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Good gaming computer

By mako man
Apr 17, 2008
  1. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Just met with the builder and everything looks fine except he wants to use an antec 550watt PSU. How is this compared to the Corsairs 550 vx you recommended? Any concerns?

    Thanks
     
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Antec's are a good brand, so don't worry about it. I'm guessing it's the TruePower variant, although the NeoHE is the best one by far.
    I don't think it quite matches the power output of the Corsair, but it's enough for your system, so I don't think you'd have any problems. I'd still recommend the Corsair PSU though if the builder can use it, since their build quality is just superb. But the Antec will be okay if he can't/won't use it.
     
  3. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    The Antec would be the better PSU in my opinion, but the Corsair and the Antec are about the same.
     
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,968   +955

    Antec has and honors a 3 year parts and labor warranty. Always a thumbs up fact in my book.
     
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    Corsair is probably better, higher amps i think.
    Antec however is fine too.

    One thing i don't get is the naming scheme they are using. I think all the 8800 (G92 chips) should be in the 9000 series along with the existing 9000's.
    I hope the next generation will be as astounding as the 8800's were.
     
  6. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Thanks for the info much appreciated.
     
  7. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Rage, Sngx1275, Capt Cranky and all others thank you for all your assistance. I placed my deposit today on Rages system. All in all out the door at $1,770.00 US. Will take about two weeks for the system to be built.

    Thanks again Rage I trusted your advice and I'm looking forward to the new system...
     
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    No problem at all mako man. I hope you enjoy your new system. :)
     
  9. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Just received my crucial memory. It states on box 128Mx64 is this 1066? Thanks
     
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    It just states the size of each module, which is 128Mbits by 64 bits, which equals
    1GB. The actual speed should be given on the box itself.
     
  11. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Thanks Rage but actually the box doesn't give the speed. Thats why I asked just to make sure.

    What anti virus program do you guys run on vista 64 Bit?
     
     
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,654   +323

    Does it say 8500 anywhere on the RAM package?
     
  13. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    I'm not sure I dropped it off at the store.
     
  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    I'd recommend NOD32 as a good AV program. The latest one comes with antispyware features as well, and combined with a good firewall and antispyware arsenal, it'll keep your PC safe from almost any malware.
     
  15. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Thanks Rage NOD 32 it is.

    I watched a special on television last night. It appears they are building a large amount of islands in your area for tourism. It looks like you live in a beautiful area. The ocean is beautiful over there.
     
  16. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Does it matter what network card the builder installs or should I request a specific type?.
    Thanks
     
  17. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    I don't think you need one since you have Ethernet ports on the motherboard. If you need the extra ports, get any NIC, it doesn't really make much difference AFAIK.

    Yeah well, with temps already reaching about 43C and humidity in the high 80s, I continue to be amazed at how tourists keep flooding the place like lemmings. Apparently, temps are gonna reach 60C this time, but the government never really officially says that its that high, coz there's a rule here that doesn't allow labourers to work if temps reach 50C. And we can't have that can we? After all, there's Dubailand to be completed. And Burj Dubai. And...
    Ok, enough with the rant. Just keep us posted about your new system. :)
     
  18. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Rage,

    I just received a call from the computer shop and they had put the Antec 500 watt PSU in. He just called and said the EVGA video card just came in and requires a 750 watt PSU. He recommended I put in a 1000watt since it is about 35.00 dollars more than the 750 watt. What do you think?
     
  19. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,654   +323

    What are your options (models) on the PSU. If its a decent 750W there is no reason to go to 1000W for $35 more.
     
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,968   +955

    Disregarding the additional power consumption of the larger PSU, should be fine.

    Keep in mind that the efficiency percentage of the PSU comes into play. In other words 80% of 750 is a smaller number than 80% of 1000. Hence the bigger the supply the more the waste. That said, it probably doesn't make a hoots worth of a difference.

    You might try connecting the machine to an already fairly well loaded AC outlet, and installing a slow trip breaker. Hopefully, the lights will dim ever so slightly when you power up. I know I'd be intimidated playing games against a guy whose computer causes a little bitty brown-out when it boots.:D :approve: :haha:
     
  21. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    The 750W PSU will be okay, just make sure it's not a crappy brand like Apevia or Deer or something like that. Antec, OCZ, PC Power & Cooling, Silverstone, Fortron FSPm, Seasonic, Corsair and Thermaltake are all excellent brands.
     
  22. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    He told me he is putting in the Antec TPQ 1000. If you see a problem please let me know. Thanks again. Its almost completed.
     
  23. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Thats good Capt.
     
  24. mako man

    mako man TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 100

    Rage, SNGX, Capt and others thank you for taking the time to help me out. The computer came yesturday and it rocks. I have advanced in COD faster in two hours than in two weeks on the old system. This system is extremely fast, and very quiet. I couldn't be happier.

    I ordered and received the Eset AV and I had a slight problem because it wasn't for vista 64Bit. I called tech support and they answered the telephone in a couple of rings and talked me through the download process. They were great. Then I had a problem with the firewall it wouldn't allow online games. I again called tech support and waited for about one minute and they answered my questions and talked me right through the system setup. Eset rocks try doing that with another company. Great call on Eset Rage.

    Again thanks a million I hope I can return the favor some day.
     
  25. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    Glad to see it worked out well for you mate. :)
    Have a good one! :grinthumb
     
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