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New Guy Lookin To Build Gaming Rig


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StreetBobber09

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Hey Guys I was going to go and buy a computer but after a few weeks reading forums and reviews I have the itch to build! I really want a gaming rig that can handle FSX because it is a beast of a game for any computer. I will have some other games as well but FSX is my main focus. I will still use it for regular use as well for internet, music, movies etc...
I was thinking about a few things but really need advice and direction to go with this.

CPU: Either Intel i7 or AMD Phenom Black. I would like 3+Ghz.
Motherboard: I was going to get one of the package deals from new egg with the CPU.
RAM: 6-8 Gigs
Video Card: Nvidia GTX 260 OR 275 Series: I was comparing cards and its confusing.
Power Supply: I don't really know what size
Hard Drive: 1TB? Plenty of room.

I know I am missing some things but mostly I really want this to handle anything I can throw at it. I was looking at a lot of items mostly on new egg. Any other great sites I am game to look at.

Thanks for all your help and I love these forums!
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Xzyon

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Well man, i just finished building myself a pretty decent rig myself, and while i cant attest to my own knowledge on building a new system for you, I can give you a couple sites that may be of interest to assist your computer shopping needs.

www.newegg.com Canadian and American
www.NCIX.com Canadian and American
Tigerdirect.ca Canadian
Tigerdirect.com American
Directcanada.com Canadaian

Might I also suggest providing the amount of money you are willing to spend on this new rig of yours. It might help others in the forum give you the best bang for your buck.

Just trying to help :)
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MoNsTeReNeRgY22

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As Xzyon said, telling us your budget would help alot. Also, what version and are you going to have 32 or 64 bit Vista?
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Well I would like to stay around 1,500 give or take. I am really just trying to get a good rig and would spend the money where it counts "CPU's, motherboards, graphics etc." I have been doing research on pricing the different parts and I feel that it is a better deal going with AMD Phenom Balck instead of an intel i7. I dont really know too much but I am slowly learning the parts and processes.
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As for the Operating System I was thinking 64 bit but I have to read up on it. Also I heard a lot of people talking about going to windows 7 instead of Vista.
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I was told that by one of the techs here on the forums to only use Windows 7 on a test computer, not as a primary Operating system. Although i cant say i used Vista 64 myself, I have noticed many people giving it the thumbs up elsewhere. When it comes down to it though man, its all up to you on the operating system.
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only use Windows 7 on a test computer


Absolutely. Due to the nature of Windows 7 being in "test-drive" mode, it isn't worth it to use it as a main operating system. Having to revert back to an old OS, if possible, or formatting a partition is a hassle.

I currently test Windows 7 on a virtual machine, called VirtualBox. :)

Edited by DragonMaster Jay, 27 May 2009 - 06:57 PM.

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Are you planning to overclock your CPU, or GPU?
I was looking at this really awesome mobo just recently: http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=4070
It only support an Intel i7 or i7 Extreme CPU though.

Watch the video near the middle of the page. You will see why this mobo is a monster when it comes to performance and overclocking. :)

Edited by edge2022, 27 May 2009 - 08:05 PM.

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Are you planning to overclock your CPU, or GPU?
I was looking at this really awesome mobo just recently: http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=4070
It only support an Intel i7 or i7 Extreme CPU though.

Watch the video near the middle of the page. You will see why this mobo is a monster when it comes to performance and overclocking. :)

That is overkill in my opinion for a 1,500$ budget.
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That is overkill in my opinion for a 1,500$ budget.

Yea it is. What mobo would you recommend?
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I will post a full build for you in a little bit when I have some time, just letting you know :)
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Case - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129058

CPU - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115202

CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835233029

Optical Drive - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827136153

Gaming HDD - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136296

Storage HDD - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136284

Mobo - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128375

RAM - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145220

PSU - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817703009

Sound Card - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16829102006

Video Card - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102809

Total before MIR = $1528.90

Let me know what you think!
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Wow I picked a few of those same items. But I was going to go with AMD instead of intel just becuase of price.
I do have a few questions.
Is it always good to have two hard drives? Isnt one 1TB hard drive good for both gaming and storgage?
I will not be over clocking my rig. Do you think the 750w psu will power that fine?
Is there a signifigant difference between DDR2 and DDR3?
Thanks for posting this information I will look into it more.
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Hi StreetBobber09 and welcome to Geeks to Go!

I hope you don't mind me adding in my suggestions.

PSU - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817153036
750W is more than enough. I'm running 850W and don't even use more than 500W on average.

As far as an operating system suggestion, it's really up to you. Currently, I use Vista SP1 64-bit. It's nice because you can actually use all 4 GB of RAM (or more if you choose, where as 32-bit can't use more than (a little over) 3 GB. Sometimes I do wish that I had gone with 32-bit because some programs aren't native 64-bit and fail to start or work properly.
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Hi StreetBobber09,

I normally only recommend AMD to people who are on a budget with about 800 dollars or less, anything higher than that I will go with Intel all the way. I can easily sub in AMD if you would like, just let me know.

The reason for two hard drives is for a performance gain on your rig. The faster, 10,000 RPM drive would only be used for your OS, games, and any other application you would want to run faster. The bigger, yet slower drive would be for all of your documents, music, videos, etc. 1TB would easily fit all of your stuff(unless you have alot of HD videos, games, etc), but it is up to you if you want that perfomance gain. I use the 150 GB raptor as my OS and gaming drive, and I noticed quite a big improvement from my older drive, which I now use for data storage.

750w will do just fine, and even down the road if you wanted to look at maybe a crossfire/SLI setup, your PSU should be able to handle it.

DDR3 is the newer version of DDR2 ram. Basically, it allows for a higher memory bandwith, but with slowet latency timings. Here is a great article on the two if you want to read more.
http://www.anandtech...doc.aspx?i=2989

If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask!
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