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    Exclamation Making a Gaming Computer any help?

    I'm making a gaming computer and I got a budget of $2000. Anyone know what stuff i should get? I'm really confused about everything right now since there's so many things out there. People say different stuff is good. I just want some few opinions on this. Thannks

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    Welcome to the forums!!

    I dont have alot of time so i'll just spit some good stuff out

    Wait a month, wait for the nforce 4 and pci express high-end Nvidia cards

    then i would get something like:

    athlon 64 3500+ or 3800+ for socket 939
    geforce 6800 GT or Ultra (if you can afford it) for PCI Express
    1 gig of Corsair XMS ram
    2 74 gb WD Raptors
    A dual layer DVD burner (i'm not sure what band to recommend =/)
    Antec truepower 480 powersupply
    A Lian-Li or Antec Sonata case, but whatever suits your fancy will work

    allow the hardcore more hardcore guys on the forum to throw in their suggestions before you make any decisions! ^.^
    Asus P5N-E SLI NF650I
    Inter Core2Duo E6600 @ stock.
    4x 1GB G.Skill 6400CL4D
    Radeon 2900 Pro 512mb
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    I too am purcahsing a new computer. My grand total is $2,300, but I'm also buying a $600 monitor. Without the monitor it's around a cool $1,500-1,600 leaving you with some money to buy new games : D Most people in the forum will suggest the 6800 GT and an Athlon 64 system. I won't be any different. I think you'll find the choices I've made fairly attractive for yourself as well.

    My system will contain the following:

    Athlon64 3000+ (The 90nm cores prove excellent for overclocking; be sure it isn't 130nm. But because you probably won't be getting a monitor, you might go for one of the higher breeds giving you more headroom.)
    MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
    Corsair TWINX-1024XL (the 2-2-2-5 timings go nicely with the Athlon64's)
    Western Digital 74GB Raptor (I don't have the money for two, so I'll only be purchasing one)
    Antec True550 PSU
    And of course, some brand(whatever is in stock) of the Geforce 6800 GT.
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    Gigabyte GA-K8NS Ultra-939
    AMD Athlon 64 3000+
    1GB Corsair PC3200XL
    eVGA GeForce 6800 GT
    74GB Western Digital Raptor
    160GB Samsung Spinpoint

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    I agree with what the others recommend. You should base your system on an Athlon 64 3200-3500 / 6800 GT combo. Definetly be best bang for your buck. If your a little more experienced with modding/overclocking, I would suggest the X800 Pro VIVO as the video card.

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    now way NVIDIA all the way....
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    Well if you plan to o/c, at least get some ddr433-500 or so... I wouldn't really suggest a k8n neo2, since it has some bugs.... heh, since I OWN one, but its a great o/cer.... If only I had a better power supply, oh wel... DON'T SKIMP ON IT! Here's a list of recommendations from my troubles... (dun flame). Oh yeah, if you do go K8N Neo2, Use the 5:4 ratio, unless you feel your good enough to try 1:1.

    Video Card:eVGA Geforce 6800 GT (go with the bigger company)
    Mobo:Asus A8V Deluxe Rev. 2 (Not many problems.... so I've heard)
    Processor: AMD 64 3500 90 nm
    PSU:Antec TruePower 550w (or an enermax)
    HSF:Zalman CNPS7000A-CU (for quiet), custom for performance (venus 12 is LOUD)
    Hard Drives:X2 WD 74 GB Raptors
    Optical Drives: Nec 8X Dual DVD Writer
    Case:Thermaltake Tsunami or Antec PW-120
    Ram:Crucial Ballistix PC4000 or so... 3200 can o/c, but not as much, you can also use OCZ Performance 2-3-2-6 sticks too...
    [CENTER][Size=1][FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Red"][B][U]Socket 939 parts[/U][/B]: AMD 64 Opteron 165 @ 2.7 GHz (CBB1E 0550 VPMW), 2X1 GB G.Skill DDR500 HZ (166 Mhz, 250 Mhz 3-4-4-8 1T), DFI Ultra-D NF4
    [B][U]Video Card[/U][/B]: eVGA 7950GT 256MB (thx NotMyBest2Day for the backup card MX400, still going to use it )[/COLOR]
    [COLOR="DarkOrange"][U][B]Sound Card[/B][/U]:Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS
    [B][U]Hard Drives[/U][/B]: 300 GB Maxtor Diamondmax 10 SATA, 160 GB Seagate IDE[/COLOR]
    [COLOR="Orange"][B][U]Optical Drives[/U][/B]: Nec ND-2500A (flashed to 2510A) on Enermax 485w Noisetaker[/COLOR][/center][/size][/FONT]

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    I got my new rig last week for Sing$623.

