Description

This is my first entirely solo build. I have had 2 "custom" PC's prior, but both were created from cragslist purchases where I would upgrade bits and pieces. So, this is my first build, created entirely from scratch with mainly new parts. I wanted a more professional look with fewer LEDs and add-ons from my old Smilodon case.

I am coming from a 2.6 Dual Core, 4GB ddr2, 500gb 5400 rpm hdd. What a difference!

As for a PSU and GPU...My previous PSU is a Xion 650 watt that is still in very good condition (4 yrs old), so I decided to re purpose that to save some money. Secondly, my graphics cards are also transferred from my old build. They are dual 8800GT in SLI. Research pending, I am leaning towards the Radeon 7850 or 7870 or even nVidia's equivalent. Essentially, i'll be looking for the best bang for my buck in a 2GB GPU around the 200 pricemark. Your GPU recommendations are very much appreciated!

I currently have a nice setup, using my 32" HDTV as a monitor. I'd like to add some decent speakers to the mix too (a simple 2.1 arrangement for my desk). Recommendations?

Pictures coming!

The one downside I have seen is that the noise level is just ta bit higher than I'd like. It's comparable to an Xbox slim's noise. Not loud, but not quiet. How can I lower those decibels?

This was put together about 2-3 weeks ago and cost approx $620.

Comments

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

The best and most reliable card around the $200 price mark is arguably the HD 7850. I say arguably because if you push to like 230, you can get a 7870 and oc it, and get almost 7950-ish results. 8800GT's? I remember when those things were like gold for builders.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Hmm, Frostbyter seems to think nvidia is clearly the way to go.

At the 200ish price point, I'm between the nVidia 660 and HD 7850. How do those 2 compare?

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

The HIS ICEQ non ghz edition 7870 (you can easily get this up to the ghz clock out of the box) is 199$ right now after a 20$ rebate otherwise it is 220$ up front the way I see it is if you are going to being doing a lot of video editing or photo-shop you are going to need the cuda cores they will save you a lot of time and frustration but if you are going to be doing just strictly gaming the 7870 is the way to go and if you want physx still just use one of your old 8800gt's as a dedicated physx card and you'll have physx even with an AMD card. Hope this helps.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Seconding this card over a 7850. Put into a buddies computer and it's amazing. Very easy to Overclock, and very low sound.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

When do you need a discrete card for video/photo editing? The video encoding and rendering is done mostly on the CPU. You can find programs that are GPU accelerated, like Sony-vegas. But even then, a discrete card doesn't help a lot. It really only aids when playing back video, which even a 5570 can do fine. I don't really see the point of going for the Nvidia over the AMD in this situation then, if all you get is Physx and CUDA (which do not even help in the aforementioned tasks).

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

The gtx 660 [non-ti] is not really a better choice to settle with for now, cause of the memory interface and such. The 7850 is cheap, reliable, and will most definitely get the job done, per se price range.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

The NVIDIA card will do you great justice with their compatibility with Adobe products if you would be using so

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

You can find 7870s near that mark

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

I did state that in an earlier comment? Lol.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Check the Powercolor AX 7870 Tahiti Le $220 after 420 MIR at Newegg reviews online say near 7950 performance at 7870 prices

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Why are you using Seagate and Kingston? Why not a WD Cavir Black and a Toshiba SSD?

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

It's decently powerf-- oh wait.

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

Heh. Most of my PC gaming has been focused on the classics (Baldur's Gate 2, Earlier Total Wars, etc) and indies, so luckily, these 8800 GTs are holding up!

I'm noticing a huge difference in my CPU upgrade 2.6 dualcore to 3.4 i5. But most of all, it's the SSD. By far the best recommendationI coudl offer anyone. Upgrade to a SSD!

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

No, I was just joking about how you didn't list your power supply unit. But yeah. Good games.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Do not use your tv as a monitor D: it will look horrid!

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

My 46" Samsung doesn't look horrid...

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

How do the GT8800's perform now?

I'm just curious whether or not they can run today's games lol.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Well, the system they came from (my 2008 build) that was made to run Crysis on Ultra High with these 2 cards. I'm just starting to see 8800 as recommended requirements on new releases, but they suffice at mid-high level settings when I run games at 1080p. (I think that recommend specs on games assume a resolution higher than 1080p).

Older and indie games are a breeze. As for new games, I ran Planetside 2 at medium 1080p with ease. They will definitely take me through the end of this console life cycle. When PS4 and the new Xbox come out, triple A pc games with raise their graphical standards too. Especially with console ports.

I figure as long as I upgrade by summer's end this year, I'll be walking easy!

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

Very good balanced build!

Well worth it for gaming :D

I would consider a gtx 660 or 660ti for physx and cuda, but if you wouldnt need that stuff for like Borderlands 2, then you would be better off with a 7850/7870. but for physx, go nvidia. but anyways, good build! i likey.

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

Pretty damn good, and like the others I recommend a 7870XT. Sapphire make one as well as Powercolor.

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

I like that case! I wish I would have gone with a painted interior case. Mine is all silver inside. The black makes the parts stand out a little more.

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