How to Build a Kick-ass $800 Gaming PC

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hath80

Thats good enough for me for now. Later I will down grade it and make it my desktop/media pc. dvd creator, itunes to dvd

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sandra34

Wow thanks for this, I would love my PC to be a full on gaming PC such as this, its fantastic!

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chaching

this works

 

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damen1786

great article nice guid to follow if your building your own pc www.customgamingrig.com

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joeyjr

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
 $99.99  N82E16811129021 
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
Model BX80570E8500 - Retail
 $189.99  N82E16819115036 
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
 $31.99  N82E16835186134 
GIGABYTE GV-R489-1GH-B Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
 $239.99  N82E16814125276 
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Internal Hard Drives - OEM
 $99.99  N82E16822136284 
GIGABYTE GA-EP45T-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
 $139.99  N82E16813128369 
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black IDE Model SH-S222L - OEM
 $23.99  N82E16827151176 
PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS750QBL 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI
Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire ... - Retail
 $119.99  N82E16817703019 
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual
Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600EB4GK - Retail
 $84.99  N82E16820227286  @1333 FSB
   
 $1,030.91   total price as of the date of this post at New egg.  Add 324.99 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail  for a total of $1165.91.

You could buy or build a budget Core i7 or AMD 955 for about 1000-1200 dollars right now.

This is basicly what my new system has in it, but I already had the case and the IDE optial drives.  Add a Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS, Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer, and 4 more G of Ram, and Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit which got a 1685 rating on Performance Test 7 Bench Mark. That would add anouther 490 dollars to the cost though. Idles a 2G @ 27 Deg C and using Eazy Tune can over clock to 3.6 @ 1600 MHZ FSB eazy.  The system is cool and quite.  The new GPU uses 60 watts at idel and 190w loaded, so you could add a second one if you like because thers plenty of power. I also added Antec  120mm Blue LED Case Fan - Retail $17.09 for the side of the case and a Thermaltake XCONTROLLER 5.25" Drive Bay Kits - Fan Controller w/ LED Light - Retail $12.99 the slow down the 4 total 120mm case fans which realy cuts the noise down.  I have them all blowing into the case. The 200mm fan on top set to hi all the time is enough to get rid of the heat in the case.  I can play Crysis on high at 1600 x 1200 using DirectX 10 and Stalker on High with the same resolutionwith no problem.  Thats good enough for me for now.  Later I will down grade it and make it my desktop/media pc.

Building a budget system is a great way to stay in the game and if you have some parts to start with to keep the price down, it will not cost as much.  As far as I can see, but then again it depends on what performance level your after. 500, 800, 1000, 1200 ect... is alot all at once, it takes time and there is always something new or better.  You have to start someware. I went with the 775 socket for now because I am not sure the newer mobos and processors yet and if I wait the prices will surely come down. Then maybe I will upgrade in a year or so.  Shoot, I am still running a 3.4 P4 prescott CPU and AGP GPU that still can do alot.  Peace out and game on dude!

joeyjr

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cyrsisbeast

ok dont do this it is overpriced i can get an e8600 3.33ghz 2 9800gt 512mb graphic cards extreme cooling 580w vista 64basic mouse and keyboard 320gb sata II hard drive 72000rpm 4gb of ddr3 ram  corssfirex and much more for only 945 so ok 145 dollars more but comon

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luckyeight

I didn't have 800 bucks kickin around....

Case- (Broadway w/550w PSU  39.99).....Mobo- (Asus M2N68-AMSE2+ 49.99)....Proc-  (AMD64X25800+  58.99).....RAM-  (Corsair 4gig DDR2800  19.99)....HSF- (Thermaltake TR2-R1  19.99).....Video  (ATI HD3850  59.99)......HDD (Seagate 500gig  54.99).....CD/DVD  (Lite-On 22x sata  24.99)

All this adds up to 323.92.....now thats a gamer on a budget..

