Hey ppl. I'm new to this forum. I want to know what you guys think of this gaming pc i'm going to build. Any comments and suggestions would be appreciated (constructive ones of course).
Case: Sunbeam Transformer Black Steel ATX Full Tower Case 120mm Fans: 1 x 120mm Rear Fan 80mm Fans: 2 x 80mm Side Fan 1 x 80mm Top Fan Expansion Slots: 7 External 3.5" Drive Bays: 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays: 5 Front Ports: USB, Audio Internal 3.5" Drive Bays: 6
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 (rev. 1.3) LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX CPU Type: Quad-core / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium Dual Channel Supported: Yes FSB: 1333/1066MHz Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB Memory Standard: DDR2 800 Number of Memory Slots: 4×240pin PCI Express x1: 3 PCI Express x16: 1 - I like this mobo cause if I choose to upgrade to a quad-core processor later, I won't have any problems
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 FSB: 1066MHz L1 Cache: 32KB+32KB L2 Cache: 4M shared Multi-Core: Dual-Core
GPU: Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA Core clock: 500MHz DirectX: DirectX 10 DVI: 2 Memory Clock: 1600MHz Memory Interface: 320-bit OpenGL: OpenGL 2.0 Stream Processors: 96
TV tuner: Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 500 MCE PCI Interface Personal Video Recorder FM Tuner: Yes Ports In: FM in TV in S-VIDEO in COMP VID in
Memory: G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x 2 (total of 4GB)
Storage: HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Cache: 16MB x 4 (total of 2TB)
Optical: SONY 18X DVD±R SATA (x2) Cache: 2MB CD-RW: 32X, DVD+R: 18X, DVD+R DL: 8X, DVD+RW: 6X, DVD-R: 18X DVD-R DL: 8x, DVD-RW: 6X Power: Broadway Com Corp BLACK ATX 600W Power Dual +12V: No Fans: 2 Input Current: 12A @ 115AC, 6A @ 230AC Input Frequency Range: 50/60 Hz Input Voltage: 115/230 V Main Connector: 20 + 4Pin
Sound: DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71DDL 7.1 Channels PCI Digital Audio: 24-bit Hardware Decode: Dolby EX and DTS
Monitor: SCEPTRE X20WG-Naga Black 20.1" 5ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Brightness: 300 cd/m2 Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 Display Colors: 16.2 Million Display Type: WSXGA+ Horizontal Refresh Rate: Analog: 24kHz - 82kHz Digital: 31kHz - 80kHz Maximum Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Extra stuff that I will add:
Fan controller: The case comes with 4 fans, and the reviews i've read say that users love it and it keeps things nice and cool, but the fans make a lot of noise (one guy nicknamed his "jet engine"), so I will get a fan controller that fits in one of the 3.5" bays.
20 in 1 Card reader
Wireless adapter (PCI) ************************************************** Sorry for the long post.
I am building this so that once I finish with school, I can get back to kickin butt with games, ripping dvds, etc. Plus I want to make sure that I can play all of the newest games for at least a couple of years without having to upgrade. Plus, I just like having great technology and the price is really not that bad. So what, if any, comments or suggestions do you guys have.
Looks like a good system to me, though i never heard of Leadtek, so i can not really comment on the video card, otherwise, its a killer
thats a really good system but make sure its a twin TV tuner they seem quite handy and I've been meaning to get one for a long time as you can record a tv show while watching another :(
But to be honest by the time you've had decent use out of 2 cores you may end up upgrading to 8 cores
what keyboard mouse etc will you be using as well with this monster set up ?
Much appreciated guys.
The Leadtek GPU has pretty good reviews at Newegg here Customer Reviews Of Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GTS TDH GeForce 8800GTS HDCP Video Card - Retail
The TV tuner is a dual tuner, each tuner has its own MPEG encoder according to the specs.
I already have a wireless mouse and Keyboard from Microsoft, they are pretty decent, so I won't be buying another set. I will, however, be looking into a kick-ass gamepad.
I do realize that by next year quad-cores will be the norm, and dual quad-core/8-core (octocore, if you will) processors will be on the horizon, but I am not the kind of person who keeps a pc for more than 2 years or so. And If I do, I am constantly upgrading. That's why I have the mobo that can take quad-core. I think by the time 8 cores are the main, I will definitely be ready to build/upgrade to a new pc.
I was really surprised at how much I would be saving by building my own vs. purchasing one from puget or ava. Sometimes it's good to be a geek. :)
Looks like a top pc i want one!
The only thing i may change would be the 8800gts down to a 320 mb version, at the resolution that monitor displays at you will not gain anything by buying one with more ram.
But thats just me.
Danke Undies, I probably won't be able to do it until sometime in the fall, in which case i'll probably have to swap out the processor, the video card, and the mobo just to keep up to date, but I am rubbing my hands together just at the thought of purchasing each of the components.
Does anyone think that I should go with an SLI setup right out of the gate? Maybe with two 2 8600GTS @ 256MB? I probably should wait, and just add another 8800 320MB next year.
What about if I change the monitor? I think the video card is more important than the monitor. But what monitor resolution would you suggest?
On second thought, after doing some searching, I think you are right. I think it may be better for me to get a 320 GPU, and I will use that extra money to get a SLI mobo in case I want to add a second GPU in the future.
I switched the 640MB for a 320MB and switched the mobo for a SLI one. So here are my new specs:
ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX CPU Type: Quad-core / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium Dual Channel Supported: Yes FSB: 1333/1066MHz Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB Memory Standard: DDR2 800 Number of Memory Slots: 4×240pin PCI Express x1: 1 PCI Express x16: 2 (SLI mode: x8, x8)
PNY VCG88GTS32XPB GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Core clock: 500MHz DirectX: DirectX 10 DVI: 2 Memory Clock: 1600MHz(effective) Memory Interface: 320-bit
Leadtek are fairly well known for some good cards over here in the UK, but as for the ROTW im unsure.
The differences in the performance between the 320MB and 640MB 8800 GTS cards is only noticeable at 1920x1200, above what your monitor supports. The reason being that in some games the texture memory that those games require is more than the 320MB cards have, thus it causes a fairly severe drop in fps at maximum details at 1920x1200.
If you want SLi as well, then I'd consider using the money you save from buying a 320MB 8800 GTS over a 640MB one, and put it towards buying a 680i board instead of a 650i one (680i boards have slightly better features, but when overclocking they're very sensitive to voltage adjustments, however if you're not overclocking that won't worry you).
On a side note. Speaking of Quad/Octo Core systems if I had the money, a pair of either Xeon 5160's or 5355's would go down pretty nicely for e-penis extensions...
EDIT: Got a link to that case you mentioned in the first post? I've never heard of a Sunbeam case before...
What's the OS going to be?
Your four gigs of ram are going to be problematic with Windows XP (or any other 32-bit OS), and most 64-bit OS's are iffy on the driver support.