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#1 dlf

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:02

  • Purpose of System: Gaming, browsing internet, watching videos. But mostly for gaming. I may want to do folding@home
  • GPU Setting: Quite high, if not ultra (eventually, for when I get a new monitor)
  • Budget: @ Around $1000 - $1300 (or so)
  • Country: USA
  • Reuseable parts: Can't, see below (current specs) as to why
  • Overclocking: No.
  • Monitor: Currently 1680 x 1050 (22 Inches) - I eventually want HD (Between 23 - 27 inches)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.01 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($202.82 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.27 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.41 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($178.60 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 2GB Video Card ($166.09 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($132.36 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($140.71 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($20.54 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1165.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 01:57 EST-0500)

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
  • Memory:
  • - 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
What I wanted from the System

- Hardware

  • USB 2.0 & 3.0 ports
  • Firewire & or eSata port
  • Support for DVI/HDMI (display port?) - either from the motherboard or from the GPU
  • Quad Core
- Software

  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
  • Folding @ Home
-- Gaming Software

  • [font="&quot"](Heroes of) Might & Magic[/font]
  • [font="&quot"]Diablo [/font][font="&quot"]1 - 2 LOD[/font]
  • [font="&quot"]SimCity [/font][font="&quot"]3000/Unlimited/4000/Rushour[/font]
  • [font="&quot"]The Sims[/font][font="&quot"] 1 - And all expansions[/font]
  • [font="&quot"]The Sims[/font][font="&quot"] 2[/font]
  • [font="&quot"]Warcraft [/font][font="&quot"]2 - Tides of Darkness & Beyond the Dark Portal[/font]
  • [font="&quot"]Warcraft [/font][font="&quot"]3 - Reign of Chaos & Frozen Throne[/font]
-- Steam<p>
  • ID software
  • - Commander Keen
  • - Doom (will run Classic Doom 3 as well)
  • - Hexen/Heretic
  • - Quake (Ult Quake)
  • - Rage
  • - Wolfenstein
  • PopCap Games
  • - Bejeweled
  • - Peggle
  • Bethesda
  • - The Elder Scrolls:
  • -- Morrowind (may try MorrOblivion & Skywind)
  • -- Oblivion
  • -- Skyrim (plenty of graphical mods)
  • - Fallout
  • -- 1-3/New Vegas
  • Valve
  • - Portal 1/2 (plenty of custom maps)
  • - Half Life (if it will run)
  • -- Along with the fan remake
  • Misc Title
  • -- Batman: Arkham Asylum/City
  • -- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • -- Dragon Age: Origins
  • -- L.A Noire
  • -- Legends of Grimmrock
  • -- Torchlight 1/2
  • -- Metro 2033 (& Last Light)
  • -- Sniper Elite (2?)
  • -- Space Quest & King's Quest (if I can run them)
  • -- Bioshock 1/2(/Infinite?)
  • -- Sonic Generation
- I may try to emulate games up to the PS2/Wii era.

Power Supply

- @At most 750 watts
- At lest 80+ Silver
- Semi or fully Modular

MISC thoughts

- Eventual dual monitor setup & one be Full HD
- 23+ Inch Widescreen (absolute max 27, I don't have a lot of room on this desk)
-- I presume one these three monitors is a good choice:
--- http://pcpartpicker....-monitor-ve258q
--- http://pcpartpicker....-monitor-vg23ah
--- http://pcpartpicker....monitor-vs239hp
- I will not overclock. The CPU chosen was cheaper than the NON "K" edition. By like $30 or more.
- I am choosing right now a weaker GPU, when I get a monitor that is actaully full HD and has HDMI (and or display port) support I can than get the 7970 or one of the 8000 series.
- Is Microcenter still doing the buy the CPU & motherboard get $50 off the price of the board?

Thank you, merci, gracias, domou arigato . . . .


#2 +PeterUK

PeterUK

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  • Tech Issues Solved: 3
  • Joined: 26-March 07

Posted 09 January 2013 - 22:31

For Motherboard look at Asus P8Z77-V LK or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H both have a good set of features for cost.
http://pcpartpicker....rboard-p8z77vlk
http://pcpartpicker....oard-gaz77xud3h
With that you can then get a HD 7850
http://pcpartpicker....ard-gvr785oc2gd

#3 OP dlf

dlf

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 17:12

Does anyone here think I really need 250 GB for a SSD? Although it would be nice to put some games on to it that would take a minute to load on a HDD, wouldn't that shorten the life and also wouldn't that be a bit hazardous? If the drive goes or something goes wrong with the OS or I reformat I'd may have to redownload those games. Some of the games do have stupid DRM measures like can only be installed 5 times on same system, among other things.



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