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Need advice on a new rig

By Mbwilliams12
Dec 30, 2008
  1. Need advice on building a new rig

    Hey guys, I’m looking for some advice with a new computer build, full overhaul. I haven’t built a rig in quite some time and I’m a little out of touch with the new technology out there. I’m leaning toward the Intel direction this time (my old rig is a single core AMD). Any help or build specs or wisdom that you guys can offer would be very much appreciated.

    Factors for Consideration:
    • Rig will be used mostly for everyday tasks, gaming, and some development (both database and web).
    • Gaming is limited to strategy and MMORPG mostly (Total War, Gal Civ, WoW, etc… no FPS in the foreseeable future).
    • I do some heavy Excel and DB crunching so a Dual Core is highly valued (maybe a quad but not sure if it’s worth the money).
    • I dabble in 3D graphics and video editing (poser, film magic, etc…).
    • I would like a recommendation on an OS as well. I love XP, but find the memory cap issue annoying. How stable are the latest Vista releases? Should I wait for Windows 7?
    • I need a new case. I’m fond of this guy (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068) but am open to other suggestions.
    • I already own a fairly good monitor: Hanns•G 22" (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254035).
    • I also have the following components already on hand that I would like to use if at all possible:
    • Looking at a remaining budget of around $600 to $800 for the Case, CPU, MB, PSU, Video Card, and Fans/Cooling. I can spend a little more if the components really suggest it and the buy is worth it but I’d prefer a lower cost solution if it matches my needs.
    • Outside of the budget above I’ll take any advice on DVD Burners, OS, Speakers, and Keyboard/Mice combos.
    Thanks in advance for any help or advice!
     
  2. Mbwilliams12

    Mbwilliams12 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Wow, no responses... I browsed some of the other build threads (though a lot of deals seem to be different now). This is what I'm looking at so far. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068 (54.99)
    MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131299 (129.99)
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037 (164.99)
    Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184 (already own)
    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002 (109.99)
    HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 (already own)
    Graphics: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130380 (129.99)

    Any thoughts on additional fans or a good DVD Burner? Not sure if much of this is dated or not. Thanks again for any help!
     
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    GJ looking on other posts, if everyone did that we would end up not repeating half the things we say.

    Ok, well the case kinda depends on your personal preference, though i can tell you that case wont give you as superior cooling as many others, though it won't be bad.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004
    Much better power supply, especially for a single 8800gt. You can even go down to the corsiar 450w or 400w even.

    Are you going to end up SLing?

    As far as i can tell, yeah totally worth it. I even get better performance than on XP on build 6801, were did i get it? found it on an old DVD :).
    With memory so cheep, you could just have xp 32 and suffer a loss of about 1/2 a gig.


    Depending on what exactly you do, you will have to decide on a quad or not, a quad would roughly half the processing
    time.


    ehh...sorry, thanks for being patient and polite. I would tell you to note the "edit" button, but it seems your thread went unnoticed and your double post caught my attention.
     
  4. Mbwilliams12

    Mbwilliams12 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Thanks for the reply!

    I was not planning on SLIing (single card only). I may add another 1TB HD though. I'll definitely look at getting the new PSU.

    For right now, I'm going to stick with a dual core (I can always go quad later).

    Thank you for the advice on the OS. I think I'll stick with an XP 32 for a while.

    Do you have any inputs on a different case? I know they are more toward personal style (mine is not flashy) but any thoughts on a simple better cooling option, or fans?

    Thanks again for all the help.
     
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

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