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    Building a computer? Need advice/suggestions? Come here!

    This is a continuation of the original thread by legionaire45, but I don't think most of us really want to play H2V.

    This thread is for anyone that needs help with purchasing or building a desktop computer, or if you need help upgrading your current computer. Below I have put a list of parts for computers that fit mostly any price range and suit almost anyone's needs.

    If you are debating whether to buy a prebuilt or build one yourself, the answer is incredibly simple; build one yourself. Building your own computer can save you hundreds of dollars, for instance if you build the low end computer on the list below a prebuilt version of that would cost as much or more as the mid range version. Do not be scared off by the prospect of building your computer, it is very easy and if needed I or some other techie person on this forum (here's a few: legionaire45, innergoat, warsaw) should be able to assist you.

    PC Barebones

    ~$250-$350 (with MiR) YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY BUT I STILL LOVE YOU (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $60.00 - CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz
    $54.99 - Motherboard: ASRock GeForce 8100
    $51.99 - Memory (RAM): OCZ 2x2GB DDR2 800
    $49.99 - Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD4650
    $39.99() - Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU 400W
    $39.49 - Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB
    $31.99 - DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner

    ~$450-$550 (with MiRs) Dirt poor (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $114.99 - CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8GHz
    $79.99 - Motherboard: Asus Intel P43
    $51.99 - Memory (RAM): OCZ 2x2GB DDR2 800
    $129.99() - Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTS 250
    $39.99() - Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU 450W
    $49.99 - Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB
    $31.99 - DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner

    ~$650-$750 (with MiR) Low End (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $189.00 - CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 B.E. 3.2GHz
    $124.99 - Motherboard: Foxconn AMD 790GX
    $79.99 - Memory (RAM): G.Skill 2x2GB DDR3 1333
    $144.99 - Graphics: XFX Radeon HD4870
    $89.99() - Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU 650W
    $69.99 - Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB
    $31.99 - DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner

    ~$950-$1050 (with MiRs) Mid Range (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $279.99 - CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz
    $173.99() - Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel X58
    $140.99 - Memory (RAM): Crucial Ballistix Tracer 3x2GB DDR3 1333
    $224.99() - Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 275
    $89.99() - Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU 650W
    $69.99 - Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB
    $31.99 - DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner

    ~$1450-$1550 (with MiRs) High End (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $279.99 - CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz
    $279.99() - Motherboard: EVGA Intel X58
    $193.00 - Memory (RAM): Corsair Dominator 3x2GB DDR3 1600
    $499.99 - Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 295
    $119.99() - Power Supply: Corsair 850W
    $94.99 - Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
    $31.99 - DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner

    ~$4500+ (with MiRs) Ultimate End? (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $999.99 - CPU: Intel Core i7 975 Extreme
    $369.99() - Motherboard: EVGA E760 Intel X58
    $264.99 - Memory (RAM): Corsair XMS3 6x2GB DDR3 1600
    $999.98(NV) or $739.98(ATI) - Graphics:
    2x EVGA GeForce GTX 295 or 2x XFX Radeon HD4870 X2
    Speed or Image Quality
    $349.99 - Power Supply: Silverstone ZM1200M 1200W
    $485.00 - OS Solid State Disk: Intel X25-M 160GB SSD
    $459.98 - Fast Hard Drives: 2x Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10000RPM
    $319.98 - Large Cap. Hard Drives: 2x Western Digital RE3 1TB
    $359.98 - Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Burners: 2x LG Super Multi Blu-Ray/HD-DVD
    $144.99() - Sound Card: AuzenTech X-Fi Prelude

    Note with the computers up there: I am not good at naming. The low end computer will easily be able to run Crysis on very high at 1680x1050.

    ~$650-$750 (with MiR) Poor man's Workstation (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $174.99 - CPU: Intel Xeon E3110 3.0GHz
    $154.99 - Motherboard: Asus Intel 3200
    $33.49 - Memory (RAM): Kingston 2x1GB DDR2 800
    $184.99 - Graphics: PNY Quadro FX580
    $89.99() - Power Supply: Corsair 650W
    $69.99 - Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB
    $31.99 - DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner
    $12.99 - Card Reader: Sabrent 68 in 1

    ~$1500 (with MiR) Workstation (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $205.99 - CPU: Intel Xeon X3220 2.4GHz
    $154.99 - Motherboard: Asus Intel 3200
    $63.49 - Memory (RAM): Kingston 2x2GB DDR2 800
    $789.99 - Graphics: PNY Quadro FX3700
    $109.99() - Power Supply: Corsair 750W
    $94.99 - Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
    $31.99 - DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner
    $12.99 - Card Reader: Sabrent 68 in 1

