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#1 10 years ago

I'm looking into building a new computer, I have a budget of around $1200 and I already have an OS and CPU so no need to add them. This is what I have put together so far.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=9047228&WishListTitle=$1200

But I really need some advice/comments on things I might want to change, add or remove. Thanks in advance.




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#2 10 years ago

You might want to get a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray compatible drive, as I can imagine them overtaking DVD in a couple of years.

The computer case is a bit... expensive for what it is.

But yeah, it all looks okay to me other than those.




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#3 10 years ago

Cool, thanks I will look into that.




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#4 10 years ago

Yeah if you can afford one there are drives made by Lite-On with Blu-ray player and the rest (DVD, CD) burner for around $130. The only thing on your list I was a bit suspect about is the Samsung Spinpoint HD, I've read there's been some serious issues with those. Be aware however that the OEM player software the Blu-ray drives come with doesn't actually play 1080p Blu-ray movies. One of the best player softwares to get for Blu-ray is PowerDVD Ultra. It's about $90 at Newegg, suggested retail is $99. You also need to have a 1080p, HDCP compliant display and video card. I've read that that card in your list is HDCP compliant.




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#5 10 years ago

-What is your CPU? Important to know.

-The motherboard you chose has a DDR-800 standard, meaning the ddr-1000 you have in your list will only run at 800mhz, overclocking aside. (it will work, but may as well go for cheaper ddr-800 or another board)

-two 9600GT's may be a waste of money when a single GTX 260 may run a lot better for a similar price. Purely speculative, but the new nvidia cards are due for release within two weeks so it might be worth waiting that short period. (As it is, I hear 9600GT SLI is slightly better than one 8800 Ultra)

- $150 is a lot to spend on a case when your budget is $1200. (totally your call obviously) An $80 one may do you just as good and you can spend that money on even better components. ;)

-I concur with Omen on the Samsung drive. They are decent, but going with Seagate or Western Digital would be a safer bet. I would definitely steer clear of Maxtor, I lost count of how many of those I've had fail.

-Careful with buying a Blu-Ray drive if you intend to do HD stuff. Aside from what Omen mentioned on the software side, it's rumored many of the so-called HDCP compliant video cards really aren't (google it). Blu-ray is a relatively new technology that you can easily add on at some point later anyways.




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#6 10 years ago

I'm not even sure yet I'll invest in a Blu-ray player by the end of the year when I build my next rig. It will depend on the price of the drives and selection of BD titles. I have a Blockbuster account and go through lots of rentals. I can't see renting BD titles until the selection gets to the point where new releases are available for rent, and that may be a while yet. On two 9600s vs one GTX 260, it's not likely a sensible comparison. You can get 2 9600s for about $280, but a 9800 GX2 can stomp two 9600s. One GTX 260 will probably be around $400-$450 but it will probably match if not beat a 9800 GX2. There won't be much point in the 9800 GX2 when the 200 series debuts. I'll probably go with a GTX 280 on my next build and, I can't belive I'm saying this, but maybe even an SLI ready Nvidia chipset MB. Word is the new design of the 200 series GPUs minimizes if not eliminates SLI bottlenecks. I'd much prefer an Intel chipset MB were Nvidia to allow them SLI certification. If Intel entertains ideas of making their own GPU that could just happen too, but if Intel wants to make a GPU, I don't really think having a better relationship with Nvidia is going to stop it from happening. My common sense tells me with a card like the GTX 280 I won't need SLI even at 1920x1200 with max settings on high tech games, but one never knows what sys reqs are lurking in games to come.




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#7 10 years ago
>Omen<;4372060On two 9600s vs one GTX 260, it's not likely a sensible comparison. You can get 2 9600s for about $280, but a 9800 GX2 can stomp two 9600s. One GTX 260 will probably be around $400-$450 but it will probably match if not beat a 9800 GX2. There won't be much point in the 9800 GX2 when the 200 series debuts.

I'm just assuming the GTX 260 will release at around $300-$350. It seems to be the 8800GT/9800GT replacement. The new nvidia naming scheme will take some getting used to, so I'm not really sure yet. Won't be much longer 'til we find out though.




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#8 10 years ago

Of course street prices will vary, but I think you're guessing a bit optimistically: [COLOR=blue]VR-Zone : Technology Beats - GeForce GTX 280 & GTX 260 Price Up[/COLOR] [COLOR=blue]GeForce GTX 280, 260 clocks and prices surface | NordicHardware[/COLOR] [COLOR=blue]Fudzilla - Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 to sell for €450[/COLOR] [COLOR=blue]TechConnect Magazine - GeForce GTX 260 & 280 prices revealed[/COLOR] [COLOR=blue]Nvidia GTX 260 and 280 specs revealed - TechSpot News[/COLOR] I'd believe $400 maybe from some vendors, but not $350 and definitely not $300. Note this statement from the first link above: "...the GPU cost alone is $100-$120 and so [COLOR=blue][COLOR=black]Nvidia[/COLOR] [/COLOR]isn't making as much money as they would love to." This tends to indicate there won't be much room for price drops or low prices at launch. $400-$450 may become the new high mid-range pricing on GPUs, at least at launch anyway. Anyway, it will be less than 2 weeks before we know, all the more reason to think these reports coming in are fairly accurate. The naming scheme is different because these are entirely different GPUs with a much bigger footprint. I feel they are emphsizing that the 200 series isn't really intended to be the new 8800, 9800, etc, but rather blow them out of the water with cutting edge tech. Like I said, the only thing that doesn't impress me is the lack of DX10.1 support. Though as well I'm not necessarily convinced that if there is higher FPS using AA in DX10.1 vs DX10.0 it's all that much of a difference.




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#9 10 years ago
I'm just assuming the GTX 260 will release at around $300-$350. It seems to be the 8800GT/9800GT replacement. The new nvidia naming scheme will take some getting used to, so I'm not really sure yet. Won't be much longer 'til we find out though.

The 9800GTX replaces the 8800GTX, the 9800GT replaces the 8800GT, the 9800GX2 is the top of the line 98 series.

Performance gains for current RELEASED cards are FACTs, other performance gains for unreleased cards will be facts if the trend of improvment/worsening continues in the direction it is 90% of the cards below are confirmed cards, the other 10% are a high possibility of being released See this... 63879d1212147801-9800-gtx-gx2-replacement-cards.jpg




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#10 10 years ago

LOL, that's all old news that's no more than speculation when it came out. There will be no 9900 series, it's all about the 200 series now. If you want the best the GTX 280 will be out soon at a reported twice the speed of a 9800 GX2.




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