hi im looking to build the best gaming computer for my money. what i am looking for is a good gaming motherboard with built in sound and two or more PCI express video cards. i'm looking at using an Intel Core 2 Quad 2.83 GHz processor, at least 8 gig of RAM, a powre supply with 500+ watts of power, a hard drive with 10k RPM and a case that looks cool and can keep my computer cool, without spending more than 150 dollars. so what type of motherboard would best suit me? and am i getting the best stuff to enhance my gaming EXP.
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Your sample specs are a year or more out of date.
cpu: If you are looking for a gaming quad, you don't overclock, and don't have some other requirement that would steer us to a different processor, the i5 750 is a great choice. About $200
mobo: Gigabyte or Asus mobos in the $160 range will support SLI/xfire, ie, have two PCIe slots.
psu: If you are going to be SLI/xfire ready, you need more than 500W.You want a 750W/850W psu from Corsair, Antec Earthwatts or better, Seasonic, or PCP&C. A fine review from a reputable reviewer can point to other "acceptable" psus, too. $75 to $200
HD: If you think a 10k RPM drive is the fastest, and that's what you want, you really want an SSD. Other than that, a WD Black 640GB drive is the best bet. If and when reputable reviews show the Seagate F3 better at random reads/writes than the WD, that would be your pick. $75
Case: Go to Newegg and pick cool looking cases. What looks cool to you probably sucks rocks for me. Give us some samples, and we can match the look in a good case for the PC to stay cool. $75-$150
Vid card: Curious you didn't mention the most important part of a gaming PC, the vid card. Generally, you do NOT want to base a new build on 2xVid Cards. What resolution will you game at? $115-$400
Do some research, and get back.
Carnax: Here's what you should do.
1. CPU - You want a platform for gaming, right? No games utilize more than 3 cores, so the AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz is perfect for what you're looking at. It's currently around $120 as opposed to $220. This will save some dough for a better videocard.
2. Motherboard - With the AMD Phenom II X3 720, buy the ASRock M3A780GXH/128M for $90. You can easily overclock your CPU to 3.4GHz with a stock heatsink and fan. Just remember to buy Arctic Silver 5 for $5. If you ever decide to overclock more than that, just buy an after market heatsink and fan for $20, and that could get you to 3.7GHz.
3. Video Card - Your video card decision will determine the type of Power Supply you need. If you're looking to game in 1920 x 1200 resolution (if you have a monitor that supports it), then at the least, buy a GTS 250 for $120. MSI or EVGA are my recommendations. If you are looking to save the $100 on the CPU, you can put it towards your Video Card and buy a GTX 275 for $220. You can also double your performance in a GTX 275 by simply overclocking it.
4. PSU - If you're going with the GTS 250, you'll need at least a 500 Watt PSU. However, if you're going with the GTX 275, you'll need at least a 550 Watt PSU. Just be sure that you get a PSU with a +12 Volt current rating of 40 amps. For you, I'd recommend the OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply for $80. If you ever decide to, it will have enough power for two GTX 275's in SLI/Crossfire.
5. I'm assuming you already have a 7200 RPM hard drive. That's actually fine for gaming. You won't notice anything except slower load times with your hard drive. But, if you want fast, buy a SSD. The Corsair P128 (CMFSSD-128GBG2D) 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) or Crucial CT128M225 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) are both very good SSD's for $330. You'll want an case since they're 2.5", so get an ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5" to 3.5" SSD & SATA Hard Drive Converter for $25.
6. Memory - More than 4GB's RAM is not needed for extreme gaming. I recommend Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 for $74. You can overclock to DDR 1600 and pretty decent timings.
7. Tower - The cheapest but best tower I'd recommend for your system is a mid-tower, the COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB for $45. Really, you don't need to spend more than that. Save the extra money from this and invest in something that will enhance your gaming experience, like a new monitor.
First, invest your time in learning to overclock. It's really simple, and you easily save a couple hundred dollars by not buying more expensive CPU's, GPU's and memory and using them at stock speeds.
The amount you'll spend for a great gaming rig is just $629 if you do everything right.
Here is a very specific configuration to look at. It includes:
- the new i5 750 quad which will overclock itself whenever possible (like when gaming) and outperform competitive cpus in gaming except for more expensive Intel chips.
- a video card that will give good 1920x1200 performance in most games, excellent at lower res. (What is your screen resolution?)
- a mobo and a very high quality power supply that will support any 2 future single gpu cards in sli or xfire.
- a case that mirrors the look you like, but has been reviewed and shown to have excellent cooling and other features that may interest you.
- Vista (64 bit) with a free upgrade to Win7.
If your budget is higher, you can consider an SSD in addition to this configuration. The SSD would hold your OS and current game(s), the WD your other data. You can also use a better vid card (4890) or wait for the 5xxxs due out very soon.
If your budget is lower, you drop down to a mobo and psu for a single vid card and save about $100.
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $100
Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Combo $355
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $100 after $30 MIR
SAPPHIRE 279L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Combo $205
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Combo $175
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee -
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Writer - Bulk - LightScribe Support - OEM $31
Total $995.91 plus $29.01 Shipping (to my house plus no tax) = $1024.92 less $30 MIR = $994.92