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TheClairvoyant

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#1 9 years ago

I'm planning on ordering the components for a new computer, and building it myself. I don't have much experience with some of the parts of a computer, so I need some feedback on how well the list I have compiled so far will run together. Montherboard CPU Case PSU RAM Video Card Hard Drive DVD Drive OS Monitor I am sort of concerned about the video card. I can't seem to find any comparisons between the 1gb version and the 2gb version. The 1gb version is very similar to the GTX 275, and it would probably be more prudent to get the GTX 275 between those two. But I don't know how much difference I will get from the 1gb version to the 2gb version.

Keep in mind that I plan to play games such as GTA4, Crysis, CoD-WaW (only if I choose to get the video card I have listed, as it comes with it), and later in the year, Starcraft 2

Feel free to critique my choices; I want a good gaming system, but I don't particularly want to buy the first thing I see and have wasted my money. Thanks for any feedback




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#2 9 years ago

All the stuff you found looks really great, and for the 285 you found, I've never really seen any comparison myself either, so you might consider getting this one instead:

Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

It's the one I'm getting, and evga is one of the top GPU sellers with great warranties.


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#3 9 years ago

Looks good.




kow_ciller

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#4 9 years ago

Get a better motherboard than that for sure. Also, a better powersupply coolmax doesn't exactly make the greatest stuff out there look for a corsair, ennermax revolution, antec signature series or mid-range silverstone PSU.

PNY is usually very poor quality stuff. Look for some Corsair or Gskill memory that fits your price range.

I would wait a couple weeks and check out the ATI 5xxx cards when they come out. Supposed to be a nice bump from the previous series for around $300. And that 2gb card is a complete waste. Anything over 1gb is a massive waste of money.




TheClairvoyant

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#5 9 years ago

kow_ciller;4927175Get a better motherboard than that for sure. Also, a better powersupply coolmax doesn't exactly make the greatest stuff out there look for a corsair, ennermax revolution, antec signature series or mid-range silverstone PSU.

PNY is usually very poor quality stuff. Look for some Corsair or Gskill memory that fits your price range.

I would wait a couple weeks and check out the ATI 5xxx cards when they come out. Supposed to be a nice bump from the previous series for around $300. And that 2gb card is a complete waste. Anything over 1gb is a massive waste of money.

What kind of motherboard should I be looking at? I don't know much about them, I've never taken the time to figure out. I know more about processors and video cards (though not enough, apparently :rolleyes:). I'll check out some other PSU's

GSkill RAM

Antec 750w PSU

EVGA GTX 285




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#6 9 years ago

here is a power supply. Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

That ram looks good. Heres a solid motherboard. Newegg.com - ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Buying a 285 this late is all but a waste of money. Unless you're going to buy the components this second you really should wait for new cards to come out especially if you're going to spend $350 only to have it be middle of the pack in a couple weeks. And a big question is, are you going to be overclocking? Because if so you really need to get a better heatsink than what comes with the processor. 4.0ghz shouldn't be a big deal if you do decide to overclock. But if you're not going to overclock I would step down and get a cheaper processor without an unlocked multiplier.




TheClairvoyant

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#7 9 years ago

I'm not buying the parts this second, so I'll probably wait until new cards are released to buy. I'm not planning on overclocking, but don't I need a processor of that caliber to run modern games efficiently?

Ps-Do you have a link to any info on the new cards? Or is it just a hunch?




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#8 9 years ago

The only CPU intensive games that I really know of are GTA IV and Crysis, and since you play them I'd suggest getting the Phenom II.


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#9 9 years ago
Ps-Do you have a link to any info on the new cards? Or is it just a hunch?

There are always rumours about new releases of video cards, and I'm pretty sure that the specs for the GT200 architecture has been posted somewhere on the net. You're looking at a high-end GPU (like the 285 is for the GT200 architecture) with about 3, maybe 4 times the pure processing capacity of the 285. The GT300 series are going to be very powerful GPUs. I think AMD are keeping specs for the 5870 closer to their collective chest, but I would expect something similar.

I'm not buying the parts this second, so I'll probably wait until new cards are released to buy. I'm not planning on overclocking, but don't I need a processor of that caliber to run modern games efficiently?

Honestly, Phenom II chips have a huge overhead, so unless you've overclocked it, you're really not using all it has to offer. But having a Phenom II at stock clock should allow you to play the games you want fairly well.




TheClairvoyant

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#10 9 years ago

Is it recommended to overclock the Phenom II without liquid cooling? The case I have linked has 4 120mm fans and 2 140mm fans, and the processor has one itself. Is that enough to overclock without overheating?