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A long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?
Old 04-02-2012   #1
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Question A long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?

  • Budget - Within about $1500 (American)
  • Resolution - At first 1680 x 1050 - Eventually HD
  • Games / Settings Desired: Everything from DOS era on, yes you read that correctly. Most should probably be high settings (if not ultra)
  • Any other intensive software or special things you do (Frequent video encoding, 3D modeling, etc) - Folding at home (may run in background) - no Video editing, no modeling
  • Country - USA
  • Parts that can be reused: Not that I can think of (see current specs as to why)
  • Will NOT prebuilt
Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6qw1
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6qw1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6qw1/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-M Pro Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($118.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4G DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.00 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($289.00 @ B&H)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($264.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($151.29 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1465.20
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-04-03 23:52 EDT-0400)

These three I will buy later. Right now that's about a savings of over 500. If a better monitor can be suggested that'd be excellent)
  • Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($273.42 @ Mac Connection)*
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Full (32/64-bit) ($239.99 @ B&H)
  • Keyboard: Microsoft SideWinder X6 Wired Standard Keyboard ($85.64 @ Mac Connection)
Current specs:

Case: No idea (although it is a HP slimline, gray) - that should give some idea of the sort of case.
Motherboard: Asus A8N-BR (Pyrite) (1 PCI, 2 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN, IEEE-1394)
Motherboard Chipset - nVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE, AMD Hammer
Power Supply: No idea
Processor: DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2000 MHz (10 x 200) 3800+
CPU Cooler: A fan
- DIMM1: Kingston 1 GB DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM (5-4-4-12 (at) 266 MHz) (4-4-4-12 (at) 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 (at) 200 MHz)
- DIMM2: Kingston 2G-UDIMM 2 GB DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 (at) 333 MHz) (4-4-4-12 (at) 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 (at) 200 MHz)
Hard Drive: 250 GB ATA drive
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GSA-H20L ATA Device (DVD+R9:8x, DVD-R9:4x, DVD+RW:16x/8x, DVD-RW:16x/6x, DVD-RAM:5x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
And what I wanted in a new system:


  • USB 2.0 speeds that are minimum of 30 MB a second
  • USB 3.0 speeds that are at lest 300+ MB/s [I will get / use an SSD]
  • Firewire (and or eSata port) --- because I have a external hardrive that has both along with USB
  • At lest a solid terabyte (1.5 T
  • Has either a VGA or DVI port (current monitor I have has both)
  • Also has support for HDMI (for the future monitor)
  • Multi card reader (although I mainly need SD and Memory Pro Stick Duo)
  • Able to use a PS3 controller AND A XBOX 360 controller (yes I know 360 is native support . . .)
  • I would like a quad core.
  • Multiple internal DVD drives - one blu-ray drive (watch movies, burn backups) - Also to make installations faster
  • Plenty of 3.5/5.25 drive bays . . .


- Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) (Main OS) -- Mostly for languages
- Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit (if needed)
- May first run Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit - as I have both 32/64 bit discs now)
- Windows XP (if 64 bit won't run some of the games I have) (if needed)
- Folding@home - (although I use my PS3 for that when I'm not using it)

Gaming Software:

- Will use steam:
-- Elder Scrolls (Morrowind -> Skyrim)
-- Portal 1 & 2
-- Batman Arkham (Asylum/City)
-- Sonic Generations
-- Quake (all)
-- Doom (all)
-- Wolfenstein (3D) & 2009 - and the others
-- Commander keen
-- Bioshock (1/2) (perhaps infinite)
-- L.A. Noire
-- Bejeweled 2/3
-- Peggle
-- Various COD's
-- anything else that interests me

- Will use CD/DVD's of the games I have:
-- Warcraft 2 - Tides of Darkness & Beyond the Dark Portal
-- Warcraft 3 - Reign of Chaos & Frozen Throne
-- Diablo 1 - 3 (when it comes out)
-- The Sims 1 - And all expansions
-- The Sims 2 (probably)
-- Simcity 4000 & Rushhour
- May use emulation (to run up to the PS2/Wii)

Other Thoughts
  • Eventually a dual monitor setup (and one be HD resolution)
  • I will wait for some parts (hard drives, GPU, etc) to drop in price.
  • I WANT UEFI, NOT regular old BIOS (that this slimline has
  • I choose I7 instead of I5 mostly because $100 more? I'll pay that if it lasts long and handles what I need.
  • May eventually like a dual GPU (crossfire?)

Monitor Thoughts:

  • First and foremost: HD
  • Supports: HDMI, DVI, Displayport (if the motherboard of the computer does)
  • Within 1 - 2 MS response time
  • Screen size - 25 to about 27 inches (this desk doesn't really have a lot of room)
  • Also is widescreen.
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Re: A long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?

not a bad build , however the core I 7 is the better intel cpu for gaming ,. the intel I5 is not better than an AMD x6 cpu , and matched with an Amd mobo , will be lest costly than an I5 . with better performance . dollar 4 dollar .
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