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Building New Gaming Comp $700-800

By ZeroXerxes
Jun 27, 2008
  1. Hey guys, you might see my topic down below about how I ordered that cyberpower pc with the phenom. Well, what was I thinking, I'm stupid when picking out new gaming computers. I canceled it.

    My budget is 700-750$, but $800 if we have to go there.
    I heard the e8400 is really good at OC'ing and gaming. So i think I would like that.
    I would also like one of those flashy kind of cool looking-glowing cases, but not one of those cheapo kind that none of you reccommend, and if not, then thats fine.

    Was just wondering if someone could pick out parts for this new gaming comp, or help me out with anything, thanks.

    Forgot:
    I live in NY, and newegg.com has freaking tax charges on everything shipped here. Damn, is it expensive too. That, with the shipping is a lot more money than I had expected. So I would either need to get: good deals, good rebates, or a different trustworthy website.
     
  2. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,602   +358

  3. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,492

  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    The TS guide is excellent and I would recommend the same parts, with some minor variations to some parts. But it wouldn't detract from the overall quality of the build, and you'd have a smashing PC to go, although I would get the Antec EA500 instead of the Basiq in the guide, purely for it's phenomenal price at Newegg (~$20 cheaper than the Basiq), better build quality and the free shipping. Plus, the +12V rail amperage is not much lower, 34A vs 36A on the Basiq PSU.

    If your budget doesn't include a monitor, get a more powerful video card like the HD 4850 or the 9800GTX.
     
  5. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,602   +358

    You could definitely combine our picks from the budget and mid-range guide for example if you can spend a little more or you want more emphasis on some of the parts (e.g. faster video).
     
  6. ZeroXerxes

    ZeroXerxes TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Wow awesome guys!

    Thanks for the guides.

    I will be looking more into it tonight, as I have to go to work right now -_-.

    Yeah I am keeping my monitor, so I will probably grab that HD 4850 if I can afford it.

    Thanks so much.
     
  7. ZeroXerxes

    ZeroXerxes TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    How does this look? I have to order from Mwave, the tax on NewYorkers from Newegg is too much.

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
    https://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?&scriteria=BA24501

    Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P-Motherboard
    https://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?&scriteria=BA24586

    CRUCIAL ballistix 1x 2gb kit-RAM
    http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?&scriteria=BA23790

    Gigabyte HD4850-Video Card
    http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?&scriteria=AA73474

    Antec 900 ATX tower case
    https://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?&scriteria=BA23813

    SEAGATE 250GB hdd
    https://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?&scriteria=AA71142

    Samsung SH-S223F/BEBE-Optical
    http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?&scriteria=AA73400

    Ok so I think I am going to go with this build. I do need suggestions on a few things though.

    -Ram
    -PSU
    -Video Card (I picked manufacturer gigabyte because I thought I had to match it with the motherboard. Otherwise I would've picked visiontek. Do you have to match it up?)

    Any other parts I should switch out or anything? Thanks again.
     
  8. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 459

    The video card manufacturer doesnt have to match that of the motherboard btw.

    I have a Point of View video card in an Asus motherboard.
     
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,506   +238

    If that was true, how could Visiontek sell any graphics cards at all since they don't even make motherboards? :)
     
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    Everything is excellent as far as I can see. For the PSU, go with this one,
     
  11. ZeroXerxes

    ZeroXerxes TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Awesome guys, I'm really excited now.

    Mailpup, you're right, I never actually thought about that. But that is why I come to you guys, because as you can tell, I'm not good when it comes to this stuff XD.

    Rage, is 500w enough for this computer? I thought I would need like a 600w, but what do I know.

    Thanks everyone. I'm going to start ordering.
     
     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    500W is plenty for that system.

    Good luck and keep us posted. :)
     
  13. ZeroXerxes

    ZeroXerxes TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Yes!!

    I just ordered that psu from tiger, and ordered everything else from mwave. I changed to the 4850 visiontek too, not like it makes a big difference. -_-'

    Now I just need some MAJOR help putting a computer together, since this will be my first time. I hope its not TOO difficult. I will be trying to find some really good guides on google.

    You guys are awesome, thanks for all the help. Much appreciated.
     
  14. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,506   +238

    The actual assembly of the hardware is not very difficult. You just have to be careful and methodical the first time through.

    You didn't mention an operating system so don't overlook getting one. Which one do plan to install?
     
  15. ZeroXerxes

    ZeroXerxes TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Oh yeah.

    I was planning on installing XP pro.

    I have vista home edition on my laptop, I don't really like it just yet. I would like to stick with xp. I don't really know the differences between like SP2 and 3, all that other junk.
     
  16. ZeroXerxes

    ZeroXerxes TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

  17. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,506   +238

    Whether you get XP Pro or Home depends on what you plan to use the PC for. For my gaming PCs I always use XP Home. Some people feel Pro is best.

    If the extra few dollars aren't a problem, I would go for the SP3 version. It will save you the trouble of downloading and installing around 90+ critical updates later (from Windows Update), more if you install certain optional updates and the critical updates for them. But if you don't mind that, you can go ahead and get SP2.

    One more thing about XP. Download and read the motherboard manual in advance. In particular the part about installing SATA/RAID drivers and making the driver floppy. You don't just copy them from the motherboard CD although they are on the CD. You will need to install these drivers for your SATA hard drive to be recognized by Windows Setup. I know a floppy drive wasn't on your list but if you can borrow one from your old PC, life will be much easier installing those drivers when you begin installing Windows XP.
     
  18. ZeroXerxes

    ZeroXerxes TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Well maybe I will go with the xp home sp3, it looks good.

    I have no clue what you mean about that floppy drive thing.
     
  19. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,506   +238

    Well, it doesn't come into play until you are ready to install Windows XP. Windows XP comes with insufficient SATA/RAID controller drivers so when you are in the process of installing XP, Windows Setup won't recognize your SATA hard drive unless you install the drivers at the beginning of Windows installation. That's the F6 thing and it has to be installed using an old fashioned floppy drive.

    It's all in your motherboard manual. It's not really a problem. It's just something you need to know.
     
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