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Windows 7: Custom Gaming rig - Any good?

19 Jun 2009   #1
ikilledkenny

Windows 7 Professional, Windows Longhorn 4074
 
 
Custom Gaming rig - Any good?

Hey guys, I plan on building my first computer (I've heard it's pretty simple) this summer, and I would like some feedback on these parts (and if someone can check and see I have everything ). I want a computer that can run games like TF2, CS:S, and newer games (that I haven't bought yet), like Crysis and L4D.







Qualities I'm looking for (that sounds like something else ), not respectively:
  • Easy to Overclock
  • 64-bit
  • Quiet
  • Not prone to overheating
Here is what I have chosen: Prices in USD

Case: Antec Nine hundred Mid-Tower - $100, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129021

PSU: Antec 550W - $90, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016

MoBo + Audio: BIOSTAR Tforce - $87, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813138141R

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 3.2GhZ - $245, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103674

RAM: Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) 1066MhZ DDR3 - $59, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148150

Graphics: XFX HD4870 1GB - $150, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150394

Hard Drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive - $100, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136284

CD/DVD: Lite-On 24X DVD Burner - $24, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106289

Internet: Linksys PCI Dual-Band WiFi card - $75, Newegg.com - LINKSYS WMP600N IEEE 802.11a/b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band WEP, WPA & WPA2 Personal, WPA & WPA2 Enterprise - Wireless Adapters

I have two monitors, a keyboard, and a mouse, as well as a surge protector.

Total Cost: $ (~$1,000 with tax). Not exactly what I was going for, but it's worth it!


Is there any way I can improve this? Thanks!
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19 Jun 2009   #2
jw12345

Windows 7
 
 

Just a few thoughts:
Case: LEDs are only cool in theory, they get old and annoying. I'd recommend a solid case with no bright leds and no side window. The Antec P182 is my favorite case, but probably out of your budget for this build.
PSU: That's a lot of watts for a low price. That's bad. I can assure you this build won't need more than a 450W PSU. Go for a quality brand with lower wattage. Cheapo parts are loud, unreliable, and have poor voltage regulation.
CPU/Motherboard: at this budget, you might want to hold off until the i5's arrive. According to Anandtech, they are very impressive, and make the additional cost of the 920 and x58 platform a poor value.
RAM: doesn't matter much unless you are heavily overclocking
Graphics: that's a pretty weak card compared to the i7 CPU, are you mostly gaming? You'd be much better off waiting for the i5's and get a better graphics card at the expense of a weaker CPU.
HDD: eh, they are all the same basically, I'd consider getting a 30gb vertex ssd for boot drive if you can afford it
DVD: all about the same really
wifi: any reason you can't run ethernet? More stable and faster network transfers to other pcs

Honestly, at this price range, I'd wait until Xmas time when Lynnfield is out.
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19 Jun 2009   #3
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

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19 Jun 2009   #4
ikilledkenny

Windows 7 Professional, Windows Longhorn 4074
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jw12345 View Post
Just a few thoughts:
Case: LEDs are only cool in theory, they get old and annoying. I'd recommend a solid case with no bright leds and no side window. The Antec P182 is my favorite case, but probably out of your budget for this build.
PSU: That's a lot of watts for a low price. That's bad. I can assure you this build won't need more than a 450W PSU. Go for a quality brand with lower wattage. Cheapo parts are loud, unreliable, and have poor voltage regulation.
CPU/Motherboard: at this budget, you might want to hold off until the i5's arrive. According to Anandtech, they are very impressive, and make the additional cost of the 920 and x58 platform a poor value.
RAM: doesn't matter much unless you are heavily overclocking
Graphics: that's a pretty weak card compared to the i7 CPU, are you mostly gaming? You'd be much better off waiting for the i5's and get a better graphics card at the expense of a weaker CPU.
HDD: eh, they are all the same basically, I'd consider getting a 30gb vertex ssd for boot drive if you can afford it
DVD: all about the same really
wifi: any reason you can't run ethernet? More stable and faster network transfers to other pcs
Case: I was going for a full tower, and that was the cheapest one
PSU: I'll change it
CPU/MoBo: I probably won't get this until i5's are old news
RAM: I'll find a way to use 4GB, and I want a reason for x64
Graphics: I picked that b/c it was newer and cheaper. I can take some money from the PSU and put it there.
HD: Want some elbow room, and multiple OSes
DVD: Yeah...
WiFi: Can't do ethernet, family internet connection.

I'll go over these and edit my post
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19 Jun 2009   #5
weh

Win.7.Ult.x64
 
 

On more note: the Ci7 920 needs THREE sticks of memory, not two. Look for either a 3x1GB kit or a 3x2GB kit.

Edited to add: here are some suggestions.
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19 Jun 2009   #6
ikilledkenny

Windows 7 Professional, Windows Longhorn 4074
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by weh View Post
On more note: the Ci7 920 needs THREE sticks of memory, not two. Look for either a 3x1GB kit or a 3x2GB kit.
Will do!
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19 Jun 2009   #7
weh

Win.7.Ult.x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ikilledkenny View Post
[various stuff]
Case: -- avoid the gimmicks, think one of the Antec standard cases.

PSU: -- name brand, please, 450-ish watts is fine, but look at something from Corsair or PCP&C with a single 12-volt rail. money well-spent.

fine, or one from Gigabyte, or wait for Core i5 and choose then (coming September-ish)

fine, or wait for Core i5 (as already mentioned in another post). Should be killer performance for even less money. Mobo's should be less, too. (coming September-ish)

As mentioned, Core i7 needs 3 sticks; Core i5 only needs TWO. Wait and save might be prudent.

Make your choice at purchase time. New cards are almost a monthly occurrence and prices drop rapidly.

I really like the WD Caviar Black series.

Anyone's will do. I'm partial to Pioneer, Samsung, LG and Lite-On, in that order, but it's really six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Linksys is good, so are D-link and NetGear. Get the same brand as your router.
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19 Jun 2009   #8
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Well someone knows there stuff, glad you agree with my graphics card choice. =P
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19 Jun 2009   #9
jw12345

Windows 7
 
 

On the memory, I meant that brand and speed don't matter. Amount does matter up to a point. I wouldn't get less than 4GB. And the 920s don't require 3 sticks, it's just recommended, but most benchmarks show very little difference. But if it's going to be a while before you build, definitely don't do x58. You'll spend too much money on the motherboard and cpu and not enough on the GPU which is argueably much more important.

I'd try to get a 4870 if you can. Dual slot cooler alone makes it worth the difference in cost from the 4850 or lower. Especially since dual slot coolers push out heat pretty well, and if this is your first build, you'll almost definitely screw up case cooling the first time. Everybody does.

PSU: I wouldn't spend any less than $40 on a PSU. They are one of the most important components in a system and can seriously destroy your desktop by going cheap because of poor voltage regulation. Thermaltake and the Earthwatts (think that's what they call them) are good names.

Your wifi shouldn't cost that much unless you really need some special features. $25 is more like it.
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19 Jun 2009   #10
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Go for a good quality PSU don't go for low wattage, IMO more is better at least 600W and single Rail and for a Graphics Card I would recommend any of the GTX200 series cards and I would go for EVGA as they have good return policies and a step up program if you want to upgrade within the first 6 months (US residents only).
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