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    you shopuld include the Geforce 295 its the best nvidia card and youll probably be able to afford it on that budget.

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    For UT3, graphics performance is not much of a problem.

    Anything from an ATI 4850 upwards will run at 1080p with most of the eyecandy turned on.
    CPU GHz per core seems to have the most overall effect for this game.

    Invest in quality long term components: Power supply, Case, RAM. The rest is easy.

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    You guys are helping a lot i am still taking in ideas from everyone i like to have a lot to choose from and you guys have already given me plenty. To make things easier don't worry about monitors i rather have a port to connect to my tv, i have lcd monitors at home already, i also have full surround sound for my current laptop so thats not necessary to include. The tv is 1080p plasma. One question about the 4770 crossfire, that pretty much runs everything at top graphics correct? I haven't bought a new computer in a while so i don't know much about some of the newer products. As far as graphics cards go i have a preference for ATI because my 2 previous cards before this one were GEforce and gave me some problems. I appreciate all you have done so far and will continue to check this thread for more ideas. Thank you guys, this is a great community.

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    Originally posted by DrUnKenSTeiN View Post
    Doesnt anyone has probs with ati gpu's?WinXp n crash after crash. I did many sacrifices for ut3(money,time,patience etc) i wont change gpu or OS for it.Enough is enough.

    Sounds frustrating, don't know the history of your system going from nvidia to ATi, I assume after switching cards you used driver sweeper to get rid of nvidia traces, then deleted my documents /my games, then full clean install of game and patches/pack?

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    New Desktp (Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.50GHz, 4GB DDR2, 640GB SATA II 7200 RPM HDD, includes keyboard and optical mouse, 599.00 USD)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...804&CatId=3423
    New Video Card (GeForce 9800GTX Superclocked w/512GB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready , (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, 129.99 USD)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...761&CatId=3585
    New Monitor IF NEEDED, this PC w/Video card will connect as is to your HDTV, you only would need to buy the cable. (Samsung 2233SW 22" LCD Monitor - 5ms, 1080p, 1920x1080, 15000:1 Dynamic,16:9, DVI, 189.99 USD)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...150&CatId=2775
    The PC includes KB/M, the Monitor has built in speakers, I put this together ina bout ten minutes. If you wait and watch sales, I bet you get a printer/scanner thrown in. Total price is: +189.99(monitor)
    +129.99(Vid Card)
    +599.00(PC)
    ----------------------------------------
    Total = 918.98 USD

    Obviously, you have room in your budget for improvements, but here is a $920.00US rig that will run UT3 and whatever else sweet.

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    Well, he said that he would need a new monitor or use the HDMI port for his television. I decided to make a build for a TV.
    If he were getting a monitor, I guess I would swap the motherboard and graphics card for:

    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard ----------- $199 I think I may even prefer this motherboard over the previous one.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128375

    SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 -------------$189
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102801

    That is $254 for savings and he could grab a monitor like...

    ASUS MK241H Black 24" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with 1.3M Pixel Webcam 450 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 3000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail ---------- $269
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236033

    or this

    Acer H243Hbmid 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1 Max (ACM) Built in Speakers ---------- $249
    I'm not a very big fan of Acer, but depending on where the LCD is manufactured, it could be really good.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009167

    No sound system, but a good set of cans is always cool. Or, he can always try and do the E-bay and yard sale thing for an amp and some speakers.

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    Originally posted by DrUnKenSTeiN View Post
    Doesnt anyone has probs with ati gpu's?WinXp n crash after crash. I did many sacrifices for ut3(money,time,patience etc) i wont change gpu or OS for it.Enough is enough.
    There are some people that have issues with ATI/Nvidia GPU's, but most don't. I don't know what else to tell you. There are currently 3/4 threads up disscussing various problems with both GPU manufacturers. Ive said it before, alot has to do with the user themselves. Even if they dont know it. For example: My brother was crashing every 5-10 minutes with his SLI 8800gtx's, and he thought one of the cards was faulty, so I told him to disable open al, and hardware acceleration(physx). He was still crashing. So then he goes to the nvidia control panel and finds out that physx was enabled there. So he turned it off, and now there's no more crashes. Just one little setting made all the difference in the world. There are alot of variables, when it comes to a PC. Ive had overclocks that ran perfect for 2/3 games, and then another game would crash on those exact same settings. I've also had programs installed that caused issues for certain games. Ive had lots of troubleshooting issues/experiance over the years, and I will always blame myself before a manufacturer. Just because its probally something I did while "tweaking".

