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linuxguymarshall
November 30th, 2008, 07:49 PM
I am shopping around for a new PC and this was the first config I came up with.

http://www.google.com/notebook/public/01855619923332397672/BDQyMDAoQvcDP1d4j?hl=en


I still don't know of a power supply to use. Can anyone recommend a good one to power that beast + a little more?

nick09
November 30th, 2008, 09:55 PM
How about this beauty?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171032

Looks like a good bang for the buck to me.

ghindo
November 30th, 2008, 10:11 PM
Wow. A GTX 280 and a TB hard drive? Seems kind of overkill to me. I think you can definitey do better in terms of the graphics card. What are you planning on using your new computer for? Crysis? There are $100 graphics cards which can run Crysis fine (albeit, not on "Very High").

EDIT: You can also probably get a cheaper motherboard and a better case. The case you currently have selected has kind of poor ventilation, especially if you want to be running games like Crysis. Check out some of the Antec cases.

Yes
November 30th, 2008, 10:36 PM
Maybe swicth the RAM for this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209.

coolbrook
November 30th, 2008, 10:42 PM
Check 80plus.org (http://80plus.org/manu/psu/psu_join.aspx) for a power supply.

Game_boy
November 30th, 2008, 10:49 PM
I think the HD4870 would be better - it matches the GTX 280 in most cases but is a lot cheaper. If you're willing to go Crossfire, HD4850 CF would totally own the GTX 280 at a similar or lower price.

linuxguymarshall
November 30th, 2008, 11:57 PM
I am not going to be using ATI parts at all. I am a NVIDIA fanboy. And as for the 1 TB being overkill. I know.

I don't plan on using this specifically for Crysis if I even buy Crysis at all. Crysis is just a high-end game so if it can run that I will have no problem running what I want. i.e. Left 4 Dead, DOOM 3 and 4 , Rage, Fallout 3, Flight Sims, etc.

the purpose of this machine is so that I can have somethingto take to QuakeCon (It's just down the road) and not be ashamed of :)

ghindo
December 1st, 2008, 01:56 AM
I am not going to be using ATI parts at all. I am a NVIDIA fanboy. And as for the 1 TB being overkill. I know.

I don't plan on using this specifically for Crysis if I even buy Crysis at all. Crysis is just a high-end game so if it can run that I will have no problem running what I want. i.e. Left 4 Dead, DOOM 3 and 4 , Rage, Fallout 3, Flight Sims, etc.If those are the types of games you're planning on playing, then a GTX 280 is way, way beyond what you need. You'd be able to save quite a bit of money if you went with something like a GeForce 8800 GT or an ATI 4850. I wouldn't discount ATI so quickly, as their current generation of graphics cards really give Nvidia a run for its money.

linuxguymarshall
December 1st, 2008, 02:29 AM
If those are the types of games you're planning on playing, then a GTX 280 is way, way beyond what you need. You'd be able to save quite a bit of money if you went with something like a GeForce 8800 GT or an ATI 4850. I wouldn't discount ATI so quickly, as their current generation of graphics cards really give Nvidia a run for its money.


I would like to leave the availability to run higher end games if I feel like it. This will also be my computer for the rest of my last year of middle school and hopefully through my senior year of high school so I want it to be able to meet specs then as well.

ghindo
December 1st, 2008, 02:55 AM
I would like to leave the availability to run higher end games if I feel like it. This will also be my computer for the rest of my last year of middle school and hopefully through my senior year of high school so I want it to be able to meet specs then as well.I think that no matter what you get now, it will be, without fail, obsolete in a few years. I would give any system built now only about one to two years before it has difficulty running new games. There's no way "future proof" a system.

nick09
December 1st, 2008, 03:00 AM
You can make a PC last for five years in terms of gaming but there is no way you can really future proof a system.

