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Gamer pc challenge

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by nugget, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. nugget
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    Here's a challenge for all the gamers here. A friend of mine would like to get a gamer pc. He was looking at an alienware pc but I told him that it would be fun to build it himself. This is my suggestion.



    Motherboards:Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5, Intel X58, LGA 1366, SLI, CFX
    Memory:Mushkin XP3-12800 3x2GB Kit, DDR3-1600, CL7-8-7-20, Core i7
    CPU Cooling:Noctua CPU-Kühler NH-U12P SE1366 - Sockel 1366
    Processors:Intel Core i7 920 D0 BOX, Quad Core, 2.66 GHz, LGA 1366
    Graphic card: Asus GTX-295 Dual-GPU 2x896MB DDR3, PCI-E 2.0, Single PCB
    Optical Drive: Samsung SuperWriteMaster 22x DVD±RW Writer, SATA, LS, black
    Case: Thermaltake Xaser VI VG400LSWA Liquid Cooled - Silver Window
    Power supply: Be Quiet Dark Power BQT P7-PRO-650W, Pro Edition
    Hard disks: 2x WD VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS, 10'000rpm, 16MB, 150GB, SATA-II 1x Western Digital Caviar GP, 32MB, 1TB, SATA-II

    Total cost: CHF 2686.- swiss francs (1522 GBP)

    The challenge is to post your suggestions for a high end gamer pc.
     
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  2. Qs

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    Aaaaannnddd then with the money he can save by not buying Alienware he can afford a house/car/small country.

    I'm sure me and GBL will get round to posting in this thread with suggestions later on today :)

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  3. Modey

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    I'd go for this IBM XT, which as you can see run's Crysis no problems. Will cost you though. :)
     
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  4. Qs

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    OMFG.

    *need*

    I'd add print-stick and glitter though, for added coolness.

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  5. dmarsh

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    1. Get a less tacky case, make sure its Aluminium.

    2. Replace WD VelociRaptor's with single Samsung SSD.

    3. Get a 1000W modular power supply with 80%+ efficiency.

    4. I picked up a secondhand GTX 295 for £200 recently.
    Consider a cheaper GTX 285 or GTX 260 instead, the performance difference is not that great compared to price. A new range of NVidia cards are likely to appear by year end.

    Otherwise good job ! :thumbleft

    EDIT - GBL's power supply looks good, never seen 90% efficiency before !
     
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  6. dmarsh

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    Nah, its got no turbo button. Now excuse me I need to go park my disk heads ! :D
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    That's absolutely no challenge - I can knock that system sideways for half that price. My current gaming rig cost me only $1200 about 3 years ago.
     
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  8. JonnyMX

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    Don't game on the PC much.
    I've got a PS3 on a nice big HDTV and that does the job for me.

    I so wanted an Alienware machine when I changed mine last.
    There's just no way on earth that I could have justified the price though...
    Bought a Dell for less than half the price.

    Sorry...

    :oops:
     
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  9. ThomasMc

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    Isn't that the point :p lol
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    Well, I've got an unfair advantage - components seem to be much cheaper in the States. :)
     
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    Haha as if you game!:disguise
    :p:p:p:p:p
     
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    I am here :p

    That is qute a decent set up. The Gigabyte boards are good for overclocking (have done a few lately), but I do have some suggestions:

    CPU cooler: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-002-XG&groupid=701&catid=57&subcat=
    PSU: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-012-SS&groupid=701&catid=123&subcat=

    As for the case they are ok but I like these http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-102-AN&groupid=701&catid=7&subcat= and they are not as noisy as you would think. It doesn't look like my changes alter the price much.

    or you could just copy my sig but change the mobo for the Asus rampage extreme 2 and go fo the next cpu up in the i7 CPUs and it will auto overclock it to 4GHz
     
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  13. BosonMichael
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    I've been gaming since before your parents knew about sex, young'un. 8)
     
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    They are good I have the tuniq tower wwhich yours is based on.
     
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    Thanks for the affirmation, know you know your stuff:)
     
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  17. nugget
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    As ThomasMc pointed out, that's the point. What is your set-up versus what you would/could put together today.
    So far all I've heard is what amounts to a willy waving competition (with no willy from your side).:boxing :tune :twisted: :tongue

    I'm not really looking at the price side of things as even with this set up it's about 1K under budget.
     
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    If you're not looking at the price side of things, then what's the point? :D
     
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  19. Qs

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    I kinda thought this too...

    If you really cba with price then get an alienware and be done with it.

    Plus it's pwitty.

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  20. nugget
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    The point is, what would you put together for a gaming machine?

    The top line alienware pc would set him back 4K plus possible import duties. He told me to have a budget of 3.5 so I just went along and put it together without looking too much at the price. That said, if I did then I'm sure that I could get it lower.

    But, if you guys reckon you could put together something just as good for 1293 swiss francs(1200 USD) then I'd like to see it.
     
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