Hello, I have about $1000 bucks to purchase components, and tools to put together a gaming computer. The 1,000 dollars does NOT include the monitor, speakers, or the keyboard and mouse (Those I will be purchasing through Dell with a preffered account). This is what I have so far, priced $1,020 on Newegg.com: -Raidmax smilodon Extreme Black ATX Case -Seagate Barracuda 250 GB HD -EVGA Geforce 8800 GT Graphics Card -Thermaltake 500 Watt PSU -G.Skill 2GB Ram kit -EVGA Nvidia nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel motherboard -Intel Core 2 Quad 6600 Kentsfield 2.4ghtz -Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro 92 mm CPU cooler Aside from the monitor and speakers, am I missing anything here? Also, if you have a better build in this price range, please share your experiences! This will be my first attempt at building my own pc, and Im a bit nervous. I still am in search for a good guide to follow!
PS and lindsay.....this is probably a 2000 dollar computer we're talking about pre-made AVOID ALIENWARE AT ALL COSTS every one of their PC's are AT LEAST 2000 over priced
And like the guy above me said, you need some software. Avoid Vista at all costs.
I would geta quad core proccesor, 3GB of RAM, 500-750GB hdd, and a 512MB video card. everything else is luxury
bdw if u dnt intend on going sli, then just get a normal motherboard and get a 8800gts 512. apart from that gd job :-)
i found this vid maybe it may come in handy
also if u need any help ask at the forums on www.tomshardware.com
also i suggest win xp since vista sady needs almost 1/2 more ram than xp
I would swap the Seagate drive for a WD drive. It's just me though; I dislike Seagate. Maxxtor is a division of Seagate now.
Anyhow, that's a fairly good setup. Keep your new CPU cooler. Factory heatsinks work, but aren't too good if you're going to be overclocking.
You can use any OS, though I'd recommend Vista if you want to use DX10. Vista isn't a bad OS, you just need to run some programs as administrator (there's a checkbox on program properties) to get it to not lag.
2gb of RAM is okay, 3gb would be nicer (make sure to get the same brand and same specs. Do 2x1gb and 2x512mb). If you plan on going above 4gb RAM, get a 64bit OS like Vista x64 or XP Pro x64.
For some reason though, I'm thinking you can still get that price down. I don't know what to change to do it though. It just seems high to me. Have you priced out a different brand of RAM, or is that the cheapest?
Abit IP35 Pro = $135 (mir)
4GB (2 x 2) Geil ddr2 800 = $65 (mir)
EVGA 8800GT = $200 (mir)
Seagate 500GB/32mb cache HDD = $120
DVD Burner = $25
Antec 900 casing = $80 (mir)
Corsair VX 550W PSU = $65 (buy.com)
Vista Home Premium 64 bit = $110
Total = $1040, prices from Newegg.com and buy.com
The Raid-max Smilodon is an awesome case.
I would go with a Western Digital hard drive, from personal experience. More reliable.
Obtaining 2x4 GIG of Patriot Viper RAM can be done at $90, and well worth it.
Ensure that 8800 GT is the G92 512MB version. the 256 just isn't there in the performance department.
The CPU is solid, and only $250, nice pick.
You really don't need a CPU cooler unless you home is 90 degrees.
You will need an operating system. You can get Vista Home Premium for $100 OEM, might want to do 64bit version.
Wait, why are you buying a Power supply unit. The Smilidons should come with a 500w PSU. Save your money.
If you go with what I suggest, you should be roughly $1050 with the operating system .
Good luck with your build.