Also, i added and ACER 22" LCD....169.99,  so i spent less than 500 on a COMPLETE machine that runs ANY game out right now....Crysis, COD5, Stalker, granted it won't run em all on high settings but very acceptable framerates......also slightly OC'ed system to 3.4ghz with air cooling....for all u peeps who want a score for this system....stock 3DMark06 score= 8712,  OC'ed score=11487.....this is a GREAT price-point...

Peace Out......

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suspectdevice

Below is what i came up with on NewEgg, I already have multiple hard drives, so the capacity on the one in the package is not an issue for me.

 

    Open Box:  MSI DKA790GX AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard 
    Item #: N82E16813130191R
    Return Policy: 30 Day Non-Replaceable Policy                                                                        $84.99

      
   

          RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case - Retail
          Item #: N82E16811156078
          Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

   

          RAIDMAX RX-600AF 600W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply - Retail
          Item #: N82E16817152041
          Return Policy: Standard Return Policy                   
                                                                                                               -  $20.00 Instant
                                                                                                                   -  $20.00 Combo
                                                                                                                   - 30.00 Mail-in Rebate    

   
                                                                                                                                       $129.98

        

          AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail
          Item #: N82E16819103471
          Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

     

   

          Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664AA80A - Retail
          Item #: N82E16820148212
          Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

                                                                                                                         -$40.00 Instant
                                                                                                                             -$17.50 Combo
   

   
                                                                                                                                         $268.49

          

          HIS Hightech H485FN512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
          Item #: N82E16814161259
          Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

     

   

          HIS S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Game DVD Gift - Retail
          Item #: N82E16800997041
          Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

                                                                                                                         -$10.00 Instant
                                                                                                                             -$49.99 Combo
                                                                                                                             -$10.00 Mail-in Rebate    

   
                                                                                                                                            $139.99

       

     

          Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
          Item #: N82E16832116490
          Return Policy: Software Return Policy

   

          Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
          Item #: N82E16822148262
          Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy

     
                                                                                                                         -$54.99 Combo
   

   
                                                                                                                                            $179.99

                                                                                                                           
               
               
                                                            Subtotal:     $803.44
                                        After -$40.00 Mail in rebates and $41.39 shipping, total is $804.83

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Xyberz

Ok, I have some parts already aquired and I would like to use on my new rig because my current system is kinda old and it needs go to.  Below is the list of parts I have already:

All Aluminum Black Case

Thermaltake 600W PSU

Thermaltake Big Rig water cooling kit

Danger Den Maze 4 Waterblock

1 - 750GB SATA, 1 - 500GB SATA, 1 - 400GB IDE, 1-350GB IDE

Soundblaster X-FI sound card

 

I use my computer mainly for downloading stuff, converting videos so maybe dual video card setup would be great, and sometimes online gaming but nothing really hardcore.  Any suggestions on what kind of system and pricing?  I'm kinda frugal so I don't mind shopping around for prices including places like Ebay

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joel96

Back in the <a href="http://dl.maximumpc.com/Archives/MPC0608-web.pdf">June 2008 issue</a> (page 10-11), MPC did a comparison between the Q9300 and the Q6600. The Q9300 won.

Now, the recommendation for both the Pro Gaming PC buyer (~$2500) and the $800 version use the same Dual Core CPU, the E8400. MPC's baseline system uses the Q9300. The rationale for using the E8400 is that multithreaded applications are still in the future. I agree. There isn't a big price difference between the two, with both at around $115 on eBay. 

Have there been benchmarks comparing the performance difference in most applications between the E8400 and the Q9300?

Chaintech nForce4 Zenith VE
1GB pc3200 cl3 DDR, Athlon 64 3200+, 300GB Seagate HDD, Thermaltake PurePower 480W PSU, ATI x800 Radeon 256MB PCIe, IOMagic DVD16DL, Audigy 2SE.

Soon to be mobo: MSI P45 Neo3 Platinum.

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herarmyman

    I"m trying to get a opinion of the masses for my next build: I'm gonna be working with a cash cap of about $1200. 

First I'm going to be using the PC primarily for Gaming (ie: Flight Sim X, WoW) so not really intense games. Then it's secondary purpose will be TV recording strait to my PC.

