Good gaming build?

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
1GB x 4 (4GB) RAM DDR2 SDRAM 800 pc6400
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro
2x 36GB Western Digtal 10,000RPM Raid 0
Western Digital 200GB 7,200RPM
EVGA Geforce 8800 GTX 768MB
Sony DVD writer 18x
ASUS P5B-E LGA 775 Intel P965 Express
vista home premium
680Watt Power Supply

-will be running games in 1680 x 1050

Will this run BF2 with all high settings smoothly? also this should last for a while and run crysis fine ya think? how about bf2142?
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    Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
    1GB x 4 (4GB) RAM DDR2 SDRAM 800 pc6400
    Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro
    2x 36GB Western Digtal 10,000RPM Raid 0
    This won't really help gaming performance.
    Western Digital 200GB 7,200RPM
    EVGA Geforce 8800 GTX 768MB
    Sony DVD writer 18x
    ASUS P5B-E LGA 775 Intel P965 Express
    vista home premium
    680Watt Power Supply
    Specify.

    -will be running games in 1680 x 1050

    Will this run BF2 with all high settings smoothly?
    Yes.
    also this should last for a while and run crysis fine ya think?
    Most likely.
    how about bf2142?
    Yes.


    If the GTX can't run it, nothing can.
  2. I was looking at a very similar system and ended up deciding on some changes. Will you be overclocking?

    E6700 will only give you 10% or less better performance than a E6600 for a $200 premium.

    Will you be using Vista 32-bit or 64-bit? 32-bit will only support about 3GB of RAM. 64-bit is driver hell.

    X-Fi Fatal1ty adds very little over the base XtremeGamer for a $100 premium. Unless you really want the front-bay audio, there's not much reason to spend the extra.

    ASUS is decent but you might want to look at Gigabyte DS3 (or S3).

    What brand 680W PSU? Make sure you get a good one to support your high-end system.

    What case will you be using?
  3. im not sure about over clocking really its going to be my first build in fact.
    i was looking at this power supply and case:

    power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148028

    case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156063

    also the sound card im getting on newegg doesnt come with the interface and is only $99 after mail in rebate and has the X-RAM while the other xtreme gamer doesnt from what i can tell.

    the one i was planning on getting: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16829102005

    the one i presume your talking about? :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102006
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    im not sure about over clocking really its going to be my first build in fact.
    i was looking at this power supply and case:

    power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148028

    case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156063

    also the sound card im getting on newegg doesnt come with the interface and is only $99 after mail in rebate and has the X-RAM while the other xtreme gamer doesnt from what i can tell.

    the one i was planning on getting: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16829102005

    the one i presume your talking about? :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102006


    I'm not familiar with that PSU. I'd suggest choosing one from the Tier 1, Z, or 2 on this list.

    I can't comment on that case either. It looks decent - if it's not, I'm sure someone will say so. You could also look at some of the cases in this thread.

    The X-RAM will gain you nothing unless your game supports it (I believe BF does). I'm not sure how much it gains you in something that does support it. I'd forgotten about that model without the interface panel. It's not much of a premium so I'd probably go with the one you chose if I played any games that supported X-RAM.

    Also, what brand RAM were you planning to get?

    [edit to add reference to Sanji's guide]
  5. i was planning to get corsair ram 1GB stick x 4 for 4gb. i am planning to install vista 32bit and i understand i will only get around 3gb-3.5gb of actual ram from it.

    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
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    i was planning to get corsair ram 1GB stick x 4 for 4gb. i am planning to install vista 32bit and i understand i will only get around 3gb-3.5gb of actual ram from it.

    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)


    Instead of getting 4x 1GB, you really want to get 2x 2x1GB Dual Channel packs (like this one).

    If you're not doing overclocking, pretty much any DDR2-800 will work.
  7. ok thanks and also what about the 10k rpm hard drives i put do you think they will offer much performance gain or load times not only on games but other apps and os and saving stuff?
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    ok thanks and also what about the 10k rpm hard drives i put do you think they will offer much performance gain or load times not only on games but other apps and os and saving stuff?


    Personally, I've never been a big RAID performance fan - it increases your performance some (how much depends what you are doing) but doubles your chances of failure. If I was going to run RAID it would be RAID5 for data integrity or RAID5+0 if I had lots of HDDs. I've also read that RAID0 does not help performance much in games.

    I'd suggest getting a single WD Raptor for your system and a good data drive (personally, I'm looking at the Raptor 150GB and Seagate 7200.10 500GB). For data drive (or possibly only drive), also look at the Hitachi DeskStar T7K1000 (1TB with quite good performance for a 7200RPM drive) - however, it won't be available until sometime in April.
  9. Quote:
    i was planning to get corsair ram 1GB stick x 4 for 4gb. i am planning to install vista 32bit and i understand i will only get around 3gb-3.5gb of actual ram from it.

    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)


    Instead of getting 4x 1GB, you really want to get 2x 2x1GB Dual Channel packs (like this one).

    If you're not doing overclocking, pretty much any DDR2-800 will work.

    OBJECTION!

    I would suggest 4x1GB if the price is right!
    Dual-Channel memory kits are marketing schemes!

    I suggest some nice Super Talent DDR2-667 RAM. Cheaper than almost everything and it overclocks well. Last time I checked, it was $61 a module.
  10. Looks nice.

    I would stay with XP Pro NOT Vista.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/01/29/xp-vs-vista/

    I would also look for a bigger and better PSU. This will last for many upgrades.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256011

    Good Luck.
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    Looks nice.

    I would stay with XP Pro NOT Vista.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/01/29/xp-vs-vista/

    I would also look for a bigger and better PSU. This will last for many upgrades.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256011

    Good Luck.



    i would get xp but i know we all are going to have to bite the bullet and get vista in the long run anyway if you want to game with dx10 games unless they choose to release it on xp which i doubt they will from what i hear.
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    i would get xp but i know we all are going to have to bite the bullet and get vista in the long run anyway if you want to game with dx10 games unless they choose to release it on xp which i doubt they will from what i hear.


    I agree. I read the XP vs Vista article and I will still go with Vista as I don't play any OpenGL games heavily (and support is coming from NVidia). From everything I've read Microsoft will not release DX10 for XP. My take is that DX10 is MS way to "force" gamers to upgrade to Vista.
  13. Battle Field 2:
    Max: Probably
    High: Yes
    Medium: Yes
    Low: Yes

    Cyris:
    Max: No
    High: Maybe
    Medium: Yes
    Low: Yes
  14. Looks good except for that Sony. More of a moral call than a technical one, but I avoid them at all costs! 8)

    -The String
  15. You should go with the e6600, I have mine overclocked to 3.0Ghz on stock cooling with my other specs similar to yours and I'm getting 10777 score on 3dmark06!
  16. Got you beat on 3DMark06.

    My E6400 is running at 3.6GHz on a Noctua NH-U12F with Coolmass Shin-Etsu Thermal Paste.

    450x9
    1.475v
    49C Idle
    57C Load

    I will dig up my benchmark scores.
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