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Building a comp

By minigamer
May 21, 2009
  1. OK guys here we go..I'm looking to build a new comp from the case up. It would be used for mainly gaming. I'm not looking to spend over $500 if possible but, I am willing to go a bit over.I would like it to have at least 2 GB of memory. I'm interested in what you guys would suggest. Plzz leave any and all advice you can. I thank you in advance and appreciate the help.
     
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    Look at the sticky about PC Building in the General Hardware forum and give us all the required information so we can give you specific recommendations.
     
  3. minigamer

    minigamer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    * What are you going to use the PC for?
    * How much is your budget?
    * Where are you located? (a.k.a. fill out your profile)
    * Are you willing to buy online?
    * Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build?
    * Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others?
    * Have you already bought any parts?
    * Do you have an Operating System (OS)?
    * Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup?

    *Gaming
    *$500-700
    *NY
    *yes
    *no
    *keyboard and mouse, case
    *no
    *no
    *yes
     
  4. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 737

    Here's a decent gameing system just slightly over your budget. ( a smaller HDD or slightly less powerfull CPU or GPU would put it in your budget but if you can afford the little extra this is an exelent setup)
    CPU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103648 $120
    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387 $110
    Case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068 $50
    Powersupply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015 $75
    Video:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121288 $170 ($140 after mir)
    HDD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073 $60
    Optical Drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136153 $26
    OS:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $100
    Ram:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145241 $60 ($40 after mir)


    Total Before Rebate: $771
    After Rebate: $701

    If you want to make it a little cheaper you could sub the triple core cpu for a dual core and the 4870 for a 4850 and only loose a little preformance. Just don't go too low end and defently don't cheap out on the motherboard and PSU or you will likely be sorry later.

    as for the aftermarket fan; the included cpu fan and case fans should be sufficent unless you plan to overclock If you do plan to overclock here are some good cpu coolers:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835202005
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118223
    these will add a bit to the price
    and if you do go for aftermarket cooling you might as well add some good thermal paste
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100009

    As for the keyboard and mouse that is mostly up to your personal preferences (basic or gameing, wired or wireless,etc.) You don't need a specific gameing keyboard/mouse for a gameing system but some people prefer them.

    But here are some suggestions
    Basic:
    Keyboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823131056 $20
    these tend to be nice and solid as well as reasonibly priced.
    Mouse:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826105164 $13
    Again basic but decent quality
    Gameing:
    Keyboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823175103 $50
    Mouse:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104076
    $50

    The "gameing" keyboards and mice do tend cost more.

    Wireless:
    Keyboard/mouse:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126007 $80
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    Try this build as an alternative to dmill89's :
    Grand Total = $587.8 without considering any of the rebates. You have free shipping on most of the items and this should also leave enough for any keyboard & mouse of your choosing.

    For an OS, I recommend using either Windows 7 x64 RC1 until the OS officially releases in October, or getting Windows Vista x64 for $100 or so.
     
  6. minigamer

    minigamer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks guys I'm taking it all under consideration and if there are any more ideas let me know.
     
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