Building new PC rig for Win games

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  1. PracticalMac, Aug 11, 2011
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    PracticalMac macrumors 68030

    PracticalMac

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    EDIT: Thanks for replies, added more detail.

    I have Mac's for important work (bills, tax, email, etc) so the PC will be for games mainly.

    I consider the motherboard the most important part of the system, but the CPU needs to be match it well as well.
    Of course video cards are important, but with PCI-e makes it a bit easy to pick.
    The rest are easy to pick (SSD for drive)

    Is their anything else to consider (or am I completely wrong?)


    So, what hardware should I look at?



    Added Details:
    I have built PC rigs before, need advice on what is the current top of line is on market.

    budget:
    for MoBo and CPU $750 (likely more)
    Video card: at least $200
    Power supply: 500+ watt

    That is foundation, the rest I will be a little more picky price wise.

    I will get a 64GB SSD. I do not need space, I want speed.
    And at least 4GB RAM, maybe more depending on other items.
     
  2. TheBoors macrumors newbie

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    You want atleast 8g ram, it will greatly increase your performance and it's not that expensive

    You also need to consider the power supply of your computer, give him enought juice!

    SSD is not necessary if you want to game... a 7200 rpm will be fine and much cheaper
     
  3. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    What's your budget? Have you looked into components? What games will you be playing?

    here's a quick list of components you'll need

    1. CPU
    2. motherboard
    3. case
    4. ram
    5. power supply
    6. hard drive
    7. optical drive
    8. fans
    9. video card

    everything else is optional if needed
    1. SSD
    2. Wireless NIC
    3. sound card
    4. water cooling
     
  4. wpotere Guest

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    SSD is not needed. My rig at the house is this:

    EVGA P55
    i5 2.8 Quad Core
    8Gb Corsair XMS memory
    EVGA GTS450 Video Card
    and a simple HD and a few fans.
    650Watt Power Supply

    To be honest this is a pretty decent rig running 64Bit Windows 7. It runs games with no issues.
     
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  6. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Edited above, but for emphasis:

    Added Details:
    I have built PC rigs before, need advice on what is the current top of line is on market.

    budget:
    for MoBo and CPU $750 (likely more)
    Video card: at least $200
    Power supply: 500+ watt

    That is foundation, the rest I will be a little more picky price wise.

    I will get a 64GB SSD. I do not need space, I want speed.
    And at least 4GB RAM, maybe more depending on other items.


    NOTE:
    I hear new i7 has speed enhancements to make it really fly over i5 and i3. True?
     
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    Buy a very good PSU, it's a very important part and I see a lot of people trying to save $25 here, don't do it!

    Get a high quality PSU, like Corsair, Mist, OCZ etc..
    Buy a 650w or bigger, it never hurts!
    If you want to keep your cabinet clean inside, get a modular one.
    I myself have a Corsair TX 650watt, which is great, but I should have got the slightly more expensive HX 650watt, since it's modular.

    Check here (http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp) to see how much power you'll need and buy at least 100-150watt more, a PSU running on 75% of max last longer and is quieter than one on 90-100% load

    When it comes to gaming GPU > CPU, it's always better to buy a better graphics card than a better CPU, so any 1155 socket i5 will be good enough, unless you plan to go GTX580 or a SLI setup.

    I like nvidia better than AMD(ATI).
    If you are going the nvidia route buy at least a GTX560 or 6870 if you choose AMD.

    I'm gaming on a custom built PC, with OSX too and I play most games on OSX, but not all. With an older Core2Duo@3.67GHz it still keeps up with my GTX 285 in most cases and games like Two Worlds2, Dragon Age 2, Team Fortress 2, World of Warcraft and Assassins Creed runs very well on maxed settings
     
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    He does NOT need a i7-2600k for gaming. At most he would need a 2500k, and even then he didnt say he would be overclocking at all.
     
  11. MasterTick macrumors 6502

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    The i7 2600k isn't much more expensive. You're right the 2500k would suffice, but he obviously has the cash, why not spring for the 2600k?
     
  12. Ace134blue macrumors 6502a

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    Thats not very good advice? He could drop the 2600k for the 2500k and get a nice sound card. The 2600k will net zero FPS in current games.
     
  13. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    No real difference in gaming between an i5-2500 and an i7-2600. k series is only if you want to oc or need the better igp (obviously not in this case). The i7 will cost $100 more so there really is no point. Spend what you can on the GPU and make sure the PS is big enough.
     
  14. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    I suggest you post this on Computer Forum a great forum that will help you with your build. Personally I think everyone on MR will contradict one another.
     
  15. Ronald Williams macrumors member

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    i5 and i7 are nearly same in performance in gaming so i think its better to get a good GPU if you are willing to spend extra anyway.
     
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  17. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for advice guys!

    Better stuff then from others I have asked!

    My budget is high, but not limitless. Considering $1600 for everything in box.
    Have not even started to looking at monitors. :rolleyes:


    And unless it has soft-overlocking, I would not overclock.
     
  18. SavMBP15 macrumors 6502

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    I've built 4 PC gaming rigs over the past 10 years.

    Hands down the best place for information and help is:

    http://www.motherboards.org/forums/

    Go to Recommendations and post you question and be detailed as possible,
     
  19. erzhik macrumors 6502

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    For graphics card and motherboard I highly recommend EVGA products and ONLY EVGA products. Make sure you get EVGA products with AR at the end of the part number, that means it has lifetime warranty. Register them within 30 days from date of purchase and you have will lifetime warranty (inc. replacement if needed).

    EVGA customer support is the best in the industry. You will be shooting yourself in the leg if you don't get EVGA. They might be a bit more expensive, but they are 100% worth it.
     

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