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Is this a Good Gaming PC for the next 4 Years?

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March 9, 2012 11:21:59 AM

I Haven't Ordered it yet so feel free to make suggestions.

$750 Budget (STRICT, Before Rebates)

Currently what I Am looking to get:

BIOSTAR G41D3+ LGA775 DDR3 Mobo
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5ghz (Going to be overclocked to 3ghz)
8gb G.Skill Ripjaw Series DDR3-1066 Ram
120gb OCZ Vertex Plus SSD w/ 320gb 7200rpm WD Blue HDD (Already Have these so I'll be using them)
GIGABYTE 3 Fan GTX 570 1.2gb 320-Bit
Corsair Gaming Series GS600 600w PSU
Cooler Master Storm Scout Case

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March 9, 2012 11:30:32 AM

wahmmtwo said:
I Haven't Ordered it yet so feel free to make suggestions.

$750 Budget (STRICT, Before Rebates)

Currently what I Am looking to get:

BIOSTAR G41D3+ LGA775 DDR3 Mobo
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5ghz (Going to be overclocked to 3ghz)
8gb G.Skill Ripjaw Series DDR3-1066 Ram
120gb OCZ Vertex Plus SSD w/ 320gb 7200rpm WD Blue HDD (Already Have these so I'll be using them)
GIGABYTE 3 Fan GTX 570 1.2gb 320-Bit
Corsair Gaming Series GS600 600w PSU
Cooler Master Storm Scout Case



I presurem you are building from scratch and do not have any of the compoments listed ? If so then I would suggest you do not go with LGA775 CPU's / Boards as they have been replaced by the later i3 / i5 / i7 series CPUS which offer much better peformance.

The biggest challenge to any gaming PC to last 4 years is the graphics card - as they change every 6 - 12 months.... but it all depends on what games you want to play now and at what level of detail.... then the possible increase in GPU requirements for later games
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March 9, 2012 11:33:22 AM

ulysses35 said:
I presurem you are building from scratch and do not have any of the compoments listed ? If so then I would suggest you do not go with LGA775 CPU's / Boards as they have been replaced by the later i3 / i5 / i7 series CPUS which offer much better peformance.

The biggest challenge to any gaming PC to last 4 years is the graphics card - as they change every 6 - 12 months.... but it all depends on what games you want to play now and at what level of detail.... then the possible increase in GPU requirements for later games



I Only have the Harddrive and SSD, and of course the OS.

I Am Choosing the highest GPU I Could get (The GTX 570) While still getting a Quad Core CPU, I Couldn't seem to get an i5 or i7 CPU/Ram/Mobo Combo without going over what I Have.. I Do Want Quad Core though, as Dual Core I Feel will be phased out by 3-4 years. I Do Prefer nVIDIA and Intel..
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March 9, 2012 11:38:29 AM

dude that build is already obsolete and you ask if it will be good for FOUR YEARS? i dont think so.
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March 9, 2012 11:53:09 AM

It is almost impossible to future proof a computer past even a year, computer parts change so fast now days, it would help to decide what games you will be playing, and at what resolution. quad core will be good for another little while i would assume. its mostly gpu's that outdate faster than you can recover from buying them. the gtx 570 is a great card, and if you play at a lower res you should be ok for a bit. for four years who knows depends on what the bring to the table.
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March 9, 2012 12:18:51 PM

1. Your CPU / MoBo combination uses a platform that my son had......we built it about 5.5 years ago. We replaced it with Sandy Bridge last year.

2. A "4 year PC" is generally gonna cost you about about $1,000 and w/ that you are going to likely do RAM and GFX card upgrades to keep it playing the games of 2014 and onward. A SLI / CF capable mobo, whereby ya can double up on ya GFX power is therefore essential to get that kind of life span.

3. An SSD doesn't fit into a $750 budget and has minimal impact on gaming.

4. I look at $1,000 as the minimum entry point into a gaming box that can last the period you describe. W/o the storage, I can do $820 or $70 over ya budget....after MIR.

