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    Project: Build a >$1000 UT3 Gaming PC

    Note: I completely realize that there are already a number of "Building $X UT3 PC" topics out there, I just found that my situation was a bit too specific to incorporate into said topics.

    So with that in mind...

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    Project Goals:
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    *I would like to build a PC which is able to run Unreal Tournament 3, all settings maxed out, at a resolution of 1280x1024 or greater.

    *My budget is $1000 USD (not counting shipping costs).

    *I can supply an operating system (either Windows Vista Home Basic or Ubuntu Linux 8.04 LTS, if a Linux client is released) and a copy of UT3. Everything else should be included in this purchase.

    *The PC *must* also include:
    ...a wireless G or greater wireless card for my wireless home network.
    ...a 64-bit capable processor (I have a performance bias, I guess).
    ...a small form factor due to a lack of much desk space to work with.
    ...LightScribe to replace my aging paper-labeling system.
    ...a floppy drive for a number of legacy applications.
    ...an anti-static wrist strap & surge protector (my insurance policy).

    *Optionally, these features would be nice:
    ...a 19" or larger monitor.
    ...5.1 channel+ audio & speakers.
    ...gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet.
    ...matching (color-wise) components.
    ...a wireless N wireless card to future-proof this machine.
    ...a media card reader equipped with at least CF, SD(HC), and MS slots.
    ...the ability to purchase everything from the same place.

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    What I am currently thinking about building:
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    *APEVIA X-QPACK2-AL/500 Black/ Silver Computer Case With Side Panel Window -$98.99

    *GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H Micro ATX AMD Motherboard -$89.99

    *AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ 3.2GHz Socket AM2 125W Processor -$144.99

    *G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory -$59.99

    *HIS Hightech Radeon HD 3650 H365P512GNP iSilenceIII Video Card -$119.99

    *Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM -$79.99

    *HP 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DVD1070i - Retail -$32.99

    *Rosewill RCR-FD200 All-in-one USB 2.0 Black 3.5" Card Reader with 1.44MB Floppy Drive - Retail -$29.99

    *Acer AL1916WAbd Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor -$179.99

    *Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speaker - Retail -$78.99

    *Logitech 967557-0403 Silver/Black USB + PS/2 RF Wireless Slim Cordless Desktop S 510 Mouse Included - Retail -$47.99

    *GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS PCI Wireless Adapter - Retail -$17.99

    *CyberPower 615 4 feet 2 Transformer Spaced 4 Non-Transformer Spaced Outlets 900 Joules Power Surge Protector - Retai -$9.99

    *BELKIN F8E093 Anti-Static Wrist Strap - Retail -$7.99

    Total (before shipping): $999.86 USD

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    Questions:
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    *Could this machine fulfill its intended purpose (max out UT3 @ 1280x1024+)?

    *Are my components compatible with one another?

    *Is there anything I might be forgetting (cabling, possibly)?

    *Any suggestions for improvement / alternative setups are welcome.

    #2
    These kinda topics should maybe go in the tech section...
    heh i was looking at that same motherboard (but was looking for an Intel equivalent)
    Spend a few more bucks and get a ATI 3870, Nvidia 9600GT or 8800GT for about $125-140. You do NOT want to go budget on a video card for gaming. If you really want a beast of system look at the new ATI 4850's for around $200-230. Its a single card thats as fast a 2 3870's. Which would save you a little bit of power by using one card.

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      #3
      you really should get a core2duo processor rather than the AMD setup.

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        #4
        you have no power supply, your rig will be very upset without one
        staying under a grand is tricky if you want it to be a gaming pc with all that you listed, especially including a monitor.
        if you dont include a monitor you just tap 1000$ for a good gaming rig.
        removing the extra 100$ or so is really a performance hit or extras hit.

        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009127 - monitor is better, same price

        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130348 - 209.99
        or
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103051 - 119.99

        9800GTX or radeon HD3850 -its your decision, the 9800GTX i myself think is worth the 80$, you will be running ut3 and other games on max settings with no problems.
        also the 9800GTX has a working physx card built right into it (you can play physx maps mod for ut3 or other games that have physx without paying for a separate card, nice feature)

        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115030 - 159.99
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130175 - 129.99

        ^ better cpu/mobo combo (leaves room for sli expansion if you so choose in the future to increase gfx with nvidia... doesnt support crossfire for ati i dont think?)

