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Just wanted to know if anyone has recently built a Gaming PC? I am in the works right now trying to figure out what would be the best set up for me. What do you guys/gals think about this?




COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $179.99

ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $275.99

SAPPHIRE Toxic 100312TXSR Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $289.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active $134.99

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 $259.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM $16.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-12GBRL $69.99


Subtotal: $1,292.93

All from NewEgg.


I am not sure about the Cooler Master HAF ... I like the Corsair Obsidian 800.

I want to be able to play BF3 MAX settings and big RTS games like the Total War Series. Any Advice, photos and specs of your own Rigs?

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Cisco what are the specs for your PC? I am hoping with the parts that I picked out, that I will be ok for games that will be coming out for the next 3 years or so.
 

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Cisco, you're telling me you built a $325 PC and you can play any game maxed out on settings? Thats hard to believe.

Anyone out there? I am sure there has to be more than 2 people that are into PCs? lol.
 

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I liked the Cyberpower computers the last time I was looking they had some fast over clocked machines and some of them were fairly priced between $600 and $1,000 but if you want blazing speed your gonna need about 5 to 7k, good luck.

I like the Intel i7, I have the i3 and it's sweet.

Did you look at any solid state hard drives?
 

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X79 boards and sandybridge-e(the new version of the 1366 i7's) comes out in like a month, I would wait for that.

Other than that your build sounds solid, the haf is a great case. I'm using the cooler master sniper case myself which is very similar but has more airflow. The corsair psu is also a great choice. I have the modular 850w and love it!

If you wait for the new socket board you'll have to get different ram, but staying on 1366 I would personally not get the g.skill no matter what it is, but that specific one has high timings. Instead I would look at corsair xms3's or dominator's with as low of a timing as you can get at the fastest speed You can afford. My 1600 xms3's run at 7-8-7-15 which is pretty low comparably at that speed, but there's even better ones and you can go up to like 2300mhz depending on the kit..

And That's about all I got for that build. I've been building my own pc's for over 15yrs and doing it along with repairs and such as a career for 8. I'm waiting on the x79 socket to drop before I think about upgrading, but I'm currently running a [email protected] 24/7 with a gtx570 and 8gigs of DDR3-1600, currently game with a clan over teamspeak everyday.
 

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X58 is old tech. Go with Sandybridge LGA1155 or wait for SB LGA2011. Ivybridge is on the horizon too.

The current SB LGA 1155 is much more energy efficient and with the 2600K processor and Z68 board, you can put together a system for less than what you quoted. Spending more $$$$ vs less $$$ doesn't guarantee more performance.

Intel Z68

Intel i7-2600K Sandy Bridge

Get faster memory that supports Sandybridge.

Get SATA 6.0Gb/s hard drive or SS drive.

Your video card is where you'll need to invest a decent amount of capital. I like nVidia, but it looks like you like AMD. Get one that has very good cooling and runs quiet. I think one powerful card is better than Crossfire or SLI together two lesser cards as some games support this better than others.

Not pimpin' my computer forums, but I've learned most of what I know about computers at http://www.overclockers.com/

It's all about getting a great bang for your buck as a whole balanced system.
 

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X58 is old tech. Go with Sandybridge LGA1155 or wait for SB LGA2011. Ivybridge is on the horizon too.

The current SB LGA 1155 is much more energy efficient and with the 2600K processor and Z68 board, you can put together a system for less than what you quoted. Spending more $$$$ vs less $$$ doesn't guarantee more performance.

Intel Z68

Intel i7-2600K Sandy Bridge

Get faster memory that supports Sandybridge.

Get SATA 6.0Gb/s hard drive or SS drive.

Your video card is where you'll need to invest a decent amount of capital. I like nVidia, but it looks like you like AMD. Get one that has very good cooling and runs quiet. I think one powerful card is better than Crossfire or SLI together two lesser cards as some games support this better than others.

Not pimpin' my computer forums, but I've learned most of what I know about computers at http://www.overclockers.com/

It's all about getting a great bang for your buck as a whole balanced system.
This. It'd be downright stupid to pay the same price for older gear that is, in some cases, 25% slower, and also ridiculously power ineffecient when compared to SB.

Faster memory will make absolutely no difference. At all. Just get a dual-channel kit (or two) so you won't be running the stick in single-channel mode like if you got that triple kit (SB is dual-channel, but makes no difference in real world usage).

Also, SATA III will make no difference on a normal hard drive, and only some SSDs can take advantage of it, but you'll usually pay a premium for it.

2600K , P67, & 6950 2GB or bust lol.

I've got a 2600K at 4.8GHz, Asrock P67 Professional, 16GB of G.Skill DDR3-1600, and two 6970s at 1GHz/1425MHz under a custom water system. Idles at 150w power draw and gaming loads at around 500w, down from an 800w gaming draw on an i7-970 at 4.2GHz and a 5970 at 1GHz.



Oh, and get a better quality power supply. A Seasonic X-650 Gold should do you for that system (that's what I've got running mine, and you will only have one GPU). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

Some pics of my system:







My build log can be found here: http://www.realredraider.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=45828
 

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-12GBRL $69.99
I've got a 2600K at 4.8GHz, Asrock P67 Professional, 16GB of G.Skill DDR3-1600, and two 6970s at 1GHz/1425MHz under a custom water system. Idles at 150w power draw and gaming loads at around 500w, down from an 800w gaming draw on an i7-970 at 4.2GHz and a 5970 at 1GHz.
Like I said "faster memory"

Go with the latest tech as long as it isn't over priced. P67 is slightly old tech now. Z68 has some additional features that might come in handy if you do go with SS operating system drives. SATA 3.0gb/s vs SATA 6.0gb/s: again new tech and it doesn't necessarily cost more.
 

