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This computer looks very nice. Just recently I have ordered bunch of parts from newegg to build my own pc from scratch and in the end it will most likely cost me around 800$ but its stats are slightly better. Dont get me wrong the build you got here is very nice and is awesome reference material for anyone who wants to build a powerful gaming PC for cheap.

Thank you for posting information like this, it is very helpful for newbies in computer building like me. Newegg is a great source for computer parts but the selection is so huge that I need to know where to start.

 Edit: In the future I would love to see some information on actually assembling the parts. This is mostly selfish because I will be assembling my computer in a couple of weeks so all information would be helpful.



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or you can have more fun on a console because

console gaming > pc gaming



Sorry :) I live in New Zealand haha.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121027 $50 Matx case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128090 $90 same motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220174 $25 2gb ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136113 $57 Sata 250gb WD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103212 $76 2.5ghz 4800+ X2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106263 $24 DVD burner

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116204 $95 windows Vista.

Total: $417 for a media centre. (You can of course cheapen out if you have an old machine you can scavange parts off like I did!!) Or if you have a retail version of Xp you don't need to pay for vista and you save $100 right there.

For a games machine.

Double the ram to 4gb.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024 $90 Case with an awesome PSU and very good quality. Highly recomended.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128335 $99 full atx motherboard 2 slot graphics.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161218 $130 - Radeon 3870 with dual slot cooling to go with the high quality.

Price: $625 with 4gb ram, Vista, high quality components etc.

@Ion storm. Im cutting my Vista install to bits on my Media centre build. I should be able to get it running lighter than a vanilla XP install.


This is posted from my other thread, 4800+ 4gb ram, Vista 64, HIS3870, Awesome Antec case, Xfire motherboard $625 If you know what you're doing but you're not an expert thats a better deal.



Tease.

coolestguyever said:
or you can have more fun on a console because

console gaming > pc gaming

 Or we could report the trolls. Who come into any thread about pcs and say Console> Pc gaming. 



coolestguyever said:
or you can have more fun on a console because

console gaming > pc gaming

 As somebody who has a 360, Wi, DS and PS2, and have my gaming PC break down on me I can say only one thing: PC gaming>Console gaming any day of the week. I can list many many reasons but I will say just one thing: modding. You can never get the level of modding on consoles as on PCs



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Grampy said:
tabsina said:
Grampy said:
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Thank you, glad to help. Love Australia, spent a month in Melbourne on an assignment to work with the NASA Airborne Observatory. Loved the people, their attitude just about everything with the exception of those awfully greasy bacon hoagies for breakfast at the Qantas maintenance facility. LOL Haven't you folks heard of cholesterol.I'm looking over the parts list and will get back to you later when I've had time to digest it. I see some familiar things but some names and numbers are different. Be sure to get a reality check from someone local you can trust.By the by, do you want to build from scratch?

 


Haha,  I'm from melbourne.. yeap, we've heard of cholesterol.. probably why we don't have awesome things like IHOP

Anywho, my original plan was to build it from scratch, but after reading through your post, I feel it may by much easier for me to just 'pimp' out an already built up system, given my lack of experience in that it'll be the first computer i put together/touchup myself.. that said, i think if given all the parts, i'd be able to peice it all together and make it work... 

So while i don't mind starting from scratch, i think it'd be more convinient to add things to an already made base



Chemical said:

This computer looks very nice. Just recently I have ordered bunch of parts from newegg to build my own pc from scratch and in the end it will most likely cost me around 800$ but its stats are slightly better. Dont get me wrong the build you got here is very nice and is awesome reference material for anyone who wants to build a powerful gaming PC for cheap.

Thank you for posting information like this, it is very helpful for newbies in computer building like me. Newegg is a great source for computer parts but the selection is so huge that I need to know where to start.

 Edit: In the future I would love to see some information on actually assembling the parts. This is mostly selfish because I will be assembling my computer in a couple of weeks so all information would be helpful.


 

Building computers is fun and sometimes cheaper but because of mass purchasing, often the computer is cheaper than the sum of its parts. 

We used to build all our workstations and I suppose I have built 200 or more myself. But we really stopped in part because the University got a good enough price contract out of Dell that it wasn't worth it. Also as we networked it was more desirable to have less variation. 

I wouldn't discourage anyone but only if they will enjoy it and are prepared for some frustration. One suggestion is be careful about your choice in motherboards. There are some really cheesy ones made and sold separately that I don't think would get by any computer makers quality control.

 



Add one extra 8800 GT and you will be able to run it on Ultra High.

I get it on my 8800 GTX SLI set up.



