I want to build a new gaming rig in the $1000-$1500 price bracket
I want to play games at 1600x1200 and 1920x1200 on my 24" Dell LCD
It will be a complete system less monitor
I will buy a new keyboard/mouse but i want to keep that discussion out of this thread
I intend to get 4gb ram so i can run vista when needed.
I dont need a big HDD because all my media files sit on my HTPC
I want to to run quiet, but not silent and i want to mildy overclock from the start.
I intend to buy this system in a couple of weeks time
I'm not sure if i should be going intel or amd here?
This is what i've started with based on the gpforums PC Build thread located here
I'd prefer to get everything from the one shop if possible for less hassle and have it built by the shop, which will save time if anything is faulty then i just return the whole rig and dont have to diagnose where the problem is.
Prices listed are near/at the bottom of what is available on price spy currently
CPU: $271.00 Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, 3.16GHz (OC up to 4.2GHz)
HSF: $130.00 Thermalright Ultra Extreme 120 + fan
Not sure if this is a good choice or not, comments please. I seem to be spending a lot here, can i go cheaper?
Should i be better of with AMD?
I started with this combo, because it is what is recommended on gpforums
Mobo: $200.00 Asustek P5Q PRO P45
This mobo seems to be recommended a lot on GPForums which is why i choose it. Should i choose something else?
RAM: $145 4GB - Corsair Kit DDR2-800 XMS2 2x 2GB
Can someone please offer some suggestions here. I don't see the point in getting only 2gb here as it doesn't cost much more for 4gb
GFX: $285 Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 512MB
Big price upgrade to get the 4870 and i think it is out of my bracket, so i thought i can save over $100 and always add a crossfire 4850 when the system gets old and i need for GPU grunt. I am guessing the fast CPU gives me plenty of power in the future for when i go cross fire.Do I need to add an aftermarket cooler, as i would like to overclock mildy. Which brand would you recommend?
Case: $135 Antec Three Hundread Gamer Case
If you can suggest a better case please so so, i want one with large fans so it can be quiet.
I intend to add some home made air filters to stop dust getting into the case
PSU: $160.00 Corsair 620W HX Modular Power Supply
A more powerful psu gives me the potential to add a 2nd 4850 in hybrid crossfire in the future
DVD: $42.00 Asustek DRW-2014L1T Serial-ATA DVD Writer
I choose this because it was recommended on gpforums
HDD: $115.00 Western Digital Caviar SE 640GB 7200rpm SATA hard drive
Apparently the large platters run cooler and I don't need a big HDD because everything is on my media pc.
TOTAL: 271 + 130 + 200 + 145 + 285 + 135 + 160 + 42 + 115 = 1483