Solved Need help for making Gaming PC

Gigabyte / M61pme-s2p
November 24, 2013 at 02:04:22
Specs: Windows XP, 2.712 GHz / 2047 MB
Hi,

This is a follow up on my previous post on upgrading to a gaming PC. I was able to do some research on the internet & I am finalising my gaming pc build however I need some help to complete it.

Things that I will add :

4 GB RAM (DDR 3)

500 Watt PSU

Things I need help with :

Windows 7 - Which one to use 32 Bit or 64 Bit?

500 GB Hard disk - I currently have a 320 GB HD installed & I do not want to transfer all the data to a new HD but I plan to add an additional 500 GB HD to my existing PC & have Windows 7 installed in the 320 GB HD leaving all the other data in it. Hope this is the right thing to do.

Processor & motherboard - I am confused between Intel i5 3350P & 3300 processors. On the website it says that the i5 3330 has HD Graphics 2500 & i5 3350P doesn't & for a compatible Intel motherboard I will have to add an additional graphics card if I use the 3350P so what is the difference? Also is i3 4130 a good option? Which motherboard should I use?

Link - http://ark.intel.com/compare/69114,...

Graphics card - I am thinking of using NVIDIA GTX 660Ti but I want to know if there are other cheaper options available as this one is a bit expensive. Are there other brands that I can check like Sapphire, Galaxy etc.?

PC cabinet - I currently have a cabinet with dimensions 13.7 x 6.8 x 15.5 inches (H x W x L) & it has side & rear vents. Is this a good cabinet or should I change it?

Please let me know if I have missed out on anything & what are the changes if any, that are required in this build.

Thanks for your help.

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December 2, 2013 at 15:11:14
I would suggest buying a motherboard/CPU together as if you don't you have to go through a long and sucky process where you make sure they're compatible and synced it takes like 3 hours.

Definitely Win 7 64-Bit, if you install it over XP it can cause all kinds of problems.

Oh, and make sure the Graphics Driver has a DVI and/or HDMI port as using it on a nice screen mentioned above would be useless if you were using analog signals like VGA.



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November 24, 2013 at 08:06:03
You apparently didn't like my suggestions in your other thread? Or you waited too long & all the prices changed?

http://www.computing.net/answers/ga...

I'll be brief:

- go with Win7 64-bit. Install it on either the 320GB HDD or a 500GB HDD but if you go with the 320GB, do NOT install over XP. Copy off all you personal files, photos, etc, then wipe the drive & install Win7 from scratch. It's the only way to go.
- choose a case with a top mounted power supply. The reasons why the bottom mount design should be avoided have been covered in various threads & I'm not going to waste time repeating them. Here's a decent case for just $25 after rebate & promo code but the deal expires on the 25th:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

CPU choice >> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

GPU choice >> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

If it gets too confusing, see chart on the last page of both articles.

Motherboard (deal expires today) >> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Power supplies (deals expire on the 25th) >> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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November 24, 2013 at 11:50:03
Hi Riider,

I wasn't aware that I had to take a backup of all the data & do a clean install of Win 7.

I have one confusion as I am not too much of a techie. I plan to use two hard disks on the same pc. If I uninstall Win XP from the 320 GB HDD which has all my saved data & install Win 7 on the new 500 GB HDD do I still have to take a backup of the data saved in my old HDD?

Also I will check the links provided by you to help me with my upgrade.

Thanks again.


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#3
November 25, 2013 at 17:54:33
Hello,
With 4 GB of RAM you need the 64 Bit version of Windows to take full advantage of it as a 32 Bit system can only use about 3.5 GB of RAM.

More importantly, what is missing from your list is an IPS Monitor. You'll get vivid colors, crisp text, and it'll look good through a 180 degree field of view. Don't skimp on the monitor or you'll be wasting the money spent on good graphics.

From my own experience, I can recommend the LG Monitors. I bought their cheapest and I've never regretted it - I see the quality difference every time I look at the screen.

Regards,
BearPup


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December 2, 2013 at 15:11:14
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I would suggest buying a motherboard/CPU together as if you don't you have to go through a long and sucky process where you make sure they're compatible and synced it takes like 3 hours.

Definitely Win 7 64-Bit, if you install it over XP it can cause all kinds of problems.

Oh, and make sure the Graphics Driver has a DVI and/or HDMI port as using it on a nice screen mentioned above would be useless if you were using analog signals like VGA.


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