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November 3, 2008 10:51:02 AM

Hi everyone!

I'm building my very first computer, wich will be primarily used for playing games. I want it to be able to play games like crysis and fallout 3 at high graphical settings with a decent framerate. I've put together a list of components i think should do the job, but I'm just a little unsure about some things.

- Does the PSU have enough wattage for this build? (Especially the video card)
- Are there any components i should replace with other (maybe better) components?

Any help, tips and feedback is greatly appreciated!

Here is the build:


- Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz


- Asus p5Q PRO


- OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Video card:

- Nvidia GeForce GTX 280

Hard drive:

- Samsung spinpoint F1 1000GB
- (I couldn't find the 1TB version)

CD / DVD Burner:

- SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM

Power Supply:

- OCZ GameXStream 700W


- ANTEC twelve hundred


- SAMSUNG 2253BW 22inch wide screen 1680x1050/2ms/8000:1/300 cd/m2/DVI/170°/45W

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November 3, 2008 12:17:56 PM

I think that power supply will be fine. I'm running An E8400 at 3.4Ghz,2x1GB G.Skill 800Mhz, 2x8800gt sli, a Sound Blaster Audigy, t.v. tuner and a Hitachi Deskstar 320GB hd in an Antec Ninehundred case with 1x200mm fan and 3x120mm fans with of all things a bestbuy rocketfish 700w psu.(I do plan on upgrading it soon though) And your psu probably has higher amps than mine.
November 3, 2008 12:52:42 PM

everything looks good

personally I would go with quadcore and get aftermarket heatsink so you will have option to overclock it
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November 3, 2008 12:58:49 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the replies :) 
November 3, 2008 1:01:22 PM

The PSU is fine. The GTX 280 consumes under 300W, like any other PCI-E card so far.

Anandtech got 35.8 fps in Crysis with the GTX 280 at 1920x1200 with very high settings. On your monitor you can do 1680x1050, and the fps should be higher.

You should also consider getting a HD 4870 1GB. It's $300 (the GTX 280 is $415) and you get almost the same performance (33.3 fps instead of 35.8 fps, etc.), and it's a better match for your Crossfire motherboard i.e. you can add a second card later.

Very nice setup, btw.

You could also get this HDD:
It's better priced/GB (640GB/$75 instead of 750GB/$100 means 8.53GB/$ instead of 7.5).

November 3, 2008 1:30:47 PM

Thanks for the help Aevm! Your post was really useful
November 3, 2008 1:31:13 PM

The Antec case comes with some great combos on PSUs right now. The TPQ 850W might be more than you need, but the price is right and it's a good unit.

I'm not a big fan of the 1066 Reapers, and I own them, but if you are getting them for the combo deal with Vista 64 then OK. otherwise think about these:

G. Skill 1100s
Very low voltage. They get overlooked because of the odd rating, but they are great overclocking RAM

November 3, 2008 4:55:53 PM

What's the problem with the 1066 Reapers then proximon? and thanks for the tip :) 
November 3, 2008 8:06:43 PM

I think they tend to be overrated... literally. Mine are really 800Mhz. OCZ tried to work with me to get them to 1066, because I was experimenting with higher overclocks. They eventually threw up their hands and told me to RMA.
I didn't RMA because I really didn't care that much. I was only experimenting and didn't really need the FSB to go beyond 400.
I've heard similar stories from others.