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zoth
01-09-07, 09:53 AM
Can anyone make some recomendations for a strictly gameing rig for 2k or under based around a 8800 card.

I have the mouse ,keyboard,LCD screen

just need a case,mobo,proc,8800 card,at least 2 gig of ram,sound card, HD around 250-300 gig,and a PS that can run that card.

Building a machine that can play vanguard and crysis,any help would be awesome,thanks.

Toss3
01-09-07, 06:15 PM
I'd get an Antec Titan 550 E-atx case(supports atx as well), which comes with an antec 550w power supply. The case should be available for ~150$ with psu.
The processor here is the difficult part as there is a price cut and a quad core 6600 coming Q2 this year, but for a 8800gtx(EVGA!!) a 6600 c2d should do. :) And you just might add an Asus P5N-E Sli 650i mobo to this, and you should be able to overclock your cpu pretty far(at least past 3Ghz).
You should also get at least 2Gb of ram, since Vista and newer games eat up a lot of your ram. 2Gb of quality cl4 ram should do for now.
Seagate Barracuda is always a safe bet when it comes to HDDs, so I'd get a 300/500Gb sata II. You can always add a second raptor later.
As for a sound card it depends on if you have a high quality amplifier or not, and if you haven't got one of those I'd recommend a Creative X-Fi Gamer's Edition card, for best game/vista support.
That should leave you at approx. 1500$, with further upgrades in mind. :captnkill:

buffbiff21
01-09-07, 06:55 PM
What ^ Toss said is pretty much the norm right now.

However :barf: Antec Titan. Also I would not be too trusting with those PSUs that come with cases...

here check it out

Case is up to you
CPU e6300 (dont let the 1.8 ghz fool you, these go beyond 3 easily)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005
mobo 680i
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813188009
RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231065
GFX card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130072
HD
boot
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136011
storage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144016

Sound card - XFI xtreme music
PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341001

zoth
01-09-07, 08:54 PM
Thanks!

scott123
01-09-07, 09:02 PM
See specifications below. In my opinion the case I have is top notch with tons of room, and high quality.

Edit: See here--> http://www.coolermaster.com/special_report/stc-t01/stc-t01.htm

zoth
01-10-07, 03:14 AM
Should I get the E6300 and OC it to 3ghz or should i spend abit more and get the 6600 and OC it to 3.5 and above. which is the more stable proc to OC do you think?

Xion X2
01-10-07, 03:17 AM
All are great. But if you want to hit 3.5gHz you need to go with the E6400 or E6600.

zoth
01-10-07, 03:34 AM
Another question,(excuse the newbness) this will strictly be a gameing PC. I have another PC I use for everything else that I like alot.

If you have a 8800, does it make a huge diffrence if youre proc is above say
3ghz..or does it have diminishing returns after a certain point.

To be more specific will a OC'ed 3ghz versus a OC'ed 3.5ghz make a huge diffrence in the new games, or is it mainely based of the videocard itself

zoth
01-10-07, 05:08 AM
Also thanks BuffBiff for takeing the time to link me that great list :)

TonyM16
01-10-07, 05:20 AM
Another question,(excuse the newbness) this will strictly be a gameing PC. I have another PC I use for everything else that I like alot.

If you have a 8800, does it make a huge diffrence if youre proc is above say
3ghz..or does it have diminishing returns after a certain point.

To be more specific will a OC'ed 3ghz versus a OC'ed 3.5ghz make a huge diffrence in the new games, or is it mainely based of the videocard itself

Difficult to anwser as most will say it won't make a difference, but I have been looking in to this and I have found that the speed of cpu and ram doesn infact imrpove games performance. It increase the min frame rate, at all resolutions and settings for eg in the FEAR sp test I first done the test with all my settings at stock ie a 2.4ghz E6600 and 800mhz c5-18 memory.

The results 34min 62 average

THen I oc'd my cpu to 3.42ghz and my memory to 1140mhz C4-12 and tthe results were

42min and 64 average

This was with two 8800gtx in sli. MY FEAR settings were 2560x1600 max and 4xAA and 16xAF. Since most say that as you increase resolution and graphical settings you lose the cpu bottleneck, it is astonishing to see such a difference in the min frame rate.

SO haveing a really fast cpu and memory ( I have found that both need to be fast to get the higher min frame rate) is important to modern games were the min frame rate can go down to the teens. Also FEAR is supposed to be a gpu limited game so I shudder to think what a cpu limited game will make ofm my test.

CrackatiCz
01-10-07, 10:47 AM
I have an 8800GTS and Pentium 4 with 512 RAM, I went out two days ago to buy another 512 stick, my games are running alot better! I am still wanting to upgrade the CPU but I just might as well as wait for the new CPU's from intel to come out instead of buying it now and getting out dated later lol. I'll see how I feel when Crysis comes out and how it performs on my PC:captnkill: