My First Custom-Made Gaming Rig

Alright, so I'm planning on building my own custom made rig sometime around Jan - depending on when the yorkfields and the wolfdale cpus hit the selves. I'm sure you guys get a ton of these "builds" but just thought i'd get some opinions on this setup...

Monitor - DoubleSight DS-245W Black 24" 6ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with 4-port USB Hub and Height / Pivot Adjustments

VS Samsung 24 inch

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU - Core 2 Duo E8500 2 3,17 GHz 6 MB 1333 MHz 9,5x 65 W probably, or the cheapest new quad - here's a linky.

Mobo - Havn't decided on which manufacture - but since I was hoping on getting a penryn cpu - then gotta get the 780i. Maybe

Video Card - 2 XFX PVT88PYDD4 GeForce 8800GT's 512MB running in SLI
OR 2 EVGA running in SLI
*note* Might wait for the nvidia geforce 9 series depending on when it comes out - rumors were Feb.

Sound Card - Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Serises

PSU - PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (Black) EPS12V 750W Power Supply

Memory - 2x CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drives:
Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ES ST3500630NS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

OS - Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM

Speakers - Logitech THX Z-5300e 280 Watts RMS 5.1 Speaker

Why not mention...
2x SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan
Logitech G5 2-Tone 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser Mouse
Probably Logitech G15 for the keyboard

Anyways, thanks for your time! ;)
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  1. Awesome, man.

    I would go with P5N32-E SLI Plus. It's a special 650i chpiset that does dual X16 SLI & 1333mhz FSB CPU, unlike the regular 650i. It overclocks a bit better than most 680i but EVGA's (top dog). Optical audio. No need for a sound card.
  2. Think that would be better than holding out for the 780i? I'm not great with motherboards lol :) and the only question with the optical video would be would it be better than the fatal1ty series? I guess I wasn't sure if the 650i/680i chipsets would support the new penryn cpu's or not.
  3. Yep. Official release is just 1-2 weeks from now. Expect at least 1 extra week for stores to stock it up.

    Most 6x0i boards don't have official support for 45nm. Evga says they'll release a bios update.
  4. Just around the corner are quite alot of changes in CPU, Mobos and GPUs. If your up for the wait, and have the money to spend on next-gen components, you're in for a considerable upgrade from this system, even though i will agree with akhilles, it is a very nice setup.
  5. I would wait. It sounds like you have some patients and are not in imediate need. If you are waiting for the CPU anyways, then wait for the new MoBo.
  6. hulkingsmith99 said:

    Hard Drives:
    Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
    Seagate Barracuda ES ST3500630NS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    Why don't you go for the seagate with 32mbcache, it is actually $25 less than 16mb one. When I bought it was $119..

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
  7. Thanks for all the posts everyone! And i see that now QuadFusion, thanks!

    Akhilles were you saying that the offical release for the 780i is 1-2 weeks from now? Thats how I interpretted it anyhow... unless you were getting at the P5N32-E SLI Plus being a better deal.

    Only changes I can think of is
    CPU - Penryn Processers (Yorkfield Quad-Core and Wolfdale Duo-Core) in Jan
    GPU - Nvidia 9 Series in Feb? Anyone know anything else on the ETA?
    Mobo - 780i chipset probably late Dec or Jan.

    With that said I was thinking since the goal of this rig is gaming then I shouldn't need a quad core cpu, so the wolfdale should be perfect. Also since i was going to run those two 8800 Gts in SLI I could see if Feb DOES bring the new series 9 cards and then either get one really nice card, or stick to my two in SLI and then just upgrade later - depending on cost of course. What do you guys think though?

    Also thanks for the input so far! I'm down with hanging around till mid/late Feb at the latest. Waiting too long is never a good idea as something new always comes out ;)

    1. Vista gonna be enough of a performance hit that you are paying a lotta money for extra speed on ya components that you can just as easily get a lot cheaper by using XP Pro.
    2. Especially being ya first rig, I'd consider an Asus equivalent video card. A lot of TS problems can easily be solved when MoBo and vid card are same manufacturer. One can't fingerpoint at the other when they are "the other".
    That's the special "top" model which is about 10% faster than a standard clocked GT.

