Need help building a gaming rig

May 22, 2012 at 08:41:12
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So it used to be I kept up on the latest and greatest and pretty much always knew offhand what would be the best hardware to get when building a gaming rig. However, 7 years ago I took a postition in enterprise level networking and my subsequent specialization didn't require me keeping up on hardware so I didn't.

Long story short, I'm about to build a gaming rig and rather than spend tedious hours researching I thought I'd talk to the folks who do keep up on this stuff.

I live in Canada and will most likely be dealing with tigerdirect.ca as they seem to offer better prices than newegg.

- I'm not interested in water cooling or anything like it.
- I have no interest in blinking lights or mods on my case
- I would prefer an EnerMax power supply and Kingtson RAM

So, any recommendations from you hard core gamers out there?

Keep in mind, I've been working in IT since the mid 90's and have built many PC's and servers. The "no water cooling and blinking lights in case" is absolute and I won't change my mind about that unless you're offering to buy the case and ship it to me at your own expense.

TIA

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#1
May 22, 2012 at 09:45:25
I'm going to point you towards the same place I go for my own hardware recommendations, the Something Awful's Parts Picking and Building Megathread.

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May 22, 2012 at 10:51:06
"I'm not interested in water cooling or anything like it" - good!

"I have no interest in blinking lights or mods on my case" - good!

"I would prefer an EnerMax power supply and Kingtson RAM" - not so good. Kingston RAM is OK but you may be able to find a cheaper brand. Just make sure the RAM conforms to JEDEC standards (that is, it runs at 1.5v), not the so-called "gaming RAM" that needs to be overvolted. As for EnerMax PSUs, I suggest you look elsewhere - Corsair or OCZ for example. Make sure the PSU is 80 plus certified, has a SINGLE +12v rail of at least 30A, active PFC, has all the connectors you need, & a decent warranty (3-5 yrs). And if you use a tower case with a bottom mounted power supply (not recommended), make sure the PSU cables (especially the 24-pin & 4-pin ATX12V) are long enough to reach.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicati...

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicati...

Other than that, you didn't state a CPU preference (AMD or Intel) or a graphics preference (AMD or nvidia).

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#3
May 22, 2012 at 14:43:17
If u are budget person don't jump into a current technology.
Build a system that u are going to upgrade the video card only.
U will need a quad core chip, start from AMD phenom II x4 and core i5(sandy bridge) for INTEL.

Nvidia video cards - 600 series
AMD video cards - hd 7000 series
I recommend to get the older 400 and 500 series for Nvidia and hd 5000 to hd 6000 series for AMD.
Eg http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?In...

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