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Xasz
12-16-06, 10:42 PM
General purpose: gaming, 3D modeling, animation

What's the best rig I can put together that can handle these tasks without going over a $1200 budget? I might want to get a new monitor, too, because the old CRT I have now is starting to show some pretty dull color, but this is only if there's enough money left over.

^ Friend's request. I help him out with most of the components, but I am unfamilar with Intel-compatible motherboards and which ones would be good for his general needs (no SLI required). Please help if you can. :)

Spartan 117
12-16-06, 10:58 PM
EVGA Nforce 680i mobo (about $250)
Intel Core 2 e6400 (about $220)
Computer case: thats up to your friend to choose the budget, style and such
PSU: Thermaltake W0106RU 700W , provides plenty of power, has good reviews, and is about $170
Ram: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB DDR2 800 PC2 6400 (about $265)
GPU: EVGA 8800 GTS (about $429 on Newegg)

so thats about

$1330 or so, but thats not including the monitor, but this budget rig is a nice setup for that much, but the case could be less then $100 if you want to be in budget or use the old one

stevemedes
12-16-06, 11:05 PM
ill post prices off zipzoomfly, since everything there ships free, makes calculating it easier.

e6400 - $217
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80859

gigabyte ds3 p965 chipset mobo - $150
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=322342

2gb crucial ballistix ddr2-800 - $280
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80061-9

antec neoHE 550 watt - $108
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=269997

dvd burner - $30

hard drive - seagate 7200.10 320gb 16mb cache - $108
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=101459

case - coolermaster centurion 5 - $55
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=141760

video card - evga 7950gt - $290
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=322836

total: $1230

buffbiff21
12-17-06, 04:03 PM
This setup is more logical for OCing.

Core 2 E6300 $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005
asus 650i $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131142
2 gb G Skill $300(this stuff has the good Micron chips, will OC very well with your e6300.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231065
EVGA 8800 GTS $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130071
Power OCZ 700 w $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341002

OR

$80 Antec
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103940

Monitor (widescreen) $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824009091
(non wide screen) $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824001079
Use onboard sound into these speakers: $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16836116153
Keyboard mouse $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16823126175 (dont listen to the bad reviews about these, i have them and they kick ass)
mouse pad $10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817114455
floppy $6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16821152005
burner$30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152058
CASE: THIS ONE KICKS ASS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811112099


Now im assuming your friend already may have some parts, like a hard drive, burner, monitor, mouse and keys. Just mix and match what you need.
ALL of the listed stuff is above 1400, but mix and match, and again, you may not need that mobo or that PSU depending on SLI.

Stoneyguy
12-17-06, 04:50 PM
^ Friend's request. I help him out with most of the components, but I am unfamilar with Intel-compatible motherboards and which ones would be good for his general needs (no SLI required). Please help if you can. :)

Is it his first PC, or is there parts that can be carried over from a previous system? That would be helpful for figuring out what's best for him.

Spartan 117
12-17-06, 06:17 PM
yeah, let your friend know that if he is using the HDD, optical drives, and such, he just needs a barebones (we will help you on that ;) ) and if he does use the old HDD, tell him to back it all up just in case (but they recondmend you doing a fresh Windows install cuz of the different mobo an such)

Xasz
12-22-06, 03:08 PM
Is it his first PC, or is there parts that can be carried over from a previous system? That would be helpful for figuring out what's best for him.
He only has a laptop right now (that he uses), but he has a monitor (on its way out, but still functional), keyboard + mouse. This would be a full build, practically.

superbooga
12-22-06, 03:18 PM
Core 2 E6300 $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005
asus 650i $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131142
2 gb G Skill $300(this stuff has the good Micron chips, will OC very well with your e6300.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231065
EVGA 8800 GTS $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130071
Power OCZ 700 w $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341002


Don't round down prices! It's misleading, you're making things look a lot cheaper then they actually are. The OP's friend would probably be upset if he/she found out what the difference your listed and actual price was. Also, some of the are prices after mail-in rebate, and even then you've taken the liberty to change the price to make it more appealing.

ynnek
12-22-06, 07:12 PM
I know you guys are going to hate me, but did you check out what Dell offers now? If he's not going to build his own, doesn't know much, or actually needs a computer to do work, then take a look at their e520 lineup. IMO, Dells are at least worth consideration if you want a cheap system to throw under your desk and run into the ground for a bunch of years till you'll end up totally building a new computer anyways.

Plus if something goes wrong, you aren't liable for fixing it.

I just customized this for $1029 (thats with a 19" LCD, subtract $250 for no monitor)
And this is a complete system! Ready to be plugged in and do stuff.

e6300
windows xp media center 2005 with free upgrade to Vista home premium
2 gigs 533 ddr2
160 gb hd
dvd/cdrw drive
19" 1907fp (subtract $250 for no monitor)
integrated x3000 video (but it does have a 16x pcie slot)
integrated 7.1 sound
keyboard and mouse

Pro's:
It INCLUDES an operating system, unlike everyone else's setup so far
and includes a 19" lcd panel.
No fuss, plug it in and begin working. nothing else to get.. 1 year support from Dell

Cons:
Probably has no provisions for overclocking
Ram isn't the fast's, but Conroe's do a good job masking that with thier cache and prefetch (view anandtech's benchmarks) and you can't oc with it
most likely is not quad core upgradable (but does he really care? although maybe, cause their precision line supposidly supports the quad cores)
This case probably won't work very easily with any other non dell motherboard in the future.. (unless they made their mobo trays and front panel pins all standard now)

In order to game, he'll need to upgrade the PSU (pretty sure they are standard PSU's now) and add in a video card. Think about $150 for a psu, and a 7950gt is like what, low $200ish now? or wait a while and get the 8600 series.. or better

If you take out the monitor, add a psu and 8800 GTS that comes out to 1029 - 250 + 150 + 450 = $1379

Get a 7950gt instead with a new psu, with no lcd and its about $1179.

add in a few bux for shippng and handling.. (although i bet you can swing a deal to get that for free)

Not bad.. Only thing missing are speakers... (and I highly recommend getting a X-Fi for gaming too)
Oh if he wants a DVD burner, either spend the few bux to get one through dell, or get an extra one from Newegg and slap that in.

However, if he's really going to do work, I would really urge him to ditch the gaming stuff for now, and get a good LCD to work with. His eyes will thank him.

Just throwing this option out.. I know a lot of you won't like it though.. ;)