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Buying a new rig

By higgeo · 4 replies
Jun 3, 2009
  1. Hi guys, I'm buying a new rig and i need to ask some questions.

    1. Is the power supply compatible with the case.
    2. Is the power supply good and does it have enough power.
    3. Is the case big enough.
    5. What graphics card should I get. Im thinking of the GTX 275.
    6. Should i get a SLI compatible motherboard. What type do you recommend.
    7. Should i get the DDR3 compatible motherboard. ie the Gigabyte EP45T edition.
    8. I have looked at the latest edition of PC power play. What monitor should i get. I thinking of the 22" samsung.
    9. WD or Seagate?
    10. What do you think? Are there any issues?

    My budget is $1500 USD

    Here is what i'm thinking...

    Case - Coolermaster RC-690 Mid Tower
    RAM - G.Skill-PI 4GB Kit (2x2G) DDR2 1066
    Hard Drive - 500Gb 16Mb SATA II Seagate
    Optical Drive - Pioneer 216 Dual Layer 20x DVD+-RW Black SATA
    Graphics Card - Palit GTX 275 896MB
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66Ghz Quad Core
    Monitor - 23” 5ms DVI Acer X233H Full HD HDCP
    Operating System - Windows Vista 64 Home Premium
    Power Supply - Antec EarthWatts 750W
    Motherboard - Gigabyte EP45 UD3P
    Headset - Plantronics .Audio 750

    Please help me!
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    Whichever is cheaper. Matter of opinion, but I would go with WD.

    I would reconsider those three only, the others look good I think.
    For gaming, I don't think the expensive Q9400 is the best choice. For an intel platform, I would use an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail and a P45 (SLI or CF only if you think you will later on). I would lean towards an AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail 0 and a 790V/G/X/FX/GX/GFX AM3 board, so DDR3 RAM also.
    The powersupply just seems like too much for a GTX 275, again this is slightly dependant on SLI/CF later on. CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail is a good choice, it is on sale right now for $5 less than the 550w.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,397   +37

    For that kind of budget, this is what I recommend:
    Grand Total = $1300 approximately, not counting rebates and shipping, which is free on most of the items. It should leave you with enough for a suitable headset; I recommend the Sennheiser PC160 gaming headset.

    An extremely powerful PC that will rip through anything with ease. You can OC the CPU with the HDT-S1283 to 4GHz and beyond without any major heat dissipation issues.

    EDIT: I linked to the wrong card for some reason. I probably zoned out. It's fixed now. :)
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    i second rages build but i would get a gtx 275 they are a little cheaper and the oc versions are faster thatn the gtx 280s by a little bit.
    EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275
  5. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 593

    I wish computer hardware was that cheap in my little island :(
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