Buying a new gaming PC

By FrederikNeertof · 13 replies
Jul 21, 2010
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  1. Hey guys.

    So.. I've saved up some money and now it's time to purchase a new gaming PC. Tired of gaming on a noisy laptop for a long time now, lol.
    Anyway, here are some custom ones I've looked at and I hope you would recommend the best one for the price. The prices will be between 670-910 euros.

    PC 1:
    Motherboard: Asus P7P55 LX Intel P55 DDR3
    RAM: Kingston Value RAM DDR3 4GB PC3-1333 kit CL9
    HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F1 750GB SATA 32MB 7200RPM
    DVD Burner: Samsung SH-S223C/BEBE bulk black SATA
    Power supply: LC-Power Silent Giant Green Power V2.3 - 600 Wat
    Graphic card: Club 3D Radeon PCI-E HD5770 1GB DDR5 HDMI
    Processor: Intel Core i7 860 2.80 GHz 8MB 95W Box S1156
    Total price: 872 euros
    (I have the option to chose a "Intel Core i5 750 2.66 GHz 8MB 95W Box S1156" processor instead, resulting in 818 euros)

    PC 2:
    Motherboard: ASUS P7H55-M DDR3 mATX S-1156
    RAM: 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Kingston (2x2GB)
    HDD: 1TB Samsung 7200rpm 32MB SATA2
    DVD Burner: 22x Samsung DVD/RW DL Sort SATA
    Power Supply: 750W Energon EPS-750 130mm
    Graphics card: 1024MB XFX ATI HD5770 850M DDR5 PCI-E
    Processor: Intel Core i3-530 2.93Ghz 4MB S-1156
    Total price: 805 euros

    PC 3:
    Motherboard: Gigabyte P55-UD2 motherboard (Intel P55 chipsæt)
    Ram: Kingston 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM
    HDD: Seagate 1000GB harddisk S-ATAII 3Gb/s 32MB cache (7200rpm)
    DVD Burner: Sony 22x burner +/- Dual layer
    Power supply: 650W ATX 17dB powersupply Gaming Silent
    Graphics card: Radeon HD5770 1GB GDDR5 Dedikeret PCI-E Grafikkort (DirectX 11)
    Processor: Intel Core i7-860 4x2,80GHz (Turbo 3.46GHz)
    Total price: 898 euros
    (I have the option to pick a AMD PhenomII 1090T 6x3,20GHz (Turbo 3.60GHz) processor for the exact same price)

    Thanks in forward,

  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,797

    If you want my honest advice, just take what you like from each and build your own. you can build yourself a really decent system within that price range (and probably save some money too) and assembly is quite easy.

    what OS are you planning to use btw?
  3. FrederikNeertof

    FrederikNeertof TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Thanks for your answer. I'm a total newb when it comes to building my own pc though. I'll most likely be using WinXP or Win7
  4. FrederikNeertof

    FrederikNeertof TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Do they sound like good and futureproof setups, though? And what about the ati gfx? Reliablecompared to nvidia.?
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    Well you gave three choices...they're all the same.

    I'd recommend building one too.
    Where are you getting these computer and their prices?
  6. FrederikNeertof

    FrederikNeertof TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    From two different danish computer sitEs. I'll link them when I get home.
  7. FrederikNeertof

    FrederikNeertof TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    I know they're not much different. But are they good setups and do you know if they'll be able to handle most new games at at least 60+ fps with medium graphics?
    Such as Battlefield 2 Bad Company, some MMORPGs, Modern Warfare2, etc

    Oh, and the PC's are from

    I actually forgot the other site.. damnit. Well, won't be much use to you anyway, unless you understand Danish
  8. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,286

    Well, see, Building your own PC is actually a very easy task. I've had friends compare it to a child putting different shapes into different holes....
  9. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,797

    The HD5770 will be fine for those games, and MMORPG's aren't real taxing on the graphics card. however, i would recommend going with at least an i5 line processor to run some of the more demanding games like BC2 and MW2.
  10. FrederikNeertof

    FrederikNeertof TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Alright, thanks EXCellR8. Would a PHENOM II 965 (4x 3.4GHZ) do the job too?
  11. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,797

    yes, that would be fine also
  12. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,286

    I'm running the Phenom II X3 720 and it is quite impressive.
  13. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 316

    MMORPG's in general aren't taxing on the video card, but new ones coming out might be. Square Enix for example, threw everyone for a loop with their recommendations and minimum requirements for XIV set to launch in September. So, if that was the MMORPG you were planning on, I'd recommend getting at least a 5830+.

    I ended up settling on a 5850 and am pretty happy with it, and I'm running a PhenomII 910 x4.

    Also - I agree with the other folks here: build your own. It's a fun learning experience and you know that everyone here will help you out with any questions. Plus, you have complete control over what you put in your box. Pre-made ones I always thought were kind of hit or miss.
  14. FrederikNeertof

    FrederikNeertof TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 37

    Thanks for all your replies.
    I wasn't exactly planning on XIV, no.
    I decided to buy a custom built PC, with -PHENOMIIx4 - 965 processor and a 5850 card, for a pretty good price. Maybe next time I will try to build my own PC.

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