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Unread 08-09-2010, 06:27 PM
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Default So I'm building a new PC for FF14 and Beyond...

In my never ending quest for knowledge, I've been searching as of late for a PC that is adequate for all games up and coming without "breaking the bank" so to speak. I realize that's probably a little hypocritical coming from someone like me who spends lots of money on stupid shit, but that's not what this is about.

Pretty much what it boils down to is Wylan informed me I should post on here as I do not have access to any computer savvy friends. They're all gym, tan, laundry types. That said, I need help creating said computer so I'm looking at different things. Now some of these numbers mean stuff to me. Some of them don't mean a fucking thing. Keep in mind I'll probably upgrade this more down the road but I'm just looking for something that will run almost anything now without a hitch (We'll ignore the existence of Crysis). So here's what I've got so far:

MoBo - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813138193

Power Supply - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817341022

RAM - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820231277

DVD Drive (I could give a rat's ass about this) - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16827136168

Case (Will it be big enough?) - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16811144102

Fan/heatsink - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16835186134

HD - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16822136218

Processor - http://www.newegg.ca/Shopping/Shoppi...82E16819103727

Video Card - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814161327

Sound Card - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16829102024

How does this measure up? Keep in mind I do not need a monitor or any of that other crap so...Stuff. What would you majorly improve? Cut back on? What can I buy elsewhere cheaper? Input greatly appreciated.
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Well, I'm horribly behind in my PC components but when I built my WoW system almost 5 years ago it was pretty sick at the time.

I guess the most important question is what is your max budget?

Based on my personal experience I'd go with more RAM at this stage since my 5-year old ASUS mobo can support up to 4gb, I'm only being held to 3gb of Corsair RAM because this box still runs XP.

Case looks sweet, I have always been partial to Thermaltake. Everything else looks pretty good to me but I defer to those more in the loop right now.

Dux has a pretty kickass rig but that maybe too much $$$.
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I'm more curious about the processor and video card more than anything at this point. I still have 4GB of RAM I'll take out of the piece of shit I'm using. Thankfully it is compatible.
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I'm more curious about the processor and video card more than anything at this point. I still have 4GB of RAM I'll take out of the piece of shit I'm using. Thankfully it is compatible.
i7 920 is a great chip for the price, if you want to spend more then the 960 is great, if you really want top of the line CPU then I've had great success over clocking my i7 975 to 4.1. The 920 is the easiest to get max performance out of. It runs the coolest and can overclock to 3.2 pretty easy with just a fan on it. Dollar for dollar the best value is the 920.

You will need a mobo with a i7 chipset. The EVGA x58 is great.

not sure what ram you are running now, but DDR3 tripple channel is able to be used in the EVGA x58 mobo, so if you want to upgrade this mobo can run anything on the market.

I've always run with Nvidia for GPU's and am very happy with the GTX series. The GTX460 would be fine for anything for the next few years. The GTX 480 will be able to max out anything for the next year or so and run anything for the next 3.

Stay away from OCZ DDR3 ram, mine was shit. Corsair or Gskill is very good and good value.
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Unread 08-09-2010, 07:31 PM
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So of the stuff I have, what should I absolutely change then?
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ugh, it's a lot of work to build a PC. Cases are a big deal. Wrong case and the mobo and video card won't fit and you're fucked. The x58 is pretty large and so are is the GTX nvidia gpu line.


Pretty tired atm, if you still aren't sure by tmrw I can throw something together. I have no idea what your budget is and if its tool low I actually will have a problem helping you. Not familiar with AMD or ATI and generally they have some lower priced stuff than intel/nvidia, but I can throw together a good valued machine using intel/nvidia stuff.
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I most likely will be. I'm not purchasing this right away.

Lets say $1200 is something we'll aim for but absolutely not over $1500.

I'm not going for super bleeding edge just yet.
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To give you an idea of what I'm upgrading from as well, it's an Intel Core2 Duo CPU P7350@2.00GHz. It was baller at the time. Now not so much.
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If you're going to get an ATI don't get a 5830, spend a bit more and get a 5850. I'm using a 5850 and it doesn't have problems with anything.
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I've always been an ATI guy and generally pretty happy with them over the years. My last (current) processor is an AMD Athlon 64 3700+ (SD Core). Apparently it was pretty good to overclock but I was too chickenshit to ever bother. It runs 2.2 Ghz but is horribly outdated compared to what's out now (hence why I can't run SC2 very well).

Without the cost of a monitor, you should be able to get something pretty good for $1500.
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