So I want to build a new rig to play games on, ideas?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Jimmy Pop Cornholio, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. Jimmy Pop Cornholio

    Jimmy Pop Cornholio

    Oct 25, 2005
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    My old rig is a 3.0ghz, 2gig, BFG 5950 ultra, yada yada yada. Thinking about getting this setup:

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor

    ABIT AB9 QuadGT LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

    Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    Video card:
    BFG Tech BFGR88768GTXOCE GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 OC HDCP Video Card

    Hard drives:
    Seagate Barracuda ES ST3320620NS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    Any new video cards comming out soon? Any suggestions on new equipment? Any changes you would make?
  2. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

    Jan 27, 2005
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    I didn't look at the specs on the parts you listed, but it seems like you know what you're doing. If you're building a new machine specifically for gaming, you should hold off until DirectX 10 comes out -- it's scheduled for release sometime between now and never. :rolleyes:

    I always suggest getting a RAID, and I'll do it again; if that motherboard doesn't support anything better than RAID 0/1, consider finding a different board that does, and then buy three hard drives half the size of the one you're planning to get. A RAID will improve data throughput, cover your ass if one of the drives fails, and having disk writes buffered in an extra layer of RAM will help reduce thrashing under heavy load.
  3. Cthalupa

    Cthalupa New Member

    May 5, 2006
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    Dallas, Texas
    That's funny. I'm running DX10 right now.

    Well, at home. Not on this specific computer.

    As for the build listed above: Switch that Kingston ram to Corsair. Kingston sucks.
  4. DaIceMan

    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

    Aug 30, 2004
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    Springfield-ish, Missouri
    ATi's new cards are supposed to be out very soon (within a couple weeks I think), though I absolutely love my 8800GTX. I would recommend that you go with XFX over any other brand because of customer service and quality. The card I got from XFX actually overclocks to higher specs than the GTX XXX card.

    Other than that and the mobo, your system is basically the same as I built. I went with the Asus P5N-E SLI mobo. My E6600, with a Tuniq Tower 120 cooler, is overclocked to 3.2Ghz and runs cool as can be.
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

    Mar 31, 2006
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    I don't see a psu listed yet and you for sure don't want to use your old
    You can trust every power supply on this list.

    I would have no problem going with the Antec listed.
    I'm running an older 550 watt True Power Antec, and I've got an
    E6600, 2gb, 4x hard drives, 7900GT, Plextor dvd and Adaptec scsi card
    all running on it.

    Antec True Power Trio 650 watt psu $117 shipped after $20 rebate

    And you don't need to go any higher up than this PCPower&Cooling 610 watter
    $178 shipped

    xbitlabs is saying that the ATI R600 has been delayed until
    the second quarter. (probably sometime in March)

    Next on the list and since I don't do overclocking, is going to require input from
    some of the other guys here.
    The Kingston ram you have listed is nice low latency stuff.
    But the specs on the 965 chipsets (including yours) say that the boards
    will only run on 5-5-5 timing.
    I run an Intel 965 board, and I got some 4-4-4 G.Skill memory, and I notice
    when I go into the bios that it's running at 5-5-5.
    I think it's possible that the motherboard will dumb down the timing on the memory.
    Again, I don't do this stuff so I'm just guessing at this point.
    Interestingly, people seem to be having better results with overclocking
    low latency memory on the 965 boards in spite of whether it's dumbing down the latencies.

    As far as the graphics go, I've seen good comments about BFG, XFX and eVga (my favorite).
    I know that eVga customer support is U.S. based, and I hear they're quite good.
    At any rate, my 7900GT superclocked card from them
    performs flawlessly.

    Oh, and Vista has directx 10 built into it, and the 8800*** cards support it as well.
    There's not a lot of games out that support it, I've only seen one listed.
    One thing's for sure though, the cards are blazing fast.

    Last edited: Feb 23, 2007

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