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Windows 7: Gaming Machine - what's the best?

21 Jul 2011   #11
linnemeyerhere

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I just built you a complete online Corsair 800D rig with 850 modular Corsair PSU, MSI 990 AM3 mobo, AMD 1100T 6 core processor, H70 sealed water cooled with 16 gb Corsair ddr3 1600 ram, noctua fans, fan controller, LG blu-ray reader, 4 tb's of WD black drives for raid or whatever, 230gb OCZ revo SSD, Gaming mouse and Illuminated keyboard, MSI R6970 and (3) 27" Samsung LED Monitors for Eyefinity. Add OS, cables and some time and I figure it all could be delivered to your door step in 3-5 days for under $4,000.00 and up-gradable to the bulldozer chip later. Add $200.00 - $700.00 for Intel i5 -i7. It should game fairly well !


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21 Jul 2011   #12
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

I just think that buying something right now to be used a year from now is very or extremely dumb, because by next year, those items will be half the price of now. I know how you feel, believe me but, you need to learn to chill and get something for what you want to use with the option to upgrade down the road.
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21 Jul 2011   #13
brady

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
I just think that buying something right now to be used a year from now is very or extremely dumb, because by next year, those items will be half the price of now. I know how you feel, believe me but, you need to learn to chill and get something for what you want to use with the option to upgrade down the road.
I think you're right... My wife will agree with you as well (which is law). I believe I'll probably wait for the game to come out then get the best when the time comes.
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21 Jul 2011   #14
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
That is quite a difference from the 5k alienware they were trying to sell me, haha. Would the Nvidia GTX 590 be over kill at this point? I guess, I would need to up the PSU to 1000 watt at that point as well?

Would a SSD be over kill at this point? Prices are kinda crazy for the SSD at this point in time, I can only imaging them dropping substantially over the next year.
For a single dispaly at 1920x1200 or lower ....
Yes, a 590 will be overkill.

These wont really show what they can do unless at very high res, or in a multi-display setup.


SSD, no. In fact I would highy recommend getting at least a 40-80GB SSD for the OS and Apps.
And a Spinner for all other DATA.
Maybe even a second spinner dedicated to games.
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21 Jul 2011   #15
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
Would the Nvidia GTX 590 be over kill at this point? I guess, I would need to up the PSU to 1000 watt at that point as well?
Well, the GTX 590 is a $750 video card...only you would be able to say whether it's overkill. Will it perform faster, yes. Will the extra framerates justify 5x the price of the 6850, that's your call. Either way, the GTX 590 says it requires a 700W power supply...so I don't really think a 1,000 watt is really going to be the starting point. But if you want to simply go all out on day 1, then sure, or maybe a 1500W.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
Would a SSD be over kill at this point? Prices are kinda crazy for the SSD at this point in time, I can only imaging them dropping substantially over the next year.
No, an SSD is not a bad purchase. In fact, it really speeds up the booting of your machine and launching games. It won't really max the game play out any more, but you will get loaded and into the games faster.

Considering you were coming from "no budget", I'm not sure I would let an SSD stop you. You can get a 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 for about $220...which is 1/3 of the price of that video card you were looking at. I would just buy a video card no more expensive than $500, then put $200 or so into an SSD and have the same investment as the GTX 590 but more all around system performance.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I just built you a complete online Corsair 800D rig with 850 modular Corsair PSU, MSI 990 AM3 mobo, AMD 1100T 6 core processor, H70 sealed water cooled with 16 gb Corsair ddr3 1600 ram, noctua fans, fan controller, LG blu-ray reader, 4 tb's of WD black drives for raid or whatever, 230gb OCZ revo SSD, Gaming mouse and Illuminated keyboard, MSI R6970 and (3) 27" Samsung LED Monitors for Eyefinity. Add OS, cables and some time and I figure it all could be delivered to your door step in 3-5 days for under $4,000.00 and up-gradable to the bulldozer chip later. Add $200.00 - $700.00 for Intel i5 -i7. It should game fairly well !
That's quite a build. However, much of that isn't actually "needed" to max out games. For example, you don't need the water cooler, you won't need 16GB of RAM, you don't need 4TB's of drive space in a RAID configuration, you don't need an SSD. But if you were building simply to overspec the machine and go crazy, well then that would be fine. ( I do realize that is what the OP was actually looking for).

And $200-$700 more for an Intel i5-i7 is a bit wide. For less than about $50 you could probably move to a Core i5-2500k which will outperform the 1100t. For about $125 more you could move up to a core i7-2600k...which would perform better yet. The only way to approach 700 more would be if you went with a Core i7-990X. And honestly why would somebody go with a "budget arena" AMD 1100T when they are building to maximize their power and budget wasn't really a concern?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
I just think that buying something right now to be used a year from now is very or extremely dumb, because by next year, those items will be half the price of now. I know how you feel, believe me but, you need to learn to chill and get something for what you want to use with the option to upgrade down the road.
Agreed. I don't recommending building for the future, but rather for the present. Things just change way too rapidly. Spending tons more today doesn't ensure that in 3 years you will have any more of a relevant machine 3 years from now...as we don't know what 3 years is going to bring us.
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