    Parts are athlon64 3000+ (socket 754), Abit KV8 Pro & 1 corsair ddr400 512mb.
    Simply love my new pc. I recommend these specs.
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    A64 3700+
    MSI K8N Neo4
    MSI NX7900GT
    2x 1GB Corsair DDR400
    Xfi XtremeMusic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tecleaus
    now way NVIDIA all the way....
    No man, even Westy said, he likes his 6800 more than his x800pro, but there is simply no match for a x800xt... just get a x800Pro VIVO and flash it. They're going for 400 bones @ ******.maincomp**********

    I too hear that the MSI mobos are having probs, could someone please confirm this?

    Other than that everything that has been recommended here is great, of course with the exception of the TT case of course...
    Silverstone ST400 400W ATX 2.2
    Gigabyte 965P-DS3 Rev 1.3
    Core 2 Duo E4300 @ 3.0GHz (333 FSB)
    6GB DDR2 Dual Channel @ 888MHz: 5-5-5-18
    ASUS Radeon HD4850 512MB @ 705/1070MHz
    250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    1TB Seagate LP Green Drive

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    X800 Pro VIVO!

    When is MSI not having problems? I've had more stuff go wrong on their boards than I have from any other manufacturer. It sucks that I'm kinda stuck with dealing with them since they quite often make the "best" (performance and features, not quaility) AMD motherboards.

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    Yeah, I have always been partial to the Chaintech NF3-250 mobo. Its hot looking, a LOT of features and its very reliable
    Silverstone ST400 400W ATX 2.2
    Gigabyte 965P-DS3 Rev 1.3
    Core 2 Duo E4300 @ 3.0GHz (333 FSB)
    6GB DDR2 Dual Channel @ 888MHz: 5-5-5-18
    ASUS Radeon HD4850 512MB @ 705/1070MHz
    250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    1TB Seagate LP Green Drive

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    Hey guys thanx for replying. sorry i took so long I got really caught up in trying to find all the parts. Here's a list of parts that I'm planning to get.

    Logisys Dracula Case (Black) or Raidmax Cobra 822 Case
    PowerColor R42-PD3 Radeon X800 PRO AGP 8X 256MB Video Card
    AMD athlon 64 3500+ Socket 939
    GIGABYTE "GA-K8NS Ultra-939" NVIDIA nForce3 ULTRA
    2 GB RAM DDR PC3200

    I got other stuff like the mouse and stuff figured out. I got a monitor in mind but if anyone knows of a LCD 17" or more monitor for less that $400 bucks please let me know. I just wanna know ur opinions on these parts. Thanx a lot for the help.

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    Default Couple other things..

    I already got a 260 GB hard drive for a pretty cheap price ($140). And if you could help me with the ram like exactly what company and type to get, it would be really appreciated. I don't really know how to overclock (this is the first computer im building) I dont really want to that much, unless I absolutely have to or when i got bored hehe. And i forgot the speakers, do you know any good speakers and sound card for like pretty cheap like 100 bucks, I'm not concerned about the best sound quality just good looking and good sound. I just dont want my friends to come over and make fun of me because of wierd sound for some games...

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    Well for cheap, you can go bass with the logitech z640's. Altec Lansing 251's are about the same price, but I don't know... You choose.. Also, altec lansing has the vs3151 speakers too for around $80 or so. 251's and z640's are about $50... But, if you're really looking into audio quality, Altec Lansing's MX____, sorry I frgt the numbers lol... But its $175 or so with shipping, but they sound SWEET.. Sound card, Creative Labs Sound Audigy 2 ZS. Never heard a lot of people using Gigabyte's mobo though... heh... I really suggest you wait for nforce4 with sli tho... 2 gigs of ram seems a bit much too...