Should I go with:

PROCS: AMD or Intel, Dual-Core or Quad - Core

MOBO: 2 x PCIE 2.0 or 3x slots?

GRAPHICS: Nvidia or ATI?? who's the best?

Also should I got with internal or external TV recorder?

Thanks to all the Maximum PC fans for you help!! GO ARMY!!!

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chaching

*breathes in* 

CASE:

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme-AM2-BP= $70

Cold cathode kit                                              =   $7

Thermaltake Spedo                                         =$200

OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro Power Supply        =$106

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner                                                             = $25

 

CORE COMPONENTS: Xtreme Phase design w/ CrossfireX support, TurboV= $80

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK                     = $50

AMD Phenom 9950 Agena 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor =$130

STORAGE, GPU: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"$120

HIS H487QT1GP Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ 4+$165

 

MONITOR, KEYBOARD, MOUSELG W2242T-BF Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor =$200Logitech Deluxe 250 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Standard Keyboard=$25RAZER DeathAdder RZ01-00150100-R3M1 Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Optical 1800 dpi High Precision Gaming Mouse =$50

 

   $268    

+$410    

+$285    

+$261

=$1, 224

SITES=newegg and crazypc. oh and ur welkom. dunno about tv crap, but for another 100 you can get a tv tuner

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cj100570

would you use a Core 2 Duo when a Core 2 Quad can be had for about the same price?

 

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017

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cbenoit7

i was told that it is more expensive to surround the quad core components then it is with dual core.. so if you got the money go for it!!

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nomad33fw

First I already have a great case, a Silverstone L10M (HTPC) and Windows Vista Premium so I don't have to buy those.  This PC would be mainly used in my home theater with just a little part time gaming.

Qty.Product DescriptionSavingsTotal Price1

Western Digital Caviar GP WD5000AACS 500GB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136149
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

 

$59.99

1

VisionTek 900241 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814129112
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant

 

$184.99
$179.99

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CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139002
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$40.00 Instant

$30.00 Mail-in Rebate

 

$189.99
$149.99

1

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145590
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy
$13.00 Mail-in Rebate

 

$32.99

1

Open Box: MSI P45 Neo3-FR LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130180R
Return Policy: Open Box Item Return Policy

 

$74.99

1

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115037
Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

 

$164.99

1

LITE-ON Black 6X Blu-Ray DVD ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model iHES106-29 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106270
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

 

$104.99

Subtotal:$767.93

 

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chaching

add about $20 for a 4 gigabyte kit and you can roll like none other. I also recommend the his iceQ4+ 4870 for another 20-something dollars

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cooper

I love this article, namely, because I am within a day or so from buying and configuring my first gaming pc.

I have a tight budget, which is closer to $700 than $800.  Until I read this article, I was really close to buying the following.  Thoughts?  Mistakes?

Seagate Barracuda 500GB $58

Termaltake Steel Mid Black Tower Case w/ 2 fans $83

AMD Phenom X3 8750 Triple Core Processor 2.4Ghz Cache 95W $142

Pioneer DVR-216 20X SATA DVD Burner Drive $28

MSI DKA790GX Platinum AMD 790GX AM2+ Phenom FX . . . Motherboard $162

OCZ 500W SLI/Crossfire Active Power Supply Retail $72

Patriot DDR2 (1066) 2 X 1GB $94

EVGA Geforce 9800 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 (2.0V) Video Card $128

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chaching

get a diff brand name RAM. 4 gig kits sell 4 50 bucks. that money you can use to buy a gtx 216(because the 9800 sucks balls while the gtx 260 gives impressive kicks [when ran wit 4 gigs of course]). you also forgot the cpu cooler. for about 60 bucks the thermalright 120 extreme is kickass(even maxpc said so). it runs 30 degrees on average more than a stock cooler. now thats kickass(sorry to be redundant). ♂

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joe1991

Rosewill R5605-BK  ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99
  
GIGABYTE GA-MA770-DS3 AM2+/AM2 Motherboard - $78.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Brisbane 2.7GHz Socket AM2 - $56.99
  
SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 - $144.99 
   
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 #:TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - $54.99
  
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $64.99

Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V Power Supply - $38.99
  
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner  - $20.99

Rosewill RCX-Z1  CPU Cooler - $19.99

TOTAL: $520

All parts from Newegg

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VinceG480X

Why don't you go AMD, the price is a lot cheaper and you really won't notice a huge performance hit unless you do very extreme computing, which I think that most people with 800 dollar computers dont do. Though I my self am an Intel fan-boy, I have to say that AMD still provides cheap & powerful CPU's+MOBO's for the budget range.

