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I am interested in creating the absolute best pc that I can make at this time. Obviously, I want it to be cost effective, but I have no idea when it comes to towers : /. Since I only have experience with laptops, I need help. Can someone help me create a really high end gaming pc that isn't alienware expensive? Thanks!

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Proc: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 - Cheaper than the top of the line 6800, and these can overclock like nobodys business. You can upgrade later to a 6800, or even to a quad core if you wish.

Video Card: Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTS/GTX - Either will work, but the GTS is smaller, and puts out a bit less heat. It is a bit less powerful, though both will run anything today with no problems

Power supplies: Anything from Corsair, Seasonic, or PC Power and Cooling. The latter are a bit expensive however.

Fans: Yate Loon D12SL-12

http://www.svc.com/d12sl-12-bk.html

You will never need any other fan.

Cases: Antec P180 would be my recommendation, though Coolermaster makes the Centurion and it is very nice. You really have to do this one, as it is a matter of personal choice.

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And where did you suddenly get $1000 after telling me you were broke? ):<

Anyway, with that budget I would recommend holding off on the 8800 at the moment. It runs $400 by itself, and if you add a processor ($200), a motherboard ($100), 2GB of *good* RAM ($200), and a decent LCD monitor ($100), you're pretty much overbudget already, much less have enough left over for a power supply, case, optical and hard drives, and extra heatsink/fan if you want to overclock.

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And where did you suddenly get $1000 after telling me you were broke? ):<

Anyway, with that budget I would recommend holding off on the 8800 at the moment. It runs $400 by itself, and if you add a processor ($200), a motherboard ($100), 2GB of *good* RAM ($200), and a decent LCD monitor ($100), you're pretty much overbudget already, much less have enough left over for a power supply, case, optical and hard drives, and extra heatsink/fan if you want to overclock.

Good point.

How about a 7600GT then? They make cool, running passive versions for not much dollars.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150213

(Protip: Sparkle makes that exact same card for less money and without the fatality bullshit if you can find it)

For a proc heatsink, I recommend a Scythe Ninja or a Thermalright XP-90. I would go for the XP-90 myself because i have experience with it. The aluminum version is very nice, but i couldn't tell you about the copper one.

http://www.svc.com/xp-90-21.html <----- aluminum

http://www.svc.com/xp-90c-21.html <----- copper

The SI-97a is also very nice:

http://www.svc.com/si97-amd-21.html

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