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November 29, 2009 3:30:16 PM

I wanna build a pure gaming pc. The games that I've currently playing are Warcraft, Hon, Starcraft, l4d, Cs, GTA 4. Well, I want to play some future multi player games as well. I really like Ssd due to loading, application load, boot up and so on are fast. By the way, I've plan to OC on the cpu too. Lastly, I had a 21.5 Inche full HD monitor.

Build A

Proc: i7 920
Mobo: Asus rampage II extreme
Ram: Corsair Dominator i7 6GB(3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz
Gpu: Ati radeon 5870
Psu: corsair hx650
Hdd: 2x CAVIAR GREEN 3.5” SATA HARD DRIVE 500GB 32MB (raid 0)
Case: Cm storm sniper black
Odd 22x dvd rw
Cpu cooler: prolimatech megashadow with one cm led fan

or

Build B

Proc: PHENOM II X4 965
Mobo: MSI 790fx gd60
Ram: Corsair XM3 2X2GB kit
Gpu: Ati radeon 5870
Psu: corsair hx650
Hdd: Intel x25-m Gen 2 160 GB (Sufficient for me)
Case: Cm storm sniper black
Odd 22x dvd rw
Cpu cooler: prolimatech megashadow with one cm led fan

or

Build C

Proc: i7 860
Mobo: maximus III gene
Ram: Corsair XM3 2X2GB kit
Gpu: Ati radeon 5870
Psu: corsair hx650
Hdd: 2x CAVIAR GREEN 3.5” SATA HARD DRIVE 500GB 32MB (raid 0)
Case: Cm storm sniper black
Odd 22x dvd rw
Cpu cooler: prolimatech megashadow with one cm led fan

or

Build D

Proc: i5 750
Mobo: maximus III gene
Ram: Corsair XM3 2X2GB kit
Gpu: Ati radeon 5870
Psu: corsair hx650
Hdd: Hdd: Intel x25-m Gen 2 160 GB (Sufficient for me)
Case: Cm storm sniper black
Odd 22x dvd rw
Cpu cooler: prolimatech megashadow with one cm led fan and amd bracket


Please tell me which build will you guys go for and why. Thank you.
November 29, 2009 4:26:15 PM

The i5, best price performance in gaming. You cant just have a SSD, That thing can't get even half full or it will be slow. Get a 500gb HDD plus the SSD.
November 29, 2009 4:38:42 PM

sonic-boom said:
The i5, best price performance in gaming. You cant just have a SSD, That thing can't get even half full or it will be slow. Get a 500gb HDD plus the SSD.


I thought just have to leave like 20% of the space? Anyway I thought since the trim function is working. So there is no require of leaving some space on it. Even my laptop here only used up less than 100 gb =X
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November 29, 2009 4:53:28 PM

Err the GPU is the center piece of a gaming rig not CPU, RAM or what not. Over analysing too much may result in building a white elephant which would depreciate heavily and by the time you want to slot in bigger better chips - hey presto here comes USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 and all the newer tech that newer mobos/chipsets have on them lol Just go with a low cost bang for buck platform and overhaul it when it bottlenecks future GPUs ^^
November 29, 2009 10:11:04 PM

batuchka said:
Err the GPU is the center piece of a gaming rig not CPU, RAM or what not. Over analysing too much may result in building a white elephant which would depreciate heavily and by the time you want to slot in bigger better chips - hey presto here comes USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 and all the newer tech that newer mobos/chipsets have on them lol Just go with a low cost bang for buck platform and overhaul it when it bottlenecks future GPUs ^^


Hm ... but the newer mobo and chipset gonna be more costing. My budget is around these build
My main priority is
1. Decent good GPU can play most/future games well
2. Processor can support the gpu I buy which is not consequence a bottleneck
3. Good/Decent mobo which can support some CF and good sound audio quality such as gene II if possible. (I'm only using 2.1 Razer carcharias headset)
4. 4GB ram is more than enough for gaming I think
5. The extra will be to SSD =D (It's seducing when I look at the youtube)

November 30, 2009 2:14:25 AM

http://www.lostcircuits.com/mambo//index.php?option=com...

