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Flodgy

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#1 10 years ago

...You knew this was coming.

So, for what feels like the billionth time, I am attempting to procure money for a new PC. Here is what I have come up with so far:

Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45 DS3 $148 Processor: E8400 $200 Graphics: XpertVision Radeon HD4850 $213 Sound Card: Integrated RAM: 4GB 800MHz OCZ DDR2 $137 Hard Drive: Seagate SATA 500G $88 Optical Drive: Pioneer SATA 20x 216BK $34 Case: Thermaltake Soprano (no PSU) $99 Power Supply: Coolermaster Extreme 550W $72

Total: $991

Monitor: 19” Acer P193WB Piano Black Gloss $223.

Then just getting a generic (but good quality) keyboard and mouse. I already have a set of 5.1 Creative speakers.

Then I'll throw Vista on there as well.

So what do you think guys? It's that, or a PS3.

I am seriously considering the PS3 as an option, as pretty soon I'll be off to the Defence Force Academy, where a gaming rig won't have much use and would most likely be replaced by a laptop. That and a majority of my cousins have one, so I could play with them online. That and I wouldn't have to bother with all the tech issues, and could simply enjoy it as an entertainment system, no hassle.

Also, no console wars. Please.




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#2 10 years ago

Despite how much i hate the PS3's community, i'd say go with the PS3. It's much less, and much easier to transport. Too bad here in Denmark the PS3 is more than a high end rig, but that's because it has to be imported.




Flodgy

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#3 10 years ago

Dude, please, nothing inciting. The comment regarding the community really wasn't needed. It'll only provoke people.

The PS3 here costs $699, then on top of that I'll need a monitor / tv to use it with. (My current TV is old school), adding around at least $200. Then games here are $110+. In the end the costs would end up being the same, so it is negligible.

Hmm. I'll wait for some more input on the comp build itself before going to a decision. Thanks for your contribution mate.




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#4 10 years ago

Looks OK for the most part Flodg, but I say you can do better than Coolermaster on the PSU, and it's a pretty important part.

As for the PS3, I do like it and feel it's a good investment just for the Blu-ray movie player. Despite what some may have assumed regarding my console vs PC game title comments elsewhere, I have said before many times, as far as the hardware goes, if it weren't for having to use the current design of gamepads on consoles I'd probably have purchased one by now.

I am strictly a KB/M guy currently but I could see myself adapting to a gamepad if it were one you could aim like a Wii controller. Even better if engineered with better tech than the Wii one uses like In2Game's Fusion gamepad, which splits in two for two handed fighting and uses ultrasonic as well as RF tech for much more precise motion tracking.

The problem is the game has to be written for such a controller. I doubt this tech will catch on big with the 360 or PS3 unless MS or Sony makes a similar pad themselves. One thing's for sure though, I will never adapt to having to aim via a mini thumb toggle, WAY too clumsy for me.

If you handle gamepads well though, most all popular PC titles come out on the PS3 and 360 now, and between the two I think the PS3 with it's Blu-ray player is better overall. They have a bit of catching up to do on exclusive titles that's all.




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#5 10 years ago

Flodgy Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45 DS3 $148 Processor: E8400 $200 Graphics: XpertVision Radeon HD4850 $213 Sound Card: Integrated RAM: 4GB 800MHz OCZ DDR2 $137 Hard Drive: Seagate SATA 500G $88 Optical Drive: Pioneer SATA 20x 216BK $34 Case: Thermaltake Soprano (no PSU) $99 Power Supply: Coolermaster Extreme 550W $72

Total: $991

Looks good. I was looking at that same mobo myself the other day. You could probably get the EP35-DS3L a good bit cheaper though, and from what i've seen and read, the P45 chipset is not that much faster to be worth the extra money.

The 4850 is a great card, but can run pretty damn hot. I would look for one with a dual slot cooler as that will vent all the heat out of your case. I know HIS makes them, not sure what others have them.

As far as Vista goes, just make sure you get the 64-bit version so you can use all that ram.




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#6 10 years ago

Hmm, that's a pretty hard desicion even for me to make lol. A kickass PC or a PS3. I've never really sat down and played the PS3, because I can't afford it, and I have a 360. But I have a ton of more fun with console games than I do with PC games. The PC would give you great versatility and you can do a lot more with it, but console online play kick's PC's ass completley (atleast on Xbox live it does, but im pretty sure they have the same kind of thing like a friends list and stuff). Also with a PS3 you won't have to fiddle around with setting's for you games and stuff (not like you'd be doing any with that system) so in all I think you should go for the PS3. Also littlebig planet is coming out soon so thats a huge plus.




Flodgy

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#7 10 years ago

Well I've decided to get the PC over the PS3, simply because it will get a lot more use.

Apollo75;4615283Looks good. I was looking at that same mobo myself the other day. You could probably get the EP35-DS3L a good bit cheaper though, and from what i've seen and read, the P45 chipset is not that much faster to be worth the extra money.

The 4850 is a great card, but can run pretty damn hot. I would look for one with a dual slot cooler as that will vent all the heat out of your case. I know HIS makes them, not sure what others have them.

As far as Vista goes, just make sure you get the 64-bit version so you can use all that ram.

Yea it certainly is a great card. The Xpertvision brand I've chosen has a non-reference cooler attached, so should save me some grief if it were to overheat.

Regarding Vista, would a 64 bit version be required to harness the RAM to full extent?




Oblivious

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#8 10 years ago

64 bit is needed to use ram beyond 3.2gb. Also, personally, If I were building someone a system now, I'd feel comfortable using 64 bit Vista by default.

As to the P35 DS3L comment above, I can attest that it does great with the E8400. Great board for the price.




kow_ciller

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#9 10 years ago

If you're going to get a P45 chipset board, I would seriously consider an Asus P5Q-pro or P5Q-E. These things clock like a champ and have tons of great features




Flodgy

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#10 10 years ago

Oblivious;461535664 bit is needed to use ram beyond 3.2gb. Also, personally, If I were building someone a system now, I'd feel comfortable using 64 bit Vista by default.

As to the P35 DS3L comment above, I can attest that it does great with the E8400. Great board for the price.[/quote]

Ah thanks for that bit of info mate, much appreciated. 64-bit it is then.

[quote=kow_ciller;4618846]If you're going to get a P45 chipset board, I would seriously consider an Asus P5Q-pro or P5Q-E. These things clock like a champ and have tons of great features

I'll take it into consideration, but I've more or less finalised my plans now after 4 drafts of making a computer, thanks though! =p