I was surfing around on CompUSA the other day and started putting parts together for a new PC. After quite a bit of browsing I think I have found a new configuration that I would be really happy with and that my pocketbook could actually afford. My primary concerns are use for gaming, bieng highly upgradable, and mid-level entry costs.
Here is what I got...
BOARD AND PROCESSOR
Intel DX38BT Motherboard with Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66Ghz Processor
This board seems like a really good value, Intel DX38BT Motherboard - Intel X38, Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, eSATA, RAID
With support for 1333 MHz front side bus, fast DDR3 memory and overclocking.
This has got a lot of features I like, 775 Socket type, 1333 MHz Front side Bus, 8GB support of DDR3 RAM at 1333MHz, 3 SATA 300 headers, 2 PCIe 2.0 slots, 1 PCI Express slot, 2 PCI Slots, RAID support, and it seems like a rather decent integrated audio package.
Not to mention that the board comes with the Q6700 and two 1GB Corsair DDR3 1333MHz RAM chips for a total of $600
Corsair XMS3 2048MB
Dual Channel PC10600 DDR3 1333MHz Memory
The Twin3X2048-1333C9 is a 2048 MByte matched pair of DDR3 SDRAM DIMMs. This part delivers outstanding performance in the latest generation of dual-channel DDR3-based motherboards. It has been tested extensively in multiple DDR3 motherboards to ensure compatibility and performance at its rated speed. This memory has been verified to operate at 1333MHz at low latencies of 9-9-9-27.
Since it already comes with two gigs of this stuff it seemed logical to get two more of the same for additional performance. 4 GB of this RAM should make a powerful machine and make use of its processor. This comes at $110.
CASE AND POWER SUPPLY
Aspire X-Plorer ATX Mid-Tower
This multi-functional thermally advataged Aspire X-Plorer mid tower is designed based on Intel recommended "Chassis Air Guide Design Guide" to achieve high lever thermal performance. With a built-in air duct on side panel to funnel cool air towards the processor and other system components passively without fan, X-Plorer is aimed to bring out the best performance for systems based on high-end processors. There are 2 x 80mm built-in fans with option of 2 additional fan space, plus the built-in air duct on side panel, the X-Plorer provides the supreme cooling solution to handle the toughest task for your system. The great features-front LCD temperature readout, front fan speed controller, front USB2.0 and Firewire ports and the imcomparable cooling solution that X-Plores delivers can only be found in very few of the expensive chassis in the market.
PowerUp GEN-6803 800-Watt Power Supply
New from PowerUp – the GEN-6803 800-watt power supply that’s ready to drive your most ambitious system. That’s right, 800-watt of high-performance power you can use for the most advanced multimedia or gaming system. You’ve spent a fortune for the most complete system – that powerful PC you’ve always wanted. With the Power Up GEN-6803 800-watt power supply, you’ve got the perfect PS that will put an exclamation point on your system. Designed for reliable, safe, top performing power distribution. Affordable pricing makes our new Power Up 800-watt power supply the best value on the market.
Not really picky here, just like ventalation, removable mother board tray, and plenty of drive bays. The addition of the 800 watt power supply seemed like a good value at a total of $130.
Apevia X-Plorer w/ 800w PS
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB Hard Drive
Combining proven components, state-of-the-art technology and expertise in volume manufacturing, the Seagate® Barracuda 7200.11 drive—the eleventh generation of this award-winning desktop hard drive family—delivers up to 500GB of reliable digital storage.
500 GBs, SATA 300, and 7200 RPM's sound good to me at $110
Plextor PX-810SA 18x DVD±R ROHS Internal Black
The PX-810SA DVD Super Multi Drive from Plextor® offers all the advantages of our legendary DVD and CD-RW drives. It supports blazing fast 18X burns on single layer DVD±R media (4.7 GB), 10X burns on double/dual layer media (8.5 GB) and 12X on reliable DVD-RAM media. The PX-810SA DVD Super Multi Drive is the only DVD burner you’ll need to get the job done right the first time.
Lots of formats, fast write times, SATA ect. at $90.
HIS Radeon HD 3870 IceQ3 Video Card - 512MB GDDR4, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, HDMI Support, Video Card
Like said above, 512MB GDDR4, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready sounds really nice. I don't want to scrimp on a video card but I also don't want to spend a fortune. At $250 this seems like a good compromise particularly since I could easlily buy another one later and Crossfire them.
HIS Radeon HD3870
So a grand total of $1,314.93 makes this machine. Thats a little less than I paid for my Dell Dimension 8400 a few years back and a whole lot more upgradable. Given whats available right now, I could put in a 3.0 Intel Quad core, 8 GB of killer RAM, double up two 512MB video cards, and whatever RAID I prefered. What do you guys think, is this a good deal for the money and will it be worth upgrading like I think it will?
Thanks in advance guys!
Edited by Spitfire262, 28 March 2008 - 06:52 AM.