Homebuild Gaming Pc, looking for suggestions


First of all, sorry for the poor english you will read :roll:

Second, i m looking for some suggestions on hardware because i m a bit lost on my choices. Since i dont want to spend my cash on useless stuff, and i see a lot of good advices here, im trying to have a confirmation on my choices or orientation.

I m looking for a gaming computer (because i want to play to Oblivion like others peep and i can t actually :? ...) which can handle any others usages ( vmware, Linux, encoding ). I m looking for a comp that last at least 2 years for gaming.

I m pretty interested in Opteron configuration even if i can t find charts that involve them. I know that they are considered as "pro" stuff.

Oh my budget is around 1350€/$, but if i can find a way to save cash and keeping perfs i m fine :D

Right now here is approximatively the look it will have:


Looking for gaming performances, so everyone is saying go for amd so:
Dual core Opteron but which one, still dont know 165,170,175? Are they 64bits?

Or Athlon 64 bits dual core 4XXX series? I m not afraid on mid overclocking.

Mobo: Depend the proc i will say, Dfi for safe overclocking? Asus?

Ram: totally lost on what i need for amd proc family! 2gigs for such but of which brand and techs?

Gpu: i want to go the nvidia way, certaintly a 7900gt 256, Xfx they are cheap.

The case and psu ( 500W+?) , Antec? I dont know in fact. I m looking for a silent comp so i dont know.

Fan, ventirad, dont know what is the best. How many do i need if i m overclocking?

Hdd: i want perf so raptor family 74gb ( i have ata drives already, will they downgrade the perfs of my pc? )

that s it !

Thank you for your time and advices

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  1. Processor: Opty 165 or 170
    Mobo: DFI will overclock nicely
    Ram: Corsair XMS and OCZ Gold are always good (2x1gb sticks)
    Graphics: 7900gt would be fine but if you can swing it a x1900xt would rock the house.
    Case: Antec Sonata II
    PSU: Antec Smartpower 500W or Antec True Power 550W
    Not sure how many fans the case comes with but you can always add in some 120mm ones later. If you are looking for a CPU cooler i would suggest a zalman, artic cooler, or thermaltake. Something in the $35+ range would suit you nicely.
  2. i no u like nvidia, and i cant say that im different but the x1800xt 512 will future proof u with that 512 ram. although it is quite loud.......
  3. Yes i have the a lcd screen and all the rest. Regarding Ati or Nvidia, i m just looking for a powerfull gpu card that last long in the mid price range ( 350€/$). I dont want to initiate an ati / Nvidia war :)

    Since i m in Europe and we dont have equivalent site like NewEggs ( maybe but i dont know them but Dell ... ),
    i guess NewEggs can be use just for orientation first.

    So far it looks like this:

    Antec PERFORMANCE TX TX1050B Black Steel Server Computer Case 500W ATX12V v2.0 Power Supply - Retail
    Model #: TX1050B
    Item #: N82E16811129158
    $119.99 $119.99

    ( i was looking for case + psu deal so it s not a a definitive choice here )

    Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
    Model #: WD740GD
    Item #: N82E16822144160


    DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Model #: LP UT nF4 SLI-DR
    Item #: N82E16813136157


    XFX PV-T71G-UCE7 Geforce 7900GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
    Model #: PV-T71G-UCE7
    Item #: N82E168141501


    OCZ Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ4002048PFDC-K - Retail
    Model #: OCZ4002048PFDC-K
    Item #: N82E16820146970


    AMD Opteron 170 Denmark 1GHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model OSA170DAA6CD - Retail
    Model #: OSA170CDBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103586

    Add to that 2 internal fans and 1 cpu and 1 gpu zalman

    I m not sure about the ram ( regarding synchrnonyzation thing )

    I m a bit over my budget but i m sure it can be tweaked a bit to fit my wish. It s still not sure if all of that is necessary but i want to try myself with overclocking and i want to do that with stuff that can safety handle it.
    I m maybe wrong with my choices, this is my first real draft.

    Thanks for the help !

  4. An Opteron 165 will do fine when you overclock. The 170 is just something to throw money away for. Also, since those are NewEgg prices, you shouldn't see them as definitive of anything you'll see in the UK. Hopefully someone here can point you to a good retailer. And I'll repeat what others have said by advising the X1800XT 512 over the 7900GT, since it pretty much crushes Nvidia's cards in Oblivion.
  5. i m from paris ( yeah shame on me :tongue: ) i m buying stuff from taiwanese shops in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. But it s a bit hazardous sometime. I m looking for internet resellers but either they dont have good reputation or only provide generic stuff for high prices.

    For the processor, the price difference between the 165 and 170 is not huge. If i can get a 170 that equal an FX60 without to much risks i m up for that.

    Regarding my budget i dont want to put more than 1500€.

    Regarding the gpu, i m playing in low resolution ( 1280*1024) comparing to the real hardcore gamers. And the ati 1900 is more expensive than the 7900 for maybe equal perfs. I dont want to buy a pc just for Oblivion neither.

    Baguette Man.

  6. I'll start by saying that my knowledge about the ATI cards is not great, but I do know that with 3rd party cooling, and very simple volt mods, you can overclock the hell out of a 7900GT. I have a friend water cooling one, and with 1.55 on the GPU he can get 700/1850 out of his 7900. He gets 11,960 3Dmark05.

    That is with no soldering. Conductive paint is the easiest way. and the pencil lead method to up the GDDR voltage.
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