Here is a good + powerful budget computer which is configured with AMD, I think that it would play crysis and perform modern games/Apps moderatly well...

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM                                                                 $24.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail                                              $59.95

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM                  $89.99

ASUS M3A78 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail                                                         $79.99

POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-DH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail                                                                                                 $144.99

Antec Neo Power 500 500W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail                                                                                                                                                                                        $89.99

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5D - Retail                                                                    $69.00

AMD Phenom 9950 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HD995ZXAGHBOX - Retail                                                                                                                                     $164.99

                                                                                                                                                                   Total-$723.89

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GAMER456

Sorry Brad, but AMD is far behind Intel. Sure it's cheaper, but I'd rather have performance over price anyday.

 

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Arkhon

This is supposed to be a budget gaming PC. With an emphasis on the budget part. Emphasis on performance over price is not what we are talking about here. It's about balancing the two, and AMD chips can do that slightly better. You have to remember to spend money on graphics, too.

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Brad1776

 Why not use an AMD CPU and MOBO? They're much cheaper... Is the performance really that much worse than Intel's?

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ron.irvin

 In my experience, stock heatsinks are terrible. I recently installed the very same one youhave here and was getting temps of around 65-70 C when idling. I replaced it with an aftermaket, $18 heatsink and used some Arctic Silver paste, $6 and it now idles at 30. Very sweet system otherwise!

 

What we do in life, echoes an eternity. - Maximus, Gladiator

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maniacm0nk3y

cool

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-it-

lol,i doubt the 3870 will outrun a 4850

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TheDorkSide

Yeah, I've been on the Antec PSU hater bandwagon as well...what's happened to them. BTW, the Egg has got a PC Power and Cooling 500w PSU for $70 before rebate and a 610w for not that much more as of this post. Check it out

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703015

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005

I would also go for the classic q6600. As for the video card. I'm gaming on a 19" 4:3 panel at 1280x1024 anyway, i'm sure that 4850 will do just fine.

And MaxPC, I love these guides. Even though I've been building for a while I like to see what other people are doing and borrow ideas. Keep up the good work.

 

 

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rayatwork05

LAWL! NO OS? +$100

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dreamreality

The OS is calculated into the price but was not included in the list. 

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minneyar

That seems pretty doubtful to me.  The prices listed here add up to $740; even if you cheap out and get Vista Home, that'll bump it up to $830.

Those also look like list prices to me, which means you have to add in sales tax and shipping.  All of the parts together before you get an OS will probably be around $800 by themselves, which means that with Vista Home (plos the cost of sales tax on that) it'll actually cost you about $900.

And honestly, if you're a serious gamer who wants to build your own systems, you're gimping yourself by getting Vista Home.  If nothing else, that 16 GB RAM limit will bite you -- sure, that's a lot right now, but just give it a few years.  Back when XP first came out, 1 GB was considered massive for a home desktop system, but nowadays you won't find any decent systems that don't have at least 2 GB.  Anyway, getting Vista Ultimate instead will make the price closer to $1000.

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The_PhoenixX

As a gamer hes limiting himself with 16 gig?  Not exactly How many games use 8 gigs?And im talking just for games, Not saying hes running photoshop, Maya while rendering and playin crysis and full settings.   By the time ANYONE needs 16 gigs of ram to play games we'll prob have gone through 3 new rigs. My system is only 4 gigs, well technically 3.25 with the rest in the page file but I havnt needed more.  I do rendering in maya and ripp cds while playin games once in awhile too.

