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  1. ShadowFold

    ShadowFold New Member

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    I just got an order from a customer who wants an amazing gaming PC. He's giving me a 2000$ budget. Been talking to him.. Says that a 300gb hard drive would be enough, so velociraptor was my first thought. He wants an amazing HD monitor to watch HD stuff on so I picked that LG screen, looks really good spec wise. Here is what I got lined up so far.

    http://img.techpowerup.org/090430/Untitled473.jpg

    Check later in the thread for newer list..
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    i'd definately get ddr-1066, not reason not to. that and the best ddr2 is dirt cheap nowadays.

    other than that, looks like a good build! plenty of psu even for the X2. you might think about raid 0 though, especially since youre below 2k still.

    i've heard good things aobut LG monitors, and my friend has one and likes it. it's a bit nicer than my viewsonic, but a close call.
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    I was thinking that too.. But is the difference really all that great? I benched and used my ram at 1066 and it literally the same. DDR2-800 runs cooler and at better voltage :D
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    Looks pretty good. Although for $2000 I might consider an intel i7 build.
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    Kinda impossible since he want a really nice monitor. Plus, the last time I built one for someone I had a ton of ram and motherboard problems. Ended up refunding everything and he got his money back..
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    That was good ram, now it is binned so poorly that you would be lucky to get much out of it. I just got 2 kits of the G.Skill PC8500 and am loving it. Much better than the kit you just listed that I bought a few months ago and performs about the same as the set of what you listed that I bought a year ago.

    Why not go with a better board? Why would you need onboard video?
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    Pretty sure he wont be overclocking. 790GX are awesome anyway :D
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    You could bump down to a 25~26 inch monitor and save about $250. You could also buy a decent 26" LCD TV for around $300ish if you shop right.. That would save you some cash.

    Also might reconsider the 4870x2.

    Maybe a 4890 instead?
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    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    4890 crossfired would be nicer and still be in budget even if you needed a better psu which I doubt it.
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    everything is awesome except the case... IMO most people that are not computer enthusiasts look at that case and see a gas can.
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    that M3a78 is a good board but go for the M4a79-T if you can. Its not GX but its bad ass. Also, he says 300 is enough, but I would add on another 500gb or 1tb HDD. He wont regret it.

    If not the M4a79, then go for the MSI DKA790GX :)

    EDIT: Oh and why not some G Skill PI black or silver :D
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    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    If he says he wants to watch HD without a HD dvd drive he will need a bigger hd like WarEagleAU says.
    WarEagleAU says thanks.
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163121 <-- Nice case... a bit expensive though. no plastic, inside all black, super high quality... Most people that I build for understand very little about their gaming PC and its internals. They also put a ton of emphasis on the appearance of the rig. Maybe the HAF is his style tho, dunno.

    i really like the build, massive bang/buck - good job.
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    I would go with an AM3 955 imho. Gives him the option of going DDR3 in the future.
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    Is he gaming? Cause if he just wants a good rig w/ HD I would drop the 4870x2, get a 19" cheap monitor for everyday browsing and such, then pick up an actual HDTV for movies such as this one: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8742186&st=32%22+television&lp=4&type=product&cp=1&id=1202648738906

    Also if HD content is priority, snag him a HDTV tuner and blu-ray drive to put in there as well. If he is gaming, find out what is higher priority and what kind of games before slapping a x2 all over it and lagging on the HD.
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    So you're getting paid to do this? Lucky son of a bitch.

    By the way, putting "$2,000" and "budget rig" in the same title is retarded lol.
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    2000 dollar pc and you didnt go i7... CMON
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    i agree. :slap:
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    i7 920 for sure... DFI DK if you can risk RMA (therefore may just delay giving him the PC) OR get something like a gig ud4p , SuperTalent ddr3 1333 (that OCs really well), s1283V like you did, 2 7200.12 500gb drive in RAID 0 this monitor or this monitor and a TX750 like you did and a good DVD burner or a Blu-ray drive, as for the case... it's OK, but you can get a nicer looking one :D

    I can try to do a newegg summation of that...

    EDIT: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=9964885 + a case you want... just make it look nice, doesn't have to be expensive!
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    See that doesn't make much sense. Blu-ray will have less and less benefit the smaller and weaker screen you get. You should go at least 32-inch and higher quality, not smaller and lesser quality, otherwise I wouldn't even bother w/ blue ray. Although I guess if he's gonna sit 1ft away it would be nice, but I'm really not sure why he would. Is he gaming? If so what games?
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    He's gonna be playing L4D and the new stalker game. He plays Clear Sky now, but this is mainly gonna be for the new one. And he told me he wants to start collecting blu-ray stuff so.. I was at his house, he doesn't sit very far from the screen so anything under 30" would be good. I have a 21.5" 1080p monitor and I sit right in front of it and I love it.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005125
    That's the one I downgraded too.. I might just drop that one and add the screen I'm using since it's cheap. That would give me room to add a 955.

    Also, he's not exactly hardware literate. He's using an Alienware with an Athlon X2 and a 7900GT or something like that. Should be a huge jump for him!
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    Huh. I'm getting a 32" screen and I sit right in front of mine. Going to fry my eyes out.
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    DaMulta My stars went supernova

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    Dang I went over and didn't even get a case in.....

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