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Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 10/28/2008 1:58:46 AM   
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Ok guys it's that time of my life again I think and this is what I've come up with.

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106263

$23.99




SIGMA ORCA ORCA-WB Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SIGMA ORCA ORCA-WB Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811226020

$29.99




Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136218

$74.99




Logitech 967738-0403 Black USB Standard Deluxe 250 Keyboard

Logitech 967738-0403 Black USB Standard Deluxe 250 Keyboard - OEM
Item #: N82E16823126013

$6.99




CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145184

$25.00 Mail-in Rebate

$69.99 ($44.99 after rebate)




ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131299

$15.00 Mail-in Rebate

$134.99 ($119.99 after rebate)




Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115037


$164.99




ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835186134

$26.99



EVGA 512-P3-N873-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130376
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817103941

$30 Mail-in Rebate

Combo Price $209.98 ($179.98 after rebate)

Subtotal: $742.90
Shipping: $39.78

Grand Total: $782.68 - $70 Rebates = $702.68

I'm going to put it together myself so am open to suggestions if you can think of or know of a better suggestion or something that can save me some more money I would appreciate it. Keep in mind I'm not looking for state of the art or top of the line just to have something others don't. This is mainly for middle of the road mainstream games and mostly wargames of the future. Thanks
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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 10/28/2008 3:16:49 AM   
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If you got the money.......buy a Gateway FX4710-UB003A.

The very best gaming rig that can be bought from a store.......bestBuy is where I got mine.

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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 10/28/2008 3:43:45 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: killroyishere

Ok guys it's that time of my life again I think and this is what I've come up with.

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106263

$23.99




SIGMA ORCA ORCA-WB Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SIGMA ORCA ORCA-WB Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811226020

$29.99




Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136218

$74.99




Logitech 967738-0403 Black USB Standard Deluxe 250 Keyboard

Logitech 967738-0403 Black USB Standard Deluxe 250 Keyboard - OEM
Item #: N82E16823126013

$6.99




CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145184

$25.00 Mail-in Rebate

$69.99 ($44.99 after rebate)




ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131299

$15.00 Mail-in Rebate

$134.99 ($119.99 after rebate)




Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115037


$164.99




ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835186134

$26.99



EVGA 512-P3-N873-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130376
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817103941

$30 Mail-in Rebate

Combo Price $209.98 ($179.98 after rebate)

Subtotal: $742.90
Shipping: $39.78

Grand Total: $782.68 - $70 Rebates = $702.68

I'm going to put it together myself so am open to suggestions if you can think of or know of a better suggestion or something that can save me some more money I would appreciate it. Keep in mind I'm not looking for state of the art or top of the line just to have something others don't. This is mainly for middle of the road mainstream games and mostly wargames of the future. Thanks

Coming from a computer geek as myself who always will build a PC instead of buying one, that hardware you listed trumps my current PC.

E6600 C2D 2.4 ghz
2GB OCZ PC-8500 DDR2
Asus P5B-deluxe
ATI 3870 video card

Needless to say mine is about 1.8 yrs old and at that time cost way more than yours. I could not be happier with mine.
I think it's a great PC for the money. Go for it.

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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 10/28/2008 7:33:42 AM   
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Well, I am no true computer geek........but I priced mine to build and it was roughly 950.00

The Gateway I bought....the above.......has 2 gigs more RAM (6gigs), a quad core, 9800GT vid card and a 640 gig hard drive. It runs Vista 64bit home premier (i know, Vista) but I will say this, I have not had a single problem yet on anything.........and the thing is so quiet, I never hear the fans, never hear spin up.

I paid roughly 1100.00 for this rig. My memory fails me, but it was close to that.

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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 10/28/2008 9:57:03 AM   
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dont buy corsair, a friend had 16 units fail, talk of takeover,and poor Quality controll. spend little more.

im a AMD and gigabyte fan, had some 6 systems so far no problems, cheaper and cooler to run, also easier to overclock. yesterday i bought a amd 5800 2.8 gig for $AUD 120(70 usd),and S series gigabyte mobo with 8 rear USB, 4*4 gig slots for ram,6 SATA II slots. kick ass for under$100AUD(61usd)

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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 10/31/2008 2:42:32 AM   
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unless you are planning to run Vista, you really do not need 4 GB of RAM, the current OCZ 2 GB kit I have sells for only $35 shipped from the Egg currently.
OCZ has been a leader in the RAM community for years and is always a viable option when considering memory options.
Corsair, nothing wrong with them really besides being a bit more expensive.
ANZAC_Tack could not be more wrong regarding Corsair, they are very reputable.
I just prefer OCZ from past experience but know PLENTY of folks who use and enjoy Corsair products.

