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Windows 7: New Gaming PC Suggestions?

16 Jul 2010   #1
Larsa

Windows 7
 
 
New Gaming PC Suggestions?

I'm planning on building a new gaming pc this September and am wanting to make it as good as I possibly can. I have $5k saved up for it. I'm considering getting the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz CPU and 6gigs of DDR3 RAM at 1800ghz. My dilemma is with the graphics card. I read that the HD Radeon 5970s were good, and I'm considering having two of them.

Would this setup work, or are there some problems? I want to play current and near-future titles on max settings as smoothly as possible. If you have any recommendations for alternative graphic cards that would be great too (or a different CPU if the one listed will cause problems.) Thanks in advance.


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16 Jul 2010   #2
Bootz

Vista Business x64
 
 

I would go with two GTX 480's in sli, just because you plan on goin with an intel cpu. but two 5970's in crossfire im sure would be plenty good as well
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16 Jul 2010   #3
Larsa

Windows 7
 
 

Nvidia cards tend to perform better with intel CPUs?
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16 Jul 2010   #4
SlackerITGuy

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Larsa View Post
I'm planning on building a new gaming pc this September and am wanting to make it as good as I possibly can. I have $5k saved up for it. I'm considering getting the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz CPU and 6gigs of DDR3 RAM at 1800ghz. My dilemma is with the graphics card. I read that the HD Radeon 5970s were good, and I'm considering having two of them.

Would this setup work, or are there some problems? I want to play current and near-future titles on max settings as smoothly as possible. If you have any recommendations for alternative graphic cards that would be great too (or a different CPU if the one listed will cause problems.) Thanks in advance.
CPU: the Core i7 980X is without a doubt the fastest CPU out there right now. But, is it $1000-fast? I personally don't think so, and if I were you, I would go for a Core i7 930, which is just as fast in most cases for 1/3 of the price.

GPU: GTX 480 would be my choice here, being that it is currently the fastest single GPU solution in the market right now. Now, If you want more juice, adding a second GTX 480 would be perfectly fine, since SLI scales better than CrossFireX.
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16 Jul 2010   #5
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Larsa View Post
I'm planning on building a new gaming pc this September and am wanting to make it as good as I possibly can. I have $5k saved up for it. I'm considering getting the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz CPU and 6gigs of DDR3 RAM at 1800ghz. My dilemma is with the graphics card. I read that the HD Radeon 5970s were good, and I'm considering having two of them.

Would this setup work, or are there some problems? I want to play current and near-future titles on max settings as smoothly as possible. If you have any recommendations for alternative graphic cards that would be great too (or a different CPU if the one listed will cause problems.) Thanks in advance.
A single Radeon HD 5970 will last you quite some time on all current games. What do you plan on running that would need a pair of them?

For gaming, that Core i7-980X would be no different than a Core 2 Quad. It's a waste of money for a gamer and only suitable for those that do heavy multimedia encoding.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bootz View Post
I would go with two GTX 480's in sli, just because you plan on goin with an intel cpu. but two 5970's in crossfire im sure would be plenty good as well
Two GTX 480s would run hot, use a lot more power than they should, cost more than they should and what does using an Intel CPU justify only using nVIDIA?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Larsa View Post
Nvidia cards tend to perform better with intel CPUs?
No. ATi cards perform just as well (if not better depending on the game).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheeriokilla View Post
CPU: the Core i7 980X is without a doubt the fastest CPU out there right now. But, is it $1000-fast? I personally don't think so, and if I were you, I would go for a Core i7 930, which is just as fast in most cases for 1/3 of the price.

GPU: GTX 480 would be my choice here, being that it is currently the fastest single GPU solution in the market right now. Now, If you want more juice, adding a second GTX 480 would be perfectly fine, since SLI scales better than CrossFireX.
A pair of GTX 480 would run hotter, louder and use more (unnecessary) power than a single Radeon HD 5970.
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16 Jul 2010   #6
Bootz

Vista Business x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Larsa View Post
I'm planning on building a new gaming pc this September and am wanting to make it as good as I possibly can. I have $5k saved up for it. I'm considering getting the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz CPU and 6gigs of DDR3 RAM at 1800ghz. My dilemma is with the graphics card. I read that the HD Radeon 5970s were good, and I'm considering having two of them.

Would this setup work, or are there some problems? I want to play current and near-future titles on max settings as smoothly as possible. If you have any recommendations for alternative graphic cards that would be great too (or a different CPU if the one listed will cause problems.) Thanks in advance.
A single Radeon HD 5970 will last you quite some time on all current games. What do you plan on running that would need a pair of them?

