Originally Posted by IntelvsAMD
I want to create the ultimate gaming machine. I have saved up $3400 to spend on a computer. Can you guys give me suggestions on how to get the ultimate rig? If you can suggest a stable, cool case, along with a processor, motherboard, etc, basically all the good parts for a PC, that would be great.
Thanks in advance.
Originally Posted by Chozart
- OP1000 is overkill. The DA850 is more than enough (heck, even the OP750 or DA750 will do the job)
- Err.. Ultra ATA harddrives??? I am assuming that's a mistake on his part. Since you choose two, I assume you want to put them in RAID0... and you'll need SATA for that if you want to do it easy (or find a mobo that supports PATA RAID... good luck with that )
- 2GB or 4GB is your choice. Right now, 2GB is just fine, and no need for more. However, an argument about futureproofing could be made.
- Striker Extreme is also not really worth the money. A GREAT board, but the P5N32-E SLI I linked will do exactly what the striker will do, unless you know how to tweak all the advanced settings in the Stiker's BIOS.
- QX6700: no, just get the Q6600 and overclock it yourself. There will barely be a performance gain.
- Cooling: the Zalman CNPS 9500 isn't goign to cut it for a quad core!
My list again:
And I included a 24" monitor... you might want one instead of your Trinitron.
And I disagree hard drives don't matter for gaming. You're a patient gamer then.
I have to more or less agree with Chozart.
I am not sure what it is with the people who go onto Newegg and look for the most expensive components and then post a screen shot of the checkout? Are you really that lazy? How is that going to help him find what he needs. If you can't really help him out, don't.
First off, what all do you need. Do you need a monitor / keyboard / mouse / computer case / OS / DVD drive / speakers?
Second, use all available e-tailers. Limiting yourself to Newegg will cause you to spend more money than you have to.
For a really powerful system, the Q6600 ($515.90 free shipping at ZipZoomfly.com
) is a great processor to base it around. If you have been waiting all your life for this dream machine, I would continue waiting for the heafty Intel price cuts next month. You can land youself a Q6600 for $266.
I have to strongly agree with Chozart. Gaming systems with mutli-GPU setup should be based on the P5N32-E SLI ($199.99 free shipping at ZipZoomfly.com
). Of course, if you are willing to wait for those Intel price cuts, you will also be able to get your hands on a X38 motherboard which will support 49 lanes of PCI Express (16x PCI Express 2.0 / 16x PCI Express 2.0 / 8x PCI Express / 8x PCI Express / 1x PCI Express) and rumoured SLI support.
For the memory, 4GB is what you should aim for. Although you can get by with 2GB, those times are quickly passing by. If you choose to build your system now, then 4 x 1 GB DDR2-800 G.Skill HZ ($104.99 each + shipping at Newegg.com
) are definately your deal (I just bought the exact same thing!) It is an excellent deal on Newegg.com now. Of course, if you wait for the Intel price cut and the launch of the X38 based motherboard, you will be in the market for DDR3.
Video card wise, again, I agree with Chozart. G80 Ultra's are a waiste of money. Pick up one or two 8800GTX's ($534.99 each with free shipping at ZipZoomFly.com
). No one really knows what the GPU market will look like in a month with the launch of the X38, Intel's price cut, and widespread availability of DDR3. It is highly likely that the 8800GTX is still the winner, but possibly at a lower price.
As for your powersupply, again, I agree with Chozart. However, a Silverstone OP750 ($149 + shipping at Eastluna.com
) will be enough for your build. The OP850 is quite a price boost for only 10Amps. Remember, although the modular cables may look nicer and be more convient. They do not perform as well and are more likely to fail. Looking back over this, it may be a good idea to get the OP850. This needs some discussion.
In terms of harddrive, no Raptor setup is going to be the price / performance ratio of a couple Seagate 7200.10 ES ($79.99 each + shipping at Newegg.com
) drives in RAID0. I have 2 of the 250GB ES drives in ICH8R onboard RAID0 and they perform wonderfully. Consider getting a few (2-4) of them. If you are even more interested in a high performing hardrive setup, consider hardware RAID which will yeild higher performance and free up your processor. The ARC-1210 ($319.99 + shipping at Newegg.com
) is excellent for that (just ask Chozart!) This RAID controller has a pretty bad price / performance ratio. I would only get it if you have enough money.
For your cooling, the Tuniq Tower ($52.50 + shipping at Performance-Pcs.com
) is suppose to be the best air cooler. You may also want to get a aftermarket NB and PWM cooler, although I would seak further advice on that. The Swiftech MCX159-CU ($31.95 + shipping at Jab-Tech.com
) is suppose to be the best NB air cooler. The Thermalright HR-09S is a great solution for cooling the PWMs ($19.95 + shipping at Jab-Tech.com
The case is a subjective desicion that should be made by you. There are other small things that you may want to consider such as Artic Silver 5 thermal greese, fans, fan controllers, and DVI cables.
Also, I highly consider Vista Ultimate x64. It is wonderful. I just got it. Great performance, great driver support, security, and stability are all top notch.
All of the e-tailers that I listed are wonderful to buy from. Please don't limit yourself to Newegg.com.