Best Gaming Computer Specs

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by Ken, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. Ken

    Ken Guest

    I am buying a new gaming / multimedia capable computer and I am looking for
    suggestions on good gaming rig specs. Can anyone give what they'd consider
    the best specs for a gaming computer. This will help me choose a rig and how
    much I'll need to spend. Much appreciated.
     
    Ken, Apr 13, 2010
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    Chuck Guest

    In very general terms--

    Fast, multicore processor
    Fast memory (DDR3)
    Fast SDD & HD (Decent sized SDDs are not cheap!) A good fast HD is about
    double the cost of a more common one of the same capacity.
    Dual GPUs (one card) or two fast video cards minimum. Fast, high capability
    video cards are expensive, and new "faster better" ones are always coming
    out.
    Decent DVD/CD burner drive (They are fairly inexpensive, unless you need
    "Blueray", which may cause a 5x price increase)
    Power Supply (capacity depends a great deal on the video cards) 600W
    minimum, 750-900 W or more preferred. Beware cheap "peak rated" Power
    Supplies.
    The power supply should be "SLI" and/or "Crossfire" approved/rated.
    A "Single Buss" supply may be better than a multiple buss design, unless you
    can carefully balance loads and outputs.
    Multiple Video cards may require a 1Kw or better supply and heavy duty case
    cooling.
    Case with variable speed fans adequate or better cooling capability, and
    easy access to components. Temp monitoring is a plus.
    Case prices are not aways a good indication of quality or capability. There
    is some concern involving the motherboard layout and case layout and
    cabling.
    High quality motherboard that is "overclocking friendly", with enough slots
    for multiple video cards. ("Cross fire" or "SLI" motherboards)
    You cannot mix Nvidia and ATI video cards on the same system without
    problems. Motherboard support for AMD/ATI video is available, as is support
    for Nvidia.
    Don't mix Nvidia SLI video cards and motherboards optimized for AMD/ATI
    "Crossfire", Etc..

    Fast response LCD display. (Lots of caviats in the specs.)

    Windows 7 64b Professional version (allows use of virtualization and win
    XP), and 8Gig or more of RAM
    Actually, compatability with games without the virtualization and XP is
    fairly decent.
    One of the problems seems to be some games that run fine with DX 9, and not
    so well with DX 10 or 11.
    Active UAC can also be a problem.

    Remember, Google is your friend!

    Cost? You had to ask--bottom cost is around 1k US with prices rapidly going
    up with speed and multiple video cards.
    4 to 5 k US (and up) might be a reasonable guess for a very high end gaming
    desktop, unless you want to get into very high end processor chips at 1.5 k
    ea.
     
    Chuck, Apr 15, 2010
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    Americano Guest

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    Here is the link to their website

    'Alienware Computers - Custom-Built Gaming Desktops and Laptops
    (http://www.alienware.com/

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    Americano, Apr 18, 2010
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  4. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Thanks for that great input. I'll consider all of it. I'm working out a
    possible rig right now. What about i7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480, maybe ASUS
    P7P55 Motherboard, 16 Gigs RAM, 2 X 2T WD HD, other stuff in an Antec 1200.
    I'm considering this. The Antec 1200 has lots of space, which my previous
    tower lacked so much, including several other factors. I don't want to be
    caught with less than capable requirements for at least a few years. I also
    want to be ready for any serious upgrading I will be doing in the future.
     
    Ken, Apr 20, 2010
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  5. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Thanks for that. I love Dell and Alienware. I'm looking for something that
    will upgrade well in the future to something CUDA friendly, specifically a
    Tesla and/or Quadro, but can also do games in a big way. I'm working out a
    possible rig right now. What about i7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480, maybe ASUS
    P7P55 Motherboard, 16 Gigs RAM, 2 X 2T WD HD, other stuff in an Antec 1200.
    I'm considering this. The Antec 1200 has lots of space, which my previous
    tower lacked so much, including several other factors. I don't want to be
    caught with less than capable requirements to handle any task, CUDA upgrades
    and other upgrades for at least a few years.




     
    Ken, Apr 20, 2010
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    Americano Guest

    Yeah, I know what you mean, more room does leave space for upgrading..
    makes me ask why hardware hasn't begun to shrink in actual size.. lol,
    we wouldn't have to worry about the size of our cases.

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    Americano, Apr 20, 2010
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  7. Ken

    Ken Guest

    The first things anyone tells me when building a gaming rig is to go big on
    the tower and the power, so the Aptec 1200 and the components I mentioned
    seems to be the best choice I've been offered.




     
    Ken, Apr 20, 2010
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  8. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Sorry, that's Antec, of course.


     
    Ken, Apr 21, 2010
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    Americano Guest

    Americano, Apr 21, 2010
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  10. Ken

    Ken Guest

    lol Actually, Aptec makes some very cool products... http://www.aptec.com/

    There are other tech Aptecs out there, too. Oh, well. A typo can bring up
    cool stuff. :)
     
    Ken, Apr 21, 2010
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    whs Guest

    And don't forget a couple of SSDs in Raid
     
    whs, Apr 21, 2010
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  12. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Thanks. I've thought about that. It would help if I could find them in 2
    teras and 1 / 10 th the price. Soon, but not yet, I guess. I've been
    thinking about an outboard RAID, the way I have now.
     
    Ken, Apr 21, 2010
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    whs Guest

    That may be true, but your 2 Teras are also 10 times as slow. Actuall
    an average access time of 15ms on a spinning disk versus 0.1ms on an SS
    is 150 times as slow
     
    whs, Apr 21, 2010
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  14. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Oh, of course. They're fast. Instant!! But, what I said is if I could find
    them in 2 Teras and 1 / 10 th the price, which I haven't found them, yet, I
    would purchase them. When they're affordable and available I may as well not
    have disks. All SSDs!!
     
    Ken, Apr 23, 2010
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    it's very intrested
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