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Please Help Me Build a New Rig

By satchmo
Nov 18, 2008
  1. I am building my next rig. My current setup is almost five years old--Athlon 3200+XP with Radeon 9800 Pro. It's ancient by today's standard, but it was a real work horse back in the days (ahh, Half-Life 2, Mass Effect).

    The machine is going to be used for gaming (mostly FPS games).

    Here is what I have so far:
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    Antec NeoPower 650 Blue 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    Antec NeoPower 650 Blue 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    Model #:NEOPOWER 650 BLUE
    Item #:N82E16817371010
    Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $139.99 -$50.00 Instant $89.99

    EVGA 512-P3-N873-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

    EVGA 512-P3-N873-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Model #:512-P3-N873-AR
    Item #:N82E16814130376
    Return Policy:Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $204.99 -$12.00 Instant $192.99

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Model #:Nine Hundred
    Item #:N82E16811129021
    Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $139.99 -$30.00 Instant $109.99

    Intel BOXDX48BT2 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel BOXDX48BT2 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Model #:BOXDX48BT2
    Item #:N82E16813121338
    Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $249.99 $249.99

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
    Model #:BX80570E8400
    Item #:N82E16819115037
    Return Policy:processors (CPUs) Return Policy
    In Stock
    $164.99 $164.99


    CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X2G1600C9DHX

    CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X2G1600C9DHX - Retail
    Model #:TW3X2G1600C9DHX
    Item #:N82E16820145199
    Return Policy:Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $123.00 $123.00

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Model #:ST31000340AS
    Item #:N82E16822148274
    Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $119.99 -$10.00 Instant $109.99

    Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-116DBK

    Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-116DBK - OEM
    Model #:DVR-116DBK
    Item #:N82E16827129023
    Return Policy:Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $29.99 $29.99

    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
    Model #:ACFZ7-PRO
    Item #:N82E16835186134
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $36.99 -$10.00 Instant $26.99


    Subtotal: $1,097.92
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    Any suggestions?

    I opted for DDR3 mobo because I don't want to get stuck with limitation in upgrade a few years down the road. As a trade off, I am only going to have 2 GB instead of 4 GB of memory, to save some bucks now.

    I prefer Nvidia because I don't know the future of ATI now that it's a part of AMD. ATI drivers have been behaving poorly lately.
     
  2. DaMak420

    DaMak420 TS Rookie Posts: 189

    I like the Antec 1200 case better.

    I understand your hesitance with ATI, but would recomend you look at the 4850, or the 4870.

    I would consider a BluRay drive with this system.

    I would get a Velociraptor HD from Western Digital

    And maybe a higher wattage(stay with a good brand) PSU, to allow for future growth.

    Nothing I said is cheap, and will probably increase the cost to you by 500-750 dollars.

    You have a pretty nice rig for 1k.... If you want to spend a few more bucks, I would look into some the other stuff i listed.
     
  3. Atwooooood

    Atwooooood TS Enthusiast Posts: 63

    im currently building my first rig, and have the same CPU and video card picked out.

    but as DaMak mentioned, i would take a look into the 4860 or the 4870 if you decide on an ATI card.

    I was going to get the 4870 but decided against it just cause ive been wanting an nvidia card.

    everything looks good though, good rig for that price range.

    i wouldnt worry too much about a blu ray player and the like, but thats just me.

    good luck with your build.
     
  4. satchmo

    satchmo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    Modified

    Thanks for all the suggestions.

    I have made some modifications. Here is the updated list:
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    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Model #:GA-EP45-DS3L
    Item #:N82E16813128345
    Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $102.99 $102.99

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model HH80562PH0568M - OEM
    Model #:HH80562PH0568M
    Item #:N82E16819115018
    Return Policy:processors (CPUs) Return Policy
    In Stock
    $179.99 $179.99

    EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    Model #:896-P3-1260-AR
    Item #:N82E16814130370
    Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $279.99 -$40.00 Instant $239.99

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
    Model #:CMPSU-650TX
    Item #:N82E16817139005
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $159.99 -$50.00 Instant $109.99

    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX - Retail
    Model #:TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX
    Item #:N82E16820145177
    Return Policy:Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $54.99 -$5.00 Instant $49.99

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Model #:Nine Hundred
    Item #:N82E16811129021
    Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $139.99 -$30.00 Instant $109.99

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
    Model #:ST31000340AS
    Item #:N82E16822148274
    Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $119.99 -$10.00 Instant $109.99

    Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-116DBK - OEM
    Model #:DVR-116DBK
    Item #:N82E16827129023
    Return Policy:Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    $29.99 $29.99

    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
    Model #:ACFZ7-PRO
    Item #:N82E16835186134
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock
    $36.99 -$10.00 Instant $26.99

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    Subtotal: $959.91


    What do you think? Which OS should I get? XP or Vista? Vista is more costly with usurping resources when it comes to gaming, at least that's my understanding.
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,429   +28

  6. nissanman

    nissanman TS Maniac Posts: 247

    Why did you get a board made by intel? They arnt very good at all. Intel make ok chipsets but there motherboards are not good at all, i recommend gigabyte or asus, but i personally wud go for asus. Its completely up to you though.
     
  7. hellokitty[hk]

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

    lol 4850x2 :D. That card seems a tad expensive at $400. His initial build was only ≈$1000 total. Then you could cut back on the power supply too.


    Yes i personally would wait it out with XP until a newer better OS than vista comes out.
    ~cough~windows7betabuild6933+~cough~
     
  8. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    ATI video cards are the way to go right now. However, I'd hold off on this purchase until you can get a Core i7 Nehalem for socket 1366 at a decent price. It'll last you a lot longer as you won't need to upgrade your motherboard next cycle.
     
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