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dreamreality

Sorry for the confusion. we had to use a different PSU for the test rig in this setup. The parts listed in the $800 budget PC (http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/budget_pc?page=0%2C1) add up to $803 because of a cheaper PSU. For this test rig we used a 550w neopower which costs $40 more than the earthwatts PSU.

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420ku5h

check this deal

 

 

XFX nForce 750a SLI Motherboard - Qty: 1

 

$129.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5800+ Processor ADA5800IAA5DO - Qty: 1

 

$79.99

Corsair 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 - Qty: 1

 

$54.99

Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 500GB Hard Drive - Qty: 1

 

$59.99

XFX GeForce 9600 GSO Video Card - Qty: 1

 

$79.99

CoolerMaster CM690 nVIDIA Edition ATX Case - Qty: 1

 

$99.99

Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - Qty: 1

 

$79.98

 $559.99 <<cheap real cheap

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4320034&csid=_22 

just missing a cd drive and u can get a dvd & lightscribe burner for $30 at tiger direct

 

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Bender2000

Seriously, an Athlon x2? Not even a Phenom? Not even in the ballpark! Add $100 to get a top Phenom X4 and you are at $650, which is still a good price. Athlons are dirt cheap but they are just out of their league these days.

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420ku5h

XFX nForce 780i 3-Way SLI Motherboard with 3 pci express x16 slots also comes with
an intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0ghz Processor
$360 after rebate

Hitachi 1tb Hard Drive
$80 after rebate

HP Lightscribe and DVD Burner
$30

4gb Corsair Dual Channel
$20 after rebate

XFX GeForce 9800 GT - 512MB GDDR3
$100 after rebate

750-Watt / Quad PCI-Express power supply
$120 after rebate

$710 thats it, without a computer case,

this is all $710 after rebates from tigerdirect.com ... yes it is crazy .. i know, probably best deal!!!!
if you want direct links to this stuff email me at cmp_007@yahoo.com

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FusilliJerry82

maniacm0nk3y ,

 That means they support a 1333Mhz FSB MAX.  They will support CPUs with 800 and 1066 (sometimes even 533).  No need to search for a motherboard that only says 1066.

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silvershad

this is a great read, however, i think things could have gone better with the choices. if you could have cut the prices on a few products, you could have gotten some even better products. here is what i mean.

 

LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner $29.99

 NZXT TEMPEST $109.99 before $30 MIR

SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB $54.99

GIGABYTE GV-N98TOC-1GH GeForce 9800 GT 1GB $162.99 before $20 MIR

 COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RP-600-PCAR 600W $69.99

OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2x2GB) $35.99

XFX MB750I72P9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI $149.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 $189.99

 

total is $803.92 ($753.92 after MIR) all from newegg.

so if you adjust the price that you are giving to your PST and your graphics cards (the low ends ATI cards are more expensive), as well as shave off a little here and there, you can increase your performance by quite a lot. i got 2 more gigs of ram, a better mobo, 100w more power (not to mention just a better PSU imo), better graphics and i am assuming double the ram on the graphics because it was not posted, and a better case.

also, where did you get the prices? were these the manufacturers sugested prices? were they from newegg?  

 

PS, whats with all the editors posting? NO BS PODCAST FTW!!!! 

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maniacm0nk3y

I love reading these and seeing what people chose, but when I needed it most it doesn't really help.

 I have a E6600 and my motherboard crapped out, too bad all the new mobos have a 1333FSB (or whatever is the norm now) so I only can choose a mini-atx or open box.

 

At least Christmas is here....

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royboy81

your e6600 will work with this mb, and any other that supports 1333FSB as they are downward compatible (1066, 800, etc.)

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maniacm0nk3y

It's going to be hard to not sound like a pessimist, but every Christmas gets worse.

 I had a forum post about this, and what new motherboard to get....but nobody ever mentioned downwards compatibility.

 

Edit x2: Well let me just hope by the beginning of summer I have enough money for the new i7 rig I plan to build, so at least my plan for a media setup/main rig go smooth.

 On top of college. 