        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146118 - 44.99
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156099 - 94.99
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136037 - 79.99
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16839121008 - 17.99
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827140026 - 32.99
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121006 - 78.99 (i would personally prefer headphones for gaming...)
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16899888207 - 7.99
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823126180 - 47.99
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820223072 - 29.99
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812120411 - 9.99

        total - $1,125.86 (counting the 9800GTX gfx card + 5.1 you picked out)
        if you switch for the radeon it would be 90$ cheaper even.

        theres a 27.50 mail in rebate total value
        the case is really up to you to decide i just saw one and grabbed it.

        personally i would find a different keyboard/mouse combo as well as a different case based on your taste (with or without a psu, but dont forget it)

        btw all i really did was change the monitor/case/psu/mobo/cpu/gfx rest of the stuff i just copied from you.

        i would spend more time and refine it to 1000$ but its your project, you can find a good 80-100$ mobo instead of that one, too. it was just a fast pick that supported pci-e 2.0

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          #5
          Originally posted by Zera View Post
          you have no power supply, your rig will be very upset without one
          .
          could always hook it up on a dynamo, inverter, with some pedals under your desk

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            #6
            XD you'd really have to pedal if you wanted to game! these machines eat MONSTER power!

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              #7
              Originally posted by Zera View Post
              XD you'd really have to pedal if you wanted to game! these machines eat MONSTER power!
              it would be one of those evil presents given to you at christmas.... a gaming rig, which you have to peddle lol. ( sorry - gone off topic )

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                #8
                can you imagine trying to overclock? "QUICK, pedal faster, its becoming unstable mid benchmark---HURRY get me a redbull!!!"

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                  #9
                  i just can agree with Esteem. ut3 is build and optimized on intel core 2 duo and "the way its meant to be played nvidia".

                  i recommend:

                  CPU : intel core 2 duo e8400
                  GPU : nvidia geforce 9800GTX ( for more power choose gtx 260/280)
                  Board : choose a asus or gigabyte board (there are the best)
                  soundcard : creative X-Fi Xtrem Music
                  Power : 750Watt
                  speaker : a speaker system by creative (are the best and works perfectly with your creative card)

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                    #10
                    btw that case he has on there comes with a power supply and it will do just fine for what he wants to power.

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                      #11
                      oooh my mistake, i didnt click his links i just read them.
                      man a micro atx?
                      i want a micro atx i have an extended atx, friggin monster!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Sunshine1709Str View Post
                        i just can agree with Esteem. ut3 is build and optimized on intel core 2 duo and "the way its meant to be played nvidia".

                        i recommend:

                        CPU : intel core 2 duo e8400
                        GPU : nvidia geforce 9800GTX ( for more power choose gtx 260/280)
                        Board : choose a asus or gigabyte board (there are the best)
                        soundcard : creative X-Fi Xtrem Music
                        Power : 750Watt
                        speaker : a speaker system by creative (are the best and works perfectly with your creative card)
                        Agreed on the E8400. the geForce 9800 gtx is fine too, but I would wait a few more days to see more comparisons with the ATI 4850 card.
                        A 750W power supply is totally useless. A good quality 600W is enough.

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                          #13
                          the geForce 9800 gtx is fine too, but I would wait a few more days to see more comparisons with the ATI 4850 card.
                          Don't wait. They re almost equal.

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                            #14
                            Let me get this straight:

                            *I should switch from an AMD/ATI setup to an INTEL/NVIDEA setup. The main reason I chose the board I chose was due to how fully featured it was (HDMI, 16GB ram), and I have yet to find an Intel equivalent. Any suggestions for a good Intel microatx motherboard with similar features within the same price range?

                            *I should up the graphics card to at least a Radeon HD 3850 (ATI) or a GeForce 9600GT (NVIDEA). Would those cards be able to max out UT3 in my monitor's maximum resolution of 1440x900? Suggestions for specific cards in my price range?

                            *The case *does* have an integrated, 500 watt, power supply.

                            *This setup *must* be <$1000, sorry.

                            *It appears as if this topic will need to be moved. How would I go about that?

                            Thanks for the replies, so far.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by SN1Kt View Post
                              Agreed on the E8400. the geForce 9800 gtx is fine too, but I would wait a few more days to see more comparisons with the ATI 4850 card.
                              A 750W power supply is totally useless. A good quality 600W is enough.
                              no no no. NEVER BUY A ATI GPU. nvidia dominates, and i dont know a game which is optimized for ati. nvidia is really the best choice.

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