    ~$20000+ (with MiR) Workstation Ultimate LOL YOU CAN'T AFFORD THIS (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $3339.98 - CPU: 2x Intel Xeon W5590 3.33GHz
    $529.99 - Motherboard: Asus Intel 5520
    $9959.94 - Memory (RAM): 6x Super Talent 3x8GB DDR3 1333
    $6299.98 - Graphics: 2x PNY Quadro FX5800 4GB
    $349.99 - Power Supply: Silverstone ZM1200M 1200W
    $379.96 - Hard Drives: 4x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
    $359.98 - Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Burners: 2x LG Super Multi Blu-Ray/HD-DVD
    $149.99() - Sound Card: Asus Xonar
    $25.98 - Card Reader: 2x Sabrent 68 in 1

    Note: To anyone that want's to buy a workstation know that they are not (mainly) for gaming purposes. They are for things like modeling,video/image editing/processing, batch processing, etc.

    Peripherals/Cases

    Dirt Poor (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $54.95 - Case: Antec Three Hundred Mid Tower
    $9.99 - Mouse: Microsoft N71
    $9.99 - Keyboard: KeyTronic KT400U2
    $99.99 - Monitor: Hanns·G 17" 1440x900
    $27.99 - Speakers: Logitech LS21 2.1 7W
    $5.99 - Headset: Sonic HP-259 Circumaural

    Low End (Updated as of 9/3/09)
    $54.95 - Case: Antec Three Hundred Mid Tower
    $24.99 - Mouse: Logitech MX310
    $24.99 - Keyboard: Logitech Internet 350
    $119.99 - Monitor: Acer 19" 1680x1050
    $48.99 - Speakers: Logitech X240 2.1 25W
    $17.99 - Headset: Labtec Elite 835B

    Mid Range (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $104.99 - Case: Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower
    $39.99 - Mouse: Logitech MX518
    $37.99 - Keyboard: Saitek PZ30AU
    $169.99 - Monitor: Acer 21.5" 1920x1080
    $78.99 - Speakers: Logitech X540 5.1 70W
    $39.99 - Headset: ABS FX-7 Circumaural

    High End (Updated as of 9/2/09)
    $169.99 - Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Full Tower
    $72.99 - Mouse: Logitech G7
    $58.99 - Keyboard: Logitech G11
    $299.99 - Monitor: Samsung 24" 1920x1200
    $124.99 - Speakers: Logitech G-51 5.1 155W
    $63.99 - Headset: steelseries Siberia Circumaural

    Ultimate (Updated as of 9/3/09)
    $219.99 or $599.99 - Case:
    Cooler Master Stacker 830 nVidia Edition or Lian Li PC-P80R
    nVidia or ATI
    $89.99 - Mouse: Logitech G9
    $89.99 - Keyboard: Logitech G15
    $1159.99 - Monitor: LG 30" 2560x1600
    $349.99 - Speakers: Logitech Z5500 5.1 505W
    $179.95 - Headset: Sennheiser PC350 Circumaural

    Legend:
    MiR = Mail in Rebate
    MiRs = Mail in Rebates
    () = Price with Mail in Rebate

    Notice: Some of these products become cheaper when you add them to your cart, and some prices may not be up to date all of the time because Newegg likes to change prices ever hour.

    I'll update these if something new comes out. I will also completely redo everything every month, and update prices every week. If needed I can add more prices (~$300, ~$600, ~1200, etc). I am open to any suggestions/corrections.
    Last edited by Xetsuei; September 4th, 2009 at 02:05 AM.
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    Re: Going to build a computer? Need advice/suggestions? Come here!

    how i build sweet pc that will run cryiss in 9205x3052 resolution with 1000 fps


    Also, looking at these set ups, I've been out of the game for far too long, I don't recognize half the product families. ;_;
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    The Ultimate should do...
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    This is actually VURY helpful.
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    I'm sticking this.

    Hopefully this can be a one stop thread for all PC building questions and what-not.
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    Except all the GPUs are Nvidia.


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    If you can find a better one for a better price then I'll replace it.
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    Re: Going to build a computer? Need advice/suggestions? Come here!

    This is a very useful thread but I think the names of the categories are one step lower than they actually are. A Q6600 with 2GB of RAM and a 900GTX would be more of a mid-range set-up. It's only my opinion though. And a 2.1Ghz Phenom with 2GB of half-decent RAM and an 8800GTS isn't too bad either, that'd be low end.
    Last edited by Amit; January 2nd, 2009 at 01:23 AM.
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    Wow, nice effort. I assume your going to update when new things come out in the market?

    E: lol saw the end bit
    Last edited by FluffyDucky™; January 1st, 2009 at 11:19 PM.


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    I like how your low end pc is enough to play Crysis on Highest, or really close to it.
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