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Building Gaming pc help!!!

Petersnoboard93
Ok so im trying to build a gaming pc to cut down on costs. I want to keep the price around $1000. Tell me what you think and if you know and better prices on any of the software. My build so far is bellow.

Processor
Harddrive not really sure if this hardrive is worth the price.
Memory
Motherboard
dvd burner
video card
Case- not sure yet

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Monitor-I already have it
keyboard and mouse-got it
sound-got it
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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Sitting on a suitable name brand M'Board something like A Bit, Gigabyte or something similar. As these M'Boards have fairly decent 5.1 surround sound at the very least you may have just wasted some money on a sound card. Or did you mean that you have the speakers?

    You'll also need a decent 16 X PCI Express Video Card as the M'Boards that come with built in Video steal some System Memory for Video and CPU cycles for Video so you get slow and glitchy Video instead of smooth Video that you should have with your own dedicated GPU and Faster Video RAM.

    I would be looking at SATA 2 HDD/s and as big as possible as most new M'Boards now only come with 1 IDE Connector on them and that limits your to 2 IDE Drives which by their very nature will be slower than a SATA Drive will perform. Most HDD now are around the $1.00 per GIG so they are cheap and cost effective when you look at the storage capacity that you get for a small outlay.

    DVD Burner that's your choice but I've been using Sony for years now without a problem.

    As far as a case & Power Supply go I would spend the money on a good case and PS as they protect the internals better than the cheap shoddy no name cases and the Power Supplies are rated for continuous Feed rather than Peek values so look at the Antec or similar Type case as they are the best that I've ever seen and for the few extra $ provide a much better investment.

    RAM I would suggest Corsair or Kingston whichever you can get as they are excellent and get as much as you can afford preferably the same size in 2 sticks as the CPU will work better. You should be looking at a starting point of at least 1 GIG and more if you can afford it.

    Stick to XP as an OS as it's a known quanty and just about everything will work with it as an OEM copy you should be able to pick one of these up fairly cheaply.

    As for places to buy I'm not in the US so I don't know though several of the US Peers have recommended New Egg on several occasions. If that is of any use to you.

    Col

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    Pringles86

    right now... You get more bang for your buck as their prices are really low right now.<br><br>

    I haven't looked at that harddrive before, looks like it might be decent. I have a <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140">320 seagate SATA drive</a> and it is very good. With the Samsung you selected you get 4.16 GB/$ compared to the 4 GB/$ for the seagate. BUT, the average seek time on the Samsung is higher, and it doesn't even list the write time.<br><br>

    For the processor I would suggest looking at AMD's <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103759">5200+.</a> You might even go for a <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103773">6000.</a><br><br>

    With either of those processors I was looking at these two Asus boards: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131013">One without wireless builtin</a> and <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131011">One with wireless builtin to the board</a><br><br>

    I would also boost the RAM to <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231098">DDR2 800.</a> And maybe look at getting 4 gigs of it.<br><br>

    The video card looks good, it is going to be pricey though. Eventually you will even want to SLI those. It will make it SO much faster.<br><br>

    This <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129017">case</a> is pretty nice, it will keep your system cool. You would also need a power supply to put in there. I would suggest <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002">this one.</a> Or you can save a few bucks and have less power with <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182030">this Rosewill.</a><br><br>

    If you don't want that case, <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811156062">this one</a> comes with plenty of fans and a power supply to keep your case cool. However, the power supply does not come with the PCI express power cords if your PCI card needs more power.<br><br>

    And as Hal stated, stay with XP on there for gaming. Definitely look into getting SLI asap.<br><br>

    If you would rather stick with Intel over AMD, your choices look good.<br><br>

    With a great gaming machine, it is going to be hard to stick to under $1000. I can get around $1100, but that is with SLI'd DX9 video cards not DX10.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    Sitting on a suitable name brand M'Board something like A Bit, Gigabyte or something similar. As these M'Boards have fairly decent 5.1 surround sound at the very least you may have just wasted some money on a sound card. Or did you mean that you have the speakers?

    You'll also need a decent 16 X PCI Express Video Card as the M'Boards that come with built in Video steal some System Memory for Video and CPU cycles for Video so you get slow and glitchy Video instead of smooth Video that you should have with your own dedicated GPU and Faster Video RAM.

    I would be looking at SATA 2 HDD/s and as big as possible as most new M'Boards now only come with 1 IDE Connector on them and that limits your to 2 IDE Drives which by their very nature will be slower than a SATA Drive will perform. Most HDD now are around the $1.00 per GIG so they are cheap and cost effective when you look at the storage capacity that you get for a small outlay.

    DVD Burner that's your choice but I've been using Sony for years now without a problem.

    As far as a case & Power Supply go I would spend the money on a good case and PS as they protect the internals better than the cheap shoddy no name cases and the Power Supplies are rated for continuous Feed rather than Peek values so look at the Antec or similar Type case as they are the best that I've ever seen and for the few extra $ provide a much better investment.

    RAM I would suggest Corsair or Kingston whichever you can get as they are excellent and get as much as you can afford preferably the same size in 2 sticks as the CPU will work better. You should be looking at a starting point of at least 1 GIG and more if you can afford it.

    Stick to XP as an OS as it's a known quanty and just about everything will work with it as an OEM copy you should be able to pick one of these up fairly cheaply.

    As for places to buy I'm not in the US so I don't know though several of the US Peers have recommended New Egg on several occasions. If that is of any use to you.

    Col

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    Pringles86

    right now... You get more bang for your buck as their prices are really low right now.<br><br>

    I haven't looked at that harddrive before, looks like it might be decent. I have a <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140">320 seagate SATA drive</a> and it is very good. With the Samsung you selected you get 4.16 GB/$ compared to the 4 GB/$ for the seagate. BUT, the average seek time on the Samsung is higher, and it doesn't even list the write time.<br><br>

    For the processor I would suggest looking at AMD's <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103759">5200+.</a> You might even go for a <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103773">6000.</a><br><br>

    With either of those processors I was looking at these two Asus boards: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131013">One without wireless builtin</a> and <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131011">One with wireless builtin to the board</a><br><br>

    I would also boost the RAM to <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231098">DDR2 800.</a> And maybe look at getting 4 gigs of it.<br><br>

    The video card looks good, it is going to be pricey though. Eventually you will even want to SLI those. It will make it SO much faster.<br><br>

    This <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129017">case</a> is pretty nice, it will keep your system cool. You would also need a power supply to put in there. I would suggest <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002">this one.</a> Or you can save a few bucks and have less power with <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182030">this Rosewill.</a><br><br>

    If you don't want that case, <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811156062">this one</a> comes with plenty of fans and a power supply to keep your case cool. However, the power supply does not come with the PCI express power cords if your PCI card needs more power.<br><br>

    And as Hal stated, stay with XP on there for gaming. Definitely look into getting SLI asap.<br><br>

    If you would rather stick with Intel over AMD, your choices look good.<br><br>

    With a great gaming machine, it is going to be hard to stick to under $1000. I can get around $1100, but that is with SLI'd DX9 video cards not DX10.