Gaming Rig - 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 01-19-2008, 03:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Mordred's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 214
Send a message via AIM to Mordred
Default Gaming Rig

Before I begin, let me just say that I love these forums. I have been visiting them for about a year, and find them extremely informative. Until today I have not had anything to ask or add, so I didn't have an account.

I am pretty good with computers. I have built two computers in the past, and am getting ready to build my third.

I want to build a gaming PC. Something that will run any game I want to play very well. Something that is pretty future-proof. I don't want to have to upgrade anything for a long time (Maybe that will be impossible with the GPU.)

My problem is that I have not been keeping up with the newest computer components. I have no idea what to buy, and with how hectic my job is right now, I don't have the time to do a lot of research.

I loathe AMD, so I want an Intel processor.
I also want an Nvidia video card, I think the best for gaming is the 8800?
I have never over clocked anything in my life, but am willing to learn (as long as I can't destroy anything by screwing up.)
My spending limit is 1400-1600 dollars.

I basically would like for someone to post a build that fits in that price range for gaming. Keep in mind I play on a 22" Samsung 226bw, so the resolution is 1680x1050, I suppose I might need to upgrade to SLI, so I would like an SLI Mobo.

I can pick the case myself, but any suggestions are definitely welcome, especially since my house has no AC in the summer...so cooling an OCed processor might be a little tougher.

Also, XP vs Vista? I think I want to stick with XP, but am open minded, and wouldn't mind hearing a solid argument in favor of Vista.

Thank you for taking the time to read my essay :laughing: Any help would be greatly appreciated.
__________________

Mordred is offline  
Old 01-19-2008, 03:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
True Techie
 
900RR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Posts: 199
Default Re: Gaming Rig

Newegg.com - ABIT IN9 32X-MAX LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

BLT Catalog: E8400 C2D PROCESSOR 3.00G 6MB 1333MHZ FSB (RETURNS / EXCHANGES: SEALED 30 DAYS, DEFECTIVE 15)!

Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

PNY VERTO GEFORCE 8800GT 512MB DDR3 PCI-E 2.0 DVI+DVI+HDTV S-VIDEO OUTPUTS RETAI (VCG88512GXPB) : ComputerHQ

Newegg.com - Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail

Vista 64 Home Premium.... or Ultimate, I can't make my mind up there myself, but definitely don't go XP, go Vista 64 bit.

I left case, monitor, and all peripherals out since you either have those or can decide for yourself
__________________

__________________
Build Done
Cooler Master Stacker 830 Evolution
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4 x 1GB
Gigabyte P35-DS3L
BFG 8800GTS
E8400
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.11
Asus 20x SATA DVD-RW w/ Lightscribe
Logitech G15 keyboard
Logitech G5 Mouse
Corsair 750TX PSU
Thermalright Ultima-90
Vista Home Premium 64
900RR is offline  
Old 01-19-2008, 03:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 424
Default Re: Gaming Rig

Quote:
Originally Posted by 900RR View Post
Newegg.com - ABIT IN9 32X-MAX LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

BLT Catalog: E8400 C2D PROCESSOR 3.00G 6MB 1333MHZ FSB (RETURNS / EXCHANGES: SEALED 30 DAYS, DEFECTIVE 15)!

Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

PNY VERTO GEFORCE 8800GT 512MB DDR3 PCI-E 2.0 DVI+DVI+HDTV S-VIDEO OUTPUTS RETAI (VCG88512GXPB) : ComputerHQ

Newegg.com - Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail

Vista 64 Home Premium.... or Ultimate, I can't make my mind up there myself, but definitely don't go XP, go Vista 64 bit.

I left case, monitor, and all peripherals out since you either have those or can decide for yourself
What's wrong with going xp?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by weelilmatt View Post
I need a good gaming desktop that can run 5 instances of World of Warcraft w/o much lag, if any...

I'm not computer savvy.. so i need help! pleasee!! I just need it to be under $1000, just the desktop no mouse/keyboard/monitor
IBM/PS1 is offline  
Old 01-19-2008, 03:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Mordred's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 214
Send a message via AIM to Mordred
Default Re: Gaming Rig

BLT Catalog: E8400 C2D PROCESSOR 3.00G 6MB 1333MHZ FSB (RETURNS / EXCHANGES: SEALED 30 DAYS, DEFECTIVE 15)
What kind of processor is this?
Mordred is offline  
Old 01-19-2008, 03:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
True Techie
 
900RR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Posts: 199
Default Re: Gaming Rig

