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Old 03-08-2009, 03:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question High-End Gaming Computer Rig - $3000-$5000

I already had a thread about this but it died and I want to make this one a little bit different.
Anyway I am not going to do over-clocking so please don't tell me to.
Anyway, please suggest the best part. Also, what would you need for gaming on a 1920X1200 with the best FPS possible. Like, what do you need to upgrade to run smoothly on high resolutions.
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How about a price range? You can spend a ton of money for a small increase in performance. ie i7 920 $289 vs i7 965 $1000. Of course the 965 is better. Is it $700 better? No. A single gtx 295 will give you great performance. Is it worth another $500 to go with 2 in sli? No.

The point is do you want a great system for around $3,000 to $3,500 or do you want an insane system for around $6,000 to $7,000?
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How about a price range? You can spend a ton of money for a small increase in performance. ie i7 920 $289 vs i7 965 $1000. Of course the 965 is better. Is it $700 better? No. A single gtx 295 will give you great performance. Is it worth another $500 to go with 2 in sli? No.

The point is do you want a great system for around $3,000 to $3,500 or do you want an insane system for around $6,000 to $7,000?
Your right, I should specify a price range. Well what about $3,000-$5,000? Or should I make the gap smaller?
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cpu: i7 920 $289
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

mb: asus p6t6 $370
Newegg.com - ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

gpu: evga gtx 295 $510
Newegg.com - EVGA 017-P3-1291-AR GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

ram: ocz gold 6gb ddr3 1600 $115
Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

psu: corsair 850tx $140
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

os hd:g-skill 128mb ssd $305
Newegg.com - G.SKILL TITAN Series FM-25S2S-128GBT1 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Solid State Disks

data hd: wd 1tb black $130
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Total around $1900.

You still need an os (vista home prem 64bit), heat sink or liquid cooling for cpu, sound card if wanted, dvd/blue ray drives, case (personal choice), monitor if needed, keyboard and mouse if needed. For the rest of the needed stuff you would spend between $500 to $1,000 (unless monitor is needed).

The ssd is pretty much unnecessary but would be fast.

You could get the i7 940 for $560 or 965 for $1000 but not really necessary.

You could get a second gtx 295 for $500 but not necessary.
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cpu: i7 920 $289
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

mb: asus p6t6 $370
Newegg.com - ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

gpu: evga gtx 295 $510
Newegg.com - EVGA 017-P3-1291-AR GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

ram: ocz gold 6gb ddr3 1600 $115
Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

psu: corsair 850tx $140
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

os hd:g-skill 128mb ssd $305
Newegg.com - G.SKILL TITAN Series FM-25S2S-128GBT1 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Solid State Disks

data hd: wd 1tb black $130
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Total around $1900.

You still need an os (vista home prem 64bit), heat sink or liquid cooling for cpu, sound card if wanted, dvd/blue ray drives, case (personal choice), monitor if needed, keyboard and mouse if needed. For the rest of the needed stuff you would spend between $500 to $1,000 (unless monitor is needed).

The ssd is pretty much unnecessary but would be fast.

You could get the i7 940 for $560 or 965 for $1000 but not really necessary.

You could get a second gtx 295 for $500 but not necessary.

OK, I'm pretty sure I've gone over the budget I set but oh well. Anyway, I've used what you've said and edited it and added on. I don't know if the fans are necessary because the case comes with some (I think), but oh well. Anyway, please tell me anything thats not very good or anything like that.

PSU - Corsair 1000W ATX12V 2.2 - Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
MOBO - Asus P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 - Newegg.com - ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
CPU: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 - Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 Nehalem 3.2GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
GPU - Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1792MB - Newegg.com - EVGA 017-P3-1291-AR GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Sound Card - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 7.1 Channels - Newegg.com - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Sound Cards
RAM - OCZ Gold 6GB (3X2GB) DDR3 1600 - Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM - Two of these - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Optical Drive - LG Black SATA DVD Burner W/ Lightscribe Support - Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVDĪR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
OS - Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit

Case - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Case Fan - Three of these - Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm - Newegg.com - Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm Case Fan - Case Fans
VGA Fan - Arctic Cooling Accel X8800 VGA Cooler - Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING ACCEL X8800 Fluid Dynamic VGA Cooler - VGA Cooling
Memory & Chipset Fan - Scythe SY124010L Fan - Newegg.com - Scythe SY124010L Fans - Memory & Chipset Cooling
Hard Drive Cooling - Masscol Sytrin Kuformula SHF1 Ultra HDD Cooler - Newegg.com - MASSCOOL SYTRIN Kuformula SHF1 Ultra HDD Cooler – BK - Hard Drive Cooling
CPU Fan - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
Thermal Paste - Artic Cooling MX-2 - Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease

Monitor - Acer X223Wbd Black 22" (1680X1050) 5ms LCD Monitor -http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009145
Keyboard - Logitech G15 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Newegg.com - Logitech G15 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Keyboards
Mouse - Logitech G9 Black 5 Buttons USB WIred Laser 3200 dpi Gaming Mouse - Newegg.com - Logitech G9 Black 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 3200 dpi Gaming Mouse - Mouse
Speakers - Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speakers - Newegg.com - Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker - Speakers
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If you have unlimited budget you should look into better cooling then you have picked. The GPU cooler you picked isn't compatible with the card you picked and unless there is an adapter I don't think that cpu cooler will work either. Check out Thermalright for some very good air cooling. You might have a hard time finding something to work with the GTX 295 though.

Also maybe just a personal preference but if you have unlimited budget you should look into Lian Li or Silverstone cases. My next computer will be in a Lian Li case. They are so nice to work in and they have excellent build quality. Nothing wrong with the 1200 its a fine case, just adding my opinion on that as the case is really your choice.

And with unlimited budget and the hardware you have picked you should look at a 24" or bigger monitor. Or a 22" that does 1080P. It would be able to do 1080P if you hooked up a PS3 or Xbox and for HD movies. And gaming at 1920x1200 wouldn't be a problem with that videocard and the games will look great. I noticed you mention it in your first post but you picked out a 22" monitor.
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If you have unlimited budget you should look into better cooling then you have picked. The GPU cooler you picked isn't compatible with the card you picked and unless there is an adapter I don't think that cpu cooler will work either. Check out Thermalright for some very good air cooling. You might have a hard time finding something to work with the GTX 295 though.

Also maybe just a personal preference but if you have unlimited budget you should look into Lian Li or Silverstone cases. My next computer will be in a Lian Li case. They are so nice to work in and they have excellent build quality. Nothing wrong with the 1200 its a fine case, just adding my opinion on that as the case is really your choice.

And with unlimited budget and the hardware you have picked you should look at a 24" or bigger monitor. Or a 22" that does 1080P. It would be able to do 1080P if you hooked up a PS3 or Xbox and for HD movies. And gaming at 1920x1200 wouldn't be a problem with that videocard and the games will look great. I noticed you mention it in your first post but you picked out a 22" monitor.
I don't really know anything about coolers so thats why I've got such bad choice.

Anyway, would it run at high framerate on full settings on all games with a 1920x1200 monitor? And would I need to upgrade anything for it?
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I don't really know anything about coolers so thats why I've got such bad choice.

Anyway, would it run at high framerate on full settings on all games with a 1920x1200 monitor? And would I need to upgrade anything for it?
Not Crysis, but every other game would
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