Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Building a gaming rig! Need assistance

13 Apr 2011   #21
MadSupra354

 

I'm an AMD person, but I don't mind Intel or nvidias mid-range cards. I'd say if you're going with nvidia, get two GTX560 Ti in SLI. For the CPU, I don't know if you're gaming, or doing allot of video editing, but Intel are better for heavy duty processing, and AMD are better for gaming (Since a gamer needs money for his games ) and the Phenom X6 series is great for gaming and multitasking (For the price)


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
13 Apr 2011   #22
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well, Ive said this before but Ill say it again.

8GB is nice .. I agree with the others. But if gaming is your Primary purpose for this build it may be money thats best spent elsewhere. (Only you know the answer to this)

My machine has 8GB and for Gaming & General Use its just too much. I rarely ever use over 4GB.
However, I do have a few 64bit apps that I use often, and in that case it is certainly nice to have.

Just something to keep in mind.

And don't get me wrong, if budget allows why not. Just don't expect your games or everyday activities to be taking advantage if it all.

Personally, I would go with the 8GB kit, but thats just me. I use enough apps that use the extra RAM it makes it worth having to me.
But I do honestly think anything over 8GB will be a waste of money for the large majority users.

For RAM, heres another 8GB set that may be worth considering:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345
Costs a bit more, but is slightly faster @ DDR3 1600.

Although G-Skill is very good RAM, this is just another option.

CPU & MOBO:
If building new right now, I would certainly go with a Sandy Bridge CPU as well.
I would stick to Gigabyte or ASUS MOBOS as well.

GPU:
I also tend to agree with everyone else that a single powerful card would be the better bet now.
Less chance of any issues related to Crossfire/SLI as well.
I would reccomend looking into the HD6970, GTX570, or HD6950 currently, in the $300-$360 range, any of these 3 are very good.

Also-
For Nvidia GPUs, I would go with EVGA. Lifetime warranty & tradeup program is nice.
For ATI GPUs, Id look to Sapphire.
(All personal preference of course)



Just a couple thoughts and opinions for what its worth.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Apr 2011   #23
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

SLI or Crossfire is and has been overrated imo, more so now when most if not all of the games are console ports... +1 on 1 good card and possibly another but much lesser card for PhysX if you really want to have 2 cards.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

13 Apr 2011   #24
BarTmaN

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Apr 2011   #25
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
SLI or Crossfire is and has been overrated imo, more so now when most if not all of the games are console ports... +1 on 1 good card and possibly another but much lesser card for PhysX if you really want to have 2 cards.
I agree with AstaLaVista - there are not that many games built for Crossfire or SLI yet unless your playing WoW lol. go with one bigger card I went with the MSI AMD R6950 2gig PCI-E and I love it.

I will have to update my specs since I just built a new machine and no longer using my laptop for gaming.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Apr 2011   #26
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yes. But, keep in mind, you can save a few bucks by getting the regular version and OCing it yourself.
Just another option to consider.

The SC editions are basically the same card, except that the bios are pre-programed with a bit of a overclock.

SC is a good choice for those who want a little bit of a boost over reference designed cards, without having to OC them themselves.
Some prefer this route, others do not. Really your call which way you want to go.

It works the same way on the AMD side. For example, Sapphires "Toxic" lineup.

Nothing at all wrong with that card though. It should serve you well.

Personally, I would go with the SC edition if the price difference isnt too much. ATM, its only $10 more.
My reason is.. Although I like OCing, I usually dont OC my GPUs. I like the idea of a factory OC, and the lifetime warranty is nice.
Just set it up and leave it be. Although there will be different opinions on the matter, thats mine. At only $10 more, it is worth it IMHO.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Apr 2011   #27
hjonesMCT

Win7 Ultimate x64, Server 2008 R2
 
 

I know you mentioned you're specifically looking at Intel/Nvidia, but I built an AMD/ATI beast that has very little bottleneck anywhere and is super optimized for gaming AND virtual machines. I built mine last year, in June, for ~$1000 USD--without buying keyboard, mouse, OS. I spent about a month and had around 5-10 people (Intel, engineers, etc) researching with me. Here's the specs (also in my profile):

OS
Win7 Ultimate x64, Server 2008 R2

CPU
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5

Memory
8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Graphics Card(s)
HIS ATI Radeon HD 5830

Sound Card
Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme

Hard Drives
Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD
1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm
2TB Hitachi Deskstar Coolspin 5400rpm

PSU
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W

Case
Antec Nine Hundred

Cooling
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU cooler
(air cooled from case fans)

Also bought a DVD-RW, etc.

This machine can run WoW, SC2 and L4D2 at the same time with NO LAG. I do not keed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Apr 2011   #28
BarTmaN

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
 
 

Would this mobo be better than the Gigabyte one I suggested earlier?
Newegg.com - ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

And thanks everyone for your input and help, I really do appreciate it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Apr 2011   #29
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Again, with the games being what they are, spending that much money on a super card is just a waste of time IMHO, look at my system specs, as of today, I can play any game (shooter game that is, as that is all I play) at max w/o a single problem... anything else is just overkill.

Being said that, if that is well within your budget... why not!

I am guessing you didn't like the combo I suggested for Mobo/CPU? I thought it was the dogs bollox
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Apr 2011   #30
BarTmaN

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
 
 

I actually skipped right over that combo you posted without even noticing. Looking at it now, and seems like a good combo. How does that i5 2600k compare to the i7 2700k, stock speeds not OC'd?

And would an aftermarket CPU cooler be needed with either of these processors, or is the OEM fine? I won't be OC'ing anytime soon.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Building a gaming rig! Need assistance




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Building a Gaming Computer Gaming Low budget. Help.
ok, so let me just throw my budget out here, est: $600 I'm not sure, i could be more or less thats just a rough idea. MY NEED: I want it to be able to play games like HITMAN ABSOLUTION at 50% - 60% atleast. And i want it to be able to play grand theft auto v, I need help in the costs of...
Hardware & Devices
Assistance with custom gaming PC
Hey guys, sorry if this is the wrong category (or perhaps even the wrong forum). I know no good alternatives to ask for computer assistance than Sevenforums. :) Anyways I want to build my own gaming computer, however this is my first time trying to build one. So if I want to succeed I better...
Hardware & Devices
Building a gaming PC
So basically I feel like spending a lot of money :) I primarily play FPS games of all kinds, but need a few advices on getting top performance pr. dollar. Could anyone suggest a pro rig? I got 8000 DKK / 1400 Dollars to spend without a screen. I'm thinking some kind of radeon graphic card and...
Chillout Room
Building new gaming pc
Hello everyone! Well it's time for me to build proper nice and fast PC on about 500 want to mention that I need i5 2500K CPU and GTX 560 v.card and 1TB HDD. (excluding monitor, mouse and keyboard) Please suggest what parts could I buy for this budget :) Thanks
Gaming
help with building gaming rig
I need some advice on building a gaming rig for 300 I know this isnt a big budget but I believe it can be done could someone please give me there recommend spec. Thank You so much Matthew
Hardware & Devices
Building a New Gaming PC
Right, where do i start from, i've been wondering lately to make a gaming PC, but i'm not sure what i should buy. So, today i ask everyone which build would be good. My am willing to spend 600-700 British Pounds. So i think it's alright for that money. I want a full set for the price i am going...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:16.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App