Anyone with a PC Gaming Rig?

pimentoLoaf

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Something with dual-/triple-/quad- SLI or Crossfire setups and a specialty mobo and everything is overclocked with extra fans or water cooling and ... :eek: ??
 

macbook pro i5

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Describe or show it (or both). Or not (with a simple yes or no). :cool:
At the end of the year I am building one here are the specs:
CPU:Intel i5 2500k
RAM:16GB Corsair vengeance
HDD:64GB boot up SSD(Intel) plus 4 512GB HDD 7200 in RAID 0
Graphics card:two Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 in cross fire
Case:Cooler master HAF XM
OS:Windows 7 ultimate(with student discount)
MOBO:Gigabyte P67A-D3-B3
 
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pimentoLoaf

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The SimCity Deli
At the end of the year I am building one here are the specs:
CPU:Intel i5 2500k
RAM:16GB Corsair vengeance
HDD:64GB boot up SSD(Intel) plus 4 512GB HDD 7200 in RAID 0
Graphics card:two Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 in cross fire
Case:Cooler master HAF XM
OS:Windows 7 ultimate(with student discount)
MOBO:Gigabyte P67A-D3-B3
Crossfire isn't available for nVidia, as it is an AMD term. nVidia has SLI. It means the same thing, though: you're designating one card as the master and the other(s) as slave(s).

You might want to rethink the SSD. 64gb probably won't even hold the current version of Win7, due to the disk having to be formatted first. I have a Corsair 120gb SSD that holds the OS, a bunch of utilities, and it's a tight fit adding Battlefield 3 with NTFS formatting.
 
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boss.king

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At the end of the year I am building one here are the specs:
CPU:Intel i5 2500k
RAM:16GB Corsair vengeance
HDD:64GB boot up SSD(Intel) plus 4 512GB HDD 7200 in RAID 0
Graphics card:two Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 in cross fire
Case:Cooler master HAF XM
OS:Windows 7 ultimate(with student discount)
MOBO:Gigabyte P67A-D3-B3
You have some odd specs...
Why so much ram, and then 2 old graphics cards (which would be in SLI, not Crossfire)?
Also, why not get 2x1TB harddrives? Having 4 small ones will seriously limit expandability in the future?
 
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See my signature to answer your question.

Oh what the hell:

Computer: Macross
CPU: i7-930 OC'd to 3.8 GHz
RAM: Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) 1600MHz at CAS 7 timings
Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-L
Storage: 80GB Intel G2 SSD (Boot up) and 2TB RAID 1+0 (4x1TB WD RE4 7200rpm)
GPU: CrossFire 2x ATI Radeon 5850
Sound: Creative Xi-Fi Fatal1ty
Network: Asus Wi-Fi PCIe Adapter 802.11n 2.4GHz
 
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macbook pro i5

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You have some odd specs...
Why so much ram, and then 2 old graphics cards (which would be in SLI, not Crossfire)?
Also, why not get 2x1TB harddrives? Having 4 small ones will seriously limit expandability in the future?
When I get back to my house will post the proper specs those are not the graphics chips that i am putting in there just from last year,I think its a GTX but I forgot the full name.

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You have some odd specs...
Why so much ram, and then 2 old graphics cards (which would be in SLI, not Crossfire)?
Also, why not get 2x1TB harddrives? Having 4 small ones will seriously limit expandability in the future?
They are running in RAID and that much RAM is for a game server.
 
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MusicEnthusiast

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Built last August

Here's my rig! Current specs are:

Antec Lanboy Air Case
Intel Core i7 950 (3.07 GHZ running 8 hyperthreaded cores, not overclocked)
Gigabyte X58a ud3r rev 1.0 Motherboard
Coolermaster V8 Heatsink Fan
XFX Radeon HD 6870 with 1 GB Video RAM
8 GB RAM
2 1 TB Hard Drives (one 7200 RPM and another 5400 RPM)
750W Power Supply
Basic DVD Burner

 
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macbook pro i5

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Here is what I am actually using
Graphics card:GeForce GTX 680
If I save up enough by the end of the year I could get 2 680's in SLI instead of just one:cool:
 
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boss.king

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Here is what I am actually using
Graphics card:GeForce GTX 680
If I save up enough by the end of the year I could get 2 680's in SLI instead of just one:cool:
Are you running more than two 1080p monitors? If not a single 680 should be fine. That way you could replace it later in life with another high end card when you need it.
 
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macbook pro i5

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Are you running more than two 1080p monitors? If not a single 680 should be fine. That way you could replace it later in life with another high end card when you need it.
No I am just getting a 25" monitor so one 680 is good enough for that,And thanks for your advice:)
 
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macbook pro i5

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Crossfire isn't available for nVidia, as it is an AMD term. nVidia has SLI. It means the same thing, though: you're designating one card as the master and the other(s) as slave(s).