    My MSI K8N Neo2 IS having problems, lol. A few quirks, but yeah, I wouldn't really choose it anymore.... make sure you're getting the 90nm amd 3500 though, and its at monarchcomputer. But really... 2k... I would've either built a water-cooling computer, or at least a dual CPU one.
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    [B][U]Video Card[/U][/B]: eVGA 7950GT 256MB (thx NotMyBest2Day for the backup card MX400, still going to use it )[/COLOR]
    [COLOR="DarkOrange"][U][B]Sound Card[/B][/U]:Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS
    [B][U]Hard Drives[/U][/B]: 300 GB Maxtor Diamondmax 10 SATA, 160 GB Seagate IDE[/COLOR]
    [COLOR="Orange"][B][U]Optical Drives[/U][/B]: Nec ND-2500A (flashed to 2510A) on Enermax 485w Noisetaker[/COLOR][/center][/size][/FONT]

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    2 gigs is overkill, unless you do some kind of massive photoshop stuff or CAD design or something
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElrichMeister
    2 gigs is overkill, unless you do some kind of massive photoshop stuff or CAD design or something
    Overkill...yes. No performance benifit, but you'll get some awsome bragging rights

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyAzN
    But really... 2k... I would've either built a water-cooling computer, or at least a dual CPU one.
    Are those different that gaming computers or just a type of it?
    <<< Newb

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    Well I want some bragging rights you know... after all this work lol. Sometimes people think they have the computer that owns everyone and starts making fun of me so i need something to say back... hehe

    I have another question if you had $2000 what parts would u get? I'm getting everything new, even the monitor and speakers and stuff.

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    I had problems with the MSI K8N Neo 2, had to rma it. I have the DFI LanParty UT and have had nothing but fun times with it. I would highly recommend it.
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    Err... wow... well um.... Yeah, SLI is going to cost a bit more cash than expected . But for right now... Water cooling is good... You can make a dual CPU system (cheap though), but at least its all smooth, but not as fast. many choices for you to make though.. Mmm... let's see...

    Asus A8V Deluxe Rev 2
    AMD 3500+ 90 nm Skt 939
    1 GB Kingston HyperX PC3700 (overclocking power, and the price dropped bad)
    17 CRT monitor (LCD seems outta my range lol)
    Antec P-160wf, or a Thermaltake Tsunami Case
    Powercolor X800 Pro VIVO
    Altec Lansing VS3151, unless bass is yours, Logitech Z640
    Wait... watercooling... uhh... don't think its time to try yet (same for me lol)
    Hard drive's taken care of
    That thermalright HS with a panaflo connected on it.
    Antec 550w TruePower PSU
    Nec 16X Double Layer DVD+/- RW Optical Drive
    Some kind of floppy drive, if needed

    uhh... you have as5 and all the tools required right? Umm, its almost school for me, so uhh... heh... sorry for not adding up the stuff..
    [CENTER][Size=1][FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Red"][B][U]Socket 939 parts[/U][/B]: AMD 64 Opteron 165 @ 2.7 GHz (CBB1E 0550 VPMW), 2X1 GB G.Skill DDR500 HZ (166 Mhz, 250 Mhz 3-4-4-8 1T), DFI Ultra-D NF4
    [B][U]Video Card[/U][/B]: eVGA 7950GT 256MB (thx NotMyBest2Day for the backup card MX400, still going to use it )[/COLOR]
    [COLOR="DarkOrange"][U][B]Sound Card[/B][/U]:Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS
    [B][U]Hard Drives[/U][/B]: 300 GB Maxtor Diamondmax 10 SATA, 160 GB Seagate IDE[/COLOR]
    [COLOR="Orange"][B][U]Optical Drives[/U][/B]: Nec ND-2500A (flashed to 2510A) on Enermax 485w Noisetaker[/COLOR][/center][/size][/FONT]

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    Whas VIVO for the graphics card?

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