New Gaming PC Build

November 22, 2009 at 20:21:23
Specs: Windows 7, 8GB
I am looking to Build a New Gaming System. I have a budget of about 850. 800 would be ideal. I had a few questions hoping someone would be kind enough to answer them for me. To give you background I have built many PC's in the past.

Processors:
Intel or AMD performance differences?
I am considering the Intel Q9400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Memory:
DDR 2 or DDR3?
Something I notice is the timings are higher with DDR3 Anyone know the reason for this? Looking at possibly GSkills for my ram as I had good luck in the past.

Video Card Nvidia or ATI?
Looking at a Nvidia GTX 260 or ATI HD5770 but am open to suggestions
Directx 10 vs Directx 11?

Motherboard:

Looking at Asus or Gigabyte not planning on doing sli so this may be something to consider. I do want to do at least 8 gigs of ram.

Hard Drives
Seagate or Western digital? It seems Western digital has pulled ahead in the race. Probably a 750 gig.
.

Any suggestions power supply wise? I will probably do an 800 watt BFG. I like to have a little breathing room.


Thanks for all who contribute...I really appreciate it.

Coop5796

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#1
November 22, 2009 at 21:06:44
Have you thought this thru? 8GB RAM? There goes $250 from your $800 right off the bat. And you'll need a 64-bit OS to run that much RAM. No point in getting XP or Vista, so Win 7 Ulitmate is the way to go...there goes another $175. Subtract $190 for the CPU, $150 for the BFG 800W PSU & you only have $35 left for the rest of your hardware.


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#2
November 22, 2009 at 21:21:24
I can get windows 7 at a discount as I am a student. Its about 30.00 for me. I was planning on doing 64 bit Windows 7 professional. I was considering 8 gigs for multitasking and gaming. I priced some GSkills at about 200 for 8 gigs. I believe. Thanks for your reply. I might consider a high end dual core and possibly DD2 trying to make some decisions.

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#3
November 22, 2009 at 22:18:15
jam is right u will be left with nothing (i mean $35 which is not enough). Look for athlon II x4 620 $99, drop nvidia 260 and go for hd 4870 1gb $154(look for crysis benchmark between hd 4870 and 260gt and u will find out hd 4870 beat 260gt). Take ddr2 800 2x2gb $93, go 4 a good 750w psu $109, gigabyte board (785 + 710) cost $89, and wd hdd 750 $79. Total $623 u still left with $177

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