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Media Centre/Gaming Rig to play Shogun 2 highest settings smoothly

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May 30, 2011 8:04:31 AM

Hello there, I have a couple of computers which I need to condense into one (and sell the remaining components if I can). We don't have space for two computers any more, so the PC in the study needs to go and the PC in the lounge will become a dedicated machine (using the smaller of the two pc cases - The Cooler Master). The plan is to have a machine which will be be able to function as both a media centre and gaming rig (running smoothly at highest settings) in the lounge. Shogun 2 is the benchmark I want to set.

I need to be able to bitstream audio from the PC to the AV.

Current hardware:

TV: Samsung LE32C530 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 50Hz LCD TV with Freeview (Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 for PC).
AV: Yamaha Natural Sound AV Amplifier DSP-AX863SE (SPECS HERE: DISCONTINUED YAMAHA DSPAX863SE HOME CINEMA AMPLIFIER - available from Superfi UK Visit http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/pr... for details)
Speakers: Tannoy SFX 5.1 Speaker System (SPECS HERE: TANNOY SFX 5.1 SPEAKER SYSTEM - available from Superfi UK Visit http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/pr... for details) & Misson Floor Standing Speakers.

Current media centre rig (operating Windows 7 Professional 32bit):

Asus My Cinema-P7131 Hybrid DVB-T PCI TV Tuner card £25.06

Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C5C 4GB 800MHz C5 DDR2 Memory Kit £47.45

Corsair TwinX 2GB DDR2 6400 C4 £24.89

Akasa AK-195BL 13.9CM FAN+ADAP £31.57

AMD AM2 DCORE 5050E Energy Eff £51.16

CAIR 400W CMPSU-400CXUK £44.16

Asus M3A78-CM £59.00

LG GH22NS40 22X SATA BLK OEM £16.49

Cooler Master Dominator 690 PC Case With Window / Black (PC Shop) £67.99

Current (dormant) PC in spare room (was operating Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit):

£27.90 2x Akasa AK-FN057 Apache 12cm Fan

£14.20 StarTech.com Black Value ATA133 Drive Drawer with Shock Absorbers

£5.10 All in 1 Internal Card Reader Plus One USB2.0 Port Black - 3.5" Bay 108453

£40.32 2 x LiteOn 20X SATA DVD±RW/RAM With Beige, Black & Silver Bezel + Nero - Retail 127442

£80.90 Corsair 620W HX Modular PSU - ATX12V v2.2 APFC 114941

£75.67 Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Soundcard - Fatal1ty Professional Series 126185

£83.27 ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP AiLifestyle Series P35 Socket 775 Socket eSATA 8 channel Audio ATX Motherboard 129126 (ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS AS THOUGH THE MOTHERBOARD INSTALLED IS £103.13 Asus P5Q Deluxe P45 Socket 775 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard 145748)

£284.87 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66GHz 1066MHz FSB Socket 775 8MB L2 Cache (2 x 4MB (4MB per core pair)) Retail Boxed Processor 130475 (with £36.95 Kühler CPU Zalman CNPS 9700 NT 754/775/939/940/AM2 acting as cooler)

£301.91 BFG 8800GTX OC2 768MB GDDR3 Dual DVI HDTV Out HDCP enabled PCI-E Graphics Card 131671 (with £23.37 THERMALRIGHT HR-03 PLUS 90MM and £2.93 Xigmatek XSF-F9251 92mm Fan attached) - is very big and needs to be housed in a case like the £128.80 Thermaltake Kandalf VD4000BWS LCS No PSU - which I have since removed the front panel (doors) and liquid cooling system and replaced it with fans, as the idea was a liquid cooling system would be quieter, but uses fans too and there is the expense of the liquid)

£59.28 Corsair Memory XMS2 4GB DDR2 PC2-6400 (800) Dual Channel Desktop

£74.99 Acer V173Ab 17 inch LCD Monitor / Black (PC Shop)

£319.99 Samsung S86 Series 22 inch LE22S86BD HD Ready Freeview Widescreen LCD TV (Electronics)

I appreciate this is going to involve some swapping, but more likely involve buying new hardware, which I am happy to do (so please do make suggestions).

Thank you very much for your help in anticipation.

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May 30, 2011 8:29:38 AM

Just stick with the one that's got the BFG graphics and the quad. Take any expansion cards you do want out the other and plug in. Job done.
May 30, 2011 9:47:42 AM

Problem is, those components aren't able to play Mafia 2 smoothly.. Let alone Shogun 2.
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May 30, 2011 5:50:04 PM

First of all the pricing you mention is way too high... these are probably what you paid 3 years ago when you bought those items, but dont expect to sell anything for more than 20% of the price you are mentioning in your thread.

Your CPU Core 2 Quad can keep going on for a while, its still ok. I actually dont know if its possible, but DDR3 ram would help system performance IF your motherboard supports it and actually i dont even know if Core 2 supports DDR3.

Last and most important point: Your GPU can only hope to play Rome Total War at max settings. To get maxed out on a modern game like Shogun 2 you REALLY need AMD HD6950 or nVidia GTX560 or 460 or smthing like that anyway (assuming you want DirectX11 running).
May 30, 2011 6:19:06 PM

tlg said:
First of all the pricing you mention is way too high... these are probably what you paid 3 years ago when you bought those items, but dont expect to sell anything for more than 20% of the price you are mentioning in your thread.

Your CPU Core 2 Quad can keep going on for a while, its still ok. I actually dont know if its possible, but DDR3 ram would help system performance IF your motherboard supports it and actually i dont even know if Core 2 supports DDR3.

Last and most important point: Your GPU can only hope to play Rome Total War at max settings. To get maxed out on a modern game like Shogun 2 you REALLY need AMD HD6950 or nVidia GTX560 or 460 or smthing like that anyway (assuming you want DirectX11 running).


Hello tlg, apologies if I didn't make it clear but the prices are those from invoices (copied and pasted). Thank you for your reply.

Unfortunately, the motherboard is not comptable with DDR3 RAM. I think I'm going to have to go with a Radeon graphics card as I need the card to support bitstreaming.

I think I will look out for a good deal on the Radeon HD6950. Any recommendations on motherboard and CPU?
May 30, 2011 8:48:38 PM

What do you think of the following?

MSI ATI Radeon HD 6950 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card £219.98
AMD AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition "125W Edition" 3.20GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail £89.99
Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H AMD 880G (Socket AM3) DDR3 Motherboard £88.99
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9) £39.98

(http://www.overclockers.co.uk)

I've checked and I am pretty sure the current PSU I have will be sufficient. I also think the GPU will support bitstreaming.