You might want to rethink the SSD. 64gb probably won't even hold the current version of Win7, due to the disk having to be formatted first. I have a Corsair 120gb SSD that holds the OS, a bunch of utilities, and it's a tight fit adding Battlefield 3 with NTFS formatting.
I can't afford a bigger SSD I am on a pretty tight budget,although as soon as I have the funds I will buy the bigger SSD and put the old one in my MBP and put the stock hard drive in as the optibay:D
 
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I built my own PC but its not a gaming rig.

I use it as a hackintosh for my kids now
  • Case:......Silverstone FT02
  • PSU:.......EarthWatts 650 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply
  • CPU:.......Intel Core i7-930
  • MB:........ASUS P6T
  • Ram........OCZ 6GB DDR3-1600 CL8 Memory Kit
  • Video:.....ASUS EAH5670
  • HD:........WD Caviar Black 500gb
  • Optical:...LG Lightscribe burner
 
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wordoflife

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I've got one, but it's it's modest. No dual/triple/quadruple :)eek:) SLI and stuff like that.
 
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Mr. McMac

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I built this modest system about 7 months ago. I have to say it's been 100% trouble free so far. No blue screens, etc.

Antec Three Hundred Mid Tower**ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) Motherboard**Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge Processor** 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series Memory** EVGA GeForce GTX560 1GB Superclocked Video Card** (4) 640GB Western Digital Cavier Black HD's**Asus DRW-24B1ST DVD/CD Burner**Seasonic X750 Power Supply
 
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thejadedmonkey

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I had one, the hard drive took a dump while I was at college though, and I haven't gotten around to fix it as my laptop is better :eek:

But in the spirit, I have...

Case:......APEX Matte black case
PSU:.......Seasonic 400w silent power supply
CPU:.......AMD Phenom X3 710
MB:........GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM
Ram........Generic 4gb kit
Video:.....Gigabyte 4550 Fanless
HD:........Samsung EcoGreen 2TB & [dead] Segate 640gb drive
Optical:...Generic DVD burner

All in all, it was a good computer, and excluding the CPU fan and HDD's, completely silent. Once I finish moving at the end of the summer, I'll probably update it with more RAM, a blu-ray drive, and a better video card.
 
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Dweez

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I've got a box I built 4-5 years ago for gaming which also acts as my home lab box. Nothing is overclocked, never saw the need to do so.

Cosmos cooler master case
850 watt P/S
Asus p6t6 ws board
Core i7 920 @ 2.67 ghz
12 gig crucial ram
SLI using 2 x gtx 260
21" Asus monitor
Microsoft wireless keyboard & mouse
300 gig 10k rpm boot drive, 3.5 tb of 7200 rpm drives
Altec lansing speakers & sub
 
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pimentoLoaf

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My system, built for me by Digital Storm Online:

Case:......Cooler Master HAF X 942
PSU:.......Corsair HX1050 Pro Silver
CPU:.......Intel 2600k 3.4ghz (Sandy Bridge) = oc'd to 4.5ghz
Mobo:.....Asus P8P67 Deluxe
Ram........Corsair 16gb @ 1600 MHz
Video:.....2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB (PhysX) (EVGA 025-P3-1579-BR)
HD 1:......Corsair Force GT Series CSSD-F120GBGT-BK (Boot + Utilities + Photoshop CS 5.1 + Battlefield 3)
HD 2:......Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" (data + iTunes)
Optical:... LG WH12LS39 Blu-ray rewriter

I'll soon have a second 120gb Corsair SSD for the games and such, leaving the boot drive with the OS, various utilities, and not much else.

BTW, Adobe products automagically recognize nVidia hardware and accelerate everything accordingly.
 
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Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K (stock clocks)
GPU: AMD 6850
Motherboard: AsRock Z68 Pro3
RAM: 2x4GB G.Skill DDR3-1600
Storage: 256GB Plextor M3 as a boot drive, 1TB Samsung F4 for data and 2TB Seagate for backups. Plus a bunch of other SSDs, though they are not in use.
 
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macbook pro i5

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Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K (stock clocks)
GPU: AMD 6850
Motherboard: AsRock Z68 Pro3
RAM: 2x4GB G.Skill DDR3-1600
Storage: 256GB Plextor M3 as a boot drive, 1TB Samsung F4 for data and 2TB Seagate for backups. Plus a bunch of other SSDs, though they are not in use.
All im thinking of is RAID-0 speeds:eek:
 
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