Building a new comp, need advice

By Tomorrow_Rains · 9 replies
Aug 5, 2010
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  1. Hello all,

    Well i'm building a cost -efficient Gaming Computer (I want to spend under 800 Dollars)

    I need some advice...The pieces i want to buy are below please let me know if these are great, The reason im getting a new PC is for star craft 2, Garry's mod , Cry-sis and Well pretty much Any PC game, I want to run them smoothly on High (Doesn't have to be Ultra)

    Okay.. Here are the Few items i've picked out

    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

    x 2 500GB HDD (Caviar)

    I need help selecting a Motherboard, And RAM. Something Between 50$ Dollars and $150

    Oh and Ofcourse i'm getting a Gaming Case, And i;ve already got an ATX power supply running at 950W.

    Any Help is Appreciated. (Reason i want a HEXACORE is because i dont want to lag two years from now on the technology that comes out, i want this computer to last me until im 50, and im 23)

  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Methinks the CPU and motherboard should be decided in a package... Pick the motherboard first, then CPU, as it is less important. Your motherboard determines the ability to tweak and adjust, and is key to the long term reliability.
    You left out Power Supply... critical in a good gaming machine... as well as case and CPU cooling.
    You probably cannot do what you wish for under $800... you are going to be involved in too many compromises.
    Building a budget gamer is not going to get you there two years from now. You don't have any information on problems and troubles and long term reliability. Nobody knows the direction the Hexacore is pointed two years from now.
    It would see to me that building for today, using a CPU and motherboard that are three months old or more, will save you a lot of bucks. Get a motherboard that can be upgraded to a better processor, then wait for things to develop.
    You might even want to wait a few weeks... until October 1, to see where technology is heading... Two ares are becoming more important... USB 3.0 will be out, and you will be able to see which way the new drives are going.
    There are plenty of tests of hard drives that have just been released... Look at Tom's and other websites for the reports on what is good and what is fast
    It is likely the new hard drive and the motherboard with its memory abilities and sockets will be more important... but getting the Hexacore and the right memory and the right hard drive on a board (with RAM) that is only $50 to $150 may disappoint you down the road..
    Get a board with USB 3.0 on it, along with the capability to utilize 6 to 8 memory sockets so you know you have the latest... and with the capability to handle two or three of the best processors. for future upgrades.
    Were it mine, I would build a decent gamer system now with the plan to learn from what you do, then sell that one and build the great one two years from now based upon what you have learned.
  3. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 156

    That was actually extremely helpful Thanks.
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    I, for one, would like to hear what you decided and how it worked out, and whether it made you happy or disappointed.
    Some of us old timers grimace a bit when we think of building our first gamer, and what we learned about stress and technology... there are somethings that none of the big wizzes ever put in a book or manual... but it is fun, and it changes you.

    If you have children, or roommates, try to find a place to build it that will not be bothered by others when you are not around.

    And always keep GOOD notes that make sense a week or two later.
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    He has even more wiggle room. He already has a power supply.
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Oh well...good for him.
    Maybe he can bump it up to a 5850 or something.

    Any particular reason?
  8. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Posts: 290

    it seems strange that people buy the BE of the phenom x6 which is (the sites I use anyway) £65 more expensive. couldnt the 1055t be overclocked close to the BE anyway?
  9. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 156

    Well it's finished and running Awesome.

    Simple Specs

    AMD Hexacore Running SLI

    16gb Ram, 1TB Memory (Two 500gb HDD's)

    1 SSD Drive (250gb)

    A Full ATX case Liquid Cooling ($45 used on Amazon, Works great..Except Minus 1 hose for video cards but video cards are fine being fanned)

    all in all i ended up spending a little over 800..but definately under 1000.

    I run starcraft 2 on Ultra, 4 vs 4 runs smooth as heck. Crysis Runs awesome, Garrys mod (with all those Minge spammers) Never crashes.

    Thanks all for your help!

    BTW i have a 64 bit system, Incase you're wondering about the 16gb of Cheap ram. (kingston)
  10. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    I wonder about the cost effectiveness of that o.o.

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