Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:30 PM
Personally, this setup is kind of a personal preference type thing. Motherboards, for gaming and performance I only use Gigabyte and ASUS boards, because I trust them and know they perform. Processor wise, Im an AMD fan, Im not anti-intel at all, ive used several intel processors that Ive loved-however, in most areas including gaming, ive found my AMD processors to offer similar performance for far less money invovled. in my opinion, intel and AMD are comparable, but AMD is cheaper which is the deciding factor for me. Video card wise, Im an ATI fan boy, Nvidia cards are decent but overrated in my opinion, they offer extremely high framerates but i think the ati still handles a solid framerate and offers a slightly better image quality, especially when playing HD content, like you said you would be doing. If you go with ATI, I would recomend buying the card from Saphire, ive had good luck with them, and if you go Nvidia, EVGA makes a good card. Memory wise, the 4 brands I trust are OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, and G-skill. of those, OCZ is really high priced, usually priced higher then what you think I get, performance wise and reliability wise I think corsair and patriot are about equal but patriot is a little cheaper but not as user friendly (you have to manually set the timings) and g-skill being at the bottom of my list but still good memory. I personally use Patriot in all my builds because I find it to be the best price for my dollar usually. as far as an HDMI cable, I know with ATi you have to have an adaptor, and I believe its the same with the new Nvidia cards. I know some of the older 9000 series cards had an HDMI slot built in, which is a nice feature, but I dont think youll notice any difference between that and an adaptor. as far as powersupplies go, theres a few good ones out there, just make sure they supply the needed wattage and voltage to handle your PC. Good brands are antec, OCZ, corsair, and coolermaster all make good PSUs. Samsung and western digital both make solid hard drives in my opinion. Ill list my system here to give you an example of what Id do for a gaming rig, keep in mind this one was pieced together over time, and is still in the works.
AMD athlon 64 x2 6000+ windsor
Gigabyte m61p-S3 mobo (its a lil older but it does what I need it to, performs well)
2 gigabites of Patriot DDR2 800 4-4-4-12 timings (plan on upgrading to 8 when I get the money)
WD 500 GB SATA II Hard drive
Saphire 3870 x2 video card
IDE CD burner and a IDE DVD burner (will be upgraded to a sata II blueray burner combo drive when I get the money)
Coolermaster 750 watt PSU.
Viewsonic 22 inch. widescreen monitor
windows vista ultimate 64 bit
Total cost=$1500 (over time, prolly worth around 800 now if I were to build the exact system today)
thats just an example, but keep in mind these are my preferences, and whatever you build make sure its something your going to be happy with cuz in the end thats what matters-not everyone elses opinion of it. all the brand names I listed I can vouch for in reliability but there probably are other brands that are just as good out there. so take your time, research your parts, and build one youll be happy with. :D
Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit.
Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.
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