Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Need help with a gaming rig set up!?

Question by Rusty: Need help with a gaming rig set up!?
Here's what I'm thinking of putting together.


CAS:Raidmax Blade Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window [-22] (Yellow/Black Color [+0])

CASUPGRADE:None

CD:24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

CD2:None

CPU:AMD Phenom™II X4 925 Quad-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology

CS_FAN:Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]

FA_HDD:None

FAN:XtremeGear Ultra Triple Heatpipes Cool Copper Heatsink CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof) [-11]

FLASHMEDIA:INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)

FREEBIE_GLASS:None

FREEBIE_VC:None

FREEGAME_VC02:None

GLASSES:None

HDD:1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)

HDD2:None

IEEE_CARD:None

IUSB:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

KEYBOARD:Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard

MEMORY:4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)

MONITOR:None

MONITOR2:None

MONITOR3:None

MOTHERBOARD:[CrossFireX] ASUS M5A97 AMD 970 Chipset CrossFireX Support DDR3 Socket AM3+ ATX w/ 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1, & 2 PCI

MOUSE:XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse

MULTIVIEW:Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors

NCSW:None

NETWORK:Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

OS:Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+104] (64-bit Edition)

POWERSUPPLY:600 Watts - XtremeGear Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready

RUSH:NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS

SERVICE:STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SOFT1:Free Microsoft® Office® 2010 STARTER EDITION (Reduced-Functionality versions of Word and Excel that include advertising) [+0]

SOUND:HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

SPEAKERS:600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers

TEMP:None

TVRC:None

USB:None

USBFLASH:None

USBHD:None

USBX:None

VC_PHYSX:None

VIDEO:AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by ATI)


Looking to run modern FPS's at around 50 or 60 fps and most RTS's at around 70 fps both on high settings. Wondering if it would be better to upgrade the graphics card or the processor. Thanks for the input!


Best answer:

Answer by Benno
You should edit this question and take out the empty lines.
To answer the question:

I have a Noctua CPU cooler and its runs beautifully. Not to mention it's got a far better reputation that XtremeGear.

If you don't use Camera Flash cards, then the reader is pointless and a waste of case space.

Get a bigger power supply to 800W in case you want to upgrade video later or crossfire.

Blu-ray burner's are pretty cheap, so you may as well get one instead of DVD burner.

If you've got extra cash, invest in a small size SSD, like 64 GB or 128GB and install your OS (Windows 7) on it. Then you can install some games and leave data like photos, music, files for your HDD. Windows will boot in about 3 seconds on SSD and programs will run great.

Never heard of PMPO speakers. Logitech are usually pretty good and cheap.

Never heard of the mouse. Logitech make great mice and keyboards as well.

Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) Vengeance DDR3 for RAM or 2x2GB kit, whichever u prefer.

If you're after a quiet box, then opt for your big fans like you've done with the 120mm.



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