Mid-High Range Custom Computer
My current gaming laptop is old and dieing (4 years) and I'm looking into a new computer for upcoming games. I want something that'll allow for good upgradeability, potential for overclocking, and will run current games at good speed/quality.
The list below is what I came up with after a few hours of digging around NewEgg. My target price $1400, including monitor, and buying all of the required parts.
As a side note, I already have a 5.1 surround sound system and reciever.
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard
Dimensions: 12.0" x 9.6"
Memory Slots: 4×240pin
Memory Standard: DDR2 1333
PCI Express 2.0 x16: 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16
(one running at x16 model, another one running at x8 model)
PCI Express x1: 3
PCI Slots: 2
PATA: 1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s: 8
USB: 8 x USB 2.0
IEEE 1394: 2 x IEEE 1394a
S/PDIF Out: 1x Optical, 1x Coaxial
Audio Ports: 6
Intel Core 2 Duo BX80570E8400
Operating Frequency: 3.0GHz
GPU: Radeon HD 4850
Core clock: 625MHz
Memory Size: 1GB
OCZ Platinum OCZ2P10664GK
Capacity: 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Speed: DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Cas Latency: 5
Corsair CMPSU-750TX Power Supply
Type: ATX12V / EPS12V
Maximum Power: 750W
Fans: Thermally controlled 140mm fan
Main Connector: 20+4Pin
+12V Rails: Single
PCI-E Connectors: 4 x 6+2Pin
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
Digital Audio: 24-bit
Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD322HJ
Interface: SATA 3.0Gb/s
Average Seek Time: 8.9ms
Average Latency: 4.17ms
ACER P243WAid Monitor
Screen Size: 24"
Maximum Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Viewing Angle: 160°(H) / 160°(V)
Response Time: 2ms(GTG)
Vista Home 64-Bit
I'm still searching for a good mid-tower atx case that'll fit the motherboard. I'm also wondering if the sound card will be worth it, especially since I've heard bad things about Creative soundcards and Vista.
Any of the more tech-savvy forumfall denizens have suggestions?
The GPU is not the way I'd go.
Also, soundblaster = shitty 64-bit support and way overpriced.
Are you planning to crossfire it? I think it's a waste of money and you're better off putting dollars into 1 superior card, but the infidels who already have purchased crossfire will flame me to protect their investment.
Last edited by antihero-zero; 11-08-2008 at 21:32.
"A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract. And when he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, I do not hit, it hits all by itself." - Bruce Lee
I wasn't really planning on crossfiring it, all the components in the list are single items. I've heard one superior card is the way to go, and that card seemed to do decently in benchmarks given its price. What card would you go with?
Originally Posted by antihero-zero
(*Notes spelling mistakes in main post. Argh!)
Last edited by Ezion; 11-08-2008 at 21:37.
just browsing over it ... it seems good to me... mind you i would not get into the details because it is very very boring ( for everyone)
do you like it?
is that what you think you will need and/or want?
Itss a PC so yeah yeah .... if you do not like something then change it , but a new part , sell the old one = win win
I would go for a lower end CPU.. I don't really think you need a 160 dollar one for gaming. The motherboard is pretty expensive too. Get a cheaper mobo and CPU and use that money and buy a HD 4870. Only 50 bucks (30 after mail in rebate) more and a bit better than the 4850.
Also, this is the case I will be buying: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811103021
Its cheap and has great airflow according to the reviews. Just thought I'd give you a suggestion.
Last edited by Tzacharu; 11-08-2008 at 21:42.
Originally Posted by Carl Sagan
I'd suggest changing the RAM's to less expensive model, if you're not going to overclock much. There's not much speed difference between low price 800mhz and high priced 1066mhz, just that the more expensive RAM's are better for overlocking.
Also, Western Digital 640GB Hard Drive is really cheap considering it's size, so if you think you could spend a little more (Like the bucks you save from changing the RAM ) and need space, check you that one.
I'd also suggest getting an 4870. As you're buying a monitor with 1920 X 1200 max res, get the 1GB version.
I've also heard some good experiences from Asus P5Q Pro motherboard (Or the normal, Pro has Crossfire, normal version is bit cheaper), but that Gigabyte will do fine too if you're not that picky on price.
EDIT: Oh, and that PSU is HIGHLY over the needs for those parts. Quality 500W will do fine, but if you're going to Crossfire 4870 in near future, then you could go with that 750W one.
Last edited by Zerby; 11-08-2008 at 21:47.
Originally Posted by Uzik
Yeah I'd definitely get at least the HD 4870 if you're going for a 24" 1920x1200 monitor since the high resolution puts more demand on your graphics card.
Look at the Hiper Osiris case or if you've got the cash the lan li tyr.
Raidmax has a neat looking case coming out in a month or so, but no name yet and no price info. It'll probably be called the Reactor though.
Also Newegg has a NV 260 going for 200. Thats got more umph than a single 4850 for the same price. Its a rebate offer though.
Last edited by Metal Wolf; 11-08-2008 at 22:19.
I thought the mobo was one of the cheaper ones that could be OC'd? I'm assuming quad core will come into usage sooner or later, so I was trying to hold onto that upgrade compatibility. Would it be better to get a cheap mobo and upgrade it when the need arises?
The recommendations for a 4870 1gb have been taken. I'll probably go with it, but it is $70 more.
I see that someone shot down the sound card. What about sound cards in general? I've got a 5.1 system, it seems like it'd be a shame not to utilize it.
My idea with the machine was that I'd start overclocking it as games become more intensive and I actually need to.
As for the PSU, I don't want to take any chances, because I know you can easily screw up your machine if it's not getting adequate power. Can anyone vouch for some lower priced PSUs?
Last edited by Ezion; 11-08-2008 at 22:58.
for like 20$ more you can have a Q6600 .. i dunno why you wouldnt go there for a processor but buy a 120$ PSU and also only drop 120$ on a mobo.. cut the PSU price in half and put the budget in the mobo and better CPU
and the monitor .. 24'' is nice and overkill. the only reason to upgrade to 22''+ is for the 1050 resolution .. which you can get with a 22'' from asus for 170$
the graphic card is ATI ..
and you know you can get vista ultimate 64bit from a torrent right ? with updates and all
Why the hell would you buy a 1 GB 4870? That extra 512 MB of memory will never go to use, and the 512 MB model is worlds above the 4850. That's the main change I'd make to that rig, however you could do it, though the sound card, monitor, and to a lesser extent the PSU seem like overkill.
Edit: I might be wrong about the 4870 at fricking 1920x1200...though that's an absurd resolution to be at. Really, you won't see the difference until your screen is 40 inches or more, imo.
Last edited by alfaroverall; 11-08-2008 at 22:56.
Originally Posted by Ozzy Wrong
Originally Posted by 1998altima
Originally Posted by YGOTAS#13
Based on this study, I was under the impression that dual core was better than quad core, at least for game performance vs. buck.
I own a Palit Radeon 4850 and I have to say I'm not happy with it, I'm regretting not going with Nvidia. I see way too much tearing on the screen and the quality just doesn't seem that great to me. I was almost happier with my 8800GTS 320MB on lower settings. Maybe I just got a lemon, but I'm not impressed.
You can spend slightly more and get a 9800 GTX+ which, with the latest drivers will outperform the 4850 or you can buy the GeForce GTX 260 for a bit more than that and really enjoy gaming.