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Old 02-18-2008, 10:36 PM   #1
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I'm building a Gaming PC for a friend. He said he wants to be able to play crisis with good settings. so the video card will be the center of the system. His budget is around $700 US
Here is what i have so far
RAM - 2 x 1Gig
video Card- Evga 8800GTS 320Mb

I don't have a processor or motherboard selected, I'm still looking/wanting suggestions. I'm guessing he will need around a 550W PSU.
All Suggestions are welcome!
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:05 PM   #2
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Video card aint going to cut it, you'll need at least an 8800GT 512MB, with the Intel price drops in April the Q6600 will become more affordable, board, probably P35 or X38 chipset, psu may cope at 550W, it will depend on what other devices you put in there.

He'll probably need a bigger budget too btw.
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I'm petty sure he is running at 1440x900 and read this first review http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127328
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The 8800GT 512mb is only $30 more..plus it comes with Company of Heroes

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150252

But $700? To run Crysis on High?

Not happening.
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I think it can be done......mabe......probably not. LOL, the more i look into it the more i'm, thinking he's either going to have to lower his standards or raise his budget.
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I think it can be done......mabe......probably not. LOL, the more i look into it the more i'm, thinking he's either going to have to lower his standards or raise his budget.
Yeah. Crysis isn't a must..there are plenty of other great shooters out there. He can still build a great gaming rig that can run all games out today on fairly high settings, and maybe even Crysis on medium-ish.
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He won't need the Q6600 in my opinion, save the money and get a dual which will give just as good performance in games. And BTW, does he already have an OS?
Here's what I'd choose:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119115- Case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106070- DVD Burner, SATA so nice thin cables.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136075- Western Digital for $50. He might want something a bit bigger though, but I'm working with a $700 budget.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145034- Corsair XMS2 800MHz 4-4-4-12. Overclocks up to 1066 speeds.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128084- Gigabyte P35 mobo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171016- PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115031- Intel Core 2 Duo. Highly overclockable.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127329- And a nice 8800GT 512MB.
All that for about $660. There's even enough left for an aftermarket cooler. Who said it couldn't be done?
EDIT: Actually it adds up to $677. Still enough left lo throw a Freezer 7 PRO in. That's a very good gaming rig for $700. If you overclocked it, the system would perform as well as other high end rigs out there with quads and 4GB.
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He won't need the Q6600 in my opinion, save the money and get a dual which will give just as good performance in games. And BTW, does he already have an OS?
Here's what I'd choose:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119115- Case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106070- DVD Burner, SATA so nice thin cables.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136075- Western Digital for $50. He might want something a bit bigger though, but I'm working with a $700 budget.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145034- Corsair XMS2 800MHz 4-4-4-12. Overclocks up to 1066 speeds.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128084- Gigabyte P35 mobo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171016- PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115031- Intel Core 2 Duo. Highly overclockable.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127329- And a nice 8800GT 512MB.
All that for about $660. There's even enough left for an aftermarket cooler. Who said it couldn't be done?
EDIT: Actually it adds up to $677. Still enough left lo throw a Freezer 7 PRO in. That's a very good gaming rig for $700. If you overclocked it, the system would perform as well as other high end rigs out there with quads and 4GB.
I think that is what im going to do. He doesn't have an OS but you can get vista home premium for 120, and he would be fine with going over some. The $700 isn't set in stone, but its just preferred thing. I can mabe fing one or two things a little cheaper.

I was looking at that processor too. I think I could get it to 2.5 an maybe 2.6 with overclocking.
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Even more. With the AC Freezer 7 PRO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134 You could get it to above 3Ghz. My Q6600 is running at 3.4Ghz and the Core 2 Duos run cooler so therefore more overclockable.
For the OS, he might want to stay with XP for gaming performance or does he really want Vista?
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Cant u only get Direct X 10 in Vista?
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