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Hi everyone,

A friend of mine is attempting to build a gaming computer. I have experience building them but essentially no experience choosing the parts, as another friend of mine who I can't seem to contact selected many of the parts for me.

Are these parts alright? I picked many of them for him.

Motherboard (I picked) - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128359

Graphics Card (I picked) - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161252

RAM (his pick) - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231122]

HDD (his pick) - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136218

Monitor (his pick) - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824254035

DVD Writer - haven't chosen yet, but not too important

CPU (his pick) - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115206

He has not chosen a fan for his CPU yet, but I am trying to recommend to him a zalman or arctic cooling. Additionally, I don't know if he should get the CPU he picked or an E8400. He already has his mind set on getting an Intel (although I think AMD might be a better value).

Now, here is the main dilemma.

Option #1: He wants to get this case with a power supply - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811156098

Option #2: I told him that the power supply included with cases are usually crap and not to get them, and recommended he get these for a little bit more $$ (he would have to cut back on the flashy looking case with this option though):
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119068
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817104954

My main question here is, is option #1 or option #2 better? The power supply for the first one doesn't seem too great.
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Hi -ShaDe-, welcome to Geeks To Go!

Can you answer a few questions for me first?
  • What are the games your friend wants to play?
  • Also what is his budget?
  • Is he overclocking?
I think you're right about the CPU but it all depends on his budget. He could go with an AMD Phenom II X3 or X4 and performance will be close to an E8400 (or even better performance). However, if he wants to stick with Intel and he's not overclocking, E8400 should perform better than stock E7400.

You're also right about the power supply that come bundled with computer cases, the only one I'd recommend is the Antec Sonata III and it comes bundled with an Earthwatts 500W.

You can suggest something like this Antec 300 case and this Corsair 550W. The FSP power supply should be enough however note that it only has 70% efficiency (most PSUs nowadays are 80% efficiency) and only 450W. The case should be enough as well as Centurion is a nice case.

For the monitor, I suggest this 22" Acer monitor, I am not familiar with Hanns G though. Also, the Acer doesn't come with a built-in speaker.

How about this Samsung DVD drive?

Hope that helps,
Kamille
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1. Crysis, CoD4, L4D. I don't think he's hoping to run it on all max AF and AA, but decent enough (like native resolution + very high with no AA)

2. ~$850

3. Nope

I will be sure to tell him your suggestions, thanks.
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Hi -ShaDe-,

The one below comes to $845.91, you can also tell him that going AMD is not that bad, he'd be able to upgrade his processor without having to replace his motherboard and RAM. Intel has the new Core i7 and it uses a different socket in the motherboard. The E8400 uses LGA 775 and the new Core i7 CPU uses LGA 1366 so if he ever wants to upgrade in the future to a Core i7 CPU, he would have to replace his motherboard (an LGA 1366 compatible one) and DDR3 RAM.

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 - $114.99
HIS Hightech H485FN512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB - $129.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB - $74.99
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA - $24.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W - $89.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - $167.99
Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms - $149.99
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 - $49.99
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - $42.99

I like this build because it has a nicer and more powerful video card. You can also select a 9800 GTX+ or a GTS 250 (basically a 9800 GTX+ refresh) and costs the same as the one above. See the video card chart here to compare its performance with other video cards in the market.

The hard drive I chose has a 32MB cache so its a bit faster, the one you chose should be good enough if you want to save him some money.

Hope this helps,
Kamille
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