first build (mid-gamer) - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-03-2009, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
acerinpa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 1,838
Default first build (mid-gamer)

OK - I'm and old guy looking to build a gaming computer for my 2 teens - joined this forum to learn and get help- HEEEEELLLPP (my head hurts I have learned so much- but not enough to not ask for help). Have a friend who can build it for me. He and I have picked out the following list of parts. Please feel free to comment- parts add up to about 1K. Dont wish to go too much over this. Obviously, the core i7 would be better. BUT way overpriced , especially when adding up the more expensive parts that you need to go with it, for the performance difference IMO it is not worth it. The setup will be mostly for gaming on - not super hardcore - but wish them to be able to play what ever they want, hooked up to a Plasma 55" TV via HDMI cable. SO I don't need monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. Also - have copy of XP - hate Vista that I have in another computer- but have heard it is getting better. Figured I would use the XP until windows 7 comes out. Comments on this thought process is also welcomed.

Q: should I spend more for a parts to SLI video cards in the future or not? If yes- please recommend part(s).

Q: IS the Q9550 ample ( we will overclock to stable speeds only)


OK - how to move the wish list from new-egg to this thread? Cant figure it out -so I will list out as best as I can.

1) ASUS P5E Deluxe LGA 775 intel X48 ATX intel motherboard

2) OCZ GAMESTREAM OCZ850GXSSLI ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 850W POWER SUPPLY

3) GIGABYTE GV-N98XPZL-1GH GeFORCE 9800 GTX+ 1GB VIDEO CARD

4) SAMSUNG 22X dvd burner model SH-S222L

5) INTEL CORE 2 QUAD Q9550 YORKFIELD 2.83 Ghz LGA 775 95w processor

6) OCZ Reaper HPC 4 GB (2 X 2GB) 240 PIN DDR2, 1066 (PC2 8500) dual channel kit.

7) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750 GB SATA 3.0Gb/s drive

8) COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black/Blue aluminum Bezel SECC Chassis ATX tower case.

Thanks in advance - I was not sure if this is the right forum to start this thread- maybe the advanced forum would be better - if that is correct- could a Mod please move it to the other forum.
__________________

acerinpa is offline  
Old 02-03-2009, 05:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
I don't overclock
 
Fat.Clown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: offline
Posts: 3,326
Default Re: first build (mid-gamer)

Q9550 is great for video games
you could even drop down to a decent dual core if this is only for games

the motherboard you have picked out can only run 2 of Ati cards in crossfire and not SLi (competitor of SLI, SLI is 2 Nvidia cards)

instead of a 9800gtx+ should go with maybe a hd4870 or gtx 260

building on what you have... I'd go with

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
280
PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
110
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
55
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
60

below have variety
GREEN CAMP
XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
245
OR, NOT BOTH

RED CAMP

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
225

for 2 Ati cards
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
135
OR

for 2 Nvidia cards
EVGA 122-YW-E173-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
130

I'll leave the case up to you
__________________

Fat.Clown is offline  
Old 02-03-2009, 06:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
acerinpa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 1,838
Default Re: first build (mid-gamer)

I am kind of partial to the nvideo set up , rather than Ati . Yes- I figured the lack of SLI capability would raise eyebrows - but that option was more $$, as is the 260 video card vs the 9800gtx+. The quad core vs the dual was purely due to future games using the quad more. the 260 is sweet- but cash is a concern. I wil look at your suggestions more - thanks for the input.
acerinpa is offline  
Old 02-03-2009, 07:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
I don't overclock
 
Fat.Clown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: offline
Posts: 3,326
Default Re: first build (mid-gamer)

Quote:
Originally Posted by acerinpa View Post
I am kind of partial to the nvideo set up
how about AMD for your processor? the new Phenom II performs just as well as the intel Q9xxx series
Quote:
Originally Posted by acerinpa View Post
the 260 is sweet- but cash is a concern.
okay, single card +Nvidia setup
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
100
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
120
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
280
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
55
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
60
XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
245

~860
leave you with 120ish for a case of your choice
Fat.Clown is offline  
Old 02-03-2009, 07:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
acerinpa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 1,838
Default Re: first build (mid-gamer)

ok - I get it now- the ati will crossfire on this MOBO- but the nvideo cards will not SLi on this MoBO - so I should go with the Ati in case I wish to crossfire them in the future. WHy the downgrade to the Power supply - just to save money to get the higher grade ati ? I was writing this before you posted
acerinpa is offline  
Old 02-03-2009, 07:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
I don't overclock
 
Fat.Clown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: offline
Posts: 3,326
Default Re: first build (mid-gamer)

I am not sure what mobo you are talking about, but if you want to do crossfire, then you must use intel chipset based motherboard
sli = nvidia
it's either or, not both *the new X58 boards will do both, but those are for the core i7 only

power supply downgrade, yeah save money! why buy something you won't need?

