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Will this system be any good?

By JoeM076
Nov 16, 2006
  1. Here is what I am thinking about getting from Cyberpowerpc.com , I want to use this computer for the next-gen PC Games. If you have any suggestions on the specs and what parts to get from the site to make my computer the best for gaming and performance, please feel free to tell me:) I just want to make sure that everything that I am getting is the best, (limited slightly by price), and that everything will last for a long time and is upgradeable, also that everything is compatible with each other.(And YES, I know that it would be MUCH cheaper if I put it togetjher myself, and got the parts from newegg.com , but I am not that experienced with putting computers together, and it would be a hassle to have to put every, single part of the computer together and connect all of the wires, and then troubleshoot all of the problems that come from this.


    Gamer Infinity SLI Ultra


    *BASE_PRICE: [+1635]
    CAS: Raidmax Sagitta Mid-Tower 420W Gaming Case w/ Side Panel Window
    CASUPGRADE: 12in COLD CATHODE NEON LIGHT
    CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6700 CPU @ 2.66GHz 1066FSB 2x2MB L2 Cache EM64T
    CD: SONY 16X DVD-ROM
    CD2: NEC 3550A 16X DVD+-RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER
    CABLE: Round Cable Upgrade for Hard Drive, Optical Drive & Floppy Drive
    FLOPPY: 1.44 MB FLOPPY DRIVE
    FAN: CoolerMaster Liquid CPU Cooling Fan System Kit + 2 EXTRA CASE FANS
    HDD: Extreme Performance (RAID-0) with 2 Identical Hard Drives (300GB (150GBx2) Gaming Western Digital Rapter 10,000RPM SATA150 16MB Cache WD1500ADFD
    HDD2: 400GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive
    KEYBOARD: Saitek Eclipse-II (PK02U) Gaming Keyboard
    MOUSE: Logitech G7 Laser Cordless 2000dpi Mouse
    MONITOR: Gaming LCD ViewSonic VX922 19" (2ms White-Black-White Typ) SXGA LCD Display Monitor
    MOTHERBOARD: (Quad-Core Supports) Asus Striker Extreme nForce 680i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1066 DDR2 Mainboard [+238]
    MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair XMS2 Xtreme Memory w/ Heat Spreader
    NETWORK: ONBOARD 10/100 NETWORK CARD
    OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional w/ Service Pack 2 & Free Upgrade to Windows Vista™ Business
    PRO_WIRING: Professional Wiring for All WIRINGs Inside The System Chasis with High Performance Thermal Compound on CPU
    POWERSUPPLY: **Recommended** Thermaltake ToughPower 750 Watt Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
    RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
    SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS 24/7 LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
    SOUND: New! Creative Labs X-FI Platinum 24-BIT PCI Sound Card
    SPEAKERS: (BLACK) Logitech X530 70Watts 5.1 Configuration Speaker System
    TEMP: SILVERSTONE EUDEMON SST-FP52 LCD DISPLAY FRONT PANEL
    USB: Add External USB 2.0 Hub (4x USB 2.0 Ports)
    VIDEO: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB 16X PCI Express Video Card
    _PRICE: (+3774)
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    That looks pretty amazing. I was going to say you could save a bit of money dropping the processor to 6600 and killing off the USB hub, but then I saw the bottom line price and figured out that the savings isn't going to do much.

    My only suggestion would be to boot out that Sony 16x DVD drive and replace it with another DVD burner. If they want to charge you more than $40 for another burner just elect not to have the drive at all, then order a burner at the same time and put it in yourself.

    The reasoning behind that is a DVD drive without a burner is about as useful as a cd rom from 1998. I've seen 4 burners fail between 3 computers in the last 2 years, you want to have a backup if possible. It isn't going to cost you much (if anything) to get a second burner.
     
  3. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Awesome system. You should be good to go for a long time
     
  4. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,634

    well I will just back up what everyone has said, that is an awsome system and the long time should be short if u are wanting to use that system for 4 years it should be good for at least that long...

    well maybe not the video card but it will not be one that blows up in the next 3 months.
     
  5. JoeM076

    JoeM076 Topic Starter

    Thanks a lot for the suggestions
    :)
     
  6. JoeM076

    JoeM076 Topic Starter

    - Also, out of the speakers that cyberpowerpc.com offers, which ones do you think are the best quality for gaming?
    - And what two Optical Drives do you suggest that cyberpowerpc.com offers?
     
  7. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Lol, you posted the same thing twice. Just so you know. howard will probably come and clean it up, but try not to do that. As for the speakers, I think you should try looking on newegg.com or something for speakers because you might be able to find them cheaper there.
     
  8. JoeM076

    JoeM076 Topic Starter

    Yeah, I fixed that up...
    -And I am getting my computer from CyberPowerPC.com because I am not that experienced with putting computers together, and I think it would be a hassle putting eveything together, so I am just wondering which Optical Drives and Speakers would be the best that they offer on their site???

    -Also, If I get the USB HUB from CyberPowerPC.com, will my Computer still come with 2 USB Ports Built in?

    ALso, can someone give me suggestions about my comment before?
     
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    You should just get the 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW they are having now for no additional money, its a LG as of me checking a minute ago.

    For the USB, that motherboard has 4 USB on the back, and up to 6 (for a total of 10) can be connected by pins on the motherboard. What that means is you will have at minimum 4, and then if that case has a front panel on it for audio jacks and such there will also be USB there. So I think it is unlikely you will need a hub, unless you just need the extra cord length.
     
