Hey guys whats up!! Heard a lot of good things about tomshardware and thought i would post my new comp spec for some critique. I am finally upgrading from a Pentium 4 3.0Ghz 1GB PC. I did a lot of comparing and brushed up on my computer knowledge. So here is the final outcome.
Case - PSI ArmorX Gaming Tower Case w/420W Power Supply Red
Power Supply - 750 Watt -- Corsair CMPSU-750TX Power Supply Quad SLI Ready
Processor - AMD Phenom™ II X4 940 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
Processor Cooling - Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooling Fan System Kit Silent & Overclocking Proof = Maximum cooling efficiency for quietness and performance
Motherboard - ( [SLI] Asus M3N72-D NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI Chipset w/7.1 Sound, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, IEEE 1394, USB 2.0, Dual PCI-E/HDMI MB
Memory - 4 GB [2 GB X2] DDR2-800 PC6400 Memory Module
Video Card - NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT 1GB w/DVI + TV Out Video
Hard Drive - 500 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache]
CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive - LG 22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black
Sound Card - 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Network Card - Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
Keyboard - USB Keyboard w/ 18 Internet Hot /Multimedia Keys Black
Mouse - 1600 dpi High Sensitivity Internet Mouse Black
USB 2.0 Accessories - Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
Flash Media Reader/Writer - 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer Black
Operating System - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium + [Free 60-Day !!!] Microsoft Office 2007(Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access ....) 64-Bit )
Software/Game - Halo 2 Free with purchase of Microsoft Windows Vista operating system
Warranty - Warranty Service Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support
Sub Total: $960.00
Regarding the Video Card, I plan on upgrading to a gtx 295 once sc2 comes out, and going SLI with 2xgtx 295's once D3 comes out (i know, overkill, but its D3!! lol)
The reason i went with this rig is because the main game i play is World of Warcraft. My Pentium 4 3.0GHz 1GB ram stock video card ran it fine. So i am guessing just by upgrading to all of this that i can max out all the settings with no problem. Adding the GTX 295s and maybe 2-4GB of ram later should bring up to a beast. Also, i needed to keep the rig under $1k. Any feed back? Thank you in advance and i will be checking this thread regularly.
EDIT: After further reading i have decided to go with this mobo
Asus M3A78-CM AMD 780V/SB700 Chipset w/Integrated ATI video, 8-channels, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, Single PCI-E MB
The more i read about SLI and quad-sli gpu with the gtx 295 the more i realize that no game will ever need such a power. For now a single gtx 295 will run everything to near perfection, and i am sure that if the market ever gets to a game that will need 2xgtx 295s then a single video card with the same power will be released by that time.
Thoughts on this??
This puts the new price of the rig at $882.....$967 with shipping.
Outlander_04 - What if i do not intend to overlock it ? i have never overclocked any of my comps yet and try to buy it as built as possible so i do not have to do much tinkering to it. The choices i have for a motherboard are
I'm fairly sure if you buy through mwave.com you can pick out more specific parts, similar to newegg or tigerdirect, and you pay them something like $50 to build and test it before they ship it out to you.
I'm building one now and I'm running with
- A455-2888 :: ASUS M4N82 Deluxe Motherboard - Socket AM3, NForce 980a SLI, ATX, RAID, SATA, Gbit LAN, Hybrid SLI, 3-Way SLI
Seems like a good choice with the AM3 option for possible future upgrading.
I'm also going with
- EVGA GeForce GTS 250 Video Card - 1024MB GDDR3
- OCZ Fatal1ty 4GB Dual Channel PC8500 DDR2 1066MHz (2x2048MB)
- Kingwin Mach 1 Modular Power Supply - 600-Watt, ATX, SLI-Ready
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200, 16MB, SATA-300
- AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition
I'm not very good with knowing for sure if a mobo is good or not. It's the most confusing part of a rig if you ask me but all of this can be built along with a copy of 64bit Vista Home for about 800-900. Toss in some extra ram if you want since it supports up to 16GB on the MOBO and maybe some sexy fans and you're still under budget.