Posted 17 September 2008 - 06:47 PM
Well you are obviously looking for some serious gaming, if you dont mind, let me make a few suggestions that could save you money.
First, the motherboard and processor are sick, very nice and good price for the both, however if your not going to be using that triple SLI, dont get that board, you can find boards that match that board in performance for half the price.
Second, the Quad core, a very nice NEW processor, eventhough it has been around for a bit, it is still new, and I can tell you this much about it, you wont need it for a while. The quad core is an extreme processor, no game out today utilizes that core's true potential. However there is supposed to be a game coming out within a year that may be able to, doubt it though. But if your looking into the future, it is a good way to go, just remember it is new, the duals have been around longer and therefore are more stable.
Third, the graphics card.... well.... if you have the money for it, its top notch, a damn nice card, but if you want to save some money and still have the performance (mind you FPS rate arent as good but the 280 is also a top of the line GPU) go with the 8800 series, or even the new 9000 series, however the 9000 series I know for a fact are enormous, so make sure that you have the room... i built a computer with the antec nine case, but taht case looks bigger so i dont see that being an issue. But the 8800 GT superclocked eiditin is a very nice card, and I do believe they have 1gb cards as well.
Fourth, the hard drive, if you are looking for serious gaming, I would crank that hard drive RPM to 10,000. A 400 GB should be enough, but keep in mind games like Crysis, stalker, age of conan, and such are HUGE and they can take up space, I might even go with a 500 gig, or if your crazy get a terabyte (1,000 GB).
Fifth, if you want to utilize that machine, your going to want directX 10 (10.1 whatever you want). There is a Windows XP crack, but it is not the best, alot of games dont work wiht it, alot of compatibility issues. So that leaves the option of VISTA. With 4 gigs of ram Vista home premium (32-bit) would work just fine, but if you want to experience directx 10 and HD to its max, Vista X64 Ultimate is what you want (64-bit). Keep in mind resources are at stack, more ram is better and at 75 dollars for 4 gigs...get 8. X64 ultimate can see up to 128 gigs of ram ( something ridiculous like that).
The power supply (1000 watts and 70 amps to the 12 volt holt CRAP!) and CPU heatsink look prtty good, I may keep looking for a better heatsink though, your going to need it if you want to game at the best.
Here is my computer right now (budget machine that plays crysis on high, not very high though)
Motherboard - MSI P43 NEO3 - 1333 FSB 1600 FSB overclocked - $103
CPU - Intel E8400 Core 2 Duo Wolfdale - (AMAZING) stock 3.0GHZ overclocked it to 3.6GHz both cores run at 33 degrees celcius!! it can go OVER 4.0GHz - $170
Memory - 3 Gigs of Corsair DDR2 800MHz (windows XP can only see 3.2 or 3.6 gigs i cant remember) - $90
Video Card - ATI Radeon HD 3650 512mb DDR2 - very satisfied, plays crysis on high no lag - $60
Hard drive - Maxtor SATA 500 GB 7200 RPM - alot of space, and its fast. - $75
Power Supply - Corsair VX450W 450 watts, 33 amps to the 12 volt rail! - $70
Case - Old NZXT Nemesis from about 5 years ago lol, but it does the job.
Monitor - KDS 22" widescreen LCD - $200
$768 for all of that (not including the case) and im running Crysis on high in windows XP pro, soon to get a new gpu and 8 gigs of ram and vista though ;-)
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