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Your PC Gaming Rig Specifics

Namely, the major pasts (ok, duh) but ALSO the cost.

If you are planning on building a rig, list the estimated cost and a brief summary of parts. Because Apple is run by a bunch of Nazis that won’t open up their drivers to the video card manufacturers, I cannot rely on Apple to allow for something like the AMD 4870 1 GB card to be used in their Mac Pro towers anytime soon.

Beyond that, there’s no way Apple would allow for a choice of SLI setups. So, I may have to throw down on something under $800 JUST for games…

Man, I want a 360 and PS3 as well :frowning:

I’m finding less and less reason to build up a monster gaming PC with the 360 and PS3 out.

Because I do 3D and graphic work though, I will eventually get another killer desktop built up (but not primarily for games). For now I have a 64bit laptop with 2gb RAM which does all I need.

What do you have in mind?

-8800m gts
-1.66 ghz intel dual core
-3 gb ram

$800 used.

Yay for laptops!

Intel Core2Duo E8400 @ 2.6ghz
4gb G.Skill PC6400 DDR2 5-5-5-15 gaming ram
Nvidia XFX 9800 GTX+ XXX/Black Edition 768MB
250gb Western Digital 7,200RPM S-ATA hd
Expensive SIGMA Case
EVGA Nvidia 780i SLi FTW MOBO, built for OCing

Cost: $970.00 (when the vid card was brand new, and the processor just came up)

Now: Possibly $850.00-$950.00

Steamrolls every single game on the market.
Crysis? No Problem.

“No Problem” = what resolution and frame rate and graphics settings?

I’d like a rig that can push 60 fps @ 1920x1200 on the most demanding games out right now. I’ll go SLI if I have to, but I just want something with some legs…

I don’t know what games are coming out now as I’ve lately been following console lineups.

My new PC has arrived but is it’s components are still sitting on my living room floor in their respective packaging waiting for me to put them together. I’ll probably get around to that tonight. I have Crysis ready to try out.

I’ll put it through a stress test sometime this week so I can RMA anything but I’ll report back once it’s together.

What is the most taxing game at the moment? Far Cry 2? Crysis 2?

EDIT:

Also, isn’t Half Life 2: Episode One the game with HDR (High Dynamic Range lighting) scenes?

When it first came out, I heard it brought the toughest systems to their knees when action was high, something like 20 fps max, sustained.

I hear Quake 4 is nice and I’m looking at throwing down for games like Oblivion: Elder Scrolls…certainly Starcraft 2, but that doesn’t look too graphics-intensive of a game.

Current setup:

GeForce 7900GS (free upgrade from x800GT, buddy traded me for some reason) passively cooled with some random Thermalright heat sink that doesn’t seem to exist except for the one I got open boxed from Newegg for ~15$

2GB DDR2 533 Wintec RAM ~$40 then, cheaper now
running 1:1 with

Pentium D 915 @ 3.73GHz (266 FSB) using a Thermalright Ultra 120 - something like $50 now, $120 then

ASUS P5LD2 ~$110

2 x Seagate 160GB 7200.9 in RAID 0 (onboard controller) ~$30 then

Antec p180b case with 4 x Yate Loon SL fans ~$70 after rebate

This works decently for now since I play on a 1280x1024 monitor, but I’m looking at a refresh with Intel’s new socket. We’ll see how it performs, may go with the latest 775 for less money.

I do a fair bit of scientific work on my rig, so like a previous poster, it’s a happy coincidence that games happen to run well also :slight_smile:

-Dan

Old, but still works well:

E6600 @ 3.0
2gig crucial ballistix @ 1000
xfx8800gts
x-fi xtreme audio
22" CRT @ ANY RESOLUTION I WANT + 20" nec20wmgx2
logitech z5500 500 watt 5.1
audio technica a900 headphones
80gig raptor hd

Thinking about upgrading the video card over xmas to a 260 or 280.

[quote]PonceDeLeon wrote:
“No Problem” = what resolution and frame rate and graphics settings?

I’d like a rig that can push 60 fps @ 1920x1200 on the most demanding games out right now. I’ll go SLI if I have to, but I just want something with some legs…

I don’t know what games are coming out now as I’ve lately been following console lineups.[/quote]

1280x1024 and frame rates unknown(never checked, didnt even feel like I had to.)… smooth as butter with all eye candy on.

Ah, see…I will have a monitor that runs at 1920x1200 so I can A) watch 1080p HD clips, and B) use it for photo editing…hence, the graphics card I have will need to push that resolution at a decent frame rate, preferably with everything turned on…

Including me :slight_smile:

[quote]PonceDeLeon wrote:
Ah, see…I will have a monitor that runs at 1920x1200 so I can A) watch 1080p HD clips, and B) use it for photo editing…hence, the graphics card I have will need to push that resolution at a decent frame rate, preferably with everything turned on…

Including me :)[/quote]

It doesn’t get much better than a 9800GTX+ Unless you plan on spending $500 alone on the card

I guess I should invest in an LCD monitor that provides signal zooming. Not sure if they all do this these days or if manufacturers don’t care to include this capability anymore.

I could get a 1920x1200 resolution monitor and run it at 1680x1050 just for when I play games, so I don’t have to worry about a badass graphics card to push the higher native resolution…

Asrock P45 1600Twins
4GB DDR3 1600
Q6600 OC’d to 3.6GHz /w Asus silent Square
Ati Sapphire 4870
1 x old IDE 500GB HDD
2x 250GB SATAII HDD’s
2 x Samsung Syncmasters 21" 1600x1200 (getting old now)

Price no idea, been buying parts in stages

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail $164.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $54.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $84.99

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $159.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail $124.99

Antec EA650 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $64.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $74.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM $99.99

Everything including Operating System for $830. This is my potential future build, hasn’t been ordered yet.

[quote]josh86 wrote:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 - Retail $164.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $54.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $84.99

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $159.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail $124.99

Antec EA650 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $64.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $74.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM $99.99

Everything including Operating System for $830. This is my potential future build, hasn’t been ordered yet.[/quote]

copycat

My work system is a desktop which I would spec similarly if I was to build one, except I’d get a better GFX card.

Q6600 stock
4gb DDR2 Corsair Ram
500gb 7200rpm WD Internal
1tb Maxtor External
650w Corsair PSU
Gigabyte DS4 Mobo
Geforce 9600GTS
Antec Case (http://www.xsreviews.co.uk/reviews/cases/antec-p182/)
22" Samsung monitor
XP 64bit

Cost over $2000 about a year back.

spent about 1800 on this in 07

q6600 @ 3.78ghz (liquid cooled)
gskill 2x2 gig ddr22 1000
8800gts g92
asus p5k deluxe
seasonic 650 watt psu
150gig raptor + 750 gig seagate
antec p180 (hate it for water cooling, never again)
samsung 24" 1920x1200 (owned already)

Cooling:
dtek heat sink
mcp655 pump
mcr320 radiator
san ace 1011 fans x3, under volted of course.

I really need to upgrade.

AMD Athalon 64 X2 DC @ 3 Ghz
Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB
Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB
ASUS M2N32-SLIDELUXE
4GB DDR2 800 (PCI 6400)

yeah damn you guys spent a lot for good stuff but hell if the video cards arent extremely lacking now.