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Windows 7: Building a gaming rig! Need assistance

15 Apr 2011   #51


That corsair memory should be fine but these stix might be a lil better.. Do not let pretty heat sinks fool ya- these are great ic's .. Also these crucails are of the few stix that can run t1. Many will argue but every lil bit helps and faster is faster be it cl timings or t1 or t2 timings.

The thing is intel and amd- AMD can not do t1 timings but intel can. Instead of making 2 types of memory and the fact that intel can use t2 memory why make both kinds. Most all corsairs and most other memory are t2- and the crucails over clock well and normally with no needed voltage increase. In fact many mem is t1 timings but sold as t2 to avoid confusion- and t1 mem can be ran at t2.. I can be confused its been awhile since I read on such things- maybe most is t1 but sold as t2. It surely has to be checked on amd rigs..

Read on mobo sites- seems folks have more probs using ripjaws- just something to think about.. Folks have better luck with the corsairs or crucails on intel mobos or newer mobos any way.

As a fact if you have picked out the mobo you care to use- post it and the rest of your specs [other stuff you are thinking about buying] in proper area at the mobos home site and ask how folks feel about compatibility. They will tell ya fast what is best or what others are having most trouble with..

Cost less and as good or better than the corsairs.. The corsairs you are looking at are pc1600- these are pc1333- which the 1600 is considered as over clocked- your mobo might act funny until you make some manual changes- but intel is not as funny about memory as amd- or the p55 or p67's any way so. If going to over clock you might drop that 1600 to 1333 anyway. Either way you should be good with either the corsairs or these crucails.. Also comments are saying specs at the egg say 1.5v for the corsairs but the sticker on the mem says 1.65v and is same postings on other sites- Your mobo might act nuts until you make some manual changes- I think the p67 defaults are 1333 and 1.5v same as the p55's..> - Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339

With the extra money you will save on a psu- you can step up to 8 gigs memory.. Your mobo bios should see it right away with no adjustments.> - Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339

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15 Apr 2011   #52


Stalker soc calls- played justcause2 and mafia2 all day night yesterday.

Stalker and patch 10004 is running great for me- all maxed out other than in game aa- which is not real aa anyway- I can force aa in my vid card cp- but puts a large hit on my performance. Running all other maxed I get 75 to 86fps and no lower than 50 when recording- pretty sweet.

Soon I will install cop again and just run it in dx9- being my old vid card has trouble with the game and dx10. I should be able to max out cop fine in dx9 mode. Higher settings than xp and my older system anyway..

See ya.
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17 Apr 2011   #53

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mlevy View Post
I'm an AMD guy but that's just me. Here's what I would build if I didn't already have my rig.

AMD Phenom II x4 965BE ($160)
8 GB memory (not sure here as the OCZ memory that I have and love isn't made anymore)
Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 ($105)
Antec TP-750 ($130)
CoolerMaster HAF-932 Advanced ($160)
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ ($35)
WD1001FALS, 1 TB WD Black ($90)
Win 7 HP 64-bit OEM ($100)
XFX HD-687A-ZNFC, Radeon 6870 ($225)

Total (not including memory) is just over $1000. All prices are USD priced from Newegg. With my gaming system I could play MW2 while it ran a system backup or virus scan and had little lag or performance hit, and that was before I upgraded to 8 GB memory and got the correct memory for my system (originally had OCZ Platinum, OCZ recommends the Black Edition for the AMD BE CPU, replaced and it resolved issues I was having).

I'm not certain on the video card, I'm an nVidia guy but I know guys playing Black Ops on the 5770.
For the HDD, I wouldn't go super crazy on SSD just yet, I'm running a WD Black 1 TB (same as the one I spec'd out) and am consistently one of the first to load into maps on Black Ops.
My 955 BE with GTX470 gets 70-100 FPS in Black Ops, I really don't see a HUGE need for more than a quad-core for gaming.
You may not HAVE to get the Hyper 212+ (aftermarket CPU cooler) but with those it's best to get it and install it when you build rather than decide later that you need/want it and have to take the system apart to install it.
I would say go with with a small SSD to run the OS and have the 1TB drive for storage you will get better performance and I am also looking at doing the same thing and waiting a little bit for the prices to drop.
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18 Apr 2011   #54

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise

I actually didnt order it yet, but as I am going to shortly, I just have a quick question. Will this fit in a mid case, of should I just stay with the full that I have? Here is my build without my updated PSU though (quoted from a couple pages back incase you guys didn't see it).

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18 Apr 2011   #55

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

That will all fit in a mid-tower easily. Full towers are usually used for many hard drives, but if you won't be moving the case around much it doesn't really matter.
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18 Apr 2011   #56

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise

Alright cool. I'm gunna get the Antec 900 mid then since it's about $60 cheaper.
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19 Apr 2011   #57


That case should be fine- you may have probs and depends on the hdd cage. some turn into the case some to the side panel- if turned to the side panel you might have more probs- I think them 570's are 10.5" long.

If the gage is turned in you can normally just put your hdd out of the way. You might not think so but the larger the case is the more you will like it you have more room inside to work with.

Personally If I had to buy another case I would get one of these lain li's- I built near same system for my bud and used this case. I put the psu in the top and the fan in the bottom as a intake fan and filtered it etc. Its huge and sweet to work in. I only wish it had a side flow fan on the panel- But Id mod the side panel if my case- you can buy them from say but is near 100 bucks just for the panel..

The LIAN LI PC-A70F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case..> - LIAN LI PC-A70F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

You can almost stand inside this sweet case- and is future proof and will take the larger mobos and smaller server mobos too- E-ATX / ATX / M-ATX. Also the io plate add on card hold down is awesome on this case and very easy to use- the top 2 5.25 drive hold down is sweet to but still need to add a screw to back side or opt drives might vibrate etc. it only has the quick release on 1 side and not the other- I did not understand that but is a sweet case all the same..>

My Antec p160w case- I think I can barely fit a 10.5" vid card and because of the side turned hdd cage.. Remember if in the future you might want a ati vid card some of them are 11 and 12" maybe longer and smaller cases would give ya a fit and you might have to buy another at that time. You can nip it in the bud and future proof your self by buying a larger case from the start..>

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19 Apr 2011   #58

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise

Thanks for the advice.

Just ordered it! Changed a couple things up. So stoked, can't wait to get it! I will update when I get everything and get it up and running
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19 Apr 2011   #59


Cool- good luck enjoy your new rig and some great gaming..
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19 Apr 2011   #60

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BarTmaN View Post
Thanks for the advice.

Just ordered it! Changed a couple things up. So stoked, can't wait to get it! I will update when I get everything and get it up and running
Look forward to seeing it :)
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