$1500-2000 build... any good recomendations?

By ryan29121
Mar 24, 2008
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  1. Pretty soon I plan on building a computer for my brother with around $1500 - 2000 for his budget and I want to get some good parts for it. The price will have to be with a monitor so im figuring its going to be about $2000 with a monitor $1500 without. I wanna try SLI, probably go with Intel quad core(Q6600), 4gb ram, and air cooling. I have been looking into the EVGA 780i motherboard because I heard some pretty good things about it. Here is a list that I am considering. Please feel free to suggest, add, or remove anything from my list. I thank you in advance for any help that you provide.

    Q6600
    2 x 8800gts g92
    EVGA 780i
    4gb Corsair Dominator PC2 8500
    OCZ 700w PSU
    500gb 7200.10 barracuda HDD
    Samsung 2493HM 24" lcd monitor

    EDIT: Vista x64 and xp pro dual boot
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    What OS will you be installing?
  3. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 182

    It will be an XP pro and vista 64bit dual boot.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail - $259.99 + free shipping
    ASUS P5E Core 2 Quad Socket 775 PC2-8500 (DDR2-1066) ATX Motherboard Retail - $214.99 + shipping dependent on location
    Corsair Dominator Series TWIN2X2048-8500C5D 2GB Kit DDR2-1066 PC2-8500 Memory Retail ***Free Shipping*** - x2 = $99.80 after rebate + free shipping
    EVGA GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB 2x256bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP & SLI Ready Video Card Retail 01G-P3-N891-AR - $599.99 + free shipping
    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX ATX12V / EPS12V 650W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC, CCC - Retail - $99.99 after rebate + free shipping
    BenQ G2400W Black 24" 5ms DVI HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 1000:1 - Retail - $389.99 + $17.26 shipping

    Grand Total = $1687.61 including shipping, leaving enough for the OSes, a suitable HDD and a DVD drive. A top-of-the-line PC that will tear a new one into any game. Good luck and let us know how it goes. :)
  5. tragedyinmm

    tragedyinmm Newcomer, in training

  6. Bruce2

    Bruce2 Newcomer, in training Posts: 117

    I believe you would have been better off with the C2D 8400, a faster and cheaper dual core. It's stock speed is 3GHz, and is a sterling OC'er, it can easily reach 3.6Ghz on air cooling. The slower quad core is simply not a good option at the moment yet costs more money. You could have easily saved $60 or more there for a faster processor.

    Dual boot if you want to, but Vista 64 with SP1 is running so smoothly that you would hardly use xp any more.

    Get a 24" LCD monitor at list if you go SLi so you can utilize its full potential. With your budget you can build a killer gaming pc and have a killer monitor.

    Good luck, have fun and let us know how things going.
  7. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 182

  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    That motherboard doesn't offer any performance advantage over the 680i-based motherboards out there, even using the same chipset as the former with an nForce 200 chip thrown in to provide for the PCI-E 2.0 bandwidth, which increases its power consumption, only two of the slots are PCI-E 2.0-capable and to top it off, the capacitors aren't even solid, which is what you'd expect at that price. Just because it has an NVIDIA chipset doesn't mean it has to be good.
  9. T_C_

    T_C_ Newcomer, in training Posts: 35

    whats he gonna use it for? Gaming?
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    That does seem to be the idea. What else would you need two high-end video cards and a quad-core CPU for? Surely it's not an HTPC! ;)
  11. Epicus

    Epicus Newcomer, in training

    I just built a similar computer, sans the SLI. I think if you're going to go the SLI route, you may want to invest in a faster quadcore, or you'll be bottlenecking your graphics. I have one card and the Q6600 overclocked to 3.0GHz and COD4 runs flawless at max settings @1280x1024. You also may want to look into getting a pair of 40GB raptors (10,000rpm) and run them as a RAID1 set (for your OS install of course), then get the 500GB as external or internal for storage, I promise, you won't notice the difference right away, but the TTS and read/write is just off the charts.
     
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