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Got that RAM in a trade, otherwise would have gone with 1333, my system pulls the same numbers running at 1333, unless running a memory bandwidth bench (but benchmarks don't matter, real world use does).

I can't see spending extra money for Z68, however, if it can be acquired for the same as a similar P67 board, go for it. I'm not against going for new tech, but some of it just flat out doesn't make sense, especially if it costs more, ie, SATA III on a conventional hard drive.
 

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This has got to be the coolest case I've ever seen in my life. You guys are making me jealous with all your fancy i7 talk....my poor little 955 BE is depressed now. :(

This. It'd be downright stupid to pay the same price for older gear that is, in some cases, 25% slower, and also ridiculously power ineffecient when compared to SB.

Faster memory will make absolutely no difference. At all. Just get a dual-channel kit (or two) so you won't be running the stick in single-channel mode like if you got that triple kit (SB is dual-channel, but makes no difference in real world usage).

Also, SATA III will make no difference on a normal hard drive, and only some SSDs can take advantage of it, but you'll usually pay a premium for it.

2600K , P67, & 6950 2GB or bust lol.

I've got a 2600K at 4.8GHz, Asrock P67 Professional, 16GB of G.Skill DDR3-1600, and two 6970s at 1GHz/1425MHz under a custom water system. Idles at 150w power draw and gaming loads at around 500w, down from an 800w gaming draw on an i7-970 at 4.2GHz and a 5970 at 1GHz.



Oh, and get a better quality power supply. A Seasonic X-650 Gold should do you for that system (that's what I've got running mine, and you will only have one GPU). http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

Some pics of my system:







My build log can be found here: http://www.realredraider.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=45828
 

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I built a gaming pc back about 1 1/2 to 2 years ago. It wasn't top of the line stuff as I was only 15 with birthday money and chore money (no job yet). I am preparing to build a new one in the near future once I save up some money.

This is what I have now:

-Q8400 @ 2.66ghz x4
-XFX HD 5770
-4 gb ddr2 ram
-XFX 750i sli motherboard
-500 gb hdd 7200 rpm
-550 watt power supply
-Windows 7 home premium 64bit

I acctualy had an xfx hd 4890 which I liked a lot better but it failed. XFX sent me a new one but it was I diff. model that took an 8pin pci-e connector and I didn't have one. I felt uneasy using an adapter so I got the 5770. I have the brand new 4890 sitting on my shelf waiting until I set up another extra or backup pc. I love the 4890 though.

If you have a steam account add me. = )

Steam ID - Z3FR1K
 

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This has got to be the coolest case I've ever seen in my life. You guys are making me jealous with all your fancy i7 talk....my poor little 955 BE is depressed now. :(
It's the Tecnofront HardwareDock. There are only about three of them left in the US market. I'd order one soon if you want it :p

(no, literally. It was EOL'd about a year ago, the only US seller that still has some is http://www.performance-pcs.com/ , and they've only got a few left)
 

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Also, what kind of monitors are you guys rocking? I went from a single 19" 1440x900 Dell to three 19" 1440 in Eyefinity to a Dell U2210 and two P2210H 1920x1080 22" Eyefinity to a single Dell U2711 27" 2560x1440. Got this puppy for $600 when it still retailed for $1,200. :)

You have never actually gamed unless you've gamed on a 2560 monitor. It's an experience like no other.

Plus you get to gloat to all the console fanboys that my monitor has four times the resolution of their consoles (PS3/360 all use 720p, they can't actually handle rendering in 1080p, it's just upscaled). :p

EDIT: Forgot pics.

What once was, damn Eyefinity hardly worked in the games I played (wasn't AMD's fault, it was game developers).


How it is now (eventually I'll clean up all those wires lol):
 

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My gear is decent, not the best but its less then 9 months old.
I'm cheap with my money and only play starcraft 1&2, (waiting on diablo3 currently) and combat arms.
I wanted to build a system with a decent backbone for upgrades. Will eventually upgrade my videocard when I have the cash :^(
Maybe an x-mas gift to myself :^)

AMD Phenom II 970 3.51 GHz quad core
ASUS M4A78T-E Motherboard
16 gb Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM
Cooler Master V8 CPU Fan (holy crap its big)
Seagate 7200.11 ST31500341AS Barracuda Hard Drive - 1.5TB
Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X Internal DVD Burner
XION XON-160P ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Gigabyte GV-R465OC-1GI Radeon HD 4650 Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX, Dual-Link DVI, VGA, I know bottleneck. It was $70 bucks, bite me.

$841 hardware


24 inch wide screen flat panel by hp is sexy.
Wireless mouse with rechargeable batteries - go green
Logitech keyboard (backlite)


This is a setup that should last 3-4 years.
Power supply is a bit loud though.
May look into a more silent model in the future.
 

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Gordon those are my intentions as well, I want to be able to upgrade when I am ready but still have something I would want to use for 2 years with out any doubts.

Jedi, awesome! I like Eyefinity but I think I will stick to one monitor. I take it you recommend the Dell U2711? That really is an awesome set up. I like open and very visible type towers. I really like some of the ones made by MountainMods dot com. SICK! There is a guy from brazil that has some youtube videos of his set up, I have to say its beautiful.
 
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