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Windows 7: Building a gaming rig! Need assistance

11 Apr 2011   #1
BarTmaN

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
 
 
Building a gaming rig! Need assistance

I want to build a rig that will be able to pretty much handle any game. I don't need something that is over-the-top crazy, but something that can run any game good! I need everything, including a case.

-I prefer an Intel processor (unless someone can sell me on an AMD one)
-I prefer Nvidia video card(s)

I don't know if it's better to run one beastly video card, or setup SLi with two. I will only be running one monitor if that matters at all (Sony Bravia 26" LCD HDTV).

I don't really know much about motherboards

Can you guys reccommend me some hardware for a rig?

Budget ~$1500 (possibly a little more if needed)


Sorry if this is the wrong section. Feel free to move, or even lock if you don't 'allow' threads like this.

Thanks


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11 Apr 2011   #2
DarkXeno

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hey there,
Im myself am not in the Intel game I have lost track of how they rate their chips.
As for gaming your better off going with a single high end card and then down the road grab a second card of the same kind when the price drops and games are requiring more power. The other thing to look at is ram i would do 8 gigs of ram to give the games more room to load and a fast hard drive.
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11 Apr 2011   #3
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

1500 can get you a nice looking rig, more so if you don't have to spend money on a Monitor... what about Keyboard and Mouse? Do you need that as well?

I also like Intel/Nvidia over AMD/ATI but last time I built my rig the new Intel chipsets were not out so I won't do much.

All I can tell you is that the most important thing is to have patience as here is when you can get the best deals, if you hurry, you won't save or buy as much. Another thing I learn the hard way mind you, is that motherboard/RAM/CPU is something you must check before you buy, compatibility issues are a mother bear

So, chillax and sitback, we'll start finding something for you yet!
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11 Apr 2011   #4
BarTmaN

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
1500 can get you a nice looking rig, more so if you don't have to spend money on a Monitor... what about Keyboard and Mouse? Do you need that as well?

I also like Intel/Nvidia over AMD/ATI but last time I built my rig the new Intel chipsets were not out so I won't do much.

All I can tell you is that the most important thing is to have patience as here is when you can get the best deals, if you hurry, you won't save or buy as much. Another thing I learn the hard way mind you, is that motherboard/RAM/CPU is something you must check before you buy, compatibility issues are a mother bear

So, chillax and sitback, we'll start finding something for you yet!
I have keyboard and mouse as well. So all I need is the tower.

And yes that it what I am worried about, compatibility issues!

Thanks
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12 Apr 2011   #5
mlevy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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.
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12 Apr 2011   #6
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Nice looking combo and a very good price... and a Sandy Bridge to boot!

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

If you decide to pull the pin, go to the Asus site and check what they recommend for RAM and then we'll start looking for a good price as well.

GTX460... 110.00 after MiR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-14121390-L0A


Another nice Combo... I don't know whether the PSU will do for everything you will need though... someone here will chime in for sure.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...mbo632095-LM1A


Here you can find some good prices on Drives and other things you may be missing.
http://promotions.newegg.com/neemail...E0-_-PromoWord
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12 Apr 2011   #7
RobinSchouten

Windows 7 Ultimate 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.
For that money he can get much better than you just stated. PSU and case are way too expensive in your setup and there are a few (legal) ways to get Windows 7 a bit cheaper than that. Also, I wouldn't go with the 965 as the 955 is better priced at the moment. The motherboard seems to be a bit too expensive for such an AMD setup.

I suggest to the poster to get a higher end PC than this mid-range AMD PC. Not saying I dislike AMD.

This is more like it (using european currency here):

Intel Core i7 2600K Boxed
€260,-

Asrock P67 Extreme4 (B3)
€135,-

OCZ Obsidian DDR3 PC3-12800 Triple Channel
6GB Triple Channel Kit DDR3-kit
€65,-

Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800W
€135,-

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS, 1TB
€50,-

MSI R6970-2PM2D2GD5
€270,-

Corsair Obsidian CC650DW
€140,-


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This would give a total of about €1055. This is a great High-end system and with this motherboard there is room to add another HD6970 (or even a third one :P) later.
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12 Apr 2011   #8
BarTmaN

Windows 7 x64 Enterprise
 
 

Thanks for all the input guys! I am going to look into further about the hardware you suggested and reply back again.

**NOTE - I do not need to purchase Win 7, as I already have it waiting to be installed.
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12 Apr 2011   #9
vierasniper

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I would also recommend the Phenom X4 965, im gonna upgrade to that one soon. As for a case i would recommend the NZXT Lexa S. Newegg.com - NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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13 Apr 2011   #10
Clinkz

Windows 7 Professional x64 Backtrack 4 R2
 
 

Though you probably have plenty of configurations to go by, take a took at this. The last configuration ( with the removal of second GPU would be right in your budget). You could also get the Second GPU later when the price dropped and you wanted an upgrade. Prices are Australian.
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