Advice for a new Gaming PC - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-27-2008, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 1
Default Advice for a new Gaming PC

I'm buying a new pc for the 1st time in 8 years. Needless to say, there are a lot more choices nowadays. I've looked at Cyberpowerpc, iBuyPC, and Alienware. Is there another good vendor I should be looking at?

I have about $1600 to spend on a gaming system. Here are the basics I am looking at:

Case - No clue! There are way too many choices. I don't care about flash, only functionality/noise. CyberpowerPC lists about 20 cases. Which is the best for price?
800W PS
Quad-Core)Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz 1333FSB 12MB L2 Cache 64-bit
Cooling - Again too many choices. Which is best for cooling and noise?
Thermaltake V1 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan
Thermaltake MaxOrb Enthusiast CPU Cooling Fan
Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX Gaming CPU Cooling Fan
Raidmax Maxcool Intel CPU Cooling Fan
CoolerMaster Hyper TX2 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan
Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling System
Ultra ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler
(3-Way SLI Support) EVGA nForce 780i SLI Mainboard FSB1333 DDR2 3 x PCIe x16 SATA RAID w/ USB2.0,IEEE1394,&7.1Audio - This is the default choice
4GB RAM
EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 16X PCI Express x2

Have I made any bad choices above?

Any suggestions/feedback is welcome!
__________________

robinsiebler is offline  
Old 10-27-2008, 03:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 15
Default Re: Advice for a new Gaming PC

well, being an alienware customer (and not particularly happy about it) i would say that a $1600 budget wont get you much in the way of gaming pc. dont go alienware...just my suggestion. im actually working on getting rid of my AW pc and building my own from scratch. unfortunately that is the only input i have for this thread. good luck!
__________________

jasonstrapec is offline  
Old 10-27-2008, 03:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
Bake a Pretty Cake!
 
Spit-wad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 904
Default Re: Advice for a new Gaming PC

Have you considered building your own? You could save a bit if money instead of going w/ cyberpowerPC
__________________
Spit-wad is offline  
Old 10-27-2008, 07:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 54
Default Re: Advice for a new Gaming PC

To answer one of your questions, don't bother spending much on cooling. Really the only reason you need better cooling than stock is if you're going to overclock, and if you're not comfortable building your own PC then you probably won't be overclocking.
alvoss is offline  
Old 10-27-2008, 08:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
Biostar Stole my heart
 
Hussein19891's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,209
Send a message via MSN to Hussein19891
Default Re: Advice for a new Gaming PC

Or bored one day and overclock a X2 6400+ to 7.0ghz

As far water cooling goes. Don't bother cause unless you know how to deal with water cooling and maintain it. Then its really out of the question. Decent Heat sinks WILL allow for about an extra 33% performance increase on Core2Duos and Core2Quads.

That being said, the only other worth while hardware in that alienware would be the Q9550 (300$~) and the 9800 GTX+ (200$~ give or take 10$). So your paying 1,600$ for a computer that would probably only cost you about 1,000$. You save 600$ you can spend on whatever.
__________________


Hussein19891 is offline  
Old 10-27-2008, 09:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 10
Default Re: Advice for a new Gaming PC

If you are going to the OEM builder route, I would try Ibuypower.com. I just priced out the following spec computer:

Q9550
790i
1800 DDR3 OCZ Plat
GTX260
Hush Case (quiet unbothersome case)

for about $1600 ish.

There is also a heated topic about this one :

Newegg.com - iBUYPOWER GX-923L Core 2 Quad Q9550(2.83GHz) 8GB DDR2 500GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit - Desktop PCs . In my opinion, $1409 isn't a bad deal for this. You'll hear it for getting some of those components, but its warrantied and will run anything you throw at it now.
Itsallmuscle is offline  
Old 10-27-2008, 10:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
TF's First Dry Ice User!
 
Peter.Cort's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 5,018
Default Re: Advice for a new Gaming PC

Quote:
Originally Posted by Itsallmuscle View Post
If you are going to the OEM builder route, I would try Ibuypower.com. I just priced out the following spec computer:

Q9550
790i
1800 DDR3 OCZ Plat
GTX260
Hush Case (quiet unbothersome case)

for about $1600 ish.
why would you waste money on ddr3/790i/q9550 if you aren't even going to get a gtx280...

don't buy into ddr3 right now as its really expensive for only marginal gains. also the 790i board is crap as most nvidia chipset boards are. the 9550 is a good choice, but unless you're overclocking you could get away with spending less.

i would recommend a biostart ip45 mobo, 4gb ddr2 (crucial/ocz are most commonly recommended) a 7200.11 hdd, e8400 or a 45nm quad if you want a quad, a corsair 550w psu, 4870, case of your choice, optical drive of your choice, and vista 64bit home premium. gonna cost you way less than 1600 and give you a better pc in my opinion.
__________________
A notice to EVERYONE who has posted here with a computer problem, I highly encourage you to keep current with the forums, even if it's browsing for 10-15 minutes during lunch, or before you go to bed at night. There are many things that you can learn and apply to future issues. My goal is to help people get to a point where they can use their own knowledge to help themselves, and others.

