Hey guys, I pieced together a system that will be used for gaming and daily whatever. I primarily play CS 1.6 (I know, it is overkill) but I want the option to play CS:Source (my current PC doesnt cut it) and whatever else I want to try in the future. I want to be sure that I have no bottleneck issues and that the components will function together as they should.
Not looking to SLI or anything. Just want something that can handle HL2\CS:Source without any issue.
I agree with the above post change the psu for a better brand, I have found thermaltake to be good and fairly cost effective too but im sure the corsair one will be just as good if not better.
definitely dont bother with an sli mobo if your not going to run it. either a gigabyte ds3 or asus p5k (or p5k-c if budget allows) are both good choices, I have used both but found the asus one to in general work better for me.
Thanks so much u guys are awesome. I actually originally had the above gigabyte mobo selected to use but figured I would go with one that was made by the same manufacturer as my video card because I thought it would be more gaming oriented and function together better.
Do you guys think that video card is good? I was on the fence between that and the 8800 GT but figured id rather spend the extra 50 or whatever to not have any regrets. I made the changes you guys suggested, how does it look now?
Where else do you guys recommend ordering from?
The below is all from newegg, total of $856.84 without the mobo (out of stock right now) the mobo lists at $109.
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
It's a tricky balance between dual and quad core. Some would say that the quad will deal better with all the rubbish you have running in the background - AV etc. Although dual cores with higher clock speeds do general come out on top in the benchmarks where there is a clean system. Are you taking the stock cooler for this processor? If you want to overclock you may find you need something a little better - not everyone is an overclocker (I'm not!!) but just suggesting this for you.
Have you got an OS to run on this?
Good choice moving from 160 to 500Gb. The Seagate 7200.11 are reportedly faster than the WD caviars - are they around the same price? If so you could swap to one of those.
Can't help eVGA against MSI however if you wait 2 weeks the new graphics cards should be starting to appear. They will either be a better option for the same price or should push the prices of the old cards down. Depends if you want to wait.
I probably will not be overclocking. My current PC is a dell dimension 2350 P4 1.8GHZ, 1GB RAM, with a nVidia PCI FX5200 video card that I've had since 2002 and I'm really just looking for a replacement with a bit more power. As far as connecting everything straight out of the box and running, would my posted setup be nice? I plan to run Win XP 64-bit.
As I said above, the only games I will probably be playing is CS 1.6 and CS Source. For apps, the most CPU\memory intensive would probably be Adobe photoshop. With that said, do you feel my PC setup would run good?
For video cards, I dont think I will need anything newer\better than an 8800GTS for what my needs are. I dont buy newest games that come out or anything like that (I still play cs 1.6!).