I understand your $ concern, but playing on 55" TV (assuming it's 1080P)
you need a rather strong card if you want all the eye candy turned up,
and the 9800gtx+ is one generation behind the gtx 260
Fat.Clown is offline  
Old 02-03-2009, 07:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
acerinpa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 1,838
Default Re: first build (mid-gamer)

The guy who is building it is not familiar with the Ati or AMD hardware or al least feels it is not as good. Personally I dont care. Can I email you? I am born/raised in MN. Been reading and following various threads- getting some of the finer points now. Will the AMD support the 260 in SLI ( future possible stuff) ? Sorry I should probably know this stuff before I began the thread. The OCZ memory he picked out seems like it has a lot better heat dispersal for an extra couple of bucks. will continue to learn - thanks for your patients. yes the tv is definitely 1080p- so leaning to the 260 card more and more.
acerinpa is offline  
Old 02-03-2009, 11:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
acerinpa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 1,838
Default Re: first build (mid-gamer)

OK= certainly think the V-Card should be upgraded - I think the q9550 Yorkfield and the 260 video card is set (different 260's ??). Hard to believe the Mobo suggested= Evga at $130 ($90 cheaper) is the better than the ASUS I picked out, BUT it does SLI and has good reviews. Hence - the reason I am on this forum. Looking into the different hard drives and power supplies you suggested now- thanks again. Anybody else have any suggestions - 3 heads better than 2!!
acerinpa is offline  
Old 02-04-2009, 08:02 AM   #9 (permalink)
AKA , gt7sanremo
 
Evolv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Harrisburg,PA
Posts: 1,240
Default Re: first build (mid-gamer)

Make sure you get a GTX 260 core 216.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

Random movie quote to make you seem hip and "with it":
"Please take the chairs away. I don't like them. The big one is staring at me and that short one is being very droll."
Evolv is offline  
Old 02-04-2009, 09:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
Mod Emeritus
 
Puddle Jumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,286
Default Re: first build (mid-gamer)

Quote:
Originally Posted by acerinpa View Post
OK= certainly think the V-Card should be upgraded - I think the q9550 Yorkfield and the 260 video card is set (different 260's ??). Hard to believe the Mobo suggested= Evga at $130 ($90 cheaper) is the better than the ASUS I picked out, BUT it does SLI and has good reviews. Hence - the reason I am on this forum. Looking into the different hard drives and power supplies you suggested now- thanks again. Anybody else have any suggestions - 3 heads better than 2!!
The evga is not better than the Asus x48.

I would go with Ati cards simply because you can run crossfire on Intel chipsets which are better than the nvidia chipsets required for sli. Also the HD4870 1gb is as fast as the GTX 260 Core 216 but is usually cheaper.
__________________

__________________

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition : Asus M4A89GTD PRO : Corsair 550VX
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4x2gb DDR3 1600 : MSI Geforce GTX 770 2gb : Antec 300
OCZ Agility 2 60gb SSD (OS) : SanDisk Ultra 120gb SSD (Apps) : Crucial M500 240gb (Steam) : Win 8.1 Pro 64bit
2x Samsung 2494LW & 1x Dell U2312HM Eyefinity

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 : Core i5 2410M : 12.5" 1366x768 IPS LED display : Intel 320 Series 120gb SSD

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stock 4.3 : Nexus 7 2 stock 4.4

Puddle Jumper is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First build.. need help mechers New Systems | Building and Buying 2 08-22-2008 12:20 PM
Any advice on my build? Jtumble2 New Systems | Building and Buying 3 08-17-2008 06:11 AM
new build help sjm80 System Upgrades 13 11-03-2007 12:38 PM
The new OC gamer build has begun! dave39 New Systems | Building and Buying 21 10-14-2007 10:04 PM
Domain Controller and SQL server Build abadjay New Systems | Building and Buying 2 10-05-2007 08:39 AM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.