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Mid-range gaming machine, needs work

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October 10, 2008 10:14:50 PM

Just found this site, seems to be a gold mine for technical knowledge!
My understanding of how computers work, what numbers mean, and how to put everything together is pretty limited.
This computer will be used almost strictly for gaming. I want to be SLI-compatable (don't need 3x cards, though) and at some point in the future, i may OC.

Parts I have (or have ordered) so far:

Case: Tagan Aplus CS-EL Diablo Black 0.8mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Power Supply: Rosewill RX950-D-B 950W ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 SLI 8800Ultra SLI CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

RAM: DDR2 2GB PC6400 DUAL 2.V (2X1GB) BALISTIX 2.V


I'm looking heavily towards the GeForce 9800 GX2 for my video card, but I have no idea what motherboard or hard drive(s?) to get.

On newegg, people seem to like nForce 780i SLI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813141005, but that doesn't seem to be the most recommended one over here. what are my options? What do you this is best?

As far as HDD, no clue. Not even sure what SATA is, but i guess it's faster.. or something.

I'm mainly concerned about the quality of the items, but money is also a factor. Not looking for anything of insane costs.

Thanks so much for feedback and time!

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October 10, 2008 10:28:54 PM

The first thing you should do is return that Rosewill PSU and get a high quality one. Some brands to look for are Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, & Antec. Some Antec PSU's are better than others. Pretty much any PSU from the first 3 listed are all high quality. Rosewill is considered one of the worst manufactures of power supplies. If you go cheap on the PSU there is a good chance it will blow up taking other hardware with it.

You definitely want a SATA hard drive. It's the new standard, has smaller cables, and is faster. Check out this drive. It is very fast and cheap.

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99

The motherboard you linked to should be OK. You might also want to check out Evga 780i boards.

Since this will be used mainly for gaming, you might want to consider a faster dual core like the E8400.

Another thing to consider is how strong the new ATI cards are. You might want to consider an Intel X48 chipset motherboard and ATI 4870 1GB graphics card.

GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $224.99

POWERCOLOR AX4870 1GBD5-PPH Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $299.99

You didn't mention what operating system you were planning on using. I recommend 4GB and 64-bit Vista. I personally use that combination and love it.

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $76.99 -$20.00 MIR

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99

It's usually a good idea to try to find RAM that runs at the standard 1.8v with good timings. Read up on that a little in the memory section.
October 10, 2008 10:38:53 PM

Thank you very much for the prompt and detailed response :) 
I'm going to be using Vista, but not sure if it's going to be 32 or 64-bit. I'm about to go do a usability test at Microsoft and can choose a gratuity item, so it depends on whether or not i can get 64 bit :p 
October 10, 2008 10:43:50 PM

Should consider 64bit Vista, 32bit can only recognize 3.2 (or was it 3.5gb?) of RAM, most vista users who game recommend a minimum of 4gb.