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These are complete systems specs listed to give our membership an idea of very good performance with a decent "bang for the buck ratio" All of these systems will game with authority and deliver very stable operation.

Just about anything you cut from these system will reduce performance in a very noticible way.

Please dont hesitate to start your own thread for more discussion on this topic.


*** for other motherboard choices; with Intel chipsets, you can substitute the Asus P5Q-E or P5Q-Deluxe
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$800.00 System


Case: Coolermaster Centurion $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3L $93.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128372

Processor: Intel E8400 $164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037

Ram: G.Skill PI Black 4gb (2x2gb) DDR2 800 $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

CPU Cooler: Zalman 9700 LED $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019

Power Supply: Corsair 650TX $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

Video Card: EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339

Hard Drive: Western Digtial Caviar 640gb $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

DVD Burner: ASUS Black $28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135186

Operating System: Vista Home Premium 64 $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

Total Price (w/o rebates) $822.90
*prices valid as of 4/15/09


$800.00 AMD System Build Substitute these 3 components:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387 GA-MA790X-UD4P $109.99 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103773 Athlon 64 X2 6000+ $99.99 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148212&Tpk=BL2KIT25664AA80A Crucial DDR2 800 $46.99 Memory
Swap out parts value: $256.97




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$1200.00 System


Case: Coolermaster 690 $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

Processor: Intel E8500 Wolfdale $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036

Ram: Corsair 4gb (2x2gb) ddr2 1066 $73.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145214

CPU Cooler: Zalman 9700 $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118020

Power Supply: Corsair 850TX $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009&Tpk=850tx

Video Card: Sapphire HD4870 1 gb $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801

Hard Drive: Seagate 640gb $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148335

DVD Burner: Asus Black $28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135186

Operating System:
Vista Home Premium 64 $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

Total (w/o rebates) $1101.90
*prices valid as of 4/14/09


$1200.00 AMD System Build Substitute these 3 components:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387 GA-MA790X-UD4P $109.99 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649 Phenom II X3 720 $134.99 Processorhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148212&Tpk=BL2KIT25664AA80A Crucial DDR2 800$46.99 Memory

Total Parts exchange value: $291.97




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$1800.00 System


Case: Coolermaster HAF $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DQ6 $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128343

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 $324.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115130

Ram: Corsair Dominator 4gb ddr2 1066 $90.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145197

CPU Cooler: Zalman 9700 $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118020

Power Supply: Corsair 1000w $259.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 285 SC $344.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130446

Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor 74gb $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136033

Hard Drive: Seagate 640gb $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148335

DVD Burner: Asus $28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135186

Operating System: Vista Home Premium 64 $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

Sound Card: Creative X-Fi Xtremegamer 7.1 $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102006

Total (w/o rebates) $1773.89

*prices valid as of 4/14/09


$1800.00 AMD System Build Substitute these 3 components:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387&Tpk=GA-MA790X-UD4P Motherboard $109.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471 AMD Phenom II x 4 Deneb 940 $214.99 CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148212&Tpk=BL2KIT25664AA80A 2 x 2 Gig Crucial DDR2-800 $46.99 Memory

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This is just a basic recommendation for a system. Components can be swapped if you have a preference. Components are linked to www.newegg.com for reference only, check other sites for competitive prices before you order.

*** Many gamers prefer Vista 32bit; our inclusion of Vista 64 is more of a reminder to buy an operating system license vs a preference of 64bit OS.

www.techsupportforum.com is not affiliated with newegg.com


I would like to aknowledge the assistance received from our H/W manager; Dai and Asst. Manager Tumbleweed36
as well as TSF Member Chowder Pants for his help with the link gathering and the contributions of Wrench97
 
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