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#1 Alley Cat

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 09:00 AM

My HP Pavillion died, mobo burned out after years of voltage shortages that I wasn't aware of (the store I brought it from did not upgrade the PSU after I asked a high end graphics card, to be installed)

So now I want to custom build a gaming desktop. Need a little help.

- I want a high end, high speed Triple Core CPU (with tons of Level 2 cache)
- High speed front bus (eliminate possible bottle necks for raw speed)
- High end Graphics card GeForce graphics card, possibly capable of dual screens (I think that would be cool). Need it to have Shader 3.0 and better.
- 6 GB DDR3 (maybe more)

I will be playing and buying GMod, Mass Effect 1+2, Dragon Age 1+2, Red Dead Redemption and Fallout 3. I also render 3d graphics using DAZ Studio 3 and 4.

Among the questions I have, which Windows 7 (64 bit version) would be best suited ?

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 04:03 PM

Well, you don't have a budget on hand, but a PC fitting those requirements shouldn't be too difficult to do.

Case: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT - This is a full-ATX case for large graphics cards or SLI/Crossfire. You could go for a mid-ATX case if you are going to be using mid-range graphics cards. Cases are expensive to ship, look for free shipping if at all possible. $124

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX - This is a basic AMD 900 series motherboard. It allows for AM3/AM3+ CPU's, DDR3, Crossfire, USB 3.0, and SATA 6. This motherboard will also take the upcoming "Bulldozer" FX processors when they are released in a few weeks. If you are going to use SLI/Crossfire, I suggest a motherboard using AMD's flagship AMD 990FX chipset, like the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX. $99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz - This is a six-core CPU, perfect for rendering and gaming. Until AMD's new FX CPU's come out, these are the best they have. If you are looking for those new CPU's, look around for the FX-8150P, which will be their high-end then. As for the L2 cache thing, that is something most enthusiasts don't look at anymore since both Intel and AMD's CPU architectures make use of it differently. That list you have up there seems skewed towards Intel CPU's as AMD does not use a front side bus (FSB), AMD's answer to that is HyperTransport. $169

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB - Shader Model 3.0 is available on every modern graphics card that uses DirectX 9.0 or greater. You also don't need to stick with Nvidia when AMD cards offer similar performance for a little less cash. This graphics card allows for EyeFinity and multiple monitors. An even better graphics card would be the XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB, but that is far more expensive. $264

Power Supply: ENERMAX NAXN 80+ ENP600AWT 600W - This is more than enough for a single graphics card. If you are going to be using Crossfire/SLI, I suggest the ENERMAX MODU87+ EMG900EWT 900W. $79

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - This is a single 4GB stick of memory. Since you want 6GB or more of RAM, you need to buy two of these. I have this exact same memory in my current PC and it's been running quite well. $59 ($29 per kit)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7502AAEX 750GB - This should be enough space. Since I don't know your budget, I hesitate to suggest an SSD in addition to this hard drive. If you supplement the Western Digital hard drive with an SSD, you should only install the operating system and a few very frequently used applications on the SSD due to the low space. If you go the SSD route, the Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB is suggested. $59

ODD: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - This is a basic DVD drive. $20

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - You need this, and yes, since you use 4GB or more of RAM you need the 64-bit version. If you backup to a NAS, use location aware printing, or other more high-end functions, I would suggest Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. $99

Grand Total: $978 (Before taxes, rebates, and shipping)

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 04:43 PM

2 6950 is lethal and good value rather then having a 6990. LOL, what's up with your sudden love in Enermax psu DJ?

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 06:35 PM

You don't have to get two 6950's, yet, but it is nice to plan. Enermax isn't bad and often get as good reviews as Corsair.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 12:39 AM

Also Seasonic is awesome too!

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 04:30 PM

There are several that are quite good, Silverstone, XFX, Sparkle Computer...

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 04:40 PM

Don't forget Coolermaster psu's.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 11 September 2011 - 11:03 AM

It there any advantages to keep the interior, GPU and CPU at a super low temperature (no more than 30 Celsius/87 F at full load) ?

Best way to keep the tower cool, if not cold (in a room with a heated fish tank, a house with 2 cats and no indoor smoking)

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 03:38 PM

Below 30 degrees C? That's a good temperature for any PC. There really isn't any practical purpose to keep the PC's temps below that. Keep in mind that the GPU will often get far above room temperature, but that is normal. Make sure your cats stay away from behind the tower. The cat hair could cause problems and some cats like to chew on the cords.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 04:44 PM

When your gaming the 6950 will get above 70C and 1090T shouldn't get above 60C, i keep my 1090T to a below 20C.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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