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Building a Budget Gaming Rig

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by joe_it, Jul 16, 2006.

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  1. joe_it

    joe_it Thread Starter

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    I am in the process of helping a friend build a budget gaming rig. We are trying to keep the rig in the $800-$1000 range. Here are the parts that we have come up with, please let me know what your thoughts are.

    In addition, we are planning to overclock the Intel processor, since I hear this is a great one to OC. Does anyone have a website or other info on people who have overclocked that processor?

    Here are the specs:

    Case: Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BNA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811133137

    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-8I945PL-G Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945PL Express ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813128317

    Video Card: eVGA 256-P2-N563-AX Geforce 7900GT CO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130281

    Power Supply: ENERMAX Noisetaker EG495P-VE SFMA ATX 485W Power Supply 115/230 V UL
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817103457

    CPU: Intel Pentium D 805 Smithfield 533MHz FSB 2 x 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual Core,EM64T
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819116001

    Memory: G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 550 (PC 4400) Dual Channel Kit
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820231019

    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3160811AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148149

    DVD-Burner:Pioneer Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 5X DVD-RAM DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2M Cache ATAPI 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Read
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827129001

    Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16829102178

    CPU Cooling FanZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835118003

    There are other miscellaneous cables and a floppy drive as well that I am going to buy. Let me know your thoughts on these items. What looks good, where I can cut costs, etc.

    Thanks for the help.

    Joe
     
  2. Iakona724

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    For overclocking I would recommend a better CPU cooling Fan, I burnt out my Pentium 4 extreme graphics card for skimping out on the fan. Also, 160gb may seem quite large, but if your friend is even considering putting any movies, music, or uses P2P programs such as Bitcomet, or Morpheus, I would recommend at least 300gb, but 2 160gb would be your best bet (each partitioned, 1st hard drive: 1 partition strictly for windows, another partition for any important files/information/photos/, and another partition for drivers and programs related to peripherals (like joystick programs, wireless card programs, and speaker configuration programs) then the second hard drive: a partition for music, another for movies, another for games, and another for any other programs) That way in the event of anything happening, everything would be managable. Yes, it will take a bit of time to setup initially, but it makes things much easier and more managable. As for memory, 1gb in 2006 is like a muscle car with a 5 gallon fuel tank, go for 2gb (yes I understand this is a budget gaming pc, but I mean come on 1gb?, my laptop even has 2gb, or you can settle for 1 gb and add more later).

    I'm sorry for picking everything appart, but thats just my 2 cents. (I've never really built a pc before, but I have replaced EVERY SINGLE component of my current gaming pc, except the case).

    For a nice budget gaming pc, I would hold out for a month or so, put in overtime if possible and then spend $1500. Otherwise, in a year or so down the line the computer will be obsolete and it will be time for another.

    Also, Why only use Newegg? Shipping?
    Other stores:
    Amazon.com
    Ecost.com
    Tigerdirect.com
    Good Resources:
    Pricegrabber.com
    MySimon.com
    FatWallet.com- My personal favorite
     
  3. joe_it

    joe_it Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the input.

    The user will ONLY be using the machine for gaming, he does everything else on his Mac, oh yeah and it will be used for testing web pages. Not sure if the computer will have enough speed for that. LOL.. So the 160GB H.D. will be more than enough for him. He has an 80GB one now that only has 20GB on it.

    As for Newegg, that is just where we initially grabbed the parts. I will probably order from 2-3 different vendors, but for now I can get the parts assembled, get opinions, and order the cheapest parts later in the week.

    Joe
     
  4. crjdriver

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    I see one BIG problem. The board you selected uses ddr2 memory and the memory you selected is ddr; it will not fit.

    Next thing, and this is a matter of preference, I am not a fan of gigabyte boards at all. If you are not going to overclock the system, go with a real intel board. If you do plan on oclocking or want more settings, I would go with an epox 5lda gli board. I have built two systems recently with this board [one for me] and it runs flawlessly.
     
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    BTW for online sellers, stay with the egg or zipzoomfly. Tigerdirect is NOT noted for customer service.

    One more thing; I would go with a 9xx series processor rather than the 8xx series. They run a little cooler.
     
  6. Iakona724

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    Oooo. Yes, I missed the memory modules, that is a BIG problem. Don't forget to check Ecost and Fat Wallet. They always seem to be pretty good.

    -I stand corrected-
     
  7. joe_it

    joe_it Thread Starter

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    I changed the board at the last minute and forgot to check the RAM, thanks for the catch.

    So I want the best processor that we can afford, what would you recommend? I have had good experience with EPOX boards so I am not against changing. What would you say about this processor and board? I will do some more looking on RAM.

    Processor:Intel Pentium D 930 Presler 800MHz FSB 2 x 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819116238

    Mobo: EPoX EP-5LDA+GLI Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813123259

    Also, someone mentioned I might want to look at more cooling for the system. What would recommend for extra cooling?

    Joe
     
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