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August 16, 2009 2:58:09 PM

Its been a while since i built a gaming rig, but about 5 years ago i was into gaming on the pc big time but have been out of the loop for awhile. I used to visit this site years ago and lost my log in. But now to the good. I am going to have aorund 1k or a little more to spend on the pc. I am only going to use it for high end gaming and downloading. I am going to purchase very soon in the next few weeks or so. I do not need an os. So please let me know what would work the best and get me some of the best gaming without having to sarifice detail. Thanks agian

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a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2009 3:21:02 PM

Welcome back...

^+1 obsidian86

Based on what you are requesting, take a look a my thread listed in my signature. I think my AM3 gamer build will fit your performance needs.
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August 16, 2009 3:35:54 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next few weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 1000(give or take a few

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard mouse os monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: new egg


PARTS PREFERENCES: best for money

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: best

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: best gaming for budget


August 16, 2009 3:38:35 PM

^+1 for tecmo his builds are generally the best bang for buck
August 28, 2009 11:16:00 PM

Well i started piecing together the i7 budget pc that u have recommended in your sig. what other ram would u suggest as the one in there is out of stock?

Also i went ahead and bough an antec 900 case as best buy had it on clearance for 79...i hope that case will work perfect with everything that is in that reccomendation thread. Anyone have this case and what are your thoughts on it....

Thanks
a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2009 11:41:23 PM

The Antec 900 is a great case! You'll be fine with that case.

Are you looking at the G.SKILL DDR3 1333 ram (CAS 7) or OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600 ram, I had them both listed before. If either one is in, I recommend them. If not, I would go with the best avaiable DDR3 RAM with at least a CAS 7 timings in your price range.
August 29, 2009 1:26:18 AM

tecmo34 said:
The Antec 900 is a great case! You'll be fine with that case.

Are you looking at the G.SKILL DDR3 1333 ram (CAS 7) or OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600 ram, I had them both listed before. If either one is in, I recommend them. If not, I would go with the best avaiable DDR3 RAM with at least a CAS 7 timings in your price range.



Thanks for the help
August 29, 2009 2:01:03 AM

Another question about the case...Will i need cable extenders or anything special
a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2009 2:25:26 AM

Died quickly said:
Another question about the case...Will i need cable extenders or anything special

I would recommend at least getting an 8-pin PSU extension cord to help with your cable management.
September 8, 2009 10:40:48 PM

Alrighty i got the rig built and everything running awesome. But the only question i have is that obvious any 32 bit os can only show 2.5 gigs of ram or so. So what are the advantages of running a 64bit os and the disadvantages...and should i upgrade to vista with the free 7 upgrade or just wait.


Specs are

i7920
evga x58 MB
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
Evga gtx275
Machine will mostly be gaming on...
a b 4 Gaming
September 8, 2009 10:46:44 PM

It seems like you already know the answer to your question. A 64-bit OS will allow you to use all your RAM. Half of your RAM is not being used with a 32-bit OS. There is also a 2GB application limit with a 32-bit OS. I see no disadvantages to running a 64-bit OS. The driver and software support for 64-bit is excellent. I haven't had any software or hardware compatibility issues at all with my system that runs 64-bit Windows 7 RC and 64-bit Vista in a dual-boot setup.

I would definitely get Vista with the free upgrade to Windows 7. The sooner you can use all your RAM the better, right?
September 8, 2009 11:12:56 PM

i kinda though i knew that answer after doing research but just wondered if anyone had issues...thanks for the response...also will there be a performance increase and how much will u be able to tell
a b 4 Gaming
September 9, 2009 12:37:51 AM

In gaming, you will see a slight increase but not enough to show a huge difference. You will notice it most when are burning a DVD, picture editing or those types of applications. Overall, you will see a difference, just not a huge difference when concerned with gaming.
September 16, 2009 8:02:07 PM

ok another question is with that ram i have the MB set the voltage at 1.5..should i bump it up or will that not do anything..Thanks
a b 4 Gaming
September 16, 2009 8:09:42 PM

Your RAM is rated at DDR3 1600 with 8-8-8-24 timings at 1.65v. If the motherboard set the RAM to 1.5v, then the RAM speed and timings are most likely running below their rated speed. You should manually set your RAM speed/timings/voltage to DDR3 1600/8-8-8-24/1.65v in the BIOS.
September 16, 2009 8:17:03 PM

ok so if i change it from 7-7-7-18 and to 1.65 will that be a performance increase..i always thought lower numbers with ram was better...but again i have been outta PC for a few years
a b 4 Gaming
September 16, 2009 8:27:23 PM

Yes, 7-7-7-18 timings are faster than 8-8-8-24 timings, but the OCZ Gold RAM isn't rated to run with 7-7-7-18 timings at DDR3 1600. If it's currently running with 7-7-7-18 timings then I would guess it's set to run at either 1066 MHz or 1333 MHz.
September 16, 2009 8:39:44 PM

oki have it set at 1600 8-8-8-24 and 1.60 volts right now just to see...
a b 4 Gaming
September 16, 2009 8:42:52 PM

I would bump up the voltage to 1.65v since that's what it's rated at. Either way, you should now run Memtest86+ overnight to make sure it doesn't detect any errors. Properly functioning RAM will not get any errors at all in Memtest86+.
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