Also please use the search button. You've got a 50/50 chance that someone's asked your question and we've answered it.
Peter.Cort is offline  
Old 10-27-2008, 11:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 506
Default Re: Advice for a new Gaming PC

Quote:
Originally Posted by Itsallmuscle View Post
If you are going to the OEM builder route, I would try Ibuypower.com. I just priced out the following spec computer:

Q9550
790i
1800 DDR3 OCZ Plat
GTX260
Hush Case (quiet unbothersome case)

for about $1600 ish.

There is also a heated topic about this one :

Newegg.com - iBUYPOWER GX-923L Core 2 Quad Q9550(2.83GHz) 8GB DDR2 500GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit - Desktop PCs . In my opinion, $1409 isn't a bad deal for this. You'll hear it for getting some of those components, but its warrantied and will run anything you throw at it now.
Just build your own it will be cheaper. Like a lot of people had said on the thread about it that shall not be named. When you buy something from a vendor it's going to have crappy parts. Personally I would never buy from Ibuypower or cyberpower inc, seeing as how when they started to take off about 4-5 years ago they were gluing GPUS' onto the motherboard. On top of that I bought an Alienware when I first started to get into PCs, worst decision ever. The so called Alienware memory they sent with the PC was more generic than Patriots Value line. Plus why would you buy it made when at newegg for 1600 you could get a beast.

All you need is:
E8500
260 or a 4870
4gb of ddr2 ram because you can
a P45 board
the rest is yours to choose really those components would let you play Crysis or Far Cry 2 flawlessly. Id link specifics but I'm doing HW .
__________________
Alienware Full Tower Aurora Case
ABIT AV8 1.5 SOCKET 939 K8 MB
Amd X2 4800 socket 939
CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
2x 500gb Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s (running at 1.5 Gb/s)
Radeon® X1950PRO AGP Xtreme Gamer Edition AGP x8
Logitech Z-5500 Digital
Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS 7.1 Channels
VIGOR GAMING CLT-M2A 92mm Thermal Electric CPU Cooler
SeaSonic M12 SS-700HM ATX12V (700 watts)
Logitech G15
LG Flatron Wide 24in
Razer Copperhead Green (First Edition)
AHS 615 Gaming Headset
Windows Vitsa Ultamite (running at 32-bit)
wolfeyes89 is offline  
Old 10-28-2008, 12:34 AM   #9 (permalink)
Biostar Stole my heart
 
Hussein19891's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,209
Send a message via MSN to Hussein19891
Default Re: Advice for a new Gaming PC

Quote:
Originally Posted by norcrawler View Post
uhh are u saying 1600 wont get u a good pc? or a good alienware pc?
casue u can build a very nice comp for like 1400
You can build a sweet rig with 1,000$ and save yourself 600$ at the same time.
__________________


Hussein19891 is offline  
Old 10-28-2008, 01:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
baron5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Australia
Posts: 2,984
Default Re: Advice for a new Gaming PC

agreed with wolfeyes get these components
cpu: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
gpu:Newegg.com - VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
mobo:Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TPower I45 LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

ram:Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory or
Newegg.com - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

psu: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

case and optical drives etc you can decide, i would also go with a Wd 640gb 16mb cache hdd since they are fastest write speeds, but if you need more space then a seagate 32mb cache 750gb or whatnot will be good.
__________________

__________________
<<<Please give me Rep if I have helped you<<<

I7 930 @ 4GHz : Noctua D-14
Gigabyte X58A-UD7 : Asus GTX 480
G.Skill Trident 1600MHz 6-8-7-18 : Samsung F3 1TB
OCZ Vertex 2 50GB : Silverstone RV02 Case
Silverstone Strider Plus 1Kw : Sony DRU-870s Optical
Samsung P2350 Monito
r

baron5 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
Complete Gaming Rig - $450 Brtnboarder495 Buy/Sell/Trade and Hot Deals 16 02-03-2009 12:43 AM
What do you think of the Alien m9750 gaming laptop? LightingBird Laptops and Notebooks 19 11-13-2008 02:05 PM
Good gaming PC under $700? jester070993 New Systems | Building and Buying 1 09-27-2008 09:38 PM
New Gaming PC - Help Pyrocide System Upgrades 13 09-20-2008 03:24 AM
Gaming laptop advice cdcmoon Laptops and Notebooks 7 10-04-2007 10:21 AM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:18 PM.


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