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November 13, 2008 3:14:10 PM

I am about to build a new system for gaming, mainly on-line MORPGs (War Hammer Online)

This will be my first system I am going to build, so I am sure I have forgotten something

(I have my 24 inch LCD, gaming keyboard and mouse, and operating system)




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November 13, 2008 3:54:54 PM

Anyone have any opinions?
November 13, 2008 3:58:11 PM

looks nice you might want to wait for i7 to drop though
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November 13, 2008 4:14:19 PM

Holy overkill, batman!

Just gonna go out on a limb here and say "Wow, there's no way any MMORPG that you'll play is going to need that kind of power."

I think most $700 laptops will play Warhammer Online, and the EEEPC is capable of playing WOW.

So, this machine clearly is not for playing MMOs; otherwise, you'd have a low end quad core like a Q9300, a P45 (or P43, or P35 or P31) chipset-based motherboard, and just about any graphics card from the $80 HD4670 on up.

RAM, I won't knock you on, or on hard drives, or on cases, etc...but your power supply is also vastly overkill.

A good 750W PSU would work for your current config just fine, and would have half the cost.

If you tell me you're leaving room to run two HD4870X2s...you're beyond saving.
a b 4 Gaming
November 13, 2008 4:15:16 PM

Sounds very nice. I'm assuming you intend to do Crossfire at some point, since you picked an X48 MB and a 1000W PSU. If not, you could downsize them to P5Q Pro and 750TX for example.
November 13, 2008 4:22:49 PM

Yes on crossfire, notice it's two 4870s

MORPGs, yes, I am future proofing, and War Hammer demands a lot to run at the highest setting, and future games.
November 13, 2008 4:56:08 PM

+1 Ilander. MMORPS don't really need that kind of horsepower (especially the GPU). That's up to you, but it does seem like overkill.

Nice build anyway, though it seems a little extreme for your purposes.
November 13, 2008 5:07:11 PM

You have a 4870X2 as your graphics card.

That's actually one graphics card, with two graphics processors onboard, not a kit of two...and it actually uses less power than 2 4870s, if I recall correctly.

If you had two of those graphics cards, this would be a $2500 build, and it would be called a Quadfire (Quad-Crossfire) rig.
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681770300...

This PC Power and Cooling 610W (Continuous rating) would be fantastic for you, if you don't intend to put in a second 4870X2.

UPDATE:

If I was building a machine mostly for MMOs, here's my component choice. You get what you want and can afford, but here are my picks for the absolute best performance you're going to get:

Processor: Intel E5200
Motherboard: Asus P5Q3
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1333
Graphics: HD 4870 (whichever one is cheapest)

I'd then overclock the heck out of the E5200, because it's so cheap that if I burned it out, I'd be able to purchase another one, and still be under the price of the E8400.

I'd be able to burn out almost four for the price of your Q9550.
November 13, 2008 5:37:21 PM

Thanks guys, that's what I am looking for.

I know I am mainly playing MORPGs, but I do still play some FPSs, and yes, I am not adverse to spending some money, but at the same time, I don't want to waste money either. I am going 4870, but, since I haven't had a new system for almost 2 years, I haven't kept up with everything.

Quadfire sounds very interesting, is there a huge difference and does the software/games take advantage of it?
a b 4 Gaming
November 13, 2008 5:54:15 PM

When you say "I am going 4870", do you mean that SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB in your first post? It's the best video card you can buy these days and a perfect match for your 24" 1920x1200 LCD.

If you get the HX1000 PSU you'll be able to add a second one, but before you do I suggest you check benchmarks for the games you'll be playing at that time. Then you can decide if it's worth it or not. Right now, adding a second HD 4870 X2 for $530 is not really worth it IMO. On the other hand, a year from now, if the card price drops to only $300 or whatever, and games are more demanding than today, and ATI drivers support QuadFire better than today, it could be an excellent idea.
November 13, 2008 7:55:23 PM

Good idea, I may just start with 1 card, and wait on the other to come down in price.

Does anyone else see any problem with any other parts I have listed?
November 13, 2008 8:35:37 PM

No, they'll work fine together, and you'll have a blazing fast system for whatever you want to use it for.

Good luck with assembly and installation.
November 14, 2008 12:09:11 PM

Yup, that scares me, I never have put one together, but I have been reading a lot and feel it's time I "manned up," and just did it.
November 14, 2008 1:08:35 PM

Hold your "manning up" till nehalem is out. Get a 920 i7 cpu and a x58 motherboard. Its like gonna be released in just a couple days now... Otherwise, you will be kicking yourself for being impatient. We are talking like 3 days here. Surely you can wait 3 days.....

Warhammer online isnt very demanding on your CPU or GPU.
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