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Ok, This is the laptop I have... (for the most part)

Mine, is the 'slightly' older version, only diffrence is mine has 3gb memory, and it has 4gb, mine didnt come with SP1, and it does.

 

I'm not gonna do a sexy picture of the performance...

Processor:4.7
Memory: 4.5
Graphics: 5.9
Gaming Graphics: 5.8
HDD: 5.3

 

Overall quite the impressive score for a lap-top. And really not that bad of a price, I got mine on sale for 1250$

Quite a bit more than yours in cost, but it's a lap-top, pre-built, pre-installed, and worked out of the box flawless and as the numbers show, quite a bit faster.

Really that 'full crysis capability' is quite a load of BS, as my desktop, can NOT run crysis at FULL(and it's about 30% faster than my laptop, which is double the speed of yours). The only person I know, (in person) who has a computer that can do that, is my brother, and he has a 4000$ computer. (it's psycho, over-the-top, and I am by no means saying you couldnt build a system for less to do what his can... well actually you couldnt, but you wouldnt need to either)

 

EDIT: I just want to say, I just noticed your, "Spend 1,000-1,500 on an almost good enough computer." I spent 1.250 on my laptop, and it's WAAY faster than your 'good enough' computer. Just dont buy an alienware, or a high performance DELL. Look up ASUS, they have some custom build laptops/computers, that will just blow your mind, for really decent prices.

The link I provide, is the "ONLY" gameing notebook for under 2000$ that is NEAR as fast as it is. And it's WAY under 2000. It goes cheap on processor, memory, screen. Not the Video card. A true gem.

Also, do yourself a favor, and add 300$ for windows, as you did not include that. So your 'so-so' custom made computer after monitor, has now cost around 1050$, while my laptop only ran me 1250, yet it's faster. Building custom computers are really fun, but it's not that cheap, unless you go 2nd from best. As if you go 'mid tier' you really wont save that much money.

If you build one, go cheap on the CPU, go all out on the memory, and buy the 2nd fastest video card on the market, after *everything* including HDD, you are looking at about 1300-1500$ and that is a seriously moster of a computer. I really dont reccomend you to build your own computer, uness you know what your doing, as when you build your own computer when something breaks, even in the first 20 days. (very common) you have no way of diagnosing what happend, and you end up either not fixing it, or spending WAAY too much to fix it. I just re-built my desktop. (changed the HDD's in it around a little for a fresh install, and minor upgrade with DVD Drive, and add a HDD) One of my SATA wires came out of the end about 1mm, and if I didnt know exactly "where" the problem was, I would have never found that, got a new HDD, then it wouldnt have worked, then probibally a new motherboard thinking my SATA bus was gone, and then I would probibally end up using a new wire from the new one, and when that worked, I just spent about 250$ on a problem that could have been done for under 5$.

I've been building computers for over 10 years, I'm not that old, and I'm always tinkering in, on, or something with one. I honestly cant reccomend the 'average' person to build a computer as it is a very... challenging process.

And dont think you could check the HDD on your 'old' computer, as it would likely not have SATA, and only have IDE, and there's alot of stuff like that in new computers, that is 100% not compatable with old computers. Also if you are buying a computer, you have to make sure you order the right parts, as if you order a SATA drive, and your motherboard does not support SATA, you have a HDD that you can sit and look at, but not use.

EDIT2: Also, something is MAJOR wrong with your rig, you should be pushing at *MINIMUM* a 5 in graphics. Your card is the same as mine. (clock, and pipes) You should be next to identical to what my laptop pushes on graphics. I'm curious do you know what multiplier your PCI-E runs at?

EDIT3: I play Age of Conan at max. ;)

EDIT4:I didnt see the fact your vista score was NOT with that hardware setup. However in that setup be-weary about the on-board video card, as I have encountered some major problems with those, and trying to put on the big ones.



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Squilliam said:
Sorry :) I live in New Zealand haha.

That's fine. I've actually been on assignment to Christchurch twice and only once to Australia. Love them both but if I had to choose, South Island really captured a bit of my heart. Lovely lands and people.

This will crack you up. What really dumb thing do you think I did during my first week in NZ.

Aswer: I went to a zoo no realizing that almost everything there was from Australia or even the states. Duhh

Anyway, your choices looked great. I didn't mean to imply that there was one special way. It's a competitive industry and there are many good options. I chose the setup because I thought it was the best all around deal I saw today. In fact I usually get Intel,, not AMD but AMD does often yield more bang  for the buck. I often take advantage of sales and tend to be fairly agnostic about the established computer makers.

There are exceptions and these are largely personal choices based on years of experience good and bad. I only buy Nikon cameras F,F2,F3,F4,D1, D70,D200. And I only buy Epson printers up to and including my current 9800 (44" wide).