A genius or insane?

By SittingDuckie
Oct 9, 2007
  1. Hi,

    After much research and deliberation, I envisioned the following wet-dream PC with one goal in mind: high fps. Will also mount vista on this, but I can get this for free (academic alliance). Would be interested to know whether i should get 64 version or 32 though? Already have a reasonable dvd writer. This is intended to work with a 19" acer widescreen TFT monitor.

    Pls if you wouldn't mind taking a look and deciding if I'm a genius or insane and if there's anything else I may have not considered?

    £2,747.75 (includes delivery)

    Western Digital Raptor X 150GB S150 10,000rpm

    Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer

    Thermaltake VA7000BWA Shark Case - Black with Window No PSU


    2x EVGA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB DDR3 PCIE DUAL DVI HDTV

    Corsair Memory 4GBKIT (2X2GB) 800MHZ NON ECC CL5

    EVGA S775 nForce 680i SLI ATX "Black Pearl" Version

    Intel Quad Core Extreme QX6850 3.00GHz S775 8mb Cache

    physX PPU

    KillerNIC network card
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    You probably won't need the physX card. Are you going to be playing games that utilize it? I'd wait and get it later if you think you still need it, but those 8800s are going to fly through anything out there now on their own.

    I'm also a bit concerned with the need for a really expensive NIC, I can't imagine that being worth the £175 difference over a £5 one.

    Make sure you get Vista64 with that 4 gigs of RAM.
  3. VGDictator

    VGDictator TS Rookie

    Yeah, I dunno about the NIC card either, unless you have some monstrously fast ISP.
  4. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

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    With regards to your question, that sounds like a pretty good setup but you'll need a 64bit OS to utilize all the 4gb of ram. Like SNGX1275 said, you probably won't need the physyx card just yet and you don't really need a £180 lan card ;) I think mine was £3 and it works fine :)
  5. Everlong18

    Everlong18 TS Rookie Posts: 36

    How I envy you with that PC.
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The KillerNIC only shows improvement in FPS in WoW, FEAR and CS:S. So it's just your call. It doesn't drastically improve performance, just noticeably so. Google for some reviews. Also, you're missing one major component. Cooling. Unless, you want that PC to become a flaming £2700 paperweight. ;)
  7. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    same, i plan a new pc some time next year but it still won't be anywhere near as good as that unless prices drop significantly ;)

    very good point which also made me chuckle :) personally i'd go for zalman for the cpu and gpu and a couple of good 120mm fans if the case can take them, which it should be able to if it's been made in the last 3 years :p
  8. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,012

    I'm starting a new pc next year also Daveskater.

    Then i'm going to build one for Windows vienna (vienna is the codename), which should be released around about 2009.

    Regards Jase :)
  9. SittingDuckie

    SittingDuckie TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Sorry about the rule breaking and thanks for comments and feedback.

    I've now updated my profile to include a fairly detailed description of my current PC. It needs replacing as cs:s has low fps (as low as 10 during firefights, with all settings configured for performance) and crashes with looping sounds.

    With regard to cooling, I can't quite decide whether the black pearl series comes equipped with its own cooling, how much of the system that is equipped to cool (if its there) or if it is simply built to support 1/2" or 3/8" water cooling systems (and includes none of the above). I'm finding it all a little confuzzling.
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The quad-core PSU, both cards and the two high-speed HDDs will generate a lot of heat. Be prepared for the worst. Watercooling would be the best option IMO. You'd be needing a lot of fans for air-cooling otherwise.
  11. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    your profile says that memtest shows one of your ram sticks to be badly damaged

    try taking that one out and see how cs:s is then
  12. SittingDuckie

    SittingDuckie TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Thought of that, result was even poorer fps and the crash came fairly quickly. I would suggest you don't waste your time trying to figure that problem out until I've done a proper post on it, as there's a lot of details to be documented. its 50/50 as to whether I'll ever get round to this....
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