My boss just asked me to spec out the most kick ass gaming system money can buy. He wants to play Supreme Commander at max res max eye candy at the highest possible frame rates. He told me to price out a Quad everything system. He wants the QX 6700, and 4 Ultra Top End Video Cards. I will also need to recomend a Mobo for him. Anyone know of a good Mobo for this, and which Video Cards to purchase? Please let me know asap as he wante me to order it today.
He doesn't need 4. He just wants 4. I have been doing some legwork as well and here is what I have come up with so far.
qx6700 - $1294
evga 680i - $304
BFG GeForce 8800 GTX OC 600MHZ 768MB (times 2) -$1654
Seagate Barracuda 320Gb Sata II HD (times 2) Raid 0 - $236
Seagate Barracuda 500Gb with External Enclousure - $257
BFG Quad SLI ready Powersupply 1000 Watt $449
OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB (times 2) $472
Just need a nice looking and functional case for it to go into. He doesn't LAN party or anything so it will be pretty much a static display on his desk.
Keep in mind these are Canadian prices off of NCIX and I am still under his budget of $7000.
I have owned many Raptors in the past myself. I don't know if it's my luck (if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have none) but all of my Raptors went Kaput, and I haven't had a single hiccup with the Barracudas at all. I like the looks of the OCZ RAM and besides he won't let me overclock it :roll: He liked the Sonata case. Meh!! To each his own I guess. Hell I still like the looks of my Lian-Li case over any of the new ones out there.
To be honest they looked pretty darn similar feature wise. Plus the EVGA combo that I got came with a Free copy of Supreme Commander!! Yay!! Now I get a copy of the game too!! LOL If it wasn't for me wanting that damn game I would have gone with the Striker Extreme. I am a fan of Asus boards, and have had nothing but them since my AMD K6-2 days!! I'll post pics of the build as well as screenshots of the benchmarks on my site compucorgp dot com when it all comes in.
You talking US or Canadian funds?
Also why the Watercooled cards? He doesn't have watercooling so no need for the cards to be watercooled. (essentially same as what I got - the watercoolers)
Mobo is the same
Your HD's are better spec wise. Oh boy like you will notice much difference in real world performance.
I think the BGF PS is better then that.
I agree on the case, but the Sonata is what he wanted.
The OCZ RAM looks way nicer then that Patrior stuff. Nearly identical specs, so I'll take the Eye Candy myself.
Aftermarket cooler. I agree, but again he said didn't need it. "It comes with a cooler that's designed for it, and besides. I'm not overclocking at all" :? Meh. What do you do??
Don't need OS. Already has Vista Ultimate. I know I know YUCK!! But he wants DX10 capability, and always has to have the "Latest (and sometimes not the greatest)" I would have stuck with XP -Pro myself.
Yes it is currently on his existing system which we are de-comissioning to put the OS on the new one. I'm going to use his existing system (FX-57, 2 Gigs of RAM, and 2 BFG-6800 ultras) as my workstation here in the office. Therefore reload it with our Corporate Windows XP x64 Edition. Thereby freeing up Vista for his new computer.
Yes yes, I know all about M$'s licensing, and yes yes, Everything here is legal and legit. It's astounding how much we pay to M$ for the privelidge of using their products.
I just ordered Office 2007 VLK with Visio yesterday with a 50 user pack for one of our branch offices. Damn! That's almost 3 months salary!!!
And yes, you guys down in the States usually get better pricing on components. GRRRRRR!!!! But I think the duty that I would have to pay to get it across the border would more then make the difference in the pricing reflected by NCIX and Newegg.
That's for sure. When I first took over the IT department here I did a License Audit and fixed any...... shortcomings. Everytime I have to do a new roll out, or addition / upgrade to our corporate network/structure I feel MS should atleast take me out to dinner for rapeing me so bad. But then again I do have that sick satisfaction of handing the bill over to the Accounting Department. :wink:
2* 8800gtx in sli (btw why does he need 4?)
ddr2 6400 cl4
win XP (don't go with vista for gaming, not yet)
The parts are perfect.
Where I disagree is about Vista. If he wants to play Supreme Commander, Vista will at least let him enjoy Dx10 in the short future. Go, like I did, dual-boot. XP Home and Vista Home Premium, 64-bit for the later ideally. Or, in other word, XP for the oldies, and Vista for the future. That's what I did and I'm so glad I did it. There is already a few thing that I miss when I have to go XP. Superfetch is one of them, it make my Vista even more responsive than XP. Whenever one game suck at Vista, like new STALKER according to some review, I just go with XP. Your bos will thank you for this in a year from now when he'll play Supreme Commander with DX10 patch :twisted:
Also, if he has so much money, and doesn't like opening his PC for upgrade, go with 4GB DDR2.
It is 4 Gigs. The RAM is 2 units of 2 Gigs each. I myself run a triple boot system. Win XP32, WinXP64, and Vista Business. I have to have a platform where I can do Quality testing, and compatability testing before anything goes onto my production network. We have the licenses for him to do a Dualboot (His Alienware gaming laptop finaly croaked & it had XP-Pro on it) so I may transfer over from that for his XP, and then install the Vista as well after reading that article that AdonSage posted up.