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hello, i would like to do a nice build for family gaming.

1st question, can you use xbox 360 controllers on a pc? can you only play xbox games or pc and xbox games?

2nd question, i want to use 1156, so would a nice i5 be good? or can someone reccomend me an amd system if its good and cheaper too?

3rd question, its gonna be a home theater system, with a big tv and surround, so what are good graphics cards to use in single/dual/tri config? (dosent matter if ati or nvidia)

4th question, can someone reccomend an atx motherboard that has single/dual/tri x16 slots? (needs to fit in a 690 ii advanced.)
    
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1. Yes you can use them. Several games support them, GRID is one that pops into my head. A quick google search on what PC games support the controller should help here.

2. i5 is definitely good for a home-theater/mild gaming. Gaming is definitely more graphics card dependent. So an i5 with a relatively high stock clock should be good (I say this so that you don't need a massive and loud cooler which is what you don't want in a home-theater pc).

3. You can probably go for a GTX 460 1GB or GTX 560 Ti or HD5850 and that should be sufficient. What games are you planning to play and at what settings?

4. May I ask what the extra slots are for?

Single PCI-E:
ASUS P7P55 LX
or if you don't really need the extra slots, a mATX with a single PCI-E:
ASUS P7H55-M

I don't have any websites to give as I'm in NZ. I'm guessing you know a few shops there in Aus?
     
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post #3 of 11
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well, my family is into call of duty, grand theft auto, grand turismo 5, those kind of games. the extra slots are for more gpu power. my family simply dies for super graphics (you know what i mean). its probably going to be a 60"+ 3D tv, so i need good graphics cards that support 3D. i don't know about resolution, though
    
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post #4 of 11
if you're going through your tv, then i'm guessing its 1080p and 120 hz (if 3d?) - most of the new graphics cards are 3d ready now.... i'd probably say go for the hd6950 or the gtx560ti (depending on whether you prefer nvidia or ati's 3d offerings). (or crossfiring 6870's but i'm bias as i own one )

Regarding the control pad, i've yet to play a game that doesnt support the 360 controller, it even changes the controls on screen to display which "button" to push instead of keys.
Edited by PlayedStation - 3/3/11 at 2:01am
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post #5 of 11
Hmm in that case, if you have money to splurge, maybe a GTX 570/580? I'll try find a motherboard with some extra slots for a (very far) future upgrade (if you go with the 570/580).

I would suggest HD6970 x2 but I'm not sure if ATi does 3D (maybe someone else on here can input some knowledge?) because that ATX motherboard I gave supports Crossfire but not SLi.

edit: PlayedStation beat me to it lol
     
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doesn matter if its crossfire/sli. just want graphics card(s) that support 3D
    
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have just been doing some reading up about the difference between AMD's and Nvidias 3d offerings and apparently AMDs 3d only supports certain monitors, where as nvidia has support for most 3d tv's, so i'd steer more toward nvidia if 3d is the dealbreaker for you
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post #8 of 11
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yer, maybe nvidia,
    
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what is a good 1156 motherboard that supports 2-way or 3-way graphics?
    
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also any good amd configurations that support 3d graphics?
    
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