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September 15, 2006 8:13:34 PM

I have been configuring my new rig for some time, and have finally managed the courage to put it up on the forumz under critical eyes. :) 

This new rig will be used for primarily gaming/surfing/programming, the games being graphics-intensive ones such as Oblivion, COD 2, BF2, FEAR, Quake 4, Far Cry, Age of Empires 3, and future Crysis/Dark Messiah.
I will game about 4-6 hours a week - much more during summer/winter breaks.

I will changing the GPU to a DX10 one next year, roughly 10-12 months, and might be running Vista depending on stability issues - SOME Overclocking for me, perhaps the E6600 to E6700 speeds, not much else.

Parts:

NZXT Apollo silver ATX mid-tower case

Antec Truepower II 550W PSU

Asus P5B Deluxe or Gigabyte DS3 (opinions?)

E6600 Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz

7900 GT or X1900 XT (upgrade to a DX10 card in one year's time)
256 MB for GT and 512 for XT.....think I;ll save if i just get a X1900XT 256MB? - how far is it from the 512?

2 GB XMS corsair DDR2 800 PC6400, 5-5-5-12 lat - will 4 lat be much faster?

VX922 Viewsonic Gaming LCD, 2 ms response time OR 20.1 samsung...

NEC DVD burner and Sony DVD-Rom

250 GB Seagate Barracuda SATAII Perpendicular Recording 7200 RPM

X-530 Logitech 5.1 speakers

Do i need a sound card? - going to listen to music/play games at room level.

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS 7.1 if needed.


With sound card and more expensive options (excluding 4 lat ram), everything comes out to be $1890. of course tax/shipping will up it to $2000, but that's alright - at least nothing over $2000 will be good.

Critique please!!!

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2002778,00.a...
wish there was a newer one:) 

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September 15, 2006 10:56:29 PM

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I am building a new gaming rig - mostly going to play games/program/web design on it. Games such as Oblivion, AOE III, Crysis when it comes out, HL2, Doom 3. Quake 4, and other intensive graphics games.

Parts:

NZXT Apollo silver ATX mid-tower case

Antec Truepower II 550W PSU

Asus P5B Deluxe or Gigabyte DS3 (opinions?)

E6600 Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz

7900 GT or X1900 XT (upgrade to a DX10 card in one year's time)
256 MB for GT and 512 for XT.....think I;ll save if i just get a X1900XT 256MB? - how far is it from the 512?

2 GB XMS corsair DDR2 800 PC6400, 5-5-5-12 lat - will 4 lat be much faster?

VX922 Viewsonic Gaming LCD, 2 ms response time OR 20.1 samsung...

NEC DVD burner and Sony DVD-Rom

250 GB Seagate Barracuda SATAII Perpendicular Recording 7200 RPM

X-530 Logitech 5.1 speakers

Do i need a sound card? - going to listen to music/play games at room level.

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS 7.1 if needed.


With sound card and more expensive options (excluding 4 lat ram), everything comes out to be $1890. of course tax/shipping will up it to $2000, but that's alright - at least nothing over $2000 will be good.

Critique please!!!


Thats a pretty nice setup there man. I would go for that 256mb X1900xt. Its a bargain right now. I also have those speakers, and they sounded like garbage when i had integrated sound, so i bought the x-fi xtrememusic. Overall, nice system. I too have a NZXT case :D  (I have the Nemesis Elite Edition case).
September 16, 2006 1:20:43 AM

How much more performance can the X1900 XT 512 give over the 256?

-but are those speakers garbage, or only onboard sound?
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September 16, 2006 3:30:30 AM

X1900XT 256 mb is excellent card under 240 bucks. But the 512 mb is a little better. However, you will only see the difference when you go over 1600 x 1200 or w/e. Get the 512 version if your gonna game it high resolutions and wanna run more then x4 AA.
September 16, 2006 2:55:04 PM

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X1900XT 256 mb is excellent card under 240 bucks. But the 512 mb is a little better. However, you will only see the difference when you go over 1600 x 1200 or w/e. Get the 512 version if your gonna game it high resolutions and wanna run more then x4 AA.


Very true. And my speakers are NOT garbage :D  A sound card would do nicely if you can shell out that cash.
September 16, 2006 8:24:56 PM

Quote:
I have been configuring my new rig for some time, and have finally managed the courage to put it up on the forumz under critical eyes. :) 

This new rig will be used for primarily gaming/surfing/programming, the games being graphics-intensive ones such as Oblivion, COD 2, BF2, FEAR, Quake 4, Far Cry, Age of Empires 3, and future Crysis/Dark Messiah.
I will game about 4-6 hours a week - much more during summer/winter breaks.

