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Old 12-31-2010, 06:53 AM   #1
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Default New PC advice

Hey, I'm thinking of building a new PC to use for gaming.

I'm looking at the following parts:

Lian Li Lancool Dragon Lord PC-K56 Black
Internet Price: $84.00

LiteON IHAS324 SATA DVD-RW 24X Black Retail
Internet Price: $24.00

Intel Core i5 650 Processor LGA1156 3.2GHz 4MB Cache CPU
Internet Price: $190.00

Hitachi 500G SATA 7200RPM 16M
Internet Price: $44.00

G Skill 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24(CL9D-4GBRL)
Internet Price: $75.00

Intel BLKDH55HC H55/ATX/DDR3/LGA1156/PCIe2.0x16/GIGA LAN
Internet Price: $117.00

plus an Nvidia 250 GTS 1gB

What I would like to know is would this rig be suitable for most modern games on medium / high settings, and am I bottlenecking any components or getting a bad deal in any way?
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: New PC advice

You are getting some bad deals, and it would be suitable for modern gaming on low-medium settings, not medium-high.

Core i5 6xx processors are dual; core processors, you will want a 7xx instead, or, go for an AMD 955, it will give better performance at a lower price

Hard drive, I would stay away from Hitatchi. They have come a long way in the last few years, but so far as performance and reliability (especially reliability) is concerned, they are still below the standards of WD/Samsung/Seagate

Motherboard, I would take an Asus, Gigabyte or ASRock board over Intel. Intel do make decent boards, but they aren't as good as the ones listed.

Graphics card, GTS250 is showing its age a bit now. It will deffinately still handle anything you throw at it, and will do for a while to come, at medium to high for any amount of time though, no. Going for a GTX 260/HD5770 instead would be a better option at not a whole lot more.

Finally, what power supply will you be using?
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:30 PM   #3
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The case comes with a PSU, I was planning on using that.

And I already own a GTS250, so changing that isn't really an option... however, would having two GTS250's be better than buying a more powerful card?

Here is a new build:

Lian Li Lancool Dragon Lord PC-K56 Black
Internet Price: $84.00

LiteON IHAS324 SATA DVD-RW 24X Black Retail
Internet Price: $24.00

AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHZ Black Edition
Internet Price: $166.00

Samsung 500G SATA II 7200rpm HD502HJ
Internet Price: $45.00

G Skill 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 RL 9-9-9-24(CL9D-4GBRL)
Internet Price: $75.00

Asus M4N98TD-EVO AM3 NForce980a SLI SATA2 DDR3 PCIe x16 HDAudio ATX
Internet Price: $140.00

Also, I am very surprised at the performance of my old desktop... I can run Bad Company 2 on medium at around 18-25 fps (crappy i know), when it has something like an Intel Pentium dual core and 1gB of RAM (it's around 5-6 years old), so this led me to think that the 250GTS was pretty good...
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