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    I was considering getting a laptop suitable for gaming, but I have decided to take the money I would use for a ok laptop and split it between a netbook and desktop to get the best of both worlds.

    I have $750 remaining to go towards a desktop.

    I am not able to re-use anything on my current computer except the PSU(Antec 500w)

    I also do not have an OS, and will have MS Student discount capabilities. I would like to run V64 bit.

    I want the best gaming type computer I can scrounge for the money. I do not need certain things people require like huge amounts of HD space and quadruple Raidz. I don't need a blu-ray player or burner either. Just a simple DVD player or writer. I already have Moniter and K/M. Just need the computer.

    I would like to entertain your opinions on a parts list for my build. I am, like always, open to any and all opinions.

    Thanks in advance!
    |TG-X|Turkish


  • #2
    Re: $750 build

    I like my Antec P182 case and the E8400 is still doing a good job.
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    • #3
      Re: $750 build

      Here's a quick build:

      SAMSUNG 20X DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model TS-H653N $22.99

      RAIDMAX xB ATX-528B Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
      $5.00 Instant
      $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
      $21.99

      Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $49.99

      SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
      $15.00 Mail-in Rebate
      $169.99

      CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5
      $10.00 Instant
      $30.00 Mail-in Rebate
      $54.99

      ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard $86.99

      Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 $164.99

      Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD $99.99

      Subtotal: $671.92

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      • #4
        Re: $750 build

        uhmmmmm check out my build

        http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...8jJTOiP5Wb6QVQ

        It's more like a $500 build ( a little more)

        you could easily get alot more preformance by buying a HIS radeon 1gig 4870 (around $200)
        or if you want more processor speed you could get an E8400(overclocks like a beast) and get a good motherboard. (there is a like $110 gigabyte motherboard which would be good for overclocks.

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        • #5
          Re: $750 build

          Originally posted by Global.Cooling View Post
          Here's a quick build:

          SAMSUNG 20X DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model TS-H653N $22.99

          RAIDMAX xB ATX-528B Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
          $5.00 Instant
          $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
          $21.99

          Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $49.99

          SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
          $15.00 Mail-in Rebate
          $169.99

          CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5
          $10.00 Instant
          $30.00 Mail-in Rebate
          $54.99

          ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard $86.99

          Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 $164.99

          Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD $99.99

          Subtotal: $671.92
          Fairly solid build by Cooling.

          Only thing I can recommend, is switching out the hard drive for something along the lines of a Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS, which go for 74.99, and also, possibly adding an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro to replace the stock heatsink. Even running at stock I like to have an aftermarket heatsink in any rig that I build, to ensure cool operating temperatures and longevity.

          Cheers,
          It's Gaming
          Proud to have been a member of the 55th Infantry Division!

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          • #6
            Re: $750 build

            I used the stock cooler in my build (check my profile) but the temps run a little high, so I'm going to get an aftermarket cooler in Jan. I'll look into the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro. Thanks for the suggestion.

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            • #7
              Re: $750 build

              Thanks for the input so far, I am getting an idea of parts that most recommend etc.
              |TG-X|Turkish

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              • #8
                Re: $750 build

                would you consider getting 2 8800 GTS for the price of one ati 4850? there around $80 at new egg i believe you could get two of those pupies and there prety darn good.

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                • #9
                  Re: $750 build

                  Here's one I posted in another thread:

                  Just swap out the case for something "better".

                  |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
                  TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                  Former 9th & 13th

                  Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                  Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                  SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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                  • #10
                    Re: $750 build

                    Would you say it is worth the extra money to purchase a HD4850 over a 9800GT?
                    |TG-X|Turkish

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                    • #11
                      Re: $750 build

                      Originally posted by TurkishDelight View Post
                      Would you say it is worth the extra money to purchase a HD4850 over a 9800GT?
                      Depends on what you want to play and at what resolution.

                      Simple answer: yes. Although, I would recommend trying to get a 1 GB HD4870. At least then you won't have much problems with next year's games on higher display resolutions.

                      Plus video transcoding is a lot quicker with AMD's new transcoder (free).
                      |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
                      TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                      Former 9th & 13th

                      Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                      Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                      SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

                      TG Primer and Rules

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                      • #12
                        Re: $750 build

                        Would like to say thanks as my friend was looking for a build at around the same price too. These are great info.
                        Why So Serious?

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                        • #13
                          Re: $750 build

                          MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L $100

                          CPU: C2D E7300 2.66GHz $120

                          GPU: EVGA GTX260 Core 216 $247

                          HDD: WD SE16 320GB $55

                          RAM: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) $40 rebate to $20

                          DVD: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner $25

                          Case: Antec 300 $60

                          all of this is just under $650

                          so between the left over money you have you can pay for shipping and pick up student version of vista and there you go, but that GPU is on sale only till the 24th so get it quickly.
                          Reapator, overlord of ponies

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                          • #14
                            Re: $750 build

                            Originally posted by Reaperassault View Post
                            MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L $100

                            CPU: C2D E7300 2.66GHz $120

                            GPU: EVGA GTX260 Core 216 $247

                            HDD: WD SE16 320GB $55

                            RAM: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) $40 rebate to $20

                            DVD: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner $25

                            Case: Antec 300 $60

                            all of this is just under $650

                            so between the left over money you have you can pay for shipping and pick up student version of vista and there you go, but that GPU is on sale only till the 24th so get it quickly.
                            Make sure you add a PSU to the list since the Antec 300 doesn't come with one.

                            Also a excellent build if you want nVidia instead of AMD/ATI.
                            |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
                            TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                            Former 9th & 13th

                            Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                            Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                            SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

                            TG Primer and Rules

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                            • #15
                              Re: $750 build

                              Wow that's a lot of tasty stuff!
                              |TG-X|Turkish

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