Building new PC need help

By Karmel Korn
Apr 14, 2009
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  1. Its been awhile since I last built a pc. The last time i built a pc the Radeon 9800 pro was the best you could get in graphics tech, so I need some serious help with all this new technology. My budget is around 900 dollars but im going to need pretty much every thing moniter, key board, etc. I want to be able to play some games doesnt have to be ultra high settings. I mainly play Nascar racing 2003 Just playable. Ordering the parts from new egg is probably going to be the cheapst bet unless you know of some where else. The only real part I have look into is processors. I was thinking that the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8500 would be the best choice for what I need.

    Heres what i have come up with:

    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

    SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

    Rosewill RP500-2 500W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

    G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD1601ABYS 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1

    LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner

    OS: Windows xp


    It comes out to $979.00 any suggestions or changes you would make?
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    i would definitely not use a rosewill PSU,ripple is terrible with them. antec, OCZ, corsair, are better options.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    I recommend these parts instead:
    Should leave enough for a decent monitor and other peripherals. I have recommended the RAM and mobo solely to make it easier for you to upgrade to a Nehalem-based machine without getting new RAM. But if you're going over-budget, go for the GA-EP43-DS3L motherboard and the cheapest 2GB or 4GB DDR2 800MHz RAM kit you can find on Newegg from OCZ, Corsair, Crucial, or G.SKILL. For 4GB and more, you will need a 64-bit operating system to be able to utilize all your RAM. I recommend either getting Windows Vista Home Premium x64 now, or waiting for Windows 7 x64 to release and grabbing that. Avoid XP x64 at all costs.
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