need help building gaming pc

By Lightmyfire
Sep 7, 2007
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  1. Hi, I need some help building a gaming PC, I want to be able to play the newest games on the highest settings. Here is a list of what iv been looking at.

    case with power supply:
    Antec Sonata III Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
    Motherboard:
    MSI K9N SLI Platinum AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
    CPU:
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor
    Video CArd:
    EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
    Ram:
    Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel
    Hard Drive:
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
    CPU cooling:
    ZALMAN CNPS 9500 AM2 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink


    all of this is from newegg and it costs 1033$, i still need to find a monitor and drives. My budget is 1500$, and I'm not sure if PSU has enough power. Can you guys help me pick the best parts?

    thanks
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,457   +135

    The power supply should be fine...
  3. To be able to play all of the latest games at their peak, you will have to have the BEST or the very closest to best hardware. 1,500 dollars is a bit tight when looking for the best.

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150232 -- GPU

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106055 -- DVD Drive

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133132 -- Case

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136011 -- Hard Drive

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034 -- Memory

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824116066 -- Monitor

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131025 -- Motherboard

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371009 -- PSU

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115002 -- Processor

    - - - TOTAL = $1,962 - - -

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836116153 -- Speakers -- (OPTIONAL)

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823175103 -- Keyboard -- (OPTIONAL)

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104178 -- Mouse -- (OPTIONAL)

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817114706 -- Mousepad -- (OPTIONAL)


    --- Everything I picked here is something that I have had very good experiences with, and is the hardware I trust to be of the highest quality under your price limits. ---
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,457   +135

    I bet I can play the latest games by just upgrading my video card. My current system cost $400 to build. A video card upgrade would be another $250 or so... I would be nice to have $700 just for a video card though
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    Why do you want to buy an AMD processor when a Core 2 Duo gives much better performance for the price? Anyways, here's my recommendation.

    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail - $175.99

    Mobo
    ASUS P5K LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $134.99

    Video Card
    MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD OC GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail - $499.99

    RAM
    GeIL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail - $84.99

    HDD
    SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $109.99

    DVD Burner
    Pioneer Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache E-IDE/ ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM - $29.99

    PSU
    FSP Group (Fortron Source) FX700-GLN ATX12V V2.2/EPS12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CSA, IEC, UL, CE, TUV - Retail - $129.99

    Grand Total = $1165.93 w/o rebates. With rebates the total may go down by about $70. I've left it upto you to choose a suitable case and monitor. The above parts are completely compatible and will give you a cutting-edge system that will slice through any game or app with ease. If you're wondering why I chose that RAM, let me reassure you that it's of good-quality and it has a CAS latency of 4, which is pretty good for the price. All the other parts are of equally good build as well. Good luck and I hope I helped. :)
  6. Lightmyfire

    Lightmyfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Wow thanks a lot for the replys everyone. Now i don't have to worry about choosing crappy parts! THANKS!
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,016   +716

    Inquiry........

    Would the Antec 900 series gaming case be a better (than the Sonata) choice for cooling? Anybody?
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,457   +135

  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,016   +716

    Dear Tmagic.......

    I'll take that as a yes. Lightmyfire, follow Tmagics link to the Antec 900 review.
  10. Lightmyfire

    Lightmyfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,016   +716

    Wow......

    Love the Pioneer DVD drives (Got 4)
    Love the case (stating the obvious here)
    Sticker shock on the video card, $500.00 USD Ouch!
    Fortran Source PSU, great reputation, wish I could afford one.
    C2D, no comment necessary...

    That's as much as I have knowledge about.
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    That's a superb system you've got there. And it's within your budget too. Good luck with it and let us know how it goes. :)
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