Help with PC Gaming Specs

March 17, 2010 at 17:22:02
Specs: Windows 7
I'm buying a new PC. I'm a console gamer and not really computer savvy. Here are the specs of the PC I'm purchasing. If you have any input on the quality of the PC for gaming please help. So are these good stats for a PC that will be used primarily for gaming?

PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ i7 920 2.66GHz (8MB Cache) Quad Core Processor

VIDEO CARD: Single 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 240

MEMORY: 3GB Triple Channel 1067Mhz DDR3

HARD DRIVE: 500GB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 16MB Cache HDD edit

SOUND CARD: Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio


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March 17, 2010 at 18:16:22
You didn't list all the specs....where's the motherboard & power supply info?

But just going by what you listed, you need more RAM & it should be DDR3-1333, not DDR3-1066...& you should get a better video card.

What's the make/model of the HDD? Is it a single platter or dual platter drive?

Sound card? Why? I'm sure the motherboard has onboard sound. Spend your money where it's needed.

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March 17, 2010 at 22:37:56
"spend your money where it's needed"
yeah i agree, u don't need core i7 system, go 4 core i5 system or amd system as for gpu hd 5750 or hd 5770 will be good 4 u. Don't go cheap on psu!
-single platter hdd is better than dual platters.

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March 18, 2010 at 11:06:17
mostly agree with above, though i think an i7 920, so long as your budget supports it, would be a wise investment for a new build. C2D/C2Q are last-gen CPUs.

in the specs you listed, though, the graphics card is definitely what needs the most attention. For gaming, so much of the performance depends on the card. If your budget forces you to make sacrifices, the last gen CPU is worth it if it means another $100 towards your GPU.

but don't cut corners on your PSU. Before spending any money, post the link here and have people evaluate (there's a lot that goes into a good PSU).

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March 18, 2010 at 11:51:09
I posted this recently in another thread, but have a look at the following chart & see what happens to the framerates if the GPU is kept constant but the CPU is upgraded. Then look at what happens when the CPU is kept constant & the GPU is upgraded.

When it comes to gaming, the video card is what's important moreso than the CPU.

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