Building new gaming rig

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. ^+1 for tecmo his builds are generally the best bang for buck
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Another question about the case...Will i need cable extenders or anything special
  8. 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.
  9. tecmo34 said:
    I would recommend at least getting an 8-pin PSU extension cord to help with your cable management.



    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812198024&Tpk=8-pin%20PSU%20extension

    will this work
  10. thanks again
  11. 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...
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. thx
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. oki have it set at 1600 8-8-8-24 and 1.60 volts right now just to see...
  21. 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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