Want to build a new system, any good 'build' guides you'd recommend?

By foycur
Feb 14, 2007
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  1. My current system (specs are below) is getting a bit dated and frankly, I'm just itching to build a new computer. Since the days of pentium 4, hyperthreading, socket 478, and AGP video cards are long gone, I'm looking for some advice and/or guides on where to look for ideas.

    I like to play games although I wouldn't consider myself a gaming 'geek' in that I need the latest $600 card and $1000 processor. But, I do like quality. I guess what I'm looking for is a decent mid range system that'll make look FSX and Vista look good without breaking my bank. I'm partial to Intel, ASUS, and ATI but I'd really be willing to try anything as I know the market changes like the winds. I'm not real keen on the latest in technology (for instance, all I know a RAID to be is something we'd do in the middle of the night to the sorority houses looking for panties).

    Any ideas or general directions you can point me in would be greatly appreciated.
  2. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,088

    What is your budget?
  3. foycur

    foycur Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 160

    I'm looking to spend about 1000-1200 to build a new system. I already have a good case with a 480W Antec power supply, so I think I"ve got adequate juice.
  4. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,088

    No need for that much get-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115013
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131142
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814122018
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231087
    and
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835118020 (If you want to OC, result will be about 3Ghz+)
    Will last you a LONG time

    963$ with 35$ MIR.

    or get this cheaper video card that still is DX10
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814186017 (I wouldnt reccomend it since other is not much more and double RAM)

    Throw in a hard drive and optical drive and that will be a beast.
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    F1N3ST's suggestions are pretty good but check out the TS Mid-Range buying guide for other ideas as well.
  6. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,088

    You could upgrade to a better processor like a E6600.
  7. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Some games do not work with Vista without upgrades, and so far I see little reason to go better than Windows XP Professional. The word is not out on Vista yet... so I would wait until the first service pack.
  8. chamillitarysk8

    chamillitarysk8 Newcomer, in training Posts: 168

    raybay rofl yea the service packs are to help finish the OS but i mean isnt it supposed to be finished when you get it unless your just wanting to be jipped
  9. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 1,094

    I reccomend this setup. It has quality parts that meat should meet you budget.

    Gigabyte GA-965P-D3 LGA 775 Pin Motherboard
    Intel E6300 LGA 775 Pin 1.86GHz CPU Conroe
    Corsair XMS-2 2GB (2 x1GB) DDR2-800 RAM
    Seagate Barracuda 320GB SATA2 16MB Buffer HDD
    Lite-on DVD-RW 16X Standard Drive
    eVGA e-Geforce 8800 GTS 320MB PCIe 16X
    OCZ Game-X-Stream 700W Power Supply
  10. foycur

    foycur Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 160

    Thanks for all the awesome ideas. I know I can always count on my fellow 'puter geeks to give me some new thoughts on stuff. You Cartman would say "you guys totally kick *****".
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