Planning new Rig
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November 22, 2010, 09:45 AM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Planning new Rig
This is just a bit of background; skip ahead if you wish to just answer questions. I built my first PC way back…..7-8 years ago. AMD 2500+ on a DFi Lan party Ultra II with the nForce2 Chipset and 1GB of ram and GeForce 6200 256MB. I ran it at 2.4GHZ standard for 3-4 years until the mobo finally died on me. I loved that DFi board and it was one of the best and most smooth running systems I have ever used.
At that point I upgraded to a AMD Athlon X2 6200+ on an ASUS A8N-SLi Deluxe, 2GB RAM and Geforce 7950GX2. I don’t use it much because it needs a reformat bad but when I used it the 7950 card was incredible. The board however…the BIOS felt so locked down and I was just disappointed in a lot of the features it did not have. I was busy with school and other things in my life at that time and sort of fell out of the modding and gaming scene.
Well now I am back and with Diablo 3 and Deus Ex 3 coming I need a rig that can play these games at or near top speed and allow me to play most new release at high or at least medium settings for 2-3 years. Also stability is nice.
Keep in note, if possible I would like to if at all possible use a stealth power supply. I have been using the Same PSU in both systems, a Vantec Stealth 520w, and it has worked great and I preferred to not have a jet turbine running in the background. I a only not going to be reusing it because it will most likely not have enough power nor the proper connectors.
Onto the meat and potatoes;
PC will be
. That means what types of
you'll be performing.
Gaming, surfing and downloading of files
is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
Price range 2000-2500k
will be buying
Preferably from Canada.
. That means, are you an
-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
Brand preference is nVidia cards, Intel processors and corsair ram…really the only UNACCEPTABLE companies are ATi gfx chips, Kingston ram and WD drives
, and if so, what those parts are.
Current parts I plan to use are HDDs, floppy drive and peripherals
Nope, too busy with work and life. Just skimmed a few
or run the system at
I may do SOME OC, but I would say no more then 10-15%
do you plan to build it?
do you use?
what I plan to buy:
Lian Li PC-7FNWX
OCZ StealthXStream 2 700W
Intel Core I7, at least a 970 to have the 12MB L3 cache
Not sure yet. Maybe a DFi? Thinking something with X58 chipset, but I need help here
12GB Not sure if I should got with 2 3x2GB triple channel kits of 1 3x4GB triple channel kit. Regardless, probably corsair, I have had good success with them
Either a GeForce GTX470/GTX480 or GTX580
2 DVD ROM/Writers (whatever is onsale)
For now I will use my 120GB Maxtor (7 years still going string) my 500GB and 1TB Hitachi. Ideally I want to switch to 2 32/64GB SSDs in RAID 1.
3.5” 1.44MB drive:
Reuse the one I have (as long as I have the connector on the mobo, not a requirement)
I have a 2.1 system, fairly decent, should I get a PCI sound card or just use onboard?
While I would like to use a wire, I am not allowed ot rip up carpet or have “unsightly wires” in the apartment, so I need a wifi card. Should I go PCI or USB and if so, recommendations please.
Windows 7, Pro or ultimate
WHAT I PLAN TO REUSE
BenQ G2420 monitor
3.5" floppy drive
1x120GB Maxtor HDD (8 years old)
1x500GB Hitachi HDD (3 years old)
1x1TB Hitach drive (2 years old)
Logitech X230 speakers
Logitech G15 Gen1 Keyboard
Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
thanks in advance
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