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September 10, 2010 3:01:05 AM

I was wondering if anyone with computer building background and iRacing experience would let me know if the following components would make for a good iRacing machine (and potentially some 3D CAD work - SolidWorks). Also if it would support 3 monitors incase I go that route down the road (not sure what I need to support that).

I'm looking for good performance (consistent 60+ fps, high detail settings, etc.) and hoping to stay under $800 (the cheaper the better!). I tried to do as much research as I could on the subject and then came up with this list for only $700. Also, since this would be my first build, I'm not sure if all these parts would even be compatible with each other. Any help would be grateful!

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131366

MSI N260GTX Twin Frozr OC GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814127464

ASUS Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A4/BLK/B/GEN
Item #: N82E16827135201

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231277

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103871

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817371015

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129066

Subtotal: $701.92

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September 10, 2010 3:01:47 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Video Games to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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September 10, 2010 5:04:09 AM

^^ Did you check for combos?? And also I dont think you would need that mobo as you are going with a Nvidia card...
Some changes...How about the HD 5850 ?
X4 640 + HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 + ASUS SATA DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ Fatality 550W + Samsung F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

NZXT M59 + Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total - ~$682 | $647 Including rebates...
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September 12, 2010 3:40:51 AM

How about taking your list but upgrading to a 700W power supply. On all the builds I read for iRacing, everyone suggested at least 650W PS for the system. It'll only add $20 to the overall build.


OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
Item #: N82E16817341018

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181

ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131654

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204

GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814125318

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103871

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820145260

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146058

$701.92 Subtotal - $661.92 after mail-in rebates.

Before purchasing all this stuff, I want to make sure everything is compatiable and will work together right out of the box. I've never built a computer before and just want to make sure I don't buy stuff that won't work.

Thanks for all the help and advice!
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September 13, 2010 4:26:54 AM

^ The PSU requirements, depend on the graphic card you are using and not the game...
That OCZ 700W unlike its other lowered powered versions doesnt perform well...
If you want a higher powered PSU, then check this out -
Corsair 650TX + Samsung F3 1TB - But it would be of little use though...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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September 28, 2010 8:46:21 PM

Best answer selected by krebs640.
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September 28, 2010 8:47:25 PM

I just wanted to say thanks gkay! I built the system you recommended and it runs great! I can run races on iRacing with full files and don't dip below 80-90 fps.
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