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.

Intel or AMD performance differences?
I am considering the Intel Q9400

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?


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.



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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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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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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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