Pc for around $2000?

By hellokitty[hk]
Mar 7, 2008
  1. I am working on a new pc for under $2000. I don't want it to be way hardcore and its not going to be completely for gaming. I don't need 10,000 rpm harddrives or anything and im not planning on over clocking.

    CORSAIR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit

    Western Digital Caviar SE 500GB 3.5" SATA-300 Hard Drive

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 750GB 3.5" SATA-300 Hard Drive

    Rosewill RX750-D-B 750W Power Supply

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window

    RAZER RZ01-00170100 Banshee Blue Laser Lachesis Gaming Mouse
    oh this doesn't need to be here

    Sony NEC Optiarc Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s

    Koutech IO-RCM620 USB 2.0 3.5"/5.25" Card Reader

    that there totals to around $680

    Im thinking about buying 2x EVGA GeForce 8800GT 512-P3-N801-AR Video Card for $229 each

    they seem good and i like EVGA but then the new 9000 series came out. Should i just wait for better cards? I won't be getting this for at least a couple months.

    Also, i found these two motherboards. Which is best for me? They both only have ddr 800 ram, is that bad? mines ddr 1066. Will i be able to change that in the bios somewere?

    ASUS P5N-D ATX Intel Motherboard


    MSI P7N SLI Platinum ATX Intel Motherboard

    Im really not so sure about the processor either.
    please help Thank you!
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    If you're not looking to game why do you feel you need two 8800GT's? What are you looking to do with your PC? You can build a pretty solid gaming PC from scratch for $1k-$1.2k let alone $2k.

    Blah blah, Newegg is having server issues. I will look at those components and post back when it's up and running...


    If I were you, I'd go with these over what you have chosen:

    Motherboard (Unless you're absolutely set on having a SLI setup I'd go with this).
    VPU (Only one).

    The total on the components I've listed after rebates and before shipping is $704.95.
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 3,433   +143

    ok well i do almost insist on SLI just because their cards look cool no jk i plan on playing crysis and some other stuff i do look to game! Plus video editing. and i think i did say UNDER $2000 somewere.... yeah i got crap about the server crashing but the weried thing is that the promocode page was still working. 500 watts is cutting it pretty close and im not getting this immediatly but there is a combo deal for the GPU and a 700 mabye 600 (can't remeber) watt PSU.

    anyway since i am probably SLI ing, i think i will go with the cheeper $150 motherboard, however there is still the question about it saying ddr 800 ram while i'll have ddr 1066...... i swear i read somewere that you can change it in the bios.

    yeah the Q6700 seems like a real ripoff compared to the Q6600 but i think i should mabye get a zalaman fan for it and buy the no fan version as the fan is sorta crappy i heard.
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    I'd disagree on going with SLI, in my opinion it's not worth it but it's your cash, not mine. Spend any amount you care to...

    The PSU I suggested has 44w on the 12v rail, it is more than capable of running the hardware you're looking at. Furthermore, I would not trust a Rosewill PSU in my PC.

    I'm not sure what motherboard you're referring to, however, if the specifications state that the highest frequency RAM supported is DDR2 800MHz, then that is all it will support (without overclocking).

    Be sure that you research any aftermarket cooler you are interested in to be sure it is capable of providing sufficient cooling for your hardware.
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 3,433   +143

    i know rosewill is sketchy but it was the same brand you picked but $10 more. the mobo was at the bottom of my first post, ASUS P5N-D ATX Intel Motherboard ok well thats not exactly overcloacking the ram is it? after all, it was designed to run at the frequencyes i would change it to so i gues that is fine.
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    I wasn't stating a definite response to anything you said concerning the motherboard and RAM frequencies because I didn't understand what you were asking. I gave a generalized response which I felt might provide a bit of insight. If the motherboard you are looking at states it will support the frequency, then it will. You didn't exactly express yourself clearly:

    I am telling you, I would not put that Rosewill PSU in my system, even if it were free. You are safer with the one I suggested, or one with comparable specifications manufactured by a reputable company. There is much more to a PSU than the wattage output.

    Try to slow down when you are typing your posts. Use something such as if need be and proof read your post to reduce the likelihood of someone misunderstanding you.
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 3,433   +143

  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    I am going to pretend like I haven't already indirectly answered this question two times.

    Here is a link to the motherboard's specifications.

    Here is a quote from that page regarding the RAM:

    DDR2 800MHz is the maximum supported frequency. I would not expect to run your RAM at speeds beyond 800MHz.
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 3,433   +143

  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    I am not 100% sure of anything in life.

    I would expect that if you installed DDR2 1066MHz RAM in a motherboard that supports a maximum of DDR2 800MHz RAM, it would underclock it to the highest supported frequency (being DDR2 800MHz). You can overclock, how far you will get is a mystery to me, but I wouldn't expect to get 1066MHz out of it.
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 3,433   +143

    Im not really sure about anything either but... ok so do you have a better suggestions for a motherboard that would work with all other parts i listed?

    Also, did i miss any parts?

    And why are we the only people on this thread??!!
  12. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    I suggested a motherboard, you didn't like it.
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    Unless Zenosincks is a mind reader, there is no answer to that question.

    Almost all the links in your first post are broken. Have you allowed for an OS in your budget? What OS are you planning to use? For your IDE optical drive you could consider a round IDE cable instead of the flat ribbon cable that comes with the motherboard.

    Because you won't be getting your components for a couple of months, wait until then to make your final decisions. Lots of things can change between now and then.
  14. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,261   +92

    This appears to be the general belief.
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