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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 10/31/2008 3:30:13 PM   
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Killroy,

Based on what your expectations are for this system, I think you've made wise decisions. Like Gem35 said, if you're going to install Win XP on this system then 2GB of RAM is plenty. That being said, 4GB is not all that much more, and allows greater flexibility in the future for OS's. Personally, I'd go for the 4GB and not have to upgrade again in the near future. But if you want to save $30, that is an option.

One area that is often overlooked is the quality of the power supply. I would do a little research and make sure that the power supply that comes with that case is by a reputable manufacturer, and is powerful enough to handle your requirements with ease. The better your power supply, the more stable your system will be.

Glad to see that you're buying from newegg, they're great. I've purchased every component for my computers with them for over ten years and they've never disappointed me.

Enjoy your new system, it looks like it'll do very nicely considering the type of gaming you do.


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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 11/1/2008 2:36:09 AM   
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Thank you folks appreciate the input. I will look into the ram and will probably go ahead and get the 4gb since memory is a funny thing one day it's cheap as heck and the next day 10x higher than before. I used to buy from Tigerdirect.com but they started charging me tax and are higher on most things than newegg and newegg doesn't charge me tax yet so newegg gets my money this time around. Thanks again.

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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 11/1/2008 2:57:15 AM   
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One thing to consider is DDR3 RAM is out now and will be the norm for future builds/upgrades and the CPUs that are being made also wont be able to use DDR2 anymore, only DDR3 so buying 4 GB of DDR2 is not a viable option to me.
Good luck with your build and enjoy yourself, it's alot of fun to build your own PC.

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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 11/1/2008 7:03:37 AM   
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Looks pretty solid, but I'm definitely not a fan of Lite-On drives.  I've been getting the cheap Samsung ones and they work great for the same price.

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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 11/1/2008 2:35:04 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gem35

unless you are planning to run Vista, you really do not need 4 GB of RAM, the current OCZ 2 GB kit I have sells for only $35 shipped from the Egg currently.
OCZ has been a leader in the RAM community for years and is always a viable option when considering memory options.
Corsair, nothing wrong with them really besides being a bit more expensive.
ANZAC_Tack could not be more wrong regarding Corsair, they are very reputable.
I just prefer OCZ from past experience but know PLENTY of folks who use and enjoy Corsair products.


Both Corsair and OCZ use Micron chips, and Micron has it's own brand, Crucial.

If you're a gearhead (like me), Crucial has a performance line of parts, called Ballistix.

I don't completely understand why anyone would need go further than that.

Memory is dirt-cheap at the moment, btw, and I wouldn't hesitate to put 4GB in a system, even with a 32-bit OS.

PoE (aka ivanmoe)

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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 11/1/2008 4:41:33 PM   
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ORIGINAL: NefariousKoel

Looks pretty solid, but I'm definitely not a fan of Lite-On drives.  I've been getting the cheap Samsung ones and they work great for the same price.


My philosophy on drives is that my first priority is for the term of the warranty, second on the sound level emmissions, third on the size and speed. Manufacturer really doesn't matter.


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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 11/1/2008 5:38:31 PM   
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I would stay away from 64-bit Vista and go with the 32-bit version or just keep XP.



Windows Vista, Steve Jobs couldn't have come up with a better OS to help's sell Macs!


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RE: Thinking of Buying New Computer...Help - 11/2/2008 9:45:43 AM   
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Courair ram, i have 2 sets now, but times change, they have financial problems, and talk of buyouts, its just what i seen first hand at local computer shop, could be just a 'bad batch' but i bought kingston (2)2*2 gig set $150 AUD($97usd) and there the best. I bet but coursair set is still good.

I have 64 bit Vista for HTPC and XP32 for PC, only some programs dont work for 64 vista, SP2beta is out soon to iron out more problems. Like XP now it the time to buy vista,its SO easy to load,and just let it auto update all programs(i allowed it to update motherboard,graphics card,twin HD tuner, Wireless LAN,microsoft wireless keyboard,ps2 keyboard,ps2 mouse,3 HDD's and DVD burner, not 1 CD/DVD or any installing...HOW EASY IS THAT! just took 1 hour and 250 megs...i got ADSL2 21megs so no problems....

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