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Bluefish1990

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Hey peoples
well im trying to figure out what parts i need to make a gaming computer and something i can use on a every day basis but mostly on the gaming side. so if any one can help me with a parts list that would be koolz o and my budget is 1500$.
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Hi Bluefish1990, welcome to GeeksToGo!

Will you be needing a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speaker with this build?
Do you know how to overclock? And another thing, are you from US?

Kamille

Edited by kamille316, 14 July 2008 - 09:27 AM.

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howdy do thanks for the warm welcome
well i already have a monitor, keyboard, and a mouse and no i dont know how to over clock and yes im from the US :)
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Here's my suggestion:

Motherboard = GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - $89.99

Video Card = GIGABYTE GV-R485-512H-B Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - $189.99

Power Supply = SILVERSTONE SST-ST60F 600W ATX 12V 2.01 & EPS 12V Power Supply - $99.99

Processor = Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core - $189.99

Memory = mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - $44.99

Hard Drive = Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s - $84.99

DVD-Drive = SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N - $26.49

All the above comes to $726.43

I did not add an OS (forgot to ask you if you still need that). You should go with Vista Home Premium if you're going with Vista.

I also did add a computer case as this is personal preference, however most people go with Coolermaster CM690, Antec 900, Antec 300 and Antec P182.

For the hard drive, most people go with Seagate as they have 5 years warranty, however Western Digital is also a good company to go with and generally cheaper with 3 years warranty, here's a WD 500GB for $79.99

For the video card, right now, ATI has better cards with cheaper prices, however they do not have a very good warranty. Most manufacturers cover around 1-3 years of warranty compared to XFX, EVGA, and BFG's (Nvidia's partners) lifetime warranties. So you have to ask yourself if you want the best performance with mediocre warranty or slightly lesser performance with the best warranty.
If you want to go with Nvidia, 9800GTX is at $219.99, the one I linked comes with COD4 but there's also another one that comes with Company of Heroes.
Also if you want the best performance than what I have selected, ATI 4870 is also priced nicely at $304.99.
Here's a nice review that you can look at.

Hope that helps, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Kamille
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kool thanks for the help
ill give this a look
thanks bunches :)
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Here is a nice set up that only costs 1500

Case - Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 -- $200.00
Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 780i -- $250.00
CPU - Intel Q9300 2.5GHz Quad-Core -- $270.00
RAM - 2GB Corsair PC8500 DDR2 -- $100.00
Video Card - Nvidia GeForce 9800GTX -- $300.00
Power Supply - Antec TruePower Quattro 850 Watt -- $200.00
CPU Fan - Zalman 9700NT -- $65.00
Hard Drive - Western Digital 500GB SE16 SATA -- $90.00
Optical Drive - Lite-On 20X SATA DVD R/W -- $25.00

Edited by baseballstud1547, 18 July 2008 - 07:35 AM.

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Oh wow, I totally forgot that you have $1500, sorry about that.

I would suggest going with a 9800GTX or the 4870 I mentioned before (note that 4870 beats the 9800GTX).
You can also go with the GTX 260 that beats the 9800GTX but costs $300.
Performance wise its like this 4850 < 9800GTX < GTX 260 < 4870 < GTX 280.
Are you thinking of using 2 video cards in your set-up (in the near future?), if so then you will need either an x48 board (for ATI cards), or a 750i/780i board (for NVidia cards). If not then I suggest just getting this Gigabyte board.

You will have to change the PSU to a higher wattage like this Corsair 750W.

For the RAM, you might as well go with 4GB (note that you will need a 64-bit OS to fully utilize 4GB) like this Mushkin 2x2GB RAM.

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This is how it looks like:
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - $107.99

ASUS EAH4870/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $284.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply - $129.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - $189.99

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Model 996593 - $127.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $129.99

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N - $26.49

Subtotal: $997.43

So you just need an OS (not sure if you'd like Vista) and a case.

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Hope that helps.

Kamille
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I would recomend the Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 for your case, but it is a full size case so it will take up a lot of room. But on the up side you will have plenty of room to work around in. I personally have this case and I think it is amazing! the onlything that is not thumb screws are the screws for the mobo! You should really look into it.
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