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My wife is letting me spend a portion of our taxes on a computer build when I get home from Iraq as a welcome home gift. I am going to have around $3000.00 for the build. I am wanting to build a nice gaming computer that is fully upgradeable. I don't know where to start. Maybe someone can recommend a company for me to have one built, or maybe someone here can point me in the right direction. The thing is I don't know where to start at.

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3,000 is an awful lot XD. I think I've seen a lot of people say you can get one for 1600-2000 if not less. ^^

Be prepared to spend the most on the processor or the video cards. A lot of video cards are ~600 dollars ^^

I would definitely look into the 5870 and 5970. I've heard very good things about those!

Edited by lmwamh, 30 January 2010 - 01:31 PM.

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You can build a really really nice computer for $3000. As a matter a fact, you can probably build a top of line, state of the art build for less than that.

Question though: Are you going to build this yourself? Or are you wanting to go with a company that builds it for you? Maybe a local company? Here are some links you may like:

Things I most definitely recommend if you have a large budget like $3000.
  • ATI Radeon 5870 (two of them in CrossFireX)
  • A very large Monitor to Game on, or two large Dual Monitors, or Eyefinity (5870's triple monitor setup)
  • RAID ARRAY of two SSD's (Solid State Disk) for your main programs/games and your Operating System
  • Then use 1TB HDD (Hard Drive Disk) for storage of music, videos, pictures, etc.
  • Tons of RAM Atleast 8gb or more.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 64bit Operating System because it supports DirectX 11
  • i7 Socket 1366 CPU (which will use a X58chipset Motherboard)
  • Blu-Ray Player (if you want)
  • Etc.

Hope that helps, and let us know if you need help in picking parts if you build it yourself, or if you'd like some confirmation on a computer you are having built by another company/individual.

Edited by Ferrari, 30 January 2010 - 06:32 PM.

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