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building gaming computer

By Jandro
May 29, 2007
  1. I was wondering how much money i could save if any at all if i built a gaming computer for around $1500-$2000 and if anyone has any suggestions on what i should get, i play alot of games so there really no specific game, i want to be able to multi task, and play lag free on the highest settings, I was also wondering, if i dont have all the money at once should i buy the parts as i get the money? or should i wait until i have the money for all of it?
     
  2. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    When you are spending money i don't consider it saving money. But if you mean in comparison to a company such as alienware, you could probably save $700-1000 on building it on your own.

    I would save up all the money, and then buy the parts. You will regret gradually collecting parts, because when it comes time to put it together, it will probably be out of date.
     
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Very true on the waiting part. Buy everything at once, that way you might be able to purchase something a little better, because it has gone down in price.
     
  4. Jandro

    Jandro TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    ok just wanted to make sure, I just got my screen in :D 22" LCD but I need that for my xbox 360 =P, you guys got any suggestions on graphics cards and stuff that might fit into my budget? and how much work is it to build a computer?im prettty sure i can do it but i just want to make sure i know what im getting into
     
  5. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    A good, inexpensive card would be the 1950Pro unless you are looking at DX10 cards, then you would want to consider a 8600GT.

    Edit - my bad, when I was reading I saw the 700-1000 and thought that was the budget. Top post had the real amount.
     
  6. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 651

    Nah

    If you have $1500-2000 and gaming is your main concern go with the big boy, the 8800GTX or at least the 8800GTS 640mb.

    Building a new computer but with outdated parts such as the x1950 or any card that isnt DX10 capable for that matter is just not not a good investment.

    Here are some links the stuff in the middle of your price range and will whoop some a--

    And Remember HE SAID NOTHING ABOUT OVERCLOCKING SO I ADDED A CPU THAT GIVES GREAT PERFORMANCE WITHOUT AN OC IF HE WANTS TO GET A E6420 AND OC THE CRAP OUT OF IT THATS HIS CHOICE BUT SO FAR HE HAS SAID NOTHING ABOUT THAT !!

    CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819115002

    RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820227179

    MOBO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813131073

    Video http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814130072

    PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817341001

    Heatsink http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16835118003

    DVD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827106042

    Floppy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16821103203

    Comes to $1425 add $200 for a copy of Windows and a Nice Case your total comes to $1625
     
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    I agree with Jim, I built my system 7 months ago, started with one 7950 then sli'd 3 months ago, now I'm buying 2 gtx cards from evga. Now I'm worried about how am I gonna get some of this money back I wasted. You definately dont want to be in that rutt
     
  8. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    If you want to spend 1500-2k I say wait till end of july, intel cuttin prices on cpu basically in half, at that date you could get a quad 6600 fore 220usd and the 6700 for 500. I'm assuming amd will drop new processors at that time, so that would be a good time to build.

    To date right now for 1500 I would go.
    mobo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131045
    cpu
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115002
    gpu
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130071
    memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098
    HD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136012


    2k budget
    mobo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131149
    cpu
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017
    gpu
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130072
    memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145168
    HD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136012 x2 for raid 0


    passed this you still have money left over for the small stuff.
     
  9. Robgamer

    Robgamer TS Rookie Posts: 65

    I have a 8800 GTX, and it runs perfectly. No lag, and great graphics. If you have Vista, and want to play DirectX 10 games, I would recommend buying this.
     
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