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Thread: A long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    United States

    Default A long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?

    The below is parts I've picked from the various half (to about a) dozen threads I've started.
    Part list permalink: System Build - PCPartPicker
    Part price breakdown by merchant: System Build - Price Breakdown By Merchant - PCPartPicker
    Benchmarks: System Build - Benchmarks - PCPartPicker

    • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
    • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    • Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Deluxe (REV 3.0) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    • Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($254.99 @ Newegg)
    • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    • Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($197.03 @ NCIX US)
    • Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($264.98 @ Newegg)
    • Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
    • Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    • Monitor: Asus VE258Q 25.0" Monitor ($248.99 @ Mac Connection)
    • Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($269.98 @ Mac Connection)
    • Total: $2024.90
    • (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    • (Generated 2012-03-30 15:44 EDT-0400)

    NOTE: Some components may be changed or just stay the same . . . I will need a lot more $ for this than I have now . . . . also will wait till Ivy Bridge (?), also between those two monitors which would you choose? Also would there be a bottleneck?
    Current specs:
    CPU: AMD Athlon 3800+ (dual core) @ 2 GHZ
    RAM: DDR2 - 3 GB
    Vram: 128 MB
    HD 250 GB connected by ATA
    Motherboard: Asus A8N-BR (Pyrite) [BIOS]
    GPU: Nvidia gForce 6150 LE (I think)
    Misc: This computer is a HP slimline (s7700n)
    And what I wanted in a new system:


    - USB 2.0 speeds that are minimum of 30 MB a second
    - USB 3.0 speeds that are at lest 300+ MB/s [I will get / use an SSD]
    - Firewire (and or eSata port) --- because I have a external hardrive that has both along with USB
    - At lest a solid terabyte (1.5 TB)
    - Has either a VGA or DVI port (current monitor I have has both)
    - Also has support for HDMI (for the future monitor)
    - Multicard reader (although I mainly need SD and Memory Pro Stick Duo)
    - Able to use a PS3 controller AND A XBOX 360 controller (yes I know 360 is native support . . .)
    - I would like a quad core.
    - Multiple internal DVD drives - one blu-ray drive (watch movies, burn backups)
    - Plenty of 3.5/5.25 drive bays . . .


    - Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) (Main OS) -- Mostly for languages
    - Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit (if needed)
    - May first run Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit - as I have both 32/64 bit discs now)
    - Windows XP (if 64 bit won't run some of the games I have) (if needed)
    - [email protected] (although I use my PS3 for that when I'm not using it)
    - Able to run most games from DOS era on, probably high settings

    Gaming Software:

    - Will use steam:
    -- Elder Scrolls
    -- Portal 1 & 2
    -- Batman Arkham (Asylum/City)
    -- Sonic Generations
    -- Quake
    -- Wolfenstein (3D) & 2009
    -- Commander keen
    -- Bioshock (1/2)
    -- L.A. Noire
    and others

    - Will use CD/DVD's of the games I have:
    -- Warcraft 2 - Tides of Darkness & Beyond the Dark Portal
    -- Warcraft 3 - Reign of Chaos & Frozen Throne
    -- Diablo 1 - 3 (when it comes out)
    -- The Sims 1 - And all expansions
    -- The Sims 2 (probably)
    -- Simcity 4000 & Rushhour
    - May use emulation (to run up to the PS2/Wii)

    Other Thoughts

    - Eventually a dual monitor setup (and one be HD resolution)
    - Budget - Within about $1200 - $1500 dollars
    - I will wait for some parts (hard drives, GPU, etc) to drop in price.
    - I don't need the absolute latest but this system should still be update-able in years to come.
    - Will eventually most likely want 16, 32 or more GB of RAM (if needed)
    - I WANT UEFI, NOT regular old BIOS (that this slimline has)
    - Yes I know I have at the top 32 GB when I should have '8', it's my choice.

    I am grateful for input . . .

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Birmingham,Great Britain

    Default Re: A long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?

    the components look ok to me,but being so close to z77 and ivy bridge release it will push z68 prices down a little? or go for newer z77 setup?

    had a look at these? save a few $ 5 year warranty and made by seasonic just as good as the delux but slightly cheaper? these are good drives and cheaper
    Last edited by wazza300; 03-31-2012 at 11:05 AM.
    Gigabyte z77x UP4-TH F11c Modded Bios
    Intel i7 3770k 24/[email protected] 1.38v Turbo llc +0.165v dvid multithreading enabled
    Samsung Green(MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB @2133mhz 9-10-10-21-1t 1.55v
    Thermalright Silver Arrow Cpu Cooler
    1xSamsung 840 pro 256 Gb SSD windows 8.1 pro 64bit
    1xSamsung f4 HD204UI 2tb hard drive Storage
    Powercolor 7970 3gb V3 @1150mhz core/1700mhz mem,1.150v Accelero aftermarket air cooler 55c max
    Razer Lycosa Keyboard
    Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers
    Lite-On iHAS124-19 24x Sata DVDRW
    K-World Hybrid DVB-T 210SE Digital T.V Card
    L.G E2260V L.E.D 1920x1080 Monitor
    Xfx Pro 750w silver rated Psu 80+
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    United States

    Default Re: A long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?

    Although I doubt I will (unless I can a far better cooling system) overclock I have decided to get the I7: 2600K (Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor - PCPartPicker). $100 extra? I'm fine with that . . . . How much will Ivy Bridge change sandy bridge prices?

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