PARTS PREFERENCES: None really.. Just want the best possible for my budget.
OVERCLOCKING: No clue how SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Open to suggestions
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Preferably the platform would be upgradable in 2 years time instead of having to purchase a new one.
So far i have the following:
Asus Maximus GeneII sky 775
Transcend 4Gb kit axeram DDR2 1066 CL5 x 2
Intel QuadCore Q9550 2.83G 12Mb 1333 Box
WD 1.5TB Sata300 32Mb 7200rpm
Transparent Side Ninja Case
Xilence 700W SLI gaming powersupply
LG DVDRW GH22NS Black sata
GFX card - need help!
My knowledge is far from up to scratch, which is why i am here so ill appreciate any advice you guys can offer me.
Intel has discontinued Core2, socket 775 CPUs; DDR2 RAM production is dropping off in favor of DDR3. There will be no upgrades for the system you have selected, its all dead end, expired parts.
As far as I know, Western Digitals 1.5TB HDD is an older design and likely has six 250GB platters. They have a new 2TB model that has four 500GB platters that is much faster. Samsungs F3 1TB has two 500gb platter drive is very fast and inexpensive. (Twice the platter density lets the heads read twice as fast at the same speed, these new 500GB platter drives are faster than velociraptors).
For future upgradeability want to look at an intel i5 750 CPU and a P55 motherboard with 4GB DDR3 RAM or an intel i7 920 CPU and an x58 motherboard with 6GB DDR3 RAM.
As far as graphics cards, the new ATI 5770 is a strong DX11 card at 1680x1050. The more powerful ATI 5850 would be the next step up if you want to play almost every game at its highest settings.
The one thing that can be tricky is memory. You want DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600 but also have to make sure you get memory rated for voltage below 1.65. There is quite a bit of 1.7-1.9V DDR3 memory for AMD systems still out there.
Post back when you have it running. Pics would be nice, too.
these are my specs.
OS Windows 7 64 bit
CPU Intel Core i7-920 Processor
CPU Speed 2673 MHz
MSI ATI R5970-PM2D2G PCIEXPRESS VIDEO CARD 2GB
RAM DDR3 P1600 2GB X3 KIT PATRIOT VIPERLINE GAMER
ASUS MAINBOARD P6T SE
COOLING SYSTEM - COOLIT DOMINO
700W PSU PRO GAMING SILENTPRO FAN ACTIVE PFC - COOLERMASTER
SATA HDD 1TB 7200RPM
I must say though Im having problems. The PC just isnt performing to its potential. Here are my benchmark results:
To give you an idea, I tried giving Crysis a go today. Id think that on these specs, I should be able to run the game on highest settings.
Very high is just so laggy its unplayable. High is borderline, but very laggy whenever there is some action on screen. In order to play the game with minumum fuss, I have to set everything to Medium. There must be something very wrong here. Do you have any ideas?