Someone build me a gaming rig...i'm out of the loop.

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  1. Thor

    Thor Cycling, Watch, Beer Crew OT Supporter

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    Haven't done much with desktops in a long time...been using the laptop I got from school.

    Anyway...what do I need to run COD4 with close to max settings? Honestly though, it will MOSTLY be used for WoW.

    Everyone's been talking about the q6600 and 8800gt...

    I need pretty much everything but an operating system and monitor...I dont think i can reuse anything from my crappy 5y/o desktop.

    Goal: $600 possible? Max of like $800. :hs:
     
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    You need to up your budget a bit more, $821 plus tax and shipping is as cheap as you can get it with an 8800GT, and that's without a Q6600.

    You could drop the chip down the the E6550 for $170, Gigabyte DS3L motherboard for $95, $70 for a 500W seasonic power supply, $53 for a 160GB seagate hard drive, $30 for a NEC SATA dvd burner, $58 for 2GB of OCZ DDR2 Platinum ram, add in $75 for a decent case, and an 8800GT for $270. You may need to get a new keyboard and mouse, depending on how old your stuff is now.

    Built like that, you can upgrade to the Q6600, but as is, it won't fit into your budget with an 8800gt.

    Don't go to a cheaper video card to get the Q6600, it will make a bigger difference than going to a Q6600 and a slower video card.
     
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  4. Thor

    Thor Cycling, Watch, Beer Crew OT Supporter

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    Yeah, I know the budget is a bit short. :hs:

    Dropping the chip down like it would be a problem. I dont really care if I'm on the CUTTING EDGE of stuff, but it would be nice if I didnt HAVE to upgrade in a year or two just to keep up with normal games.

    And I'm basically using my laptop as a desktop replacement now anyway...rarely leaves my desk. I have a G5 mouse, and logitech wireless keyboard, so those are fine.

    And i dont really do any burning, so that's not a big concern. This laptop only has a 60GB HD, and i'm not even close to filling it up...although there's really no savings in dropping down to a smaller HD. :dunno:
     
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    Another way to go budget, you can start with one of the refurbished dells as a base and build up. It's not top of the line but will run COD4 and other new games. I'm thinking of building something up after xmas as a simple gamebox and it's another option.

    http://www.azatek.com/details.asp?iid=1237 279 for a Dell P4 3.6ghz, 80gb sata drive, PCI16 slot.

    Toss in an Nvidia 8600gt for 120 from abay.
    Add a 22" LCD for 230 from ebay

    there's a budget gamerig for 630. 400 if you already have a moniter but then you could use that to upgrade to an 8800

    if you want more ram, 2gb on newegg for 49
     
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    Thor Cycling, Watch, Beer Crew OT Supporter

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    Not a bad idea.
     
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    Thor Cycling, Watch, Beer Crew OT Supporter

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    Alright, got a setup down to $773 + 32 shipping. If it really came down to nickels and dimes, i could swap another power supply to save another $30, but :dunno:

    Thanks for the help. :wavey:
     
  8. Thor

    Thor Cycling, Watch, Beer Crew OT Supporter

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    Sweet, my parents said they would chip in as a x-mas present. quad core + 8800gt ftw
     
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    HP Pavilion Elite m9000t customizable TV PC
    GN637AV#ABA
    • – Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
    • – Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor E6750 (2.66GHz)
    • – 2GB DDR2-667MHz dual channel SDRAM (2x1024)
    • – 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT, TV-out, DVI-I, HDMI
    • – 802.11 b/g USB Wireless LAN card & USB external modem
    • – 500GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
    • – LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
    • – 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, 1394, video, audio
    • – ATSC-NTSC TV tuner with PVR, FM tuner, remote
    • – Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
    • – Norton Internet Security(TM) 2007 - 15 Months
    • – Microsoft(R) Works 8.0
    • – HP keyboard and HP scroller mouse
    • – HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

    I think I'm going to do this, HP has a 450 off 1000+ right now.
     
  10. Opie Winston

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    all that for $813 after taxes and everything.

    you could build an elite right now for ~650 with a quad. Upgrade to a 8800GT and a larger power supply and your set.


    just check out slickdeals.net for the hp coupon
     

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