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OCed_5150

If you are going to use a ATI 4850, use a Crossfire ready motherboard for a better upgrade path. The Asrock P45XE ($94.99 @ Newegg) and use a OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS SLI ready PSU ($74.99 @ Newegg). Get an addtional ATI 4850 at a later date.

We could juggle components for this system around till the earth stood still and try to get it under 800 bucks. But buying a NON CF / SLI board just doesn't seem practical in the situation.

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FusilliJerry82

CF/SLI "for the future" makes no sense for a budget system.  By the time you can afford a second, usually a newer card is out that makes more sense to replace the old one with.

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joeyjr

  I like the system and would build it for media.  I have a few old PCI TV tunners and an X-Fi extreme music sound card that could make use of the four PCI slots and even have room for a double slot graffic card. Also, I have a few other leftover parts that I can use to cut down on the cost, but use the money saved to get a faster processor and more memory.  This would make transcoding recorded TV shows to DVD, MPEG2, MPG4 ECT... alot faster than with my P4 3.4 Prescott.  Should bump up the watts on the power supply for lots of hard drives and other upgrades.  Hope everything gets along with vista if not I know it will with XP MC.  All-in-all the 800 dollar PC is well worth the time and money spent.

Joeyjr

Game on!!!

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Bender2000

Its all about balancing the price v performance. spending over $500 for core i7 cpu/mobo throws the balance off because you skimp on storage and memory. And a $45 case/psu combo? Scares me. 80GB HDD, scant even for a netbook! I think the MaxPC guys have done a great job getting the balance perfect, right on the razor's edge.

Now we get to hear the scrooges chime in on how their idea of "budget" is three hundred bucks and the whole article is therefore a lie. Show us your $300 benchmarks!

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I Jedi

"What's up with the gloves??"

 You can damage your computer componets because your body has electricity (Small amounts, don't worry.) that courses through it and you can end up zapping some vital componet and that's the end of that!

 The gloves you see are anti-static gloves.

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bloodgain

Those are actually normal old blue nitrile exam gloves.  I'm not sure they would do much for static, but they might.  Also, the electricity in your body is minute and won't damage your computer or anything else -- it also has very little to do with building up a static charge.

They are actually using the gloves so that the pictures look better without their gnarly hands or so their hands are more clear.  I believe the photographers insisted.  They said so in the magazine a few months back in reply to a reader letter (if I remember correctly).

That said, I usually wear latex gloves when I work on my computer.  Partially to keep my hands cleaner, but mostly so I don't get my oily fingerprints all over my electronic equipment and have a better grip.

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Phated1

The basic electrical charge in your body is minute, and has a low chance of damaging electronics. However, thats not to say you cant shock your electronics. If you build up even a small static charge it has a chance to shock your parts. Just because you cant feel the discharge when youre working on something doesnt mean it isnt there. Thats why its reccommended to use gloves/a static cable attached to the case. Even standard exam gloves are made of latex and act as an insulator to electricity.

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bloodgain

I didn't say you couldn't build up static -- I said that didn't have much of anything to do with the tiny natural eletrical flow in your body.  The static cable would likely be more effective than a thin layer of latex or nitrile, which may help, but I doubt would stop the thousands of volts difference in a static charge from arcing.  I question the effectiveness of most of the "static dissipating" latex gloves on the market.  Even these:

http://www.websoft-solutions.net/product_p/nrth-127-st-dspglv.htm

which are fairly heavy at 7 mil (~0.21mm), would only produce a gap that requires about a 2600 volts to break down (by Paschen's Law).  Building up 2600 volts isn't a big deal -- you would probably barely notice the discharge.  The theory is that the gloves don't "allow" static buildup in your hands, but I question that, except that they may trap moisture on your hands.  I want to see the proof behind these gloves, as I don't think their small insulative capacity can stop any decent static charge.

All things considered, you're probably better off just not working on carpet and always touching the case or a grounded metal object before touching the electronics.

All that said, the fact still remains that the guys said in the magazine that they aren't really worried about static or anything else -- they gloves are for better pictures.

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Sepdawg

What's up with the gloves??

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