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New Gaming PC Build pls critique

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May 24, 2008 8:10:56 AM

Here is what I am thinking for my next gaming pc. I plan on using for Age of Conan and want to play at max settings with at least 60 FPS, I usually have a 20-40 ms ping.

Please critique.


XCLIO WTBK ADVANCED Fully Black Finish Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811103019
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
$149.99
$139.99


Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148309
$79.99


2 XFX PVT88GYDD4 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150267
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate $499.98
($249.99 each)



OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817341002
-$25.00 Instant
$35.00 Mail-in Rebate $149.99
$124.99



2 A-DATA Vitesta 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVD1B16K - Retail
Item #: N82E16820211282
$175.98
($87.99 each)



XFX MB-N780-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813141005
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate $259.99
$249.99



Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115037
$194.99



Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116488
-$10.00 Instant
$109.99
$99.99


Subtotal: $1,565.90

Questions:

1. Would a Q6600 be a better choice over the E8400?

2. Is the SLI needed for 60 FPS maxed out in AoC?

Thank you for your time and patience.
May 24, 2008 11:16:51 AM

The E8400 will be plenty for the next few years of gaming. From everything I have read and hear, there are very few games that can actually take advantage of the quad processors.

I would suggest spending and extra $20 or so and getting a 640 GB hard drive.

The PSU is a nice one - have one myself.

Other than the hard drive suggestion, the build looks good.
May 24, 2008 12:26:09 PM

the e7200 can hit 4G on air and is $60 cheaper. I hit 3.8G.
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May 24, 2008 3:34:13 PM

Thank you for the replies and information, I think the E8400 will do for now.

Questions:

1. Will the 780i mobo be able to handle a new cpu in 1-2 years?

2. The 640 GB HD has 16 mb cache. Is there a noticable difference from the 32 MB cache in gaming? Or is that just Load Times/Multi tasking effect? I will only be using this PC for gaming.

Thank you again for your input.
May 24, 2008 6:29:55 PM

my opinion on #1: If intel keeps the 775 around then yeah, but if they move to another socket then no. duh right, but i have been reading a lot of articles that intel will be moving to another socket.

May 26, 2008 1:57:06 AM

Bump for a new question.

I have been doing more research, my question is:

1. Is the SLI going to be a noticeable difference on max settings @ 1900 x 1280, vs. going with a x38/x48 mobo and only 1 8800 GTS OC?

thank you for all your help and input, I am very close to ordering....
May 27, 2008 12:57:52 AM

Bump for response.
May 27, 2008 7:01:49 PM

Bump for response.
May 27, 2008 7:20:57 PM

I don't know the specifics of AOC's hardware requirements but at 19x12 SLI will definitely be noticeable.

But remember that you're spending $150 dollars extra to get an SLI ready board. If you wait for the GT280, it is supposed to be better than two 8800GTS in SLI (I think..we'll see). It may be more expensive than the two 8800's but with the money saved by going to a d3sl you could probably fit it in the budget. Something to think about
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