Hey guys, I've been using this old HP computer for too long and I decided that I would build myself a new PC. Nothing super high-end, but from what I've researched, this should play almost any game out there right now decently on max settings (we're looking at you angrily, Crysis ). Anyways, here are the specs, if there is anything you see that should probably change please tell me!
PS: I am thinking of making this a Vista Hackintosh when they get GTX 260 compatibility, so I picked the other parts to work with it. The Motherboard apparently works fully except ethernet, which is being looked into.
CN690 (3x120mm fans) with 3 additional 120mm fans
CoolerMaster RealPower Pro 750W (SLI ready)
Windows Vista Premium 64-bit SP1
(maybe) Windows XP Home SP3 (for any backwards compatibility issues)
(in the future) Mac OS X
I know the HDD isn't very big for a tri-booter, but I can always pick up another one once I start running out of room, but for now 500Gb seems perfect to me.
Any comments, ideas or suggestions? Please post them! Thanks in advance!
PS: If you have any suggestions for different parts, please post CANADIAN prices!
PSS: The case, PSU, mobo and CPU came as a bundle, I would rather not change any of them
why don't you consider the seagate 7200.11 500GB instead, its pretty fast...i think its faster then most 500 GB drives for a normal gaming rig. Cooling wise...you can check out xigamtek (i think i spelt it right) or thermalright ultra 120 or the ultima 90, both are excellent heat sinks. I personally own the ultra 120 and it does a great job. 120 is around 70-80...and 90 is about 60 if i remember correctly. which store are you buying from?
plus, NCIX ends up being more expensive with a similar computer, thanks to the great bundle TigerDirect has. It's $1350 from NCIX, and that's with a 650W PSU and a cheaper case!
Wow, nevermind. I can make a cheaper system ($1240 including S&T) from NCIX thanks to their great pricematch feature! Check this out:
CPU: Intel E8400 Dual Core 3.0Ghz
Cooling: Xigmatek HDT-S123 (With MX-2 compound)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 750GB (little bigger but the same price )
Power Supply: Corsair TX650 650W PSU
Thanks for the tips- I guess I'll go with the DS3L EP45 Motherboard.
I'm going to stick with nVidia cards for a couple reasons though-
-PhysX. I love having that extra touch of realism in games, and only nVidia cards offer it.
-Heat. From what people say, the 4870 runs really, really hot. I know that it's perfectly stable at the temps it reaches, but it does raise the ambient heat in the case and can damage everything.
My Sapphire 4870 Toxic edition runs at 48C idle, 60C full load, and the fan is set to a permanent 34% so that it's quieter than my case fans. If I turn the fan up I can push the temps down below 50C at load.
It does all this while venting the hot air out the back of the case.
However, the GTX 260 core 216 is every bit as good a card.
the gigabyte board you mentioned isn't even in stock at ncix ATM...atleast thats what i see. If you are gonna OC, i say get a mainstream board thats around 130-150. You can't go wrong with either Gigabye or Asus.
Meh, I still can't see why that is better than the DS3L. Both look like they're good budget mobos- no super features, but not crappy either. All I care about is that it has a PCI-E 2.0 16x slot, some decent DDR2 clock speeds, and support for all 45nm 775 processors (i7 is too pricey ATM), and both boards have all of these.7