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Windows 7: New Gaming PC Suggestions?

16 Sep 2010   #51

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thehappyman View Post
I have several friends who are "always waiting", always holding back for that better thing right around the corner. They never get anywhere. They will always be waiting.
Who said anything about waiting? What i was getting at, is that even if you spent $5k today or $2k 3-4 years time...either machine will be considered old and slow by modern standards.

As the other user pointed out, he spent over $3k and went with the bad boy Q9650 Extreme Edition...but today, the Core i7's are a far superior chip. So, he could have gone with a slower chip then, saved the money. Because either way, a Q9400 or a Q9650 Extreme is old news compared to the new CPU's....even though one of them cost 3-4 x as much back in the day.

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16 Sep 2010   #52


check the specs on my build.. it cost less than $3000 and plays almost every game I've tried at max graphics.
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16 Sep 2010   #53

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

I score just as high in Vantage as most any single card overclocked i7 920 rig at 4Ghz "over P25K". I have no reason to upgrade to i7 from where I'm standing. Yes I have compared my Vantage scores over at the EVGA forum.

The facts are that the regular Q9650 overclocks better than the much more expensive QX series ever did. And if someone thinks you need 3 or 4 cards in order to play a game at max settings I have some news for you. Of course if you want to game on a giant screen having more cards can help there but I think most SLI rigs are for bench marks and bragging rights.

The only realistic upgrade for me would be the i7 980X but that wouldn't make much of a difference in actual game play.

So if you already have a stable overclocked quad core rig with a decent GPU you don't have many reasons to upgrade, unless you just like spending lots of money of course.
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16 Sep 2010   #54
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit


Nice rig.

I have $1400 in my rig not counting the monitor. A Samsung 21.5 2ms is on sale under $200 at Newegg right now. Samsung 23 is $220 or $230
So that makes $1600.
The only thing mine lacks (IMO) would be 4GB more of RAM and SLI the graphics card.
SLI isn't necessary unless I go to a 23" monitor and that is a maybe I would have to.

So that is about $225-240 to add graphics card.
$100 more for the RAM..
Total of $1950 when I'm done including shipping at the most.

I bought everything at Newegg.
Used the heck out of their combo deals.
Saved over $200 just getting the combos they had at the time and they always have combos going but you have to click the combo tab and look.

There is no perfect rig really.
Just that mine is perfect- almost- for me at the moment.....

madtown's rig is perfect for him- at the moment.....

pparks rig is perfect for him- at the moment....

.....or until that next new toy comes out we just have to have!
Today not tomorrow.


Nice rig also.
I was typing while you were posting.
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16 Sep 2010   #55

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Im wanting to upgrade and build a new i7 machine

The only thing thats holding me back is nothing really slows down my Q9650 and 4890 Vapor-X ATM to justify the cost of the new build.

I may do it anyway but ATM Im content.
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16 Sep 2010   #56
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit


I would not have built mine if I had yours already.

I had a 6 year old HP P-4 with no upgrade capacity on anything but DDR-2 which I did.
On board video.
PCI slots only.
So ANYTHING was an upgrade for me.

I balanced price and performance with 8 weeks of on and off research before the final shopping list was made on this rig. My first build.

A crash course in all the new PC wares.
I was really starting from scratch as to knowledge of the new products.

I really like my rig but I have no intention of anything but tweaks to this for a few years.
Hanging out on the sevenforum I get to keep tabs on all the new stuff.
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16 Sep 2010   #57


Only thing that irks me is you can't get a large high resolution monitor with a 5:4 aspect ratio. I wish someone would make 32" or larger monitor capable of 1920x1600.
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16 Sep 2010   #58
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit


They call those televisions where I come from.

I know what you're refering to. I just couldn't help myself.
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16 Sep 2010   #59


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X View Post

They call those televisions where I come from.
Lol.. true, and games look better (IMO) in a 5:4 or 4:3 aspect than in 16:9 or 16:10.. which I believe is simply a way to make a cheaper monitor
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16 Sep 2010   #60
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

I like the extra width with my 19".
It is about like the old 17" standard in height.

If I had two pages open it was nice to set them side by side with the extra width which always entailed stretching etc. on XP.
Now with the W7 Snap feature it is really nice.

Gaming I agree.
My nephews 19" 5:4 or 4:3 HP monitor was nicer for gaming I think.
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