Building a Gaming PC

August 25, 2010 at 23:37:37
Specs: Windows XP
Okay I need help with building a gaming PC. I am not an expert at building PC but my uncle will help me out with building. He built a gaming PC for me 5 years ago and I need to upgrade my PC so I can play new Final Fantasy 14 game. I am looking at parts that are in my reasonable budget as I can afford up to around $3000. Here is what I am looking at:

Intel Desktop Board DP55KG Motherboard - LGA1156, Intel P55, DDR3, Intel DMI, SLI, CrossFireX, RAID

Intel BX80605I7875K Core i7 875K Processor - 2.93GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core

Corsair PC12800 RAM - 4GB, DDR3, 1600MHz, Core i5, Dual Channel

Corsair CMFSSD-64D1 Extreme Series X64 Solid State Drive - 64GB, 2.5"

Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G, OEM

Corsair CC800DW Obsidian 800D Full Tower Case - Steel, ATX, 4x 120mm Fan Ports, 3x 140mm Fans

Corsair HX650W Power Supply - 650-Watts, Modular, ATX, Single 12V Rail, 80 Plus Bronze

Plextor PX-B940SA Blu Ray Burner - 12X BD-R DL/SL, 2x BD-RE, 16x DVD+R/-R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+/-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 40x CD-R, 24x CD-RW, SATA

Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer PCI Sound Card

ThermalTake Big Water 760i Liquid Cooling System Kit

That should take care off everything except Graphic Card. I am not sure which graphic card to buy and I am also not sure which graphic card is best to go along with Intel Desktop Board DP55KG Motherboard. I want to make sure the graphic card is fully compatible with the motherboard.

Any suggestion for me on which graphic card to buy? (I can spend around $800-$1000 on it)

Also any suggestion on the parts I listed? (Are they compatible to each others?)

Thanks for help in advance.

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August 26, 2010 at 07:32:46
to me the parts are good
the graphics card u can spend around 800-1000 bucks wow u have lots of choices
between nvidia gtx 400 series HD 5700 series and HD 5800 series which cost less then that if u want top end cards gtx 480/gtx 470 or HD 5850/HD 5870 that should be good as for the price they are all priced below 800 but if u plan to SLI or crossfire
that would be a different thing

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August 26, 2010 at 15:59:33
Here's my 2 cents:

- dump the Intel board. Get a P55 made by any other manufacturer...Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, etc.

- SSD are a waste of money. Yes, I know they're supposedly faster & "state of the art", but $250+/- for a 64GB HDD? Yikes!

- the case is a poor choice. Not only is it overly expensive, but it has a bottom mounted power supply. From Tom's Hardware:

"Moving the power supply to the bottom of the case has several negative effects. First, it takes the power supply’ fan away from the top, so that another fan has to be used to remove case heat, adding noise. Second, it makes cable management more difficult, often times with the ATX12V cable not reaching its motherboard connector. Third, as the power supply casing warms up, it heats the graphics cards.

The only benefit of putting a power supply at the bottom of a case is that the power supply itself runs cooler temporarily, drawing dusty air from under the case until it plugs up. Once the power supply is full of dust, carpet/paper fibers and whatever other small items clutter your desk or floor, the benefit of having its own cooling path disappears."

- PCI sound card? Why? Onboard sound is quite good these days.

- water cooling? Once again...why?

Understand that anything you pay big bucks for today will only cost a fraction of that a year from now. Budget builds are much more cost effective.

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August 27, 2010 at 03:12:34
It's hard to earn money, don't spend all $3000.
Two gtx 460 will cost $480 and it's better than hd 5970 or gtx 480.
Power requirements +12v@42A 650W.

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August 27, 2010 at 11:52:01
Thanks for the advice people. I have been using my old pc for past 5 years. That's why I just want to buy a really good pc that I don't have to worry about for next few years. I value money and $3000 is a lot to me but I just want to get a really good pc without needing to upgrade for next few years.

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