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#1 vinnyd

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 01:24 PM

OK, I'm hooked. Was looking to buy a DELL XPS 720. But, after looking on this site, I got the itch. You folks are cool! Hope it's easy? Anyhow, this is what I'm thinking of for a gaming computer:

1. MOBO/CPU package deal (Tiger Direct), XFX GeForce 680i SLI mobo w/ Q6600 2.4Ghz, $349.99

2. RAM (Newegg), Corsair XMS 2 2GB (2x1) 240pin DDR2 PC 2 6400 (getting 2 for a total of 4GB), $134.00

3. Power Supply (Tiger Direct), Cool Master Real Power Pro 650W, SLI, SATA ready, 120mm fan, active PFC, $119.99

4. Hard Drive (Tiger Direct), Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB 16MB SATA 300, $119.99

5. Video Card (Newegg), XFX GeForce 8600 GT 256MB, $109.99

6. Sound Card (Newegg), 7.1 PCI Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatality Champion, $164.99

7. DVD CD Burner (Tiger Direct), Lite-on Super-multi LH 20A1H Lightscribe DVD 20x DVD+-R, $34.99

8. Case (Tiger Direct), ULTRA ULT31824 Ultra black aluminu mid-tower case, $69.99

9. OS (Tiger Direct), Windows VISTA, $149.99


That's it. It costs $1,204.84 with shipping. This is a stab in the dark for me, so any help is MUCH appreciated. Please let me know if I omitted anything or otherwise made any fatal errors. Also wondering if "VISTA" is OK to use? Some have had problems.TIA
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#2 Lucky23

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 03:44 PM

Looks good

here is a good deal on RAM if interested

OCZ DDR2 800 2X1GB $20

Corsair DDR2 800 2X1GB $35


Also your power supply is cheaper on newegg right now

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 07:09 PM

Thank you very much.
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Posted 27 December 2007 - 09:26 PM

here is a good deal on RAM if interested OCZ DDR2 800 2X1GB $20



omg lucky u totally own 1gb ram for 20 dollers i was getting ready to buy 512mb for 25 dollers thank you very much.


AND FOR vinnyd making your own pc is fun because when you are playing the games that you will be playing you will know that you earned that pc do you have a good cooling supply prepared that beast is going to make some heat.
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Posted 27 December 2007 - 10:16 PM

Not a bad setup, but if you plan to game with any video quality and decent frame rates then dont spend so much on a sound card and divert more money into your Video card. If your going to spend that kind of money and the time to configure it, then spend about another $150 and get a 8800GT card. Its not the best but it will keep you from getting frustrated while playing. Thats my opinion. You seem excited and should be for getting a new system. Google 8800GT reviews and Ill let all the tech sites tell you what I know..lol. I am very pleased with mine.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 11:38 PM

here is a good deal on RAM if interested OCZ DDR2 800 2X1GB $20



omg lucky u totally own 1gb ram for 20 dollers i was getting ready to buy 512mb for 25 dollers thank you very much.


AND FOR vinnyd making your own pc is fun because when you are playing the games that you will be playing you will know that you earned that pc do you have a good cooling supply prepared that beast is going to make some heat.



No problem here to help. I just check these three website every day and normally one will have a good deal.

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 12:27 AM

Not a bad setup, but if you plan to game with any video quality and decent frame rates then dont spend so much on a sound card and divert more money into your Video card. If your going to spend that kind of money and the time to configure it, then spend about another $150 and get a 8800GT card. Its not the best but it will keep you from getting frustrated while playing. Thats my opinion. You seem excited and should be for getting a new system. Google 8800GT reviews and Ill let all the tech sites tell you what I know..lol. I am very pleased with mine.



I agree on this one. For a sound card buy the Sound Blaster Audigy SE $30 and use the extra money on the 8800. Im getting an 8600 personally but if i had the money to build this set up i would definitly spend more on the video rather then the sound card.
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#8 vinnyd

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 01:49 PM

Thanks for your expertise. I appreciate it. However I already ordered my parts. So, I was too late to change/upgrade the video card. But, I have another idea if you think it will work. The card runs on "PCI Express" slots. My mobo has extra slots. What if I buy another 8600 video card and run two together? Does this do it for me? Or, should I save up for 8800 or beter? I have an option of returning the board also. Any help here is appreciated.TIA

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 06:19 PM

You can always exchange it through new egg.
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 09:40 AM

Done. 8800GT is on the way! Thanks again.
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