  10. JoeM076

    JoeM076 Topic Starter

    Which PSU and speakers should I get, that CyberPowerPC offers?
     
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    JoeM076: Do not open any more threads for this.

    I have deleted all the rest of your threads for this(that`s a total of 9 threads). Opening mulitple threads for the same thing is not required, is confusing and is a waste of time for both you and the members who have replied. It is also against Techspot`s TOS. Read the Techspot FAQ.

    I apologise to all members who have replied to JoeM076`s umpteen threads, but this is necessary.

    Regards Howard TS Moderator.
     
     
  12. JoeM076

    JoeM076 Topic Starter

    Which Operating System would be best for my gaming computer?
     
  13. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    I`d suggest XP, even though Vista is only around the corner, it bound to be buggy as hell and may even lack some driver support.

    Just my 2cents.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  14. JoeM076

    JoeM076 Topic Starter

    Should I get Windows XP Media Center...or XP Professional?
     
  15. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Get XP pro, unless you have a specific use for XP Media centre.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  16. JoeM076

    JoeM076 Topic Starter

    Ok..thanks:)
     
  17. Boxy Brown

    Boxy Brown Topic Starter

    The best speakers to get with it since you have a creative x-fi sound card, would be the Creative labs Gigaworks 7.1 speakers. Good 7.1 speakers for around $100.
     
  18. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    Well I didnt waste money on speakers for my computers because I usualy use headsets because im on Counterstrike alot and use the voice feature thing =P

    But if you want to be able to show off to your friends with your ember system then get the ones Boxy said because you'll get really good performance with 7.1 ;) ( also be sure to get a good sound card as well... Didnt see if you had one with that thing you listed because it's all bunched up and hard to read :blush: )
     
  19. JoeM076

    JoeM076 Topic Starter

    Do you think that the Logitech Z5500 Speakers would be good for $132 less, and they have seemed to have gotten better reviews than the Creative ones..

    -And just for another opinion, can you reccomend 2 of the Optical Drives on CyberPowerPC.com, that would be the best?
     
  20. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    Yes Joe those speakers would be better and you could save the money for something else ( games / keyboard ) and I wouldnt know any recommendations for the Optical Drives because I usualy use the same stuff for all my builds but I change up parts like the case and CD drives or videocards
     
  21. JoeM076

    JoeM076 Topic Starter

    Here is what I have come to so far:
    -Any Suggestions?

    Gamer Infinity SLI Ultra

    *BASE_PRICE: [+1719]
    CAS: CoolerMaster Praetorian 730 RC-730 Aluminum Tower 420W Case [+26] (Black Color)

    CASUPGRADE: 12in COLD CATHODE NEON LIGHT [+10] (BLUE COLOR)

    CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6700 CPU @ 2.66GHz 1066FSB 2x2MB L2 Cache EM64T [+386]

    CD: NEC 3550A 16X DVD+-RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER [+4] (BLACK COLOR)
    CD2: LiteOn SHM-165H6S 16X Double Layer DVD+-RW Super Allwrite + Lightscribe Technology [+41] (Black Color)

    CABLE: Round Cable Upgrade for Hard Drive, Optical Drive & Floppy Drive [+19]

    FLOPPY: 1.44 MB FLOPPY DRIVE [+10] (BLACK COLOR)

    FAN: CoolerMaster Liquid CPU Cooling Fan System Kit + 2 EXTRA CASE FANS

    HDD: Extreme Performance (RAID-0) with 2 Identical Hard Drives [-7] (300GB (150GBx2) Gaming Western Digital Rapter 10,000RPM SATA150 16MB Cache WD1500ADFD [+418])

    HDD2: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive [+189]

    MONITOR: Gaming LCD ViewSonic VX922 19" (2ms White-Black-White Typ) SXGA LCD Display Monitor [+299]

    MOTHERBOARD: (Quad-Core Supports) Asus Striker Extreme nForce 680i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1066 DDR2 Mainboard [+238]

    MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair XMS2 Xtreme Memory w/ Heat Spreader [+45])

    NETWORK: ONBOARD 10/100 NETWORK CARD

    OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center 2005 Edition w/ Free Upgrade to Windows Vista™ Home Premium

    PRO_WIRING: Professional Wiring for All WIRINGs Inside The System Chasis with High Performance Thermal Compound on CPU [+19]

    POWERSUPPLY: **Recommended** Thermaltake ToughPower 750 Watt Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+131]

    RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
    SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS 24/7 LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

    SOUND: New! Creative Labs X-FI Platinum 24-BIT PCI Sound Card [+180]

    SPEAKERS: (BLACK/SILVER) Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Configuration Speakers System with Control [+178]

    USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

    VIDEO: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB 16X PCI Express Video Card [+365]

    _PRICE: (+3996)


    -Is everything Compatible?
     
  22. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    Well personaly I got a computer that is eqauly ( except the Videocard and some other stuff ) for about $3000 cheaper ;)

    Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

    Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813188009
    eVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

    RAM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145566
    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x2


    Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150150
    XFX PV-T71G-UCF7 GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail


    Hard Disk Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341002
    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail

    DVD Burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152076
    NEC Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM

    Sound Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829111002
    DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71DDL 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

    Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133154
    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Total: $1436 with shipping ( Good deal ;) )
     
  23. JoeM076

    JoeM076 Topic Starter

    Thanks alot for all of those links...but I am getting my computer from cyberpowerpc.com because I am not experienced with putting computers together...
     
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