My Gaming Computer - Advice Please?

  Clueless_Techie 20:53 18 Aug 09
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Hello, after making a few tweeks to what I was originally going to get, I decided on these. I just wanted to ask everyone whether all these will work well/are compatible etc. I would also appreciate it if someone could tell me if the PSU is capable of running this system, with the ability to upgrade with another 4890 graphics card, and another 6gb of ram, when I can afford to get them. If it isn't could you please suggest a good PSU to use in it's place. Thanks in advance.

- Antec 1200 Twelve Hundred Full Tower Case
- Corsair 850W HX Modular PSU
- ASUS P6T SE iX58 Socket 1366 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
- HIS HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card
- Intel Core i7 920 D0 2.66GHz Socket 1366 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
- Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory CL9(9-9-9-24) for i7 motherboards
- Samsung HD103UI Eco Green F1 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 5400rpm 32MB Cache - OEM
- LG GH22NS50 22x SATA DVD±RW Dual Layer & RAM Black Bare Drive - OEM
- Logitech Black Ultra-Flat Keyboard - USB/PS2
- Logitech MX518 Optical Gaming Mouse - USB
- LG W2252TE 22" TFT Monitor 1680x1050 250cd/m2 10000:1 (dynamic) 2ms 16:9
- Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Soundcard - Retail Boxed
- Creative Fatal1ty Pro Series Gaming Headset with Mic

  GaT7 13:51 19 Aug 09

Hi Clueless_Techie,

As this is going to be a gaming PC, consider going for the best graphics card you can afford & cutting down on the rest - mainly the i7 components, which I reckon is still too expensive for minimal performance gains in games.

12Gb of RAM is not necessary at all - I doubt any game exists that utilises 2-3Gb even. Again aim for the best graphics card(s), rather than a whole lot of RAM that's going to be wasted.

Also consider:

CM Storm Sniper Case click here - cheaper & better quality.

Corsair 750W HX Modular PSU click here - cheaper & will easily run 2x 4890s / 2x other single-core GPU too.

OR, a £93 Antec CP-850 850W Modular PSU click here - but ONLY if sticking with the Antec 1200. It's hard to ignore at ~£40 less than the Corsair 850W HX for essentially the same thing by another quality brand.

Go for a non-eco, faster hard drive. e.g. Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ click here. Also consider another drive for backups - perhaps the backup drive could be the 'eco' one.

You might want to get a better keyboard too, or a dedicated gaming pad.

You didn't mention an OS, but I guess it's going to be a 64-bit version of Vista/Win7? G

  I am Spartacus 14:25 19 Aug 09

PC Pro magazine recently tested the effects of using 3GB and 6GB of RAM.

Results:
Photoshop - no difference when manipulating 50 x 14 Megapixel images

Premiere Pro CS4 - was faster by 3.5% in rendering

Their conclusion was that an internet server or running multiple virtual machines would benefit from more RAM but for the moment 2-3GB is enough.

  Clueless_Techie 22:35 19 Aug 09

Ok, thanks for that Info. I'll stick to the 6 gigs of ram then, along with that Hard drive, and the antec 850. As to the keyboard, that's actually one I already have. I will probably invest in a gaming one after I've bought the additional Graphics card. Thanks for your responses.

  GaT7 22:49 19 Aug 09

Antec 1200 + Antec 850W bundle for £200 click here, saving ~£25-30. G

  Clueless_Techie 23:07 19 Aug 09

- Antec 1200 Twelve Hundred Full Tower Case
- Antec CP-850 850W Modular PSU
- ASUS P6T SE iX58 Socket 1366 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
- 2x XFX HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card
- Intel Core i7 920 D0 2.66GHz Socket 1366 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
- Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory CL9(9-9-9-24) for i7 motherboards
- LG GH22NS50 22x SATA DVD±RW Dual Layer & RAM Black Bare Drive - OEM
- Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII *32MB Cache* - OEM
- LG W2252TE 22" TFT Monitor 1680x1050 250cd/m2 10000:1 (dynamic) 2ms 16:9 DVI-D/VGA High-Gloss Black/Silver
- Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard - USB - UK
- Logitech MX518 Optical Gaming Mouse - USB
- Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset
- Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Soundcard - Retail Boxed

Ok, So I'll be going for this then (I can afford it all now. For some reason I had the Graphics card that came with a game I didn't want). Just checking it'll be compatable etc. (Refer to first post etc.)

  GaT7 23:25 19 Aug 09

Just a small change if I may.

Get the OEM CPU click here for less, & a better third-party cooler if you can - latter is a must if you're thinking of overclocking the CPU.

Don't forget to buy from the case+PSU bundle offer - see link in my last post of Wed, [email protected]:49. G

  Clueless_Techie 13:11 20 Aug 09

OK, so would this CPU cooler be a good buy?click here

And yes, I will be getting that bundle. Thanks for that. ANother quick question, is there actually any difference between the CPU I chose and the OEM one?

  GaT7 13:26 20 Aug 09

Akasa Nero click here for half the price will do a good job too (only 1 in stock though). Also consider the XIGMATEK HDT S1283 click here. Both have received very good independent reviews.

The main difference is that the OEM one does not come with a cooler. G

  Clueless_Techie 13:29 20 Aug 09

- Antec 1200 Full Tower Case + Antec CP 850W Modular PSU - "Exclusive Special Offer Bundle" £199.99
- ASUS P6T SE iX58 Socket 1366 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard £142.98
- 2x XFX HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card £287.25
- Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Soundcard - Retail Boxed 127553 2 in stock £64.99
- Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Socket 1366 D0 stepping 8MB Cache OEM Processor £192.99
- Zalman CNPS10X Extreme Ultra Quiet Socket 1156, 1366, 775, AM3, AM2+, 939, 754 Tower Processor Cooler £48.71
- 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory CL9(9-9-9-24) for i7 motherboards £92.50
- 2x LG GH22NS50 22x SATA DVD±RW Dual Layer & RAM Black Bare Drive - OEM £33.38
- Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB Hard Drive SATAII *32MB Cache* - OEM £59.79
- LG W2252TE 22" TFT Monitor 1680x1050 250cd/m2 10000:1 (dynamic) 2ms 16:9 DVI-D/VGA High-Gloss Black/Silver £151.10
- Logitech MX518 Optical Gaming Mouse - USB £26.47
- Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset £24.99

Subtotal: £1325.14
Delivery: £12.75
Grand Total: £1337.89

  Clueless_Techie 13:30 20 Aug 09

I think I'll just stick with this now. Thanks for all the advice.

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