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I have been doing some studying the last month or so, but this will be the first system I put together. I am working with a local person to help teach me the process, and I just want to double check that the equipment that I am speccing will work well together and serve my needs. Also, he is an nvidia guy, so I need to buy an nvidia video card if I want his help.

I am looking for a solid gaming machine for under $1,000. I do not want SLI or Crossfire. I am more than happy to spend more next summer or fall to upgrade. The game I am building for is Warhammer, but I will probably play some more demanding games as well. I welcome any and all advice!

All parts numbers etc are from Newegg.

1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:ST3500320AS
Item #:N82E16822148288

1 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:GA-EP45-DS3L
Item #:N82E16813128345

2 ARCTIC COOLING ACF9PWM 92mm Case Fan - Retail
Model #:ACF9PWM
Item #:N82E16835186023

2 Scythe S-FLEX SFF21D 120mm Case Fan - Retail
Model #:S-FLEX SFF21D
Item #:N82E16835185004
$29.99 -$17.00 Instant $25.98

1 ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #:9500A
Item #:N82E16835118223
$63.99 -$10.00 Instant $53.99

1 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
Model #:F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
Item #:N82E16820231166
$144.99 -$40.00 Instant $104.99

1 CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Model #:CMPSU-550VX
Item #:N82E16817139004
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
$104.99 -$15.00 Instant $89.99

1 Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:ST3250310NS
Item #:N82E16822148309
$79.99 $79.99

1 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q9300 - Retail
Model #:BX80580Q9300
Item #:N82E16819115043
$259.99 $259.99

1 BFG Tech BFGE98512GTE GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #:BFGE98512GTE
Item #:N82E16814143151
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy

Subtotal: $982.88

Can someone recommend a good case for this build? If there is one, can i remove some of the fans?

Thank you!

Edited by Sunrah, 27 August 2008 - 05:21 PM.

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If you take advantage of the Mail-in-Rebate, this video card would be a better buy -> BFG 8800GTS 512MB

How much would you have left for the case? It doesn't seem like there's enough money even if you remove some fans. If you remove the 250GB hard drive then you will have enough for a decent case and just partition your hard drive (if you want to have the OS separated from your personal data files). If you remove the 250GB and just partition your main hard drive, I suggest you change it to this Western Digital 640GB, it costs $84.99 so you get more space.

Here's a few I recommend.
Antec 300 - $59.95
Antec 900 - $99.99
Antec P182 - $109.99
Coolermaster Centurion 5 - $49.99 (window version comes to $59.99)
Coolermaster CM690 - $84.99
Coolermaster Centurion 590 - $64.99

There are more great computer cases out there and I think this is more a personal preference, just make sure its big enough for all your components.


Edited by kamille316, 28 August 2008 - 09:38 AM.

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