Building a new system for iRacing

By sones · 9 replies
Nov 3, 2012
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  1. My experience with computers is limited. I want this to play iRacing ( I already have a monitor/keyboard/mouse/case/graphics card. Here is what I have so far, looking to see if it will all work together in harmony.

    ASUS P8Z77-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS600-PCARE3-US 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL

    Western Digital WD RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

    Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM

    EVGA 01G-P3-N988-TR GeForce 9800 GT HDMI 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Thanks for your help in advance. Let me know if I'm missing anything.

    I forgot the processor...

    Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
  2. hellokitty[hk]

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

  3. xcylent

    xcylent TS Booster Posts: 231   +17

    Hmm. Ok, there's a few things we ought to change.

    1. the CPU. switch it to the i3 3220.
    $10 more but it's worth it.

    2. Windows. Instead of paying $99 straight up, just get a trial (free) copy of windows 7, then 'upgrade' for $15.

    3. HDD. I'm gonna take a shot in the dark here and say you absolutely do not need that HDD. This one would suit you just fine. and is $30 cheaper.

    4. Memory. Save yourself $10 and go with this Corsair 8GB (2x4gb) set

    5. PSU. go for this Antec HCG instead. only like $5 price difference.

    6. I'm guessing you won't be overclocking, so save a few extra bucks and go for this MSI H77 board instead, now with all the money we've saved...

    7. GPU. This GTX 650Ti would do far better than that 9800 GT.

    That's all I can say at first glance. I'm sure some other TS members will pop in and share their wisdom too :)
  4. sones

    sones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Will that new MOBO support Windows 8? Also, all I'll need for this system is 400 watt power supply? Even if I would get the bigger card?
  5. xcylent

    xcylent TS Booster Posts: 231   +17

    Yeah that motherboard will support windows 8. and 400W is fine, even for the bigger card :)
  6. sones

    sones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So, if I already have a computer just need an updated motherboard (no PCI-e slot)... would I be able just to just get the MOBO/RAM/Processor and install it into the computer I already have?
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Depends what case you have, but I'd be tempted to get a new one because if your current build doesn't even have PCI-E slots then it's going to be outdated and not have very good airflow. You can reuse the hard drive and DVD drive though.

    People above have made great suggestions, only thing I would add is that this 1.35V Samsung RAM is easily the best for the price.
  8. sones

    sones TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The case I have now has a side vent the goes to a fan that is mounted on the mobo. I'm guessing here but can't I take that fan out and mount it again on the new mobo?
  9. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Is the fan on the mobo the CPU HSF? Because your new i3 3220 will come with one.
  10. hellokitty[hk]

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

    I do like the choice on the Antec HCG, if you want to spend the money it's a better PSU.

    Sones, why don't you tell use your situation here?

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