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If any of these benchmarks are representative of the overall gaming experience, then what it comes down to is the simple fact that saving $100 on a ninety nine dollar CPU and spending the savings on a higher-end graphics card is pprobably the best investment to get more out of a game.

There u go - GPU as main attraction ftw! Athlon2 X4 620 is $99 btw
November 30, 2009 5:20:12 AM

batuchka said:
http://www.lostcircuits.com/mambo//index.php?option=com...
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/crysis64.gif
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If any of these benchmarks are representative of the overall gaming experience, then what it comes down to is the simple fact that saving $100 on a ninety nine dollar CPU and spending the savings on a higher-end graphics card is pprobably the best investment to get more out of a game.

There u go - GPU as main attraction ftw! Athlon2 X4 620 is $99 btw


Hm ... Some game i5 faster but some is Phenom x4 =X
November 30, 2009 6:20:50 AM

$100 can mean the difference between a HD 4850 and a HD 4890 @@ Lets just say you wouldn't take the former up for 1920 x 1080 gaming hehe That is just for chip alone - when u factor in chipsets and going DX11 HD 5770 or HD 5850 hmm....
November 30, 2009 2:43:48 PM

From the looks of your proposed builds, your budget doesn't spare the cost of speed, meaning you plan to spend huge and $100 either way is small change.

So with that in mind, go for the i7 or build C. That to me will be the fastest of the 3.

November 30, 2009 2:53:12 PM

I'd rather go Hemlock and a 30 " if $$ indeed is no object :p 
November 30, 2009 3:08:31 PM

No =\ I can't handle to big monitor =X That's why I only go for the minumum full HD XD
Hm ... but why I7?

From what I've research, I7 seems to have more fps on lower resolution. On higher resolution, there might be a chance of p2 to overcome i7. Since 40 fps is already smooth, what is the difference between an example of 100 fps to compare with 80 fps on a lower resolution for instance.
November 30, 2009 3:26:21 PM

Err Full HD is the resolution of 1920 x 1080 not the size of the actual display hehe The human eye can't tell the difference going from 80-100 FPS but then again no one buys a $300+ card to play anything less than 1920 x 1080 hehe
November 30, 2009 4:13:05 PM

"The human eye can't tell the difference going from 80-100 FPS"

That is a myth. The human eye can tell the difference between that, and even 190-200FPS. Unlike film, video-games aren't on a set scale (or scales). It can directly have an impact on gameplay, especially for those who play competitive game (going from 80FPS to 100FPS in a game like Counter-Strike 1.6 makes a massive difference in recoil and movement).
November 30, 2009 4:23:26 PM

And how many games can u actually get 80 - 100 FPS in 1920 x 1080? With AA/AF? You dun game on 1024 x 768 or 800 x 600 do u?
November 30, 2009 4:52:46 PM

Basically, any quad core CPU paired with 4-6gb of ram and HD5870 is "future proof".

There is no need to go for top model cpu's just for gaming, Athlon2 X4 is just as good.
December 1, 2009 2:13:58 AM

My gaming resolution is either 1600 or 1920 =D
December 1, 2009 9:52:11 PM

Bump ? =\ May I ?
December 1, 2009 10:10:54 PM

Build B or C but if you do go with build B make sure that you include actual drives and only keep a few games on the SSD
December 2, 2009 9:49:47 AM

I heard phenom 965 got a cheap foreseeable future proof upgrade-ability. This is due to AMD had stated on 1 of the website(couldn't remember where) that they will use AM3 board for like 1-2 years ahead.

On the other hand, the intel never stat anything about their future mobo's socket. I heard I9 is using the 1366 socket as well. Who knows intel might come out something like x68 mobo for I9 =X
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