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  • Started 5 years ago by p1989at
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p1989at
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Hey everyone I'm planning on building my first PC over winter break. I'm trying to keep the total cost around $800. With that said I want it to be able to play newer games like Far Cry 2 or Fallout3 on decent settings. Here's what I'm thinking about.

Monitor: Acer 17" $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....r%20x173WB

Case: Rosewill ATX Mid tower $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....=R330-P-BK

PSU: OCZ Stealth Xstream 500w ATX $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6817341012

RAM: OCZ Reaper (2x1GB) 240-pin SDRAM DDR2 800 (pc2 6400) dual channel $46
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6820227231

CPU: AMD Athlon 64x2 6000 3.0GHz 2x1mdL2 cache dual-core $92
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6819103233

Heatsink: Zalman CNPS 7500 $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6819103233

Mobo: Asus M2N-SLI AM2 NVIDIA nForce 560 SLI mcp ATX $87
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6813131246

DVD drive: LITE-ON 20x SATA $24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....iHAS120-04

Hard Drive: Segate Barracuda 250GB 7200rpm SATA $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....T3250310AS

Video Card: MSI GeForce 9800GT $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6814127381

OS: windows xp home edition $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6832116056

total: $758 (not including mouse+keyboard)

I think these are pretty good parts for my budget. I am concerned about the RAM. Its a little on the cheap side. Should I Upgrade?
Also, I figured i'd save some money and get xp home edition for now and wait for Windows 7 to come out. So I'm trying to figure out the difference between the retail version and the system builders-OEM version.

Any suggestions about this build would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks

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ScottW
ScottW
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p1989at, hello. These are excellent parts for a budget build. Good job putting together this list at such a price point! Now, for my feedback:

* RAM -- there's nothing wrong with the RAM you have picked for this build. OCZ is a respected name in memory and the mobo you have only supports DDR2 800 so there really is nowhere to upgrade to.
* Case -- I'm not loving the Rosewill case. It has precisely one fan, a dinky 80mm exhaust fan. Opinions differ on air cooling, but IMO case cooling is at least as important as component cooling. The AMD 6000+ is a hot chip manufactured on 90nm in these days when 45nm is commonplace. The MSI video card is overclocked. The cooling for the CPU and GPU is good, but that hot air still needs to be removed from the case.
* Monitor -- I'm no expert on LCD monitors for gaming, but I do believe that 8ms is too slow.
* OS - OEM saves you money, but restricts what you can do with it. The OEM can only be installed on one system, no transfer of license or resale. The retail box removes those restrictions. Using XP means you won't get to use DirectX 10 features of the MSI video card, but it also reduces overhead.
* Gaming -- I've heard so much about how Crysis requires top-end hardware for a decent framerate, that I had to look up the requirements. Your build not only meets the minimum requirements, but the recommended as well. Hopefully, that will translate to a good gaming experience.

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p1989at
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ScottW,

Thanks for your response. Since the original post i have decided to go with a better case; a cooler master centurion 5.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6811119068

Also, on another forum it was suggested that I get an ASRock motherboard. This particular one has better specs for about the same price. I'm not entirely sold on the ASRock brand though. Any thoughts?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6813157139

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ScottW
ScottW
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p1989at, that is a better case but still rather sparse on the fans for my taste. Hopefully, with the PSU exhaust and the side intake snorkel, this case will provide enough cooling for you.

As for ASRock, I have no experience with them, but I have heard bad things. From just here on this forum:

http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....post-53040
http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....dual-sata2

Apparently ASRock was originally a subsidiary of ASUS, but I don't think they are any more. It looks to me like they are trying to make low-priced boards and that means they will use low cost parts and labor. That may explain why some, like the two above, have seen problems with this brand.

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SSSammy
Posts: 40

hey p1989at
you should check out this link

a decent build for $565
and since your budget is $800 you can op out some of his choices for what u want
however both the ram and videocard is better than what you have chosen
better gaming performance for lower price!

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crysisfreak
crysisfreak
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i think that vista is a great operating system. On my laptop, it runs crysis great. the one big glitch that i found was that when you do disc cleanup, and you click to cleanup your hibernation files, it will disable it. but you can easily re enable it.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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@crysisfreak,

I love it too and thank MS for creating it.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Here are your Intel i7 CPUs at Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....3&y=31
Here are your Asus X58 1366 boards at Newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....;name=ASUS
Here are your Antec PSUs and Cases at Antec
http://www.antec.com/InternationalWelcome.php
After the Intel i7 CPU release Monday, everything else is out dated now.
Kindest Regards,
Rick P.♦:)

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