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Gaming PC in the making plz help me finish this rig

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November 24, 2008 3:02:53 PM

Ive had a lot of help from people on this site while putting this build together. I have decided to go Duo core instead of quad. Id like to know if these parts all work together. And is this the right O/S for my build.

The SOLE purpose of this computer is playing a new MMORPG warhammer online. And maybe Crysis but i dont need all the settings on high, I just want very smooth gameplay with decent FPS. I hate choppy gameplay.

Is this build overkill for only wanting to use it for playing an MMO?
Tell me what you guys think.
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower
Computer Case - Retail

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000 HDS721075KLA330 (0A35154) 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

GIGABYTE GV-N28-1GH-B GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

mushkin 550150 650W ATX12V SLI Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8600 - Retail

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587 - Retail

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM

Thanks a ton guys for taken a look at my build! =)
November 24, 2008 3:16:02 PM

The PC Power & Cooling 750W PSU is on sale right now. It's an amazing price on a very high quality PSU.

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99 -$35.00 MIR

You could also save a few dollars with this RAM:

G.SKILL PI Black 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... $49.99

I'd also look for either a Western Digital or Seagate drive. Hitachi hasn't had the best track record for reliability.

Edit: I noticed you changed your 4870x2 to a GTX280. I would change back to an ATI card since your motherboard supports crossfire and ATI cards offer great bang for the buck at the moment. What resolution will you be gaming at? A 4870 will most likely be plenty.
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November 24, 2008 4:09:04 PM

Agreed with the above. A HD 4870 1GB now and maybe another later would be a better solution. HD 4870 Crossfire beats a single GTX 280. Watch this for example:
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3415&p=6

I'd downgrade the E8600 to E8500. Much better bang for the buck.

I'd prefer a CoolerMaster RC-690 case.
November 24, 2008 4:33:06 PM

no problem here.
if you leave a lot of programs loaded while playing warhammer online, then add more ram.
November 24, 2008 4:40:12 PM

Another +1 to shortstuff and aevm.

The E8600 is really expensive for the little boost over the E8500.
November 24, 2008 5:29:31 PM

Alright guys thanks for all the help. I going to give this another shot. This is my new build.

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8600 - Retail

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587 - Retail

ASUS EAH4870/HTDI/1G Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) - OEM

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM

This rig will cost around 1350$ Without a monitor. Im still looking for a good monitor that can take advantage of this rig. I will most likely add another 4870 when it is needed. I should only need 1 GPU instead of 2 to run warhammer.
November 24, 2008 5:38:27 PM

Well, it looks like you took a little of the above advice into this build, but you can still do better for the money. The PC Power & Cooling PSU is a little bit better quality and costs $20 less. The G.Skill RAM linked above has better timings and costs less. It's been mentioned a couple times that the price difference between the E8500 & E8600 is hard to justify. You could also save a big chunk of money by going with the Antec 900 instead of the 1200.

If you're going to be overclocking you'll want an aftermarket cooler. Use the money saved by the above suggestions and pick up these:

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99 -$10.00 MIR

XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $8.49
November 24, 2008 5:52:10 PM

Thanks man. Im new to building but im picken it up slowly.
Not quite sure exactly which g skill sticks to pick up. Im new to the technical details. And im still looking for the pc power and cooling PSU thanks bud. Im not into overclocking so will i benefit with the 2 xigamatek's
November 24, 2008 5:56:02 PM

PC Power & Cooling PSU vs Corsair 750 are about hand in hand. I actualy would tip my hat towards the crosair one. Can't go wrong with either one.

If you plan on just using one graphics card your better off getting the gtx 280, unless you know for sure that you will be upgrading down the road to crossfire. If this is your first build,Nvidia's drivers are more user friendly than ATI, but that is strickly my opipion.

Antec 900 vs 1200 is just a size difference. If you want more room inside your case then go with the 1200. The 900 will fit everything inside but will be crammed a bit more. Can't go wrong with either case. Cooling in both are very good.

Other than that this is a pretty solid rig.
November 24, 2008 6:00:56 PM

Thanks a ton. Its getting harder and harder to stay with 1 GPU i want x2 i might as well just spend the money now and not regret it when i "have" to buy another card. I think im going to go with

SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

OR

ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

still not sure exactly which sticks of G.skill will fit or work with my rig can anyone give me an idea of which one to grab.
November 24, 2008 6:09:40 PM

Something you might want to consider without throwing to big of a monkey wrench into your rig setup is the x58 boards and core i7 support sli or cf.
~CPU $300 board $300 and ram $150 vs
~CPU $320 board $120 and ram $100.

core i7 has been known to really make sli and crossfire setups shine the best.

Sorry picking ram is not my best suite. I can tell you that any g skill ddr2 800mhz is 2x2gb's is the way to go if your looking for G skill ram.
November 24, 2008 6:13:11 PM

G.SKILL PI Black 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... $49.99

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PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99 -$35.00 MIR

If you're not overclocking you won't need the aftermarket cooler. You might want to read up on overclocking, though. The new Intel chips overclock so well it's hard not to overclock them.
November 24, 2008 6:19:12 PM

Should i be able to run warhammer or Age of conan with a single GPU or is it a necessity that i run with 2x 4870's
November 24, 2008 6:25:07 PM

One GPU will run those games just fine. I'm pretty sure you will get 30fps at highest settings no problem.
November 24, 2008 6:39:13 PM

Thanks man my builds probobly 99% done now. Cant think of anything else i need for my comp it should be just fine to do about any game.
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