Buying new gaming rig, please help.

  Ripebear 16:56 28 Apr 2008
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CPU - intel core 2 duo gamers 9800 (Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83 Ghz 12Mb Cach
Memory - 8Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 800 4 x 2gb single modules
HDD - 250Gb SATA Hard Drive
Case - Impress Case
Power - Atrix 800Watt Silent Dual Fan
Graphics card - 1Gb 9800GX2 Nvidia DDR3 DVI
Motherboard - QCE - Asus Striker Extreme SLI 1333FSB
CD Drive - DVD+/- RW - 18X Samsung Lightscribe,
Monitor - 22 inch (DVI) AMW TFT 5ms widescreen X2210WDS
Keyboard & Mouse Set Black and Silver
Sound card - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 PCI 7.1
Trust 2.1 SP-3200 Speaker Set
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (OEM
13 Month Warranty, Free Carriage

This is the specs for my new gaming rig im looking at, I have a 1500 pound budget and this fits in very neatly at 1505 pounds.

I guess I just wanted some advice, is this graphics card too powerful for the rest?

Is Vista basic O.K to use the 8GB of ram?

Am I wasting money anywhere, if so where, and what should i downgrade?

Im not new to gaming, but am new to high power systems.

The website I am getting it from is Cougar Extreme.

Please help me out, as I don't want to waste my money, and the computer be crap in a few months, I will be playing high spec games like Crysis, and computer pushing games like MMO;s.

  pc613 17:26 28 Apr 2008

Change your 8gb ram for 4gb ddr2 1066. go for vista home premiem 64bit (allows you to use all of your ram, unlike 32 bit). Your card is a bit too powerful for a 22" monitor you only get the best out of it at very high res 24/30" I would go for the 8800 gts ( you can always add a second at a later date to keep up to date )You could do with a better case to allow for more cooling and the striker extreme 2 is a better MB, and the size of games now and in the future means 250 gb would soon be filled up so go for a bigger drive

Try something like this
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83 Ghz 12Mb Cach, 4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 1066 - 4 x 1GB, 500GB SATA Hard Drive, , X-Discovery Black, Tagan 800w U33 - Force II Series - Dual Fan, 512Mb 8800GTS Nvidia DDR DVI, QCE - Asus Striker Extreme Formulla II SLI 1333FSB, DVD+/- RW - 18X Samsung Lightscribe, No Floppy Disk Drive, 22 inch (DVI) AMW TFT 5ms widescreen X2210WDS, Keyboard & Mouse Set Black and Silver, Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 PCI 7.1, Intergrated Monitor Speakers, , Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premiem (OEM), No Additional Software, , 13 Month Warranty, Free Carriage £1488

  pc613 17:28 28 Apr 2008

Sorry I forgot to add speakers to that.

  Ripebear 17:56 28 Apr 2008

Thanks for reply mate, can i do all this on that website?

I was also looking at the new Chillblast Fusion Juggernaught, if you havent seen it: click here

Which do you think i am better of buying? My budget is 1500.

If you dont mind, could you advise me what to do from scratch, if you had 1500 and you wanted a gaming monster, what would you do?

  GaT7 18:23 28 Apr 2008

The Chillblast click here looks much better for the money.

"If you dont mind, could you advise me what to do from scratch, if you had 1500 and you wanted a gaming monster, what would you do?" - will probably build it myself, especially if it offered better value. Have you considered it? G

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I wrote this up before you posted the Chillblast PC & didn't want to waste it....

I guess your initial post was configuring this click here.

Go for the lowest RAM possible (i.e. 1Gb Kingston), & replace it with better 4Gb RAM for less, e.g. OCZ Reaper 1066Mhz 2x2Gb (leaving 2 slots free for future upgrades) for £80 click here [Paying an extra £172 for 4x1Gb 1066Mhz RAM is daylight robbery! Come on C-E, explain youselves!]. Note that the 1066Mhz RAM may not work at it's stated speed unless you overclock the CPU - but I couldn't tell you for sure at this