$370 after $20 MIR - P8P67Pro w/ 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$50 8GB Corsair low profile RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-233-196^20-233-196-TS%2C20-233-186^20-233-186-TS%2C20-233-199^20-233-199-TS

$220 after $20 MIR Asus 560 Ti CU II TOP (900MHz)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$105 XFX Core Edition 850

$70 Your Case


I'd also plan on a 3rd party CPU cooler and that will add another $35 for a Hyper 212.....easier to install at 1st build than to add it later.
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March 9, 2012 12:24:30 PM

I don't think the GTX570 is a good idea right now, for two reasons. The first is that Kepler is right around the corner, likely bringing better performance, OR, lowering the price of existing cards. Second, like ulysses35 said, GPUs change fairly frequently, so you probably do not want to plan on the card you buy today being the one you'll still be using in four years. If you cannot wait for Kepler, cards that offer solid performance and good bang/buck in today's games would be the HD6870 and GTX560Ti, but they aren't so expensive you'll regret having to replace them in a couple of years.
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March 9, 2012 12:53:17 PM

Wow, got busy and a few others got in there before me. I like Jack's analysis there; I started in about the SSD too, then noted that the OP already has the SSD.
I took a similar approach last summer, although regrettably, I anticipated Bulldozer not sucking, so I built an AM3+ rig. Still, it handles everything I have, or am likely to get. I went for quality throughout; Asus Sabertooth (w/5 yr. warranty), 8GB of RAM (now actually 16GB), and a Seasonic X-560 PSU (or I'll put my Antec SG-650 in it if I ever SLI). Basically, if you want longevity, be sure you buy quality.

Edit: And of course, I also agree about NOT getting socket 775. You want S1155, probably with a Z68 chipset.
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March 9, 2012 1:12:48 PM

wahmmtwo said:
I Haven't Ordered it yet so feel free to make suggestions.

$750 Budget (STRICT, Before Rebates)

Currently what I Am looking to get:

BIOSTAR G41D3+ LGA775 DDR3 Mobo
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5ghz (Going to be overclocked to 3ghz)
8gb G.Skill Ripjaw Series DDR3-1066 Ram
120gb OCZ Vertex Plus SSD w/ 320gb 7200rpm WD Blue HDD (Already Have these so I'll be using them)
GIGABYTE 3 Fan GTX 570 1.2gb 320-Bit
Corsair Gaming Series GS600 600w PSU
Cooler Master Storm Scout Case


With a $750.00 in hand you can build a decent Gaming Rig. Take a look at this Link:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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March 9, 2012 1:13:05 PM

The below components are 484.96 shipped after rebated. That leaves you 215 bucks for a case and anything else.

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3
Intel Core i5 2500k BUNDLE 359.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

EVGA GTX 560 ti 199.99 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 C9 44.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair TX650 79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could even upgrade to the 570 if you wanted and that power supply will still hold up.
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March 9, 2012 1:19:47 PM

I should have added I had a scout case. Its a good case but you can't have more than one fan on the side panel with a dedicated video card. Consider the Corsair carbide series as they have better air flow for your GFX card.
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March 9, 2012 1:30:21 PM

Avoid the Tigerdirect build. For one, it doesn't include the GPU, so add $200. For two, it uses a Bulldozer CPU, which is not the best use of money when an Intel i3 outperforms it in games. For three, it uses a CM PSU, furthermore it is one from one of their more dismal lines that is overrated and crappy.
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March 9, 2012 1:46:38 PM

Without getting into issues of 'future proofing' your PC for the next 4 years. Given your budget the intel I3 2100, I5 2400, I5 2500K all provide better CPU price/performance ratios.

While SSDs, indeed, are nice they do not improving gaming performance appreciably.

A well designed budget system is typically a marriage between what you would like to have & what you can afford while taking into account price/performance ratio. I think, at this point, you would be better off waiting on an SSD for a year or two when they will, in all probability, be cheaper & more reliable.

GPUs are a beast unto themselves and perhaps the most difficult item to properly try and insulate yourself against future upgrades - or spending money unnecessarily because so much of 'future proofing' (more so than the interplay between software demands and processor power) is out of your control. i.e. Game advances, efficiencies of rendering etc.