collinp
December 1st, 2008, 03:02 AM
Guys, back on the power supply topic please.
Here is my recommendation, a 1000W PSU by PC Power & Cooling (Its not overkill for what you are trying to power, plus it leaves room for future expansion): I like pie (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703003)

linuxguymarshall
December 1st, 2008, 03:36 AM
I know you can't future proof it. I'm not looking to make it run 2011's high-end games. Just 2011's low-end ones. And about that power supply, it is $500. Wow. Please note I am removing the rebate/sale price on all these because I do not know if those prices will still be valid around early January when I plan to buy the system with Christmas money.

linuxguymarshall
December 1st, 2008, 06:05 PM
Anyone know about how much it costs to rent a laser cutter or engraver?

blackened
December 1st, 2008, 07:04 PM
Guys, back on the power supply topic please.
Here is my recommendation, a 1000W PSU by PC Power & Cooling (Its not overkill for what you are trying to power, plus it leaves room for future expansion): I like pie (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703003)

You absolutely cannot go wrong with PCP&C power supplies. Often you can catch them at a really nice discount over on newegg if you watch the sales.

Jammy4041
December 1st, 2008, 07:13 PM
What you want is this beast:

Intel Core i7 2.66GHz Socket B Processor
MSI Eclipse SLI Intel X58 DDR3 Motherboard
Coolermaster RC-1100 Cosmos S Sport Case
Antec Quattro 1000W PSU
Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB Hard Drive 32MB Cache
Pioneer BDR-202BK 4x BD-R/RW SATA BluRay/DVD Writer
Leadek GeForce GTX 280 1024MB GDDR3 Graphics Card
Corsair 6GB DDR3 XMS3-PC3-10666C9 Triple Channel DDR3 RAM
Coolermaster Aquagate Max Watercooling Kit

linuxguymarshall
December 1st, 2008, 07:51 PM
What you want is this beast:

Intel Core i7 2.66GHz Socket B Processor
MSI Eclipse SLI Intel X58 DDR3 Motherboard
Coolermaster RC-1100 Cosmos S Sport Case
Antec Quattro 1000W PSU
Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB Hard Drive 32MB Cache
Pioneer BDR-202BK 4x BD-R/RW SATA BluRay/DVD Writer
Leadek GeForce GTX 280 1024MB GDDR3 Graphics Card
Corsair 6GB DDR3 XMS3-PC3-10666C9 Triple Channel DDR3 RAM
Coolermaster Aquagate Max Watercooling Kit



I am looking to stay ~$1300 USD

Jammy4041
December 1st, 2008, 08:29 PM
Those computer specs may just be a *little* out of your price range.

AMD still has the "best bang for buck".

Here would be a good computer:

AMD Phenom 9950 2.6GHz Black Edition ~$190
ATI Radeon 4870 Graphics Card ~$270
Gigabyte GA-MA770DS3 ~$75
Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA 2 HDD ~$80
Antec Truepower Quattro 850W PSU ~$160
Pioneer BDR-202BK 4x BD-R/RW ~$130
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2*2GB) DDR2 1066MHz RAM ~$95
Antec 900 Ultimate Gamer Case ~$80

Total Cost: $1080

nick09
December 1st, 2008, 09:12 PM
ATi and AMD has the best bang for the buck and I'd rather spend a bit less if you are just going for 2011's low end games.

fedex1993
December 1st, 2008, 10:17 PM
the 280 will not fit into that case. I have a mid size case exactly like your same size everything. I got a 280 would not fit with at all inside of the case.

collinp
December 1st, 2008, 10:54 PM
Guys, again, back on topic.


You absolutely cannot go wrong with PCP&C power supplies. Often you can catch them at a really nice discount over on newegg if you watch the sales.

PC Power & Cooling make some of the best PSUs on the market, as far as I know. That beast that I linked to should power anything except a Quad SLI of GTX 280s and a Core 2 Extreme.

linuxguymarshall
December 2nd, 2008, 06:16 PM
Guys, again, back on topic.



PC Power & Cooling make some of the best PSUs on the market, as far as I know. That beast that I linked to should power anything except a Quad SLI of GTX 280s and a Core 2 Extreme.


I doubt I will get above Dual SLI