( [=== Quiet ===] AVC Silent Intel CPU Fan and Heatsink Quiet & Overclocking Proof )
    Motherboard ( [SLI] eVGA Nvidia NForce 680i SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0 Dual PCI-E MB )
    Memory ( 2 GB [1 GB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module Corsair-Value or Major Brand )
    Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 1GB w/DVI + TV Out Video )
    Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA )
    Hard Drive ( 500 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache] )
    2nd Hard Drive ( 500 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache] )
    External Hard Drives [USB 2.0/eSATA] ( None )
    CD/DVD Drive ( None )
    CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive ( [** Special !!! ***] LG 20X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black )
    Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
    Speaker System ( 600W PMPO 3 PCS Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System )
    Network Card ( Intel Pro 10/100/1000 Network Card )
    Floppy Drive ( None )
    Monitor ( None )
    2nd Monitor ( None )
    Keyboard ( Microsoft Internet Keyboard Black )
    Mouse ( None )
    USB 2.0 Accessories ( Built-in USB 2.0 Ports )
    Meter Display ( Thermal Temperature LCD Display Black )
    Flash Media Reader/Writer ( 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer Black )
    Operation System ( None- Pre-formatted Hard Drive Only )
    Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner ( None )
    USB Flash Drive ( None )
    MP3 Player ( None )
    Video Camera ( None )
    Headset ( None )
    Power Protection ( None )
    Printer ( None )
    Warranty ( Warranty Service Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
    Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) No Rush, Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days )
     
  2. Lee79

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    That will run them games with ease it would even run Crysis go for it. [​IMG] but If you are not going to use SLI i would get a motherboard with the Intel P45 chipset like the Asus P5Q Deluxe as it is a better chipset then the NForce 680i.
     
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    Agreed with Lee79.
    But, if the case looks doesn't matter to you, go with the cheapest+ugliest. Sure its ugly but saved u some extra $. That is if case looks doesn't matter.
     
  4. Joe88

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    also to shave off more money just get a regular 8800GT 512MB
    you wont notice 1GB unless your have a 32" screen or more

    you can save another $45 is you do a slight downgrade on the CPU to a E7200 (you can just overclock the different very easy)
     
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    You could shave off some more, if you didnt have the 2nd hard drive as well, All in all, It seems like a great computer
     
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    I agree with Joe88

    1gb cards are not really needed for stuff out there today. Even 512mb is rarely needed.

    Take the money you save from getting an 8800GT 512mb and buy more memory. 2gb is good but 3gb/4gb is what you need for some serious gaming.
     
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    The case seems to come with a power supply, and you are already purchasing one. I'd suggest you pick a case that has no psu, should save you some money, or get you a better built case.

    Ditch the NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 1GB and get it with 512mb of ram. You will not need 1gb of ram on a graphics card. If your budget allows it you could get the NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS 512mb model instead. Also agree with other poster above about changing the motherboard if you have no interest in SLI.

    As ram is dirt cheap these days, you might want to get 4gb, if it doesn't bump the cost up much more. Of course you'd need to look into running a 64bit OS then to get the most out of your ram.
     
  8. CPhantom
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    Well, thank you all for the help! ^^ I really appreciated it! I managed to get the price down to about $838 without having to drop much of the nice little things inside! :]

    So, my total will be around $1,100 total with my monitor when I get it, which isn't bad at all!


    Thank you all for the help with deciding on what to get! [​IMG]
     
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    Why do you need two power supplies?
     
  10. CPhantom
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    Well, the case I'm getting comes with one, and unfortunately I cannot chose to get rid of the 420w one, and I need a better one than that for sure. So, buying the 600w isn't such a horrible thing.





    Here is the new setup based off of what you guys said




    Case ( Nzxt Guardian 921 Gaming Tower Case w/420W Power Supply Black )
    Case Lighting ( Cold Cathode Neon Light Green )
    Power Supply ( 600 Watt -- Power Supply SLI Ready )
    Processor ( Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8400 (2x 3.0GHz/6MB L2 Cache/1333FSB) )
    Processor Cooling ( [=== Quiet ===] AVC Silent Intel CPU Fan and Heatsink Quiet & Overclocking Proof )
    Motherboard ( [SLI] eVGA Nvidia NForce 680i SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0 Dual PCI-E MB )
    Memory ( 2 GB [1 GB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module Corsair-Value or Major Brand )
    Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB w/DVI + TV Out Video )
    Video Card Brand ( === High Performance === eVGA Brand Video Card Powered by NVIDIA )
    Hard Drive ( 500 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache] )
    2nd Hard Drive ( None )
    External Hard Drives [USB 2.0/eSATA] ( None )
    CD/DVD Drive ( None )
    CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive ( [** Special !!! ***] LG 20X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black )
    Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
    Speaker System ( 600W PMPO 3 PCS Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System )
    Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
    Floppy Drive ( None )
    Monitor ( None )
    2nd Monitor ( None )
    Keyboard ( Microsoft Internet Keyboard Black )
    Mouse ( None )
    USB 2.0 Accessories ( Built-in USB 2.0 Ports )
    Meter Display ( None )
    Flash Media Reader/Writer ( 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer Black )
    Operation System ( None- Pre-formatted Hard Drive Only )
    Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner ( None )
    USB Flash Drive ( None )
    MP3 Player ( None )
    Video Camera ( None )
    Headset ( None )
    Power Protection ( None )
    Printer ( None )
    Warranty ( Warranty Service Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
    Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) No Rush, Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days )


    total: $791



    Then, I can also buy:


    A Samsung 22" monitor :]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...82E16824001268R

    priced: $220

    and two sticks of RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145034

    priced: $47



    ENTIRE TOTAL: $1058


    I think that is quite some price there :}
     
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