    The G92 based GTS cards are due before your anticipated build time so may wanna re-evaluate then.
    3. Again, for ease of construction and support, I'd consider the Antec Power Supply. Antec 850 is even cheaper on special

    Also check the 650

    4. I really don't see any value in splitting storage w/ Raptors anymore.

    5. Check memory prices again when you ready to buy. Seems every time I make a wish list on newegg, by the time I ready to buy, another vendor has faster memory cheaper.

    6. Do all of your peripheral and hardware vendors have 64 bit compatible drivers ? How about software and games ? If not, would consider dual booting.
  9. I would suggest before going for sli, research the game(s) you play and find out what the sli gain is. Than order just one video card and see how it does in the game(s) you play. If you cannot get the fps you want on the settings or resolution you want, go back to your research and if you think you'll gain enough performance to justify the price,than go sli. As said above me, consider dual booting and a 8800 gts G92.
  10. The only games I'm really looking forward to are Crysis, Farcry 2, Age of Conan, and next winter hopefully Starcraft 2.
    I have considered the new GTS card, but unless nvidia drops their price when they release the new 9 series - i don't really see spending $120+ more on 10% more performance. But then again, I welcome every bit of advice i can get. As far as dual booting goes is the Windows Vista / Windows XP still having problems with dual booting or did they fix that?
  11. Also... with the nature of these games... like Farcry 2 and Crysis etc... do you guys' think it would be better to go with a quad core cpu or just a duo core? Also - i realise that vista is a performance hit... but arn't more and more games making vista a requirement? Or do you think it would be worth the $$ to dual-boot with xp/vista?
    I really don't have a choice between 32bit and 64bit as I would rather have the 4 gig of memory... and I read that the 32 will only recognize 3.2-3.5 gigs of ram...
  12. Breaking news! 780i is out.

    It was all over the news so I couldn't miss it. My buddy is gonna take advantage of the $100 upgrade from qualifying 680i boards. The interesting thing is that it supports BOTH dual & tri SLI. 2 such bridges are included.

    There are GTS & GT reviews with benchmarks on SLI vs single. They will help you determine whether the gains are worth it.
  13. Akhilles what did think about a quad core cpu vs. duo? I realise that at the moment most games don't even really utilize a dual core - but I've heard that a lot of game companies plan on using all available cores.

    That and what OS system are you runnin on atm?
  14. I think you can find the answers in my signature. 32-bit XP PRO.

    PC & console game programming is different still in that every pc is different whereas every current-gen console by the same company is the same. i.e. xbox 360's. Newer console games usually take advantage of the standard hardware. i.e. Xbox 360 "tard pack" doesn't have a hard disk, so game developers wouldn't make every game requiring a hard disk. PC game devs have to consider the range of hardware of their target audience. They have to make sure their games work perfect on single core cpu's (the majority), & maybe dual cores (the growing minority). Quad-core (the minority) games are few & far between.

    You can check out the recommended system requirements of the games you're playing.
  15. doh ><

    And that makes perfect sense - especially since most games don't even use the dual cores power yet. I guess the only thing that really remains is for me to do a little research and then decide on the yorkfield vs. wolfdale - pair it up with a 780i - and then either use the evga step-up program with a geforce 8 series card to a 9 series card or just stick with two 8800 GT's in SLI for the time being. Espeically since those 9 series cards will probably be $$.

    I'll check out those games and whatnot - but think it's a pretty solid setup? I could even get this...
    and dual boot just in case
  16. Everything looks good apart from that monitor. I would suggest getting something from a more established brand such as Samsung or LG. My personal recommendation is this:

    I can't rate it highly enough, it's bloody brilliant!
  17. Yep, the 780i build looks solid. Not sure about the monitor brand, even tho it got good reviews from a few reviewers. I'd pick up a Samsung. If budget is tight, look at Hann.G.
  18. Update: Minor changes to sound card, cpu, mobo, and a question on the power consumption as well as which monitor you guys would run with. As far as power consumption do you think that 750watt will be enough? And I'll probably change the manufacture on the video card to EVGA so I could always take advantage of the 90 day step up program.
  19. Pick one from the drop-down menu under the 8800GT.
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