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3dparadox
26-03-2006, 04:12 AM
Hi i'm hoping someone/people could help give me a good setup for an awesome gaming computer.I can spend up to about $5200 and where i'd get them from in New Zealand doesn't matter cause i'll search around for prices and best ways of getting the hardware but i would like someone/people to help me out in building a good gaming computer :) .
Note: it will need to have some advantages to 3d modelling as well but the only thing to go towards that i guess would be ram but other than that it's mainly for hardcore gaming :D .Thanks!

oh and one other thing i don't need to worry about a keyboard cause i've already got myself a Z Board ;) .

pctek
26-03-2006, 08:52 AM
AMD X2 4200
2GB Ram - whatever brand it really doesn't matter so long as its reliable
Seagate HDD - whatever size you think you'll need
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium
X1900XTX 512mb
ASUS 16x DVDRW
Logitech G5 mouse or similar
Creative Xi-Fi fatality
And whatever case takes you fancy - just pair it with something like an Enermax 500W Liberty, or similar PSU

Myth
26-03-2006, 11:08 AM
AMD X2 4200
2GB Ram - whatever brand it really doesn't matter so long as its reliable
Seagate HDD - whatever size you think you'll need
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium
X1900XTX 512mb
ASUS 16x DVDRW
Logitech G5 mouse or similar
Creative Xi-Fi fatality
And whatever case takes you fancy - just pair it with something like an Enermax 500W Liberty, or similar PSUJust a slight query to your list pctek.. why use an SLI mobo and card if the advantages are very minimal?

pctek
26-03-2006, 02:20 PM
Most of the decent high end ASUS boards are SLI. So we just ignore it. Like I do.

SolMiester
26-03-2006, 09:59 PM
the 4200 only has the 512kb cache, I'd either get an Opteron for same price with 1mb cache or the x2 4400.

Rather than wasting so much money on that secondary heater of a graphics card, I'd work what monitor your getting 1st. Only a 20"+ or wide screen LCD would justify that card.

Oh, with the price of RAM so cheaper, you want performance get 4 Gb RAM and use half for a RAM drive and couple with RAID 0+1 for quick access with fault tolerance. Dont forget a nice backup solution, external drive?

Faded_Mantis
26-03-2006, 10:44 PM
Isn't the Opertron optimised for servers or something?

And that card would still be good even with a 17" screen, it will alow him to run higher graphics settings with ease.

bob_doe_nz
26-03-2006, 11:05 PM
This might help with the Opteron issue (http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/opteron-165.html) Of course, it needs to be cheaper than the A64 for it to work

Greven
26-03-2006, 11:06 PM
but 17" is so small these days. get a 8ms or better 19" LCD (Or bigger if you decide you need it).

Would a widescreen monitor give you much of an advantage in FPS games? It would probably be usefull in RTS games

SolMiester
27-03-2006, 12:17 PM
Last generation cards would be powerful enough for a 17 or 19" LCD at max setting as they have 1280x1024 max resolution. ATI x800 or Nv 6800/7800 and only 1/2 the price of X1900xtx or Nv 7900GTX.

The opteron is a server chip, meaning it runs cooler and has better tolerance. Other than that, no different to the X2 cpu.

kingdragonfly
27-03-2006, 02:02 PM
I guess you know that very little 3D software / graphic software can take *currently* take advantage of 64 bits / dual core technology.

Anymore than 4GB of RAM will probably go unused, until software developer create updated versions.
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/platform/server/PAE/PAEmem.mspx

With NZ$5,200, "the world is your oyster." (an odd phrase from Shakespeare)

Beyond other pieces already covered, I'd consider the Thermaltake TaiChi case; it is very cool case / water-cooled combo.

If money is no option, you may want to look into these
http://www.thermaltake.com
http://www.dangerden.com
(currently hacked, uuugh)
http://www.webshop-innovatek.de/
(in German)

Greg
27-03-2006, 02:11 PM
Would a widescreen monitor give you much of an advantage in FPS games? Yeah it would. Better accuracy, particularly when sniping.

pctek
27-03-2006, 02:40 PM
Or go mad and get this one:

http://www.zalman.co.kr/

TNN 500AF

kingdragonfly
27-03-2006, 03:12 PM
I was going to mention Zalman. I've used the reservator cooler, not cheap at ~$425. By the way, don't use their cheap water hoses.

I've never heard of anyone using either of the Zalman TNN cases, since they're $1,200 and $1,900.

Along the same lines is the mCubed HFX ATX Home Theatre Case, ~$1,100
http://www.mcubed-tech.com/eng/produkte.htm

memphis
31-03-2006, 06:56 PM
DFI mb their best one
dual core opteron with 2mb cache :thumbs:
2 gigs of ram
1900xtx 512mb graphics card
Creative Xi-Fi fatality
3 x 200gb sata 2, seagate harddrives with NCQ (1 for os,programes etc,1 for games,1 for backups)
Logitech G5 mouse
Logitech G15 keyboard
good well known powersupply with plenty of watts and good rails and 120mm fan.
A computer case that has a 120mm fan at the front and a 120mm fan at the back.
A fan control switch,thingy for the fans.

Now thats good gaming!!! :D