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March 9, 2012 1:58:03 PM

Alright Guys thanks for the suggestions, But I'm looking to max out games for at least 2 more years, after that im not going to care if i have to turn down the settings. If you guys can actually come up with a nice build that maxes out for the next 2 years for $750 i'd like to take a look, because the CPU price is whats to high for me to get sandy bridge.
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March 9, 2012 2:02:47 PM

no, it's not. Maybe a core i5 i7 would be though.

But ivy bridge is coming out in a few weeks: then you might have a good computer for at least 2-3 years

If it's for gaming, consider changing the gpu as it seems new technology get out every year.

Then it also depends on the programing of the upcoming games.
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March 9, 2012 2:04:55 PM

dextermat said:
no, it's not. Maybe a core i5 i7 would be though.

But ivy bridge is coming out in a few weeks: then you might have a good computer for at least 2-3 years

If it's for gaming, consider changing the gpu as it seems new technology get out every year.

Then it also depends on the programing of the upcoming games.


There are plenty of people still using 8800 Ultras maxing out games! Again I'm not expecting to keep max setting after 2 years. As I Have said I Cant find a way to stick in an i5 or i7.
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March 9, 2012 2:25:12 PM

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5ghz ---> Where would you even buy that? eBay? $139 used on amazon... That is quad core processor with 4 threads. It came out four years ago in 2008. Do you want an 8 yr old processor in 4 years?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

The cheapest intel quad core is the i5 2300 at $179 on newegg. $40 more than a used Q8300. 4 tiers above the Q8300

An i3 2120 will run you brand new $113 on newegg at the moment
It is dual core but still has the same 4 threads. It is clocked at 3.3 Ghz stock and is much faster per thread.
If you went with this processor you would have upgradeability further future proofing you. And it is 3 tiers above the Q8300

If you are fixated on having the 4 cores you would be best served by getting an AMD FX 4100 at $99. As bad as bulldozer is... It is at the same tier as the Q8300 Quad. Paying more for nothing is a bad idea

So here goes your under $750 computer.

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136240
$15.99

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119196
$10 off w/ promo code EMCNGNA46
$69.99 + an addititonal $10.00 Mail-in

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB Item #: N82E16814130610
$249.99 + $20.00 Mail-in Rebate

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W
Item #: N82E16817139028
$69.99 + $20.00 Mail-in Rebate

Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Item #: N82E16820220570
$44.99 and comes with free Patriot Signature Series 8GB Micro SDHC

ASRock H67M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157238
$86.99

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 $15 off w/ promo code EMCNGNB26, ends 3/14
Item #: N82E16819115073
$209.99

Total $733 + an extra $50 off in mail in rebates. that is enough play to upgrade to a GTX 570 if you so choose.
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March 9, 2012 2:28:56 PM

People are using 8800 ultras to max out games that are a few years old at 1280x1024 maybe...not new games at 1080p. What games do you want to max? We talking WoW or BF3 here?

Also, do you per chance live anywhere near a microcenter? If so, you can save $100 on the i5/mobo combo.
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March 9, 2012 2:58:45 PM

To everyone else: The OP ALREADY HAS the SSD; so consider it a bonus. The $750 budget doesn't include that.
Where are you located? You should have no problem fitting an i5 into a $750 build that will also include a decent GPU. "Maxing out settings" for two years is a very ephemeral goal. I remember when Oblivion was the ballbreaker, and just a few years later, even a HD6670 does well with it.
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March 9, 2012 8:56:14 PM

Best answer selected by wahmmtwo.
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March 9, 2012 9:01:10 PM

BTW I didn't need to look too hard for that build... Last month I made one nearly identical for my wife. It rocks!

She went from an athlon x4 620 and a GTX 260 to a i5 2500K and a GTX 560 Ti.

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March 9, 2012 9:23:57 PM

I think I'd wait a month or 2 if you can and see what the Ivy Bridge has to offer. At the very least it may push down the price of the i5s to the affordable range plus perhaps you can add a few more dollars to your budget. I always try to buy the newest stuff when I build myself a new computer because it might be awhile till I can do so again. Later you can change VGA cards, add RAM, add new drives to upgrade the build.
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