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  1. #1
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    Final new PC build research, thoughts? Comments?

    Hey guys,

    My taxes should be coming in soon. As of right now it's incredibly promising that I will be getting a new PC... just waiting on 2 more W2's. My budget is around 1000 but I'm trying to aim much further below that. Here is the way everything is looking thus far, please let me know if I should change anything. My computer is going to be non-SLI (using 1 22" LCD), and used for gaming. It is as follows:

    Case: Cooler Master 690 ($80)
    Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro LGA P45 ($119)
    Processor: Intel C2D E8400 3.0GHz ($165)
    HSF: Xigmatek HDT-S1283 ($36)
    HSF Retention: Xigmatek ACK-I7751 ($9)
    Video: MSI N260GTX 192cores ($230?)
    Memory: OCZ Fatal1ty 2x2gb DDR2 800 ($39)
    PSU: Corsair Modular 620W HX - ($160)
    HD: Western Digital Caviar 7200RPM 500gb SATA ($60)
    CDRom: LiteOn 22x DVDRW w/ Lightscribe ($30)

    Total cost before taxes & shipping: $928

    A few questions:
    1) What are your thoughts for this?
    2) Someone in my other forums recommended going to the E8500 C2D + 1066MHz memory, as I would be able to reach 4.0GHz speeds at stock voltages. What are your thoughts, and should I do this?
    3) I'm looking to cut corners anywhere I can. I may not need a modular PSU as I don't know if I'll be obtaining a window for this case. The CDRom will be pulled from my existing system (maybe) if I need to.

    I appreciate any input you guys can give me on this, thanks!

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    Re: Final new PC build research, thoughts? Comments?

    look for the GTX 260 with 216 cores, it is significantly faster, and there shouldnt be much of a price difference.

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    Re: Final new PC build research, thoughts? Comments?

    If you are planning on spending $230 on a card then get a GTX 260 216 or a GTX 280. While you are waiting on you tax money keep an eye out for sales. I have seen 280's and 260/216's for sale as low as $190. Those sales don’t last long because they are usually sold out by the end of the day.

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