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A good long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?
04-22-2012, 03:20 PM,
A good long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?
This seem like a decent rig to play most current and forthcoming PC games? I have gotten plenty of suggestions for parts in previous threads . .

Purpose of System: Gaming, browsing internet, watching videos. But mostly for gaming. I also do want to use Folding@home as well.
Budget: Within about 1500 American dollars
Country: USA
Reuseable parts: Can't, see below (current specs) as to why
Overclocking: Doubtful. Though if I can get enough airflow I may try
Monitor: Currently 1680 x 1050 (22 Inches) - I eventually want HD (Between 23 - 27 inches)
Features of Motherboard: Firewire, USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gb/s, eSATA, UEFI
OS: Windows 7 64 bit (I have the discs for 32 & 64 bit)

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Scythe SCMG-3000 74.2 CFM CPU Cooler ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot G2 Series Division 4 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.98 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung P2770FH 27.0" Monitor ($294.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit) ($188.88 @ Mac Mall)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech M510 Wireless Laser Mouse ($28.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $2163.28
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-21 16:40 EDT-0400)

Current specs:

Case: No idea (although it is a HP slimline, gray) - that should give some idea of the sort of case.
Motherboard: Asus A8N-BR (Pyrite) (1 PCI, 2 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN, IEEE-1394)
Motherboard Chipset - nVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE, AMD Hammer
Power Supply: No idea (but it's less than 100 watts, I think)
Processor: DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2000 MHz (10 x 200) 3800+
CPU Cooler: A fan
- DIMM1: Kingston 1 GB DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM (5-4-4-12 (at) 266 MHz) (4-4-4-12 (at) 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 (at) 200 MHz)
- DIMM2: Kingston 2G-UDIMM 2 GB DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 (at) 333 MHz) (4-4-4-12 (at) 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 (at) 200 MHz)
Hard Drive: 250 GB ATA drive
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GSA-H20L ATA Device (DVD+R9:8x, DVD-R9:4x, DVD+RW:16x/8x, DVD-RW:16x/6x, DVD-RAM:5x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

And what I wanted in a new system:


USB 2.0 speeds that are minimum of 30 MB a second (although faster is good)
USB 3.0 speeds that are at lest 300+ MB/s [I will get / use an SSD]
Firewire (and or eSata port) --- because I have a external hardrive that has both along with USB
Several (e)SATA ports
At lest a solid terabyte (1.5 TB)
Supports VGA, DVI (@ first). Eventually HDMI
Multi card reader (although I mainly need SD and Memory Pro Stick Duo)
Able to use a PS3 controller AND A XBOX 360 controller (yes I know 360 is native support . . .)
I would like a quad core.


Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) (Main OS) -- Mostly for languages
May first run Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit - as I have both 32/64 bit discs now)
Windows XP (May run through a virtual machine)

Gaming Software:

- Will use steam:

Elder Scrolls (Morrowind -> Skyrim)
Portal 1 & 2
Batman Arkham (Asylum/City)
Sonic Generations
Quake (all)
Doom (all)
Wolfenstein (3D) & 2009 - and the others
Commander keen (all)
Bioshock (1/2) (perhaps infinite)
L.A. Noire
Bejeweled 2/3
Various COD's
anything else that interests me

- CD/DVD'S I have:

Warcraft 2 - Tides of Darkness & Beyond the Dark Portal
Warcraft 3 - Reign of Chaos & Frozen Throne
Diablo 1 - 3 (when it comes out)
The Sims 1 - And all expansions
The Sims 2 (probably)
Simcity 4000 & Rushhour
May use emulation (to run up to the PS2/Wii)

Other Thoughts

Eventually a dual monitor setup (and one be HD resolution)
I will wait for some parts (hard drives, GPU, etc) to drop in price.
Will wait for IvyBridge. . . . (as if I have a choice)
I WANT UEFI, NOT regular old BIOS (that this slimline has)
Yes I know 32 GB of RAM is 'overkill' but c'est la vie

Power Supply Thoughts:

ABSOLUTE MAX Watts: 750w
Efficiency: AT LEST 80+ Silver
Modular - semi or fully

Monitor Thoughts:

Screen: Full HD & Widescreen
Supports: HDMI, DVI, Displayport (if the motherboard of the computer does)
Within 1 - 2 MS response time (current monitor is 5 MS response time) [if I'd notice a real difference and price]
Screen size - 25 to about 27 inches
04-24-2012, 11:05 AM,
RE: A good long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?
Don't get the Force series ssd's from Corsair, I just got the Force 3 120gb last month, DOA twice and a lot of users on Corsair forums have issues with the Force series. Luckily they upgraded me to a Force GT 120gb.
04-24-2012, 10:07 PM,
RE: A good long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?
you can easily build cheaper cutting 2600 cpu with h61 chipset motherboard since you wont need any sli-crossfire with gtx680 also overclocking doesnt make any difference with todays titles (bf3 for example doest benefit my 2500k 3.4ghz or 4.5 ghz produces same performance..) and you should probably change your ram to 1600mhz or better 1600ram with cl8 specs. another thing: you wont need 750watt power supply. maybe 600 but not 750. you may wanna switch to a 80+gold standard seasonic psu.

as for emulators, I use pcsx2 to play ps2 titles and my 2500k @ 4.5ghz makes slight difference but not that much so recently I just put cpu back into stock 3.4ghz. with 2600 you wont need any overclock like I said and 680 is already overkill for any single monitor so you will do great with emulators.

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