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    Hey All.

    I've decided to pickup a new rig to hookup to my LCD for RTS/RPG etc that I can't play on PS3, and the occasional FPS that isn't released on console - so obviously I don't want anything too beasty, just something simply.

    I was thinkin of puttin it together myself, but it's been years since I built a rig so I'm going to avoid the headache and get it premade from ITestate.com.au

    Heres their layout:
    Core2Duo E8400
    ASUS P5Q SE/R
    Kingston 1066mhz 4GB kit
    Seagate 750GB SATA (32mb)
    Gigabyte 9600GT 512mb
    Generic 550W PSU

    Totals about $850 (including case/shipping etc), so I'm happy with the price. Just wondering if I should be looking at a better GPU, or if the 9600GT will surfice, maybe even up it a little to the 1GB model?

    Anyway, just lookin for general tips - so any suggestions or recs would be great. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Budget Gaming Rig

    yeah u mite wana get a more powerful graphics card, try to at least go for a 9800GT or radeon HD4850, im sure they arent that expensive anyway. prob an HD4850 will cost u around 200$ AUS. maybee less/maybe more.

    And try not to get generic PSU's, they r generally unreliable and cant be trusted.
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    Default Re: Budget Gaming Rig

    The PSU is from PFC, never heard of them, so maybe I should fork out for an Antec or thermaltake?

    The graphics card seems to be on par with the rest of the system, the next one up offered in the bundle is a Galaxy 9800gtx 512 - which is $150 more then the 9600 - Ive read there isn't a huge dif in 9600 - 9800, since the 9800 is basically an OCd 8800. I could up the 9600 to a 1GB model for $20.

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    Well, I've decided to strech the buget a bit to include a better card.

    After hours of trolling through 4850 vs 9800GTX+ I'm still conflicted.
    The 4850 seems to perform slightly better, but runs much hotter.

    Then again, the site offers a Gigabyte 4850 OC 1GB or a Galaxy 9800GTX+ 512, and I trust gigabyte alot more then Galaxy, which I've never heard of =\

    For a simple setup, is it worth the extra temps of the 4850 OC ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Train View Post
    Well, I've decided to strech the buget a bit to include a better card.

    After hours of trolling through 4850 vs 9800GTX+ I'm still conflicted.
    The 4850 seems to perform slightly better, but runs much hotter.

    Then again, the site offers a Gigabyte 4850 OC 1GB or a Galaxy 9800GTX+ 512, and I trust gigabyte alot more then Galaxy, which I've never heard of =\

    For a simple setup, is it worth the extra temps of the 4850 OC ?
    Is this an interim step to a better system later down the road? If so I would look to get a 8800 GT as they're heavily discounted and have good performance for the buck. I got one from NewEgg for a song for my old system. It has breathed new life into it and am now able to play some of the higher end games at better settings.

    Are you planning to go with SLI in the near future?
    Are there any plans for future upgrades?

    The answers to these questions would better determine the path to take on your initial purchase.

    Just my 2 cents ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by timby View Post
    Are you planning to go with SLI in the near future?
    Well he certainly won't be able to do SLi with that mainboard chipset and even though that chipset does support crossfire the mainboard does not have the hardware to support it (a little homework b4 answering would be of better help).

    G-Train, i'd suggest a quality name brand PSU as they rate by sustained load where as no-name ones are rated by peak load plus the 4850 can have its fan speed increased via software (@ stock the fan spins to slowly).

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Train View Post
    Well, I've decided to strech the buget a bit to include a better card.

    After hours of trolling through 4850 vs 9800GTX+ I'm still conflicted.
    The 4850 seems to perform slightly better, but runs much hotter.

    Then again, the site offers a Gigabyte 4850 OC 1GB or a Galaxy 9800GTX+ 512, and I trust gigabyte alot more then Galaxy, which I've never heard of =\

    For a simple setup, is it worth the extra temps of the 4850 OC ?
    Although the temps look a bit alarming, I think the GPU is quite happy at those temps. I wanted cooler, so I paid a little bit more and got the Sapphire HD 4850 Dual Slot Cooler. Instead of simply copying the ATI reference design, this is a Sapphire re-design PCB, laying out the chips better. It has a better HSF which runs quieter and keeps the GPU cooler. Mine shows 64C max after FPS gaming.
    Sapphire HD4850 Dual Slot Heatsink Review - Overclockers Club

    I have an E8400 - great CPU - fantastic overclocker. Best processing power per buck of the E8x00 range.
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    I am in the process of purchasing the following 4850..

    Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

    There's a link to it. It's got an excellent aftermarket cooler.. Ok.. so it does not look as good as other cards but it runs cool.. and thats what matters to me..
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