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Is this a good gaming computer?

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July 15, 2010 3:48:09 PM

Hey guys, I'm think of building my own computer and I would like to know if the hardware I'm going to list on the bottom would be good enough to play games like: Fallout 3, Starcraft 2, and CoD MW2, etc. I'm also going to use this computer for some schoolwork also. My budget is between $600-700. Not all of these products come seperate on Newegg, they are mostly in combo deals.

Here's all the hardware that I'm thinking of buying:

Hard Drive (2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fan (3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2010 3:53:58 PM

Its not exactly bad but it could be better.

If you have a decent sized monitor (1080) then you'll want to bump that graphics card to a 5 series, like a 5850 or something.

Swap the PSU for a Corsair 650HX

Try and get a quad core processor if possible.

Foxconn arent the best known for their motherboards, try Asus.

And swap those 2 HD's for a 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3, a 1 TB HD performs faster than 2 500 GB ones in RAID. Not to mention that the F3 is one of the fastest HD's you can get for a really good price.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2010 4:30:32 PM

$660AR?
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July 15, 2010 4:48:46 PM

or get a gigabyte motherboard their good too :D 
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2010 4:57:55 PM

Griffolion said:

And swap those 2 HD's for a 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3, a 1 TB HD performs faster than 2 500 GB ones in RAID. Not to mention that the F3 is one of the fastest HD's you can get for a really good price.


Not disagreeing with the recommendation for the Spinpoint, but any level of RAID is going to be faster (for reads, and RAID 0 & 10 will be faster for writes) than a single drive, assuming the drives have the same specs otherwise.

Of course, I also recommend against casual users setting up a RAID array.

It'd be nice to know the OP's intended use of the 2 drives originally selected. RAID 0? RAID 1? Primary + storage drives?
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