Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Power Supplies › Your RIG: Where should your money go?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Your RIG: Where should your money go?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
I have a question and I am curious what kind of responses there might be ...

Suppose you are building a rig and you have an allocated budget. And you need to prioritize how much money you will spend on your components. Now we all know you can easily spend more on a MOBO than a CPU, or spend more on a CASE than a GPU.

So here's the question: What do you think the best ranking for buying your components for your rig should be? What components do you think you should allocate the most money for, and maybe just how much of a percentage of your budget do you think should be allocated for each component?

For example - should more money be spent for a PSU than a CPU? Should you get a midrange GPU and get a high-end CPU?

I realize different rigs can be used for different purposes, but let us assume you're building a gaming rig. Where should your hard earned money go?
945 Quad
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 945 3GHz 95W (c3) Asus Crosshair III Formula Asus 5850 DirectCU 1GB Mushkin Ridgeback 2x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black 1TB, IoSafe Solo 1TB External LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Windows Home 7 x64 Asus 27" Wide 2ms 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ideazon Merc Stealth Seasonic X650 gold certified, APC UPS 1500LCD 865W Antec P183 dual chamber Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
table 
  hide details  
Reply
945 Quad
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 945 3GHz 95W (c3) Asus Crosshair III Formula Asus 5850 DirectCU 1GB Mushkin Ridgeback 2x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black 1TB, IoSafe Solo 1TB External LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Windows Home 7 x64 Asus 27" Wide 2ms 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ideazon Merc Stealth Seasonic X650 gold certified, APC UPS 1500LCD 865W Antec P183 dual chamber Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
table 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 31
Wow, that is a dynamic question. It really depends on the individuals desires and requirement.

Gamers: PSU/GPU

Benchmarker: Well....everything

Interior Decorator: Case
Flux
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600K GA-P67A-UD7 GTX 580 2 x 2GB Corsair 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C300 (OS), Velociraptor (storage) Lite-On W7 64-bit Pro Samsung 275T 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Black Widow Ult. Silverstone DA750 Lian Li T60 R.A.T. 7 
Mouse Pad
Q-Pad 
  hide details  
Reply
Flux
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600K GA-P67A-UD7 GTX 580 2 x 2GB Corsair 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
C300 (OS), Velociraptor (storage) Lite-On W7 64-bit Pro Samsung 275T 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Black Widow Ult. Silverstone DA750 Lian Li T60 R.A.T. 7 
Mouse Pad
Q-Pad 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 31
I think the most important parts for a gaming rig are 1)Good motherboard, 2) Good PSU, 3)Good GPU, 4) Good quantity/quality RAM 5)CPU, in that order.
post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Namrac
I think the most important parts for a gaming rig are 1)Good motherboard, 2) Good PSU, 3)Good GPU, 4) Good quantity/quality RAM 5)CPU, in that order.
Interesting. Especially interesting is you place the CPU last. Thx.

PS: You don't mention the monitor. Clearly important component as well. heh!
945 Quad
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 945 3GHz 95W (c3) Asus Crosshair III Formula Asus 5850 DirectCU 1GB Mushkin Ridgeback 2x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black 1TB, IoSafe Solo 1TB External LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Windows Home 7 x64 Asus 27" Wide 2ms 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ideazon Merc Stealth Seasonic X650 gold certified, APC UPS 1500LCD 865W Antec P183 dual chamber Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
table 
  hide details  
Reply
945 Quad
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 945 3GHz 95W (c3) Asus Crosshair III Formula Asus 5850 DirectCU 1GB Mushkin Ridgeback 2x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black 1TB, IoSafe Solo 1TB External LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Windows Home 7 x64 Asus 27" Wide 2ms 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ideazon Merc Stealth Seasonic X650 gold certified, APC UPS 1500LCD 865W Antec P183 dual chamber Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
table 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 31
You can get extremely cheap monitors these days : you probably heard of the Dell 19" LCD for 190$ i think
After reading up on everything, I would say GPU then CPU then RAM then PSU then Mobo
My T.A.R.D.I.S
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e4500 Asus P5K Premium Powercolor HD2900PRO Corsair PC2-6400 CAS5 + Kingston ValueRAM PC2-5300 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Maxtor 500GB + Hitachi 160GB Generic Ubuntu 22" HP W2207h 
PowerCase
Corsair 520W Generic w/ huge fan 
  hide details  
Reply
My T.A.R.D.I.S
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e4500 Asus P5K Premium Powercolor HD2900PRO Corsair PC2-6400 CAS5 + Kingston ValueRAM PC2-5300 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Maxtor 500GB + Hitachi 160GB Generic Ubuntu 22" HP W2207h 
PowerCase
Corsair 520W Generic w/ huge fan 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 31
My order

1. Motherboard
2. PSU
3. GPU
4. RAM
5. CPU
post #7 of 31
CPU doesn't make a huge difference in gaming anymore, for example, someone with an X2-5000 isn't going to notice a massive difference in gaming over my X2-3800 BUT you'll notice a massive difference with an X1950 then you would a Geforce 6600GT
post #8 of 31
CPUs have little actual affect on gaming performance when the games are played at a decent resolution. (1280 x 1024 or higher)
post #9 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Namrac
CPUs have little actual affect on gaming performance when the games are played at a decent resolution. (1280 x 1024 or higher)

Still, for gaming, where would you rather spend your cash, CPU or GPU?
post #10 of 31
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Penicilyn
My order

1. Motherboard
2. PSU
3. GPU
4. RAM
5. CPU
Interesting. Same ranking as Namrac's but way different from def.momo. It's good to see tho that PSU ranks high as it should. Surprising is that RAM ranks higher than CPU for you both...
945 Quad
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 945 3GHz 95W (c3) Asus Crosshair III Formula Asus 5850 DirectCU 1GB Mushkin Ridgeback 2x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black 1TB, IoSafe Solo 1TB External LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Windows Home 7 x64 Asus 27" Wide 2ms 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ideazon Merc Stealth Seasonic X650 gold certified, APC UPS 1500LCD 865W Antec P183 dual chamber Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
table 
  hide details  
Reply
945 Quad
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 945 3GHz 95W (c3) Asus Crosshair III Formula Asus 5850 DirectCU 1GB Mushkin Ridgeback 2x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black 1TB, IoSafe Solo 1TB External LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Windows Home 7 x64 Asus 27" Wide 2ms 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ideazon Merc Stealth Seasonic X650 gold certified, APC UPS 1500LCD 865W Antec P183 dual chamber Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
table 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Power Supplies
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Power Supplies › Your RIG: Where should your money go?