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Windows 7: Building a gaming rig! Need assistance

13 Apr 2011   #11
mlevy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Robin,
Not sure what you consider "way too expensive" for the case, but the case I suggested was only $160 where the one YOU suggested is $210 from the same source. The PSU you suggest is $160, vs. the $130 one I suggested.

Also, what exactly is wrong with the 965? For GAMING, CPU has much less impact than the GPU. As I mentioned, my 955 system consistently loads me into maps faster than the rest of the players on servers when I'm playing Black Ops, with this "mid-range" 955 and a standard HDD (no SSD).

A Caviar GREEN? You DO realize that's a 5400 RPM drive, right? That's a ludicrous suggestion for the primary drive in such a system. I would hope you suggest an SSD to go with that. Caviar Black is a great drive.


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13 Apr 2011   #12
BarTmaN

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
 
 

Thanks guys, I appreciate all the help! I am going to start piecing together a rig and then post it and see what you guys think of it.

Couple questions first:
-How would two GeForce GTX460's be for gaming
-What size case do I need, mid or full?

Thanks
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13 Apr 2011   #13
mlevy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

For the 460, a mid SHOULD do, the picture below shows a GTX 470 in a Coolermaster Cosmos case. You can compare the card to the MB.



PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmark Charts has comparison charts for video cards.

If you're going to spend the money on 2 GTX460's, why not just get a GTX560 or GTX570 now and then SLI it down the road. One thing to watch out for, SLI boards for an AMD system can be hard to come by if you're looking for a good board. You may HAVE to go with an Intel system if you want SLI, but Crossfire will be possible on the one I put together, which is why I put on a 1-step-down video card from AMD/ATI. I've never been one to buy the absolute top-line card, the huge cost difference (I think it was on the order of $100 more for the 480 when I got my 470) just doesn't seem comparable to the performance difference.
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13 Apr 2011   #14
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Those 955 and 965 chips will bottleneck Battlefield Bad Company 2 and COD Black Ops.
AMD 1090T or higher 6core, i7 870, i7 2500K or i7 2600K would be what I would choose.

My rig and my brothers rig play both of those games great at 1920x1080 with max settings.
His is an AMD 1090T 6 core, Asus board, 12GB DDR3 (2x4GB & 2x2GB sticks) AMD 6850, 650watt Antec PSU 5 internal hard drives.
Mine is an Intel i7 870, Asus Board, 16GB Ram, AMD 5850, 650watt Antec PSU, 9 internal hard drives, BluRay combo drive.
Build one that is better than either of ours and you will have a decent gaming rig.
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13 Apr 2011   #15
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mlevy View Post

If you're going to spend the money on 2 GTX460's, why not just get a GTX560 or GTX570 now and then SLI it down the road.
+1

A single fast card would be a better option.

And for gaming, 4GB is plenty. 8GB+ is nice, but definitely not necessary.
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13 Apr 2011   #16
BarTmaN

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
 
 

Here is what I came up with as of now.

EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601960

GeForce GTX 570
Newegg.com - ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Western Digitial Cavair Black 1TB
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Antec 1200 V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower
Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Antec TruePower 750W
Newegg.com - Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Samsung CD/DVD Burner
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners


This would set me back below my budget which is good!
Only thing I am a little unsure about is if that mobo will be compatible with all the other hardware.
Does this look like a solid rig? And am I missing anything?
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13 Apr 2011   #17
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

i7 2600K costs a little more and is 30% more powerful
i7 2500K is cheaper and is the same power as the i7 960.

Only thing you would need to change if you choose the i7 960 is the ram, you want a triple channel set, so you will either go with a 6GB or 12GB kit (3 sticks of 2GB or 3 sticks of 4GB)

Rest of the parts look fine.

If you go with the 2500 or 2600 procs, you have to select a different mobo.
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13 Apr 2011   #18
BarTmaN

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
 
 

Okay so I changed it to the i7 2600k and then changed the mobo and ram for this combo
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

Does that look good?

That still puts me just below $1500 which is good.
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13 Apr 2011   #19
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The motherboard looks OK, but why do you need 16 GB of RAM?
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13 Apr 2011   #20
BarTmaN

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
 
 

Are there any better motherboards that you suggest? And that is true, 8GB is probably more than enough!
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