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Advice Needed on Updated Gaming Rig

I'm thinking of building a new gaming rig to replace my 2007 build. I don't play a lot of shooters, but I want to be able to play SC2, Diablo 3, and Civ V with all the eye candy turned on. Here's what I have now:

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-06 LightScribe Support


SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Antec Performance One P180B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis 1.0mm cold rolled ...

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804

MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E OC GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card
GIGABYTE GA-M61P-S3 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 / nForce 430 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz Socket AM2 89W Dual-Core Processor ADA5200CSBOX

Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

I'm thinking of re-using the case, power supply, DVD burner, and my SB Audigy in the new build. Here's the rest of it:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE--$165.99
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard--$139.99
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card--$159.99
Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory--$$66.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive--$74.99
Windows 7 Home Premium--$99.99

I also need a serial port to run some adaptive hardware (I have a physical disability). Should I just throw in a serial port PCI card?

Is this a reasonable upgrade? Will I see a noticeable performance boost? Is anything coming down the hardware pike in the next 2-3 months that I should consider for this build? Any thoughts are appreciated.
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  1. Please put it in this format, it makes it easier for us to help you!
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    Sounds good. What's your monitor's res?
    There will be new hardware coming out, from Intel, AMD (both CPU and GPU), and Nvidia. But I don't think the releases will affect you much (I can see the price of the 5770 dropping $20, but otherwise, there's not much to wait for). That 5770 seems a bit overpriced though. You can get a 6850 for $180, so if you get a 5770, don't pay more than ~$120 for it....
    Oh, and consider a PII 955 instead of the 965. Ten bucks for 200Mhz isn't that great, especially when you can get the hexa-core 1055T for $180.
  3. Hmm @ that price/config i would really

    Drop to 955BE
    Hit a 870/SB 850 or even 770/785G if USB/SATA 3.0 is not a deal breaker
    HD 6850
  4. Cpu:AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    Motherboard:ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131644

    Memory:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model 996829
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226127

    Gpu:XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150507

    HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Psu:XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
  5. blackjellognomes said:
    Sounds good. What's your monitor's res?
    There will be new hardware coming out, from Intel, AMD (both CPU and GPU), and Nvidia. But I don't think the releases will affect you much (I can see the price of the 5770 dropping $20, but otherwise, there's not much to wait for). That 5770 seems a bit overpriced though. You can get a 6850 for $180, so if you get a 5770, don't pay more than ~$120 for it....
    Oh, and consider a PII 955 instead of the 965. Ten bucks for 200Mhz isn't that great, especially when you can get the hexa-core 1055T for $180.


    I have a 20" Samsung running at 1680x1050. I looked briefly at the 6800 series cards. Is there much of a performance boost, considering I don't play a lot of first-person shooters?
  6. Quote:
    Cpu:AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    Motherboard:ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131644

    Memory:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model 996829
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226127

    Gpu:XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150507

    HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Psu:XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    This would make a good rig, but stop posting it everywhere. It doesn't apply to everyone's needs (e.g. wintermute's reusing a case and PSU, and the GPU is overkill).
    wintermute2_0 said:
    I have a 20" Samsung running at 1680x1050. I looked briefly at the 6800 series cards. Is there much of a performance boost, considering I don't play a lot of first-person shooters?
    You would struggle with SC2 on ultra, but really, you should be fine with a 5770. Again, though, don't buy one if you can't find it for ~$120. But with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, that really shouldn't be difficult.
  7. HD 5770 SC2 Ultra no AA/AF is fine and i dun understand why peeps want to do AA/AF on a Blizzard/SC game where it's about gameplay not eye candy lol
  8. batuchka said:
    HD 5770 SC2 Ultra no AA/AF is fine and i dun understand why peeps want to do AA/AF on a Blizzard/SC game where it's about gameplay not eye candy lol
    Says the man who first recommended the 6850 ;)
  9. Twas thinking 1920 x 1080 hehe
  10. One other question: should I buy an aftermarket CPU cooling fan or is the stock fan adequate? I don't plan on overclocking, but I want to keep things quiet. If so, any recommendations on a fan that will work well with my case (Antec P180)?
  11. Scythe Orachi or Zipang for quiet, but the stock cooler is adequate though some models are a bit noisy yes.
  12. Try out the stock HSF first and see what you think, because quiet aftermarket HSFs cost upwards of $40. The P180 should definitely minimize noise itself.
  13. Personally I'd replace the stock HSF. The stock HSF can go up to 7000 RPM if it's at 100% and it is quite loud. This of course is just my opinion.
  14. Best answer selected by wintermute2_0.
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