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I want to build a Gamer!

Post by FlightSimmer08 » Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:01 am

Alright fellas, I've had it with my machine. It's very reliable and all, and never misses a beat, but it just can't run programs to well. I think I have enough computer knowledge in me now that I could build my own system. I've looked at a few cases, mother boards, CPUs and other stuff.

According to my budget, I could afford $150 a month to dish out on the stuff needed to build a complete system. It will take some time, but it'll be worth it.

Any suggestions on hardware and power supplies? I want to be able to run FS2004 with no problem, plus other stuff like my RC Flight Simulator.

Please let me know about any "notorious issues" with any product, although I'm sure they all have at least one.

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Post by heeshung » Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:06 am

Suggestions? Lots. Take a look at some of the other threads here. How kickass do you want your rig to be? A modest computer that will take care of FS, or a monstrous beast that can handle anything you throw at it?
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9450 @ 2.66GHz (4 CPUs)
4096MB Corsair Dominator DDR2 @1066MHz (5-5-5-15) 2.1V
Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 32MB Cache
2x NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS 512MB G92 Core in SLI
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR PSU [80A]
Acer X223W 22" 16:10 Widescreen TFT LCD
Azalia HD Audio Connected to 5.1 Channel Harmon/Kardon Surround System and Plantronics GameCom 377 Headset
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Razer Lachesis 4000dpi 3G Laser [Philips Twin-Eye] Wraith Red Edition Gaming Mouse
EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW Special Edition Mainboard 132-YW-E178-A1
Antec Twelve-Hundred Full Tower Case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7000) (7000.winmain_win7beta.081212-1400)

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Post by FlightSimmer08 » Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:18 am

Something with abundant performance, but won't put me in dept for the next 40 years. I'll check the threads. Thanks.

P.S. I got a lot of useful information from howstuffworks.com

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Post by Haun » Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:51 am

you could skip this, and save up for a kickin alienware

#1 for games and such.

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Post by heeshung » Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:46 am

Or, you could spend the same money you do on the Alienware, and get something better.

I'm not saying Alienwares are bad, they're great, don't get me wrong, but then you can't brag about building it yourself. Of course, if you're uneducated and feel that you're in danger of frying something, then by all means, buy a pre-built computer.
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9450 @ 2.66GHz (4 CPUs)
4096MB Corsair Dominator DDR2 @1066MHz (5-5-5-15) 2.1V
Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 32MB Cache
2x NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS 512MB G92 Core in SLI
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR PSU [80A]
Acer X223W 22" 16:10 Widescreen TFT LCD
Azalia HD Audio Connected to 5.1 Channel Harmon/Kardon Surround System and Plantronics GameCom 377 Headset
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Razer Lachesis 4000dpi 3G Laser [Philips Twin-Eye] Wraith Red Edition Gaming Mouse
EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW Special Edition Mainboard 132-YW-E178-A1
Antec Twelve-Hundred Full Tower Case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7000) (7000.winmain_win7beta.081212-1400)

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Post by tropicalfish » Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:49 am

Is 800 dollars too high?
Is 1000 dollars to high?
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Antec 300 - Case
Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W - PSU
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H AMD 790GX - Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Quad-Core - CPU
G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR2-800 - RAM
SAPPHIRE ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB - Graphics Card
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB - Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - Optical Drive
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating System

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Post by FlightSimmer08 » Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:43 am

I've looked at Alienwares, they're pretty good. But I'm the kind of guy who would rather build something rather than buy a prebuilt unit if I've got the chance.

To Tropicalfish: For now, I'll limit myself to about 800 dollars total.

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Post by heeshung » Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:57 am

A budget is always a very handy tool. That way we know what we can work with.

For $800, I'd suggest:

CPU: Q6600 (Quad-core) or E8400 (Dual-core) [both offer similar performance; your choice which way you want to go] (~$170)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L (~$85)

Video Card: nVIDIA GeForce 9800GT (~$120)

Case: Antec Nine-Hundred (~$120)

PSU: Corsair TX750 750W PSU (~$110)

RAM: 2GB or 4GB 800MHz Corsair XMS2 (~$27 and ~$40, respectively)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB (~$60)

Optical Drive: Samsung DVD Burner w/ Lightscribe SH-S202N (~$24)


With the 4GB of RAM, total comes to $729, which is pretty good considering the specs of those parts.

For 64-bit Vista Home Premium, tack on $100.
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9450 @ 2.66GHz (4 CPUs)
4096MB Corsair Dominator DDR2 @1066MHz (5-5-5-15) 2.1V
Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 32MB Cache
2x NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS 512MB G92 Core in SLI
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR PSU [80A]
Acer X223W 22" 16:10 Widescreen TFT LCD
Azalia HD Audio Connected to 5.1 Channel Harmon/Kardon Surround System and Plantronics GameCom 377 Headset
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Razer Lachesis 4000dpi 3G Laser [Philips Twin-Eye] Wraith Red Edition Gaming Mouse
EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW Special Edition Mainboard 132-YW-E178-A1
Antec Twelve-Hundred Full Tower Case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7000) (7000.winmain_win7beta.081212-1400)

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Post by tropicalfish » Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:05 am

Drop about 20 dollars on the PSU for this:
SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT

You will need an OS also.
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Antec 300 - Case
Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W - PSU
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H AMD 790GX - Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Quad-Core - CPU
G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR2-800 - RAM
SAPPHIRE ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB - Graphics Card
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB - Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - Optical Drive
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating System

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Post by heeshung » Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:10 am

Or you could save the same $20 and get a modular Corsair 520HX 520W PSU.
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9450 @ 2.66GHz (4 CPUs)
4096MB Corsair Dominator DDR2 @1066MHz (5-5-5-15) 2.1V
Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 32MB Cache
2x NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTS 512MB G92 Core in SLI
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR PSU [80A]
Acer X223W 22" 16:10 Widescreen TFT LCD
Azalia HD Audio Connected to 5.1 Channel Harmon/Kardon Surround System and Plantronics GameCom 377 Headset
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Razer Lachesis 4000dpi 3G Laser [Philips Twin-Eye] Wraith Red Edition Gaming Mouse
EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW Special Edition Mainboard 132-YW-E178-A1
Antec Twelve-Hundred Full Tower Case
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7000) (7000.winmain_win7beta.081212-1400)

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Post by tropicalfish » Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:55 am

Between those two, I would say it is your choice.

The Seasonic gives you 30 watts more headroom than the Corsair, and the Corsair gives you more flexibility in wire management.

Both are very reputable brands.

I am assuming you live in the United States? If so, we are getting the prices off http://www.newegg.com/
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Computer Specs
Antec 300 - Case
Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650W - PSU
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H AMD 790GX - Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Quad-Core - CPU
G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR2-800 - RAM
SAPPHIRE ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB - Graphics Card
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB - Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - Optical Drive
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Operating System

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