Gaming Rig Recomendations?

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  1. shohan

    shohan New Member

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    Ok, I'm sure 'What do you think?' posts are made all the time so let me apoligize for yet another one.

    My wife's uncle has asked me to build him a gaming rig. I've been out of what's the new and hot hardware for a little bit and have a few questions. I'm also looking for suggestions. Anything would be helpful. If you have any good links or anything that would be great too. I'm not afraid to do my own research, but there's been so many advancements in hardware it's hard knowing where to start.

    My major question is if there is a problem with going PCI-E and SLI for a GPU even if it's not dual SLI or is it still the best to go with AGP4x/8x?

    Here's what I've got so far from reading over Tom's Hardware and building on NewEgg.

    Case: Antec Performance TX1050B Server Case with 500W P/S
    Mobo: DFI LANParty UT nF4 Ultra-D
    Proc: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo Core
    H/F: Zalman CNSP7700B-Cu 92mm Cooling Fan/Heatsink
    RAM: pqi Turbo DDR400 2x1GB
    DVD: NEC ND-3540A DL DVD Burner
    O/S: MS Windows XP Pro X64 Edition
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 300GB SATA 150
    GPU: eVGA GeForce 7800GTX 256MB GDDR3 bundled with Battlefield 2
    Snd: Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
    Spkr: Klipsch Pro Media Ultra 5.1 470 watts
    KB/M: Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3100
    Misc: Modem, floppy.

    S&H: 83.24

    Total: $2,695.13


    Like I said suggestions are.... Helpful suggestions are welcomed and any links or information would be great.

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    i don't see the point in getting a dual core for strictly games, since games now don't take advantage of multiple cores. i don't think there will be games that will take advantage of multiple cores for atleast another yr or so.

    pci-e is fine, but if ur not going to run it sli you might as well get a nf4 ultra board to save a little bit of money (although the money saved seems like it's insignificant to the amount he's willing to spend). sli's not a good futureproofing option since you will end up spending more, generating more heat, using more power if u end up getting another 7800 down the line when you could just get just get a single newer card that would probably run the same, if not better (like how the 7800 will run just as good as two 6800's in sli)
     
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    well, I have a lot of problems with your system, but here is what you NEED to know:

    LeadTek makes shitty video cards. It will die in 1 year.

    That memory physically WILL NOT FIT in that motherboard. Get PC-3200 DDR.
     
  4. shohan

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    LeadTek GPUs are fine. My WinFast A250 has lasted since the GeForce 4 TI4600 cards came out and it's still running strong. Perhaps you could elaborate more on your dislikes of LeadTek?

    As far as the memory goes...:uh: I wasn't paying attention to the pins. I've updated the list.

    What other problems do you have with that setup?
     
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    Your system sounds pretty good.

    I wouldn't bother with SLI though. Just too much heat and power consumption for something that will be owned by the next generation of cards after it. Single cards to everything fine.

    Dual core CPU's are cool if you're actually going to use it.
    I'd dual boot XP64 and an AMD64 distro of linux just for fun and see what actually runs faster.

    Good call on the HDD. SATA = teh win unless you're ballin with SCSI money.

    Don't buy a Sony LCD. shittay!

    why bother with a modem?
     
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    Well, I'm building the system for my wife's uncle and he lives in kind of a rural area so that's why I included a modem. As far as the LCD I'm leaving the choice of monitos to him. I prefer CRTs over LCDs for obvious gaming reasons, but if he wants an LCD that's fine with me.

    Has anyone found a decently priced, ~$400-$600, LCD that is sufficient for gaming?

    I'm updating my original post to include some hardware changes.
     
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    btw, I got that case in, and it's really cheap feeling... you might consider going another route.
     
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    well, search the net/forums and talk to people that have bought them... You will have a 50/50 split. Half are dumbasses that can't tell a good monitor for a bad monitor... Sackride dell, or think only about price. The other half are objective users.
     
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    Is that so then show us some reviews.
     
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    is google broken for you?
     
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    I don't think you understand what "queer" is... For reference, it's what you do with your father. :wiggle:
     

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