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    You forgot a monitor Irritated. So with all the horsepower your recommending, you can probally add another 2-300$ atleast to your price. Good build though, just a little out of his budget of 1500$.

    He would have to get SLI gtx 260's or Crossfire 4870's to bring the price down to his level, if not lower. Like a single 280/285, or 4870/4890.

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    Doesnt anyone has probs with ati gpu's?WinXp n crash after crash. I did many sacrifices for ut3(money,time,patience etc) i wont change gpu or OS for it.Enough is enough.

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    I did a quick build for you on New Egg, it comes out to $1,732.34 after tax and shipping ($1,569.80 before) with my info entered. I chose to put a GeForce GTX 285 with 2GB of DD3, it's one of the best cards on the market and ATI has no real competitive offering, ATM. Plus, GeForce cards support PhysX, but if you choose an ATI, then you should consider swapping the motherboard for one that supports PhysX, like the EVGA E760. It should be easy to make a few substitutions to bring the price down closer to what you want.

    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory --------- $82.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227365

    Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133062
    Thermaltake W0106RU 700W Complies with ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V version SLI Certified 80 PLUS Certified
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153039
    COMBO DEAL!!! --------- $229.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.192818

    EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

    EVGA 02G-P3-1185-AR GeForce GTX 285 2GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
    Combo! --------- $594.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.187815

    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders
    Combo ---------$386.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.182922

    Pioneer Black 5X BD-ROM 12X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Reader and 12X DVD±R DVD Burner --------- $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827129016

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD752LJ 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive --------- $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152099

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    A 4870 X2 2gb in the US is only 399.00. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102768

    The 4870 1gb is only 189.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102801

    And the 4890 1gb is 239.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161276

    If you do not plan to overclock your GPU, then go for the 4870 1gb, if you will be overclocking, go for the 4890 1gb. The 4890 1gb card has ALOT of headroom, but at stock speeds it's only marginally better than the 4870.

    If you are getting a motherboard that supports crossfire, you could always get 2x/3x 4770, which will walk all over the 4890 1gb with ease, and do it while using less power. lol. For under 200$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102835

    Links/Proof:
    http://en.expreview.com/2009/04/28/f...nchmark.html/4
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...re,2288-5.html
    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/966/3/

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  • replied
    If you're planning to build your computer this is something I would recommend:

    GRAPHIC CARD- ASUS Radeon 4870 - 400$
    MONITOR- Samsung 2243BWT- 270$
    MEMORY- Kingmax 2GB DDR3 1333 RAM - 75$ x2
    CPU- Intel® Core™ I7-920 Processor (2.66 GHz)- 300$
    MB- Intel DX58SO- 300$

    You're going to have around 100$ left, so u just save a little bit more money and buy all the cables, housings, fans, power supplies... BTW. A good gaming PC is the most expensive one (except the computers for pro-artists, modelers, programmers...).

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    I'd recommend a desktop cause you can upgrade it easier than a laptop.

    Get a decent wired mouse , a decent mouse pad and a wired keyboard that you like the feel of its buttons. Sometimes wireless mice n kb can create probs in game(like lag).

    I recently bought an ati gpu(4890). Im very happy with my card in everything but ut3. I get freezings and i need to restart to play again. Not a single prob with my ex-gpu(nvidia 8800gt).

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  • replied
    I have a wireless mouse and keyboard, the 1500 is dollars, I need a new monitor if im going to get a desktop unless it has an hmdi port then ill just use my tv, i would prefer ATI Radeons they seem to work better for me the Nvidias have been failing. In my experience with the both i think the Intels are more powerful, and last but not least for the DDRs im not sure it depends on how much money ive got left over from the other parts

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  • replied
    1500 Dollars? Euros? Pounds? Is the monitor included in this? Mouse and keyboard included? Do you want a Radeon or a GeForce? Intel or AMD? DDR3 or DDR2 RAM? Details, please.

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