Quote:
Originally Posted by IBM/PS1 View Post
What's wrong with going xp?
It only has DirectX 9, and it's 64 bit flavor is atrocious

there's really nothing WRONG with it, it's just that Vista is the way to go, at least IMO. It is the brand new Wolfdale 45nm Core2Duo,
it isn't suppose to be out till tommorow, but a couple vendors have been shipping early. Intel has the embargo set for the 20th I think so you will not see big etailers like newegg selling them yet. If your rig is primarily for gaming, that's the way to go, quads are the way to go for video editing rendering and stuff like that. The E8400 will blow away the Q6600 when it comes to gaming, since there aren't even any games out optimized for 4 core yet. The E8500 will be out in like a week. It offers a little higher clock speed and a .5 higher multiplier but at +$100, the E8400 is the sweet spot for price/performance.
__________________
Build Done
Cooler Master Stacker 830 Evolution
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4 x 1GB
Gigabyte P35-DS3L
BFG 8800GTS
E8400
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.11
Asus 20x SATA DVD-RW w/ Lightscribe
Logitech G15 keyboard
Logitech G5 Mouse
Corsair 750TX PSU
Thermalright Ultima-90
Vista Home Premium 64
900RR is offline  
Old 01-19-2008, 04:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Mordred's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 214
Send a message via AIM to Mordred
Default Re: Gaming Rig

Anyone else have any opinions on a build?
Mordred is offline  
Old 01-19-2008, 04:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
PRVRT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Blackfoot, Idaho
Posts: 379
Default Re: Gaming Rig

Newegg.com - ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - OEM
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail or
Newegg.com - PNY VCG88512GXPB G92 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 PureVideo HD Technology HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooling Heatsink - Retail
Newegg.com - Scythe DFS122512L-PWM 120mm Case Fan - Retail

About $1400

Not sure I would worry about SLI. I have almost the same setup running a 8800GTS 640 and score 13k+ on 3dMark06. With either 8800GT/S G92, should be a bit higher, your choice, do a bit of research. This MB supports Crossfire, which may be the way togo in the future, only time will tell. Vista is the way togo, but I would not go 64 bit. It is not supported enough yet. I have yet to have a problem with Vista and my new pc in my sig. The Q6600 will OC to 3.4-3.6GHz with not much problem on air. The 45nm Core2Duo would also be a good choice to check out. This setup should be a good future proof system. Just my suggestion.
__________________
PRVRT is offline  
Old 01-19-2008, 05:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
 
veg1992's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 19,993
Default Re: Gaming Rig

Quote:
Originally Posted by prvrt View Post
Newegg.com - ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - OEM
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail or
Newegg.com - PNY VCG88512GXPB G92 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 PureVideo HD Technology HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooling Heatsink - Retail
Newegg.com - Scythe DFS122512L-PWM 120mm Case Fan - Retail

About $1400

Not sure I would worry about SLI. I have almost the same setup running a 8800GTS 640 and score 13k+ on 3dMark06. With either 8800GT/S G92, should be a bit higher, your choice, do a bit of research. This MB supports Crossfire, which may be the way togo in the future, only time will tell. Vista is the way togo, but I would not go 64 bit. It is not supported enough yet. I have yet to have a problem with Vista and my new pc in my sig. The Q6600 will OC to 3.4-3.6GHz with not much problem on air. The 45nm Core2Duo would also be a good choice to check out. This setup should be a good future proof system. Just my suggestion.
go with that, why go dual-core at this point?'

EDIT: that was at 900's build
__________________
I do not accept help requests and/or deleted threads/complaints by PM, Profile or IM/Email. Just ask on the forums! Also, I do have Lockerz invites if you want them, feel free to PM me your email if you want one :0

If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the
or under my avatar; it helps me know that my advice actually helped you.


.. But things don't go according to plan! My Actual Rig, 2009:
veg1992 is offline  
Old 01-19-2008, 07:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Mordred's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 214
Send a message via AIM to Mordred
Default Re: Gaming Rig

How can I tell if the Q6600 has G0 stepping before I buy? For instance, the one listed on Newegg does not say if it has it or not.

Can anyone confirm or deny how bad Vista actually is for gaming, and if it even worth going with DX10? I hear DX10 isn't much better than DX9 and the performance hit is pretty big. I will be playing CS:S, WoW, Call of Duty 4, Crysis, and more...so I was just curious how they run on Vista and if the graphics are really that much better on DX10.

Also, I see that the Memory is only 80$, should I get 4gb instead of 2gb? It's only 80$ more after all.
Mordred is offline  
Old 01-19-2008, 07:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
 
veg1992's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 19,993
Default Re: Gaming Rig

get the q6600 from ClubIT they guarantee it

we don't recommend 4gb to gamers, we usually recommend it for Visual Designers and CAD users
__________________

__________________
I do not accept help requests and/or deleted threads/complaints by PM, Profile or IM/Email. Just ask on the forums! Also, I do have Lockerz invites if you want them, feel free to PM me your email if you want one :0

If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the
or under my avatar; it helps me know that my advice actually helped you.


.. But things don't go according to plan! My Actual Rig, 2009:
veg1992 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
Budget Gaming Rig Pezza System Upgrades 13 01-04-2008 09:25 PM
Gaming rig 650 LittleWing New Systems | Building and Buying 35 10-30-2007 01:40 PM
Help picking out parts for gaming rig Vip3r New Systems | Building and Buying 22 10-28-2007 11:16 PM
1200$ gaming rig Cheeseking25 New Systems | Building and Buying 20 09-29-2007 01:29 PM
Newbie building a high end gaming rig Prophet New Systems | Building and Buying 22 09-24-2007 03:02 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:04 PM.


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