For gaming, that Core i7-980X would be no different than a Core 2 Quad. It's a waste of money for a gamer and only suitable for those that do heavy multimedia encoding.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bootz View Post
I would go with two GTX 480's in sli, just because you plan on goin with an intel cpu. but two 5970's in crossfire im sure would be plenty good as well
Two GTX 480s would run hot, use a lot more power than they should, cost more than they should and what does using an Intel CPU justify only using nVIDIA?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Larsa View Post
Nvidia cards tend to perform better with intel CPUs?
No. ATi cards perform just as well (if not better depending on the game).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheeriokilla View Post
CPU: the Core i7 980X is without a doubt the fastest CPU out there right now. But, is it $1000-fast? I personally don't think so, and if I were you, I would go for a Core i7 930, which is just as fast in most cases for 1/3 of the price.

GPU: GTX 480 would be my choice here, being that it is currently the fastest single GPU solution in the market right now. Now, If you want more juice, adding a second GTX 480 would be perfectly fine, since SLI scales better than CrossFireX.
A pair of GTX 480 would run hotter, louder and use more (unnecessary) power than a single Radeon HD 5970.
I dont want to start an argument but i would disagree with most of this post.

I do believe you would notice a difference with the i7 compared to the core 2 quad.

The GTX's will run hotter but with a 5k budget im sure you will be on liquid cooling so heat shouldnt be an issue.

Generally its a good idea to match Intel with nvidia and AMD with ATI although you dont have to by any means.

How a 5970 would outperform a GTX 480 with the core i7, maybe look at some benchmarks to know for sure?

Again running hotter and louder shouldnt be an issue at all with liquid cooling.

Just my 2 cents
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16 Jul 2010   #7
Larsa

Windows 7
 
 

Just to clarify I will be getting liquid cooling.

Thanks for the help guys!
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16 Jul 2010   #8
SlackerITGuy

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bootz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Larsa View Post
I'm planning on building a new gaming pc this September and am wanting to make it as good as I possibly can. I have $5k saved up for it. I'm considering getting the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz CPU and 6gigs of DDR3 RAM at 1800ghz. My dilemma is with the graphics card. I read that the HD Radeon 5970s were good, and I'm considering having two of them.

Would this setup work, or are there some problems? I want to play current and near-future titles on max settings as smoothly as possible. If you have any recommendations for alternative graphic cards that would be great too (or a different CPU if the one listed will cause problems.) Thanks in advance.
A single Radeon HD 5970 will last you quite some time on all current games. What do you plan on running that would need a pair of them?

For gaming, that Core i7-980X would be no different than a Core 2 Quad. It's a waste of money for a gamer and only suitable for those that do heavy multimedia encoding.



Two GTX 480s would run hot, use a lot more power than they should, cost more than they should and what does using an Intel CPU justify only using nVIDIA?



No. ATi cards perform just as well (if not better depending on the game).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheeriokilla View Post
CPU: the Core i7 980X is without a doubt the fastest CPU out there right now. But, is it $1000-fast? I personally don't think so, and if I were you, I would go for a Core i7 930, which is just as fast in most cases for 1/3 of the price.

GPU: GTX 480 would be my choice here, being that it is currently the fastest single GPU solution in the market right now. Now, If you want more juice, adding a second GTX 480 would be perfectly fine, since SLI scales better than CrossFireX.
A pair of GTX 480 would run hotter, louder and use more (unnecessary) power than a single Radeon HD 5970.
I dont want to start an argument but i would disagree with most of this post.

I do believe you would notice a difference with the i7 compared to the core 2 quad.

The GTX's will run hotter but with a 5k budget im sure you will be on liquid cooling so heat shouldnt be an issue.

Generally its a good idea to match Intel with nvidia and AMD with ATI although you dont have to by any means.

How a 5970 would outperform a GTX 480 with the core i7, maybe look at some benchmarks to know for sure?

Again running hotter and louder shouldnt be an issue at all with liquid cooling.

Just my 2 cents
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16 Jul 2010   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, $5k is a monstrous budget and pretty much allows you to do anything that you want to do. However, I still question paying the outrageous premium on the Intel chip.... For 1/2 to 1/3 the price, you can get a suitable Core i7 that will perform 90% as good and will free up money for other components. Again, in your case...there isn't that much need to save money....but spending for the sake of spending just doesn't seem like the greatest move either. I would rather put in a $500 CPU and use the other $500 on an SSD which would really make a noticeable difference.
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16 Jul 2010   #10
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bootz View Post
... Generally its a good idea to match Intel with nvidia and AMD with ATI although you dont have to by any means...
I also have no wish to start an argument, but this is unfounded nonsense. ATI cards work equally well with AMD chipsets, Intel chipsets and even nVidia chipsets. There's no basis in reality for the claim to the contrary; it's all urban myth.

To the OP. Unless you're going to be running 3 monitors in eyefinity, there's no justification for getting two 5970's; it would be a waste of money. One will certainly suffice even up to 2500.
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