Building My Buddy's Rig ($1Grand - Advice Needed)

By Mbwilliams12
Nov 27, 2006
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  1. Question #1
    Building a computer for my buddy (him and his lucky new job ;) ). He wants to play Medieval II on max settings and has a negotiable budget of around $1,000 (maybe $1,200). I’ll try to save him some of that if I can, but I’m not sure it can be done. He’s not interested in waiting for the Direct X 10 cards. I’ve been reading around the forums to get some ideas and brush up on my knowledge.

    This is what I’m looking at so far. I’m very open to suggestions here so any comments are welcome and appreciated.

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119068
    -He really likes this case.

    PSU: Looking for a good affordable suggestion.

    MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128322
    -Not married to it but saw it in a suggestion. (does this MB work fully with the CPU? I’ve seen some concerns with the FSB.)

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005
    -Good deal I see everywhere and everyone says dual core is the way to go.

    RAM: Again looking for a good suggestion going for 1 GB (maybe 2).

    Video: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814142075
    -Not married to this either if someone has a better suggestion.

    HD: Still looking, advice welcome.

    DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152076

    The above items sit at about $570 with shipping.

    Question #2
    I haven’t seen a lot of cooling suggestions for new builds. Is the OEM stuff good now-a-days? I assume case fans then are all that’s left after that?

    Question #3
    Last item. He’s going to need a new monitor as well. I don’t think the monitor is included in the above budget. He’s convinced he’ll find a good deal on one at Best Buy – but I might be able to get him to go with a New Egg one if there is a good recommendation. I think a 17 to 19 inch should do? Not sure on a price guideline here. He’s a stickler about quality though and dead pixels will really upset him. Not sure what to recommend to him.

    Thank you in advance for any advice and help.
  2. Cpt_Subtext

    Cpt_Subtext Newcomer, in training Posts: 273

    Hi Mbwilliams12 and welcome to Techspot!!!

    Personally im not really the best person to respond but I will help if/where I can...

    As for question 2 the alternative to air cooled systems, fans, there is Watercooling but as far as im concerned there is generally no need for that unless your running a beast of a machine or Overclocking, It can also be very expensive.
  3. Mbwilliams12

    Mbwilliams12 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Thanks Cpt_Subtext. I knew about water cooling and such. Not going that route :). I just remember back when the OEM fans for the CPU tended not to be enough, seems now days they are as long as you have good case fans and aren't over tweaking your stuff. Thanks for the reply.
  4. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

    Depends on what games you want to play really... If it's oblivion you'll need a high-end system to run it really good with high resolution / qaulity, You can always save up about $300 more dollars and build my computer and get all the qaulity on high-ultra with good resolution playing any game ( and it's SLI ready so you can add 2 video cards to up the % of greatness ;) )

    Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

    Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813188009
    eVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

    RAM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145566
    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x2


    Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150150
    XFX PV-T71G-UCF7 GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail


    Hard Disk Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341002
    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail

    DVD Burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152076
    NEC Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM

    Sound Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829111002
    DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71DDL 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

    Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133154
    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail


    Total: $1436 with shipping

    Or if you want to go under the $1000 line and still play great games like FEAR and CS: source you can check out the Techspot's guide to $700-800 builds with great performance :)

    Great AM2 system:
    http://www.techspot.com/article/25-affordable-am2-gaming-system/

    Great $1000 build:
    http://www.techspot.com/guides/29-midrange-pc-buying-guide-200611/


    But if you want to keep your current build i'll finish your list to get great performance :D

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145527 2gigs and works with your motherboard

    PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341002
    700watt powersupply so you wont ever have to change this one and you can still run anything you upgrade to the system ;)

    Hard drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140
    320gigs and pretty good speed so you can write CDs in like 3 seconds

    Hope I helped, If you need help in anything else in games or need advice on computer parts just send me a private message and i'll be happy to help you :D
  5. Mbwilliams12

    Mbwilliams12 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Well, this Rig is all Built! After an huge problem getting Win XP SP0 to install on these SATA drives I used Paradox's suggestions on completing the system and this rig is awesome. It's fast, silent, and cool.

    Looking forward to stressing it with some high setting graphics.

    Thanks everyone for all the help - I'm sure my Buddy will be quite pleased with the final product.
  6. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

    So you like my system eh? :D

    Yeah I know it's awesome, People think im stupid because I say it can run Oblivion on Max with stable FPS ( about 40-50 ) but tell me the results if you get the chance :)
  7. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 459

    i suggest you look at this guide, it is based around a $1000 budget.
  8. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

    He already built the computer Skitzo_zac :haha:
  9. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 459

    oh lol well oh well. so what are the finall specs of the system?
  10. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,407   +6

    Nice system, williams!! you're making me jealous... :haha:

    --kitty

    P.S. Is the place where your friend got his new job still looking for people to work there? I might take them up on that :D
  11. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

    It's the build I linked ( the 1st one ):
    Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

    Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188009
    eVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

    RAM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145566
    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x2


    Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150150
    XFX PV-T71G-UCF7 GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail


    Hard Disk Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002
    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail

    DVD Burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152076
    NEC Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM

    Sound Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829111002
    DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71DDL 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

    Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133154
    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Total: $1436 with shipping
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