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Gaming Rig: cheap and Powerful


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phinjoe

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Ok so recently, after being very frustrated w/ the gaming performance of my macbook, I have decided to build a computer soley dedicated to gaming. In short, no work all play. My friend has reccomended the following parts to build a powerful yet affordable computer. The only problem I have so far is that the motherboard doesnt seem to have a firewire port, something i need because I need to transfer all my music from my hard drive to the new computer. Nothing like some good music. Also, the hard drive seems to be a bit funky. Remember that right now I am not focused at all on the monitor, keyboard, or mouse. Reccomendations are nice, but I cheifly just want to deal w/ the rig itself.

here is everything
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115003

CPU cooling: ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835118223

RAM/Memory:CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145590

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136014

Graphics Card: Leadtek PX7900 GTX Geforce 7900GTX 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814122242

DVD drive: NEC Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827152058

Motherboard: ASUS P5ND2-SLI Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131578

PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS-430-PMSR/P ATX12V Max: 400W, Peak: 430W Power Supply 90~132V / 180~264V (Selectable) Nemko / TUV / cUL / CE
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817171007

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119047


Any reccomendations are WELCOME. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!
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anoobrew

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DO NOT ... I repeat DO NOT waste your $$ on a DX9 card..... w8 for DX10 cards to come out this winter ... trust me ... dont waste ur $$ on a DX9 card .... everything else is cool.... cept power supply .... you might want at least 600watts ..2 b safe to power ur DX10 card... also... it'd be cheaper and faster if u bought 2x 250gb Hd's and put them in a RAID config
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O00 also.... for DX10 if your gonna run sl1 ...ur gonna need prolly at least 850watts... and i dont rec nvidia for dx10 at this point.. Ati's new core is gonna pwn the g80
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600W might be a bit steep but certainly nearer 500W would be advisable. Maybe look at some other mobos look around nforce4 is good but you might want to see what comes out and also intel releases quad cores this december might be worth waiting for.

I would maybe get a GT version of that card or an x1900XT not worth the extra at the moment.

2 250Gbs might be cheaper but dont raid them.

Is your location wrong or are you really in the UK if you are you cant purchase parts from newegg.
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phinjoe

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well im in the UK but this computer will be fore states.

HOwever if I wanted to use this comp that in the UK, could I just buy a transformer and use it in the UK?

Edited by phinjoe, 26 September 2006 - 03:00 AM.

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I'm in the UK so i dont know what prices are like over there, but it would certantly be worth looking at an AMD FX CPU, apently thay're great for gaming. You would need a 939 Mobo for that but aparently they're quite good aswell.
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I'm in the UK so i dont know what prices are like over there, but it would certantly be worth looking at an AMD FX CPU, apently thay're great for gaming. You would need a 939 Mobo for that but aparently they're quite good aswell.




The amd FX 60 and FX 62 are both slower than a Conroe E6600 2.4ghz and the higher conroes..

The info is posted all over the site and on google search. Just keep up to date on your homework on computer hardware and processors in general.


The amd fx 62 is more the twice as much as the Conroe E6600 and the Intel Conroe E6600 beats it at pretty much every single benchmark including gaming..

Intel Completely redesigned its "Conroe" Processors and they are not based on the old PENTIUM 4 architecture at all..

In the "PENTIUM 4 Era" AMD FX would be the faster chip for shure... but not now..
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Keep an eye on ebay, sometimes you can get great rigs that someone is selling in the US or Canada for much cheaper than they would be here.
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to be honest, i'd stick away from e-bay when it comes to computer parts. You just don't know what your buying.
Thats my 2 cents.
James
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Prices in the US arent bad but they arent all that cheap its ok for us brits with the exchange rate even expensive stuff becomes cheap you get almost two dollars to the pound so basically a half price sale.

You cant buy it in newegg and ship it here though you would have to have a US shipping adress.
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