I will changing the GPU to a DX10 one next year, roughly 10-12 months, and might be running Vista depending on stability issues - SOME Overclocking for me, perhaps the E6600 to E6700 speeds, not much else.

Parts:

NZXT Apollo silver ATX mid-tower case

Antec Truepower II 550W PSU

Asus P5B Deluxe or Gigabyte DS3 (opinions?)

E6600 Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz

7900 GT or X1900 XT (upgrade to a DX10 card in one year's time)
256 MB for GT and 512 for XT.....think I;ll save if i just get a X1900XT 256MB? - how far is it from the 512?

2 GB XMS corsair DDR2 800 PC6400, 5-5-5-12 lat - will 4 lat be much faster?

VX922 Viewsonic Gaming LCD, 2 ms response time OR 20.1 samsung...

NEC DVD burner and Sony DVD-Rom

250 GB Seagate Barracuda SATAII Perpendicular Recording 7200 RPM

X-530 Logitech 5.1 speakers

Do i need a sound card? - going to listen to music/play games at room level.

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS 7.1 if needed.


With sound card and more expensive options (excluding 4 lat ram), everything comes out to be $1890. of course tax/shipping will up it to $2000, but that's alright - at least nothing over $2000 will be good.

Critique please!!!

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2002778,00.a...
wish there was a newer one:) 


Hehe, nice system. IMHO, DON'T get the DS3. Very,very bad in my opinion. I got that board and then returned it. I now have the P5B Deluxe. So far, ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS. Teh sound card...kinda useless. I think the onboard is good enough. But hey, it's your money, your system. :p . I'll go for the Viewsonic. I bought one and it's great. But mine is the VG2021m which has a slow response time of 8 ms. Why two DVD drives? You can read and write everything on your DVD RW. As for the RAM, I got Kingston Value. :p  Works great for less than $180 for 2 GB. But again, your choice, your money. I'm not sue on the PSU, but for your sys I think 500w will be plenty. Have a nice time building and paying taxes to Newegg. :p 


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September 16, 2006 9:10:49 PM

An older friend says to use a 700W PSU (gameXstream specifically) for future-proofing the GPU....

BTW, the VX922 is a 1280 X 1024 Res, and the Samsung is 1600 X 1200...
September 17, 2006 10:01:10 AM

Get the 16x12 monitor if you can afford it, definetly worth it.

The CL4 wont give you a performance boost by itself but it can be overclocked much much farther than CL5. You dont need to go with Corsair, go with any 4-4-4-12 DDR2-800 memory because it will have the same Micron chips, meaning that it will be broadly the same performance.

The OCZ GameXtream PSUs seem to be a very good choice, the 600w version should be more than enough.

Try going for the ASUS P5W DH. Its arguably the best Conroe mobo out there.

Try first going without a sound card. If you arent satisfied with the quality get an x-fi or and audigy 2zs.
September 17, 2006 2:52:16 PM

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An older friend says to use a 700W PSU (gameXstream specifically) for future-proofing the GPU....

BTW, the VX922 is a 1280 X 1024 Res, and the Samsung is 1600 X 1200...


Shoot, should have gotten a 1000w PSU to future proof my system. Damn it! Lol, IMO 500w-600w is enough. Plus, I think they are only rated for like 80,000 hours. If your comp runs 24/7, then..yea. Anyway, by your next upgrade you have no clue what is going to be available. I mean, today the paper came and I saw a Sony VAIO doe $1200. Core2 Duo processor, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HD. WTF? Has to be a mistake, it can't be that cheap but I guess it is. I have seen some things skyrocket for less than 2 weeks and others plunge by more than $20. Lol, getting off topic.
September 17, 2006 2:53:52 PM

Oh, forgot. I would get the Samsung JUST because of the 1600x1200. And yah, you don't need CAS 4 to get the best out of your Core2. Basically the exact same thing rwaritsdario said.
September 17, 2006 5:24:14 PM

THink I should go with a X1900 XTX then if going to game at 16 X 12?
September 17, 2006 9:04:07 PM

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THink I should go with a X1900 XTX then if going to game at 16 X 12?


No, I think you should get a 7900GT or less and upgrade in a year to a nicer gfx card. That's what I think.
September 19, 2006 12:56:06 AM

The difference between a 7900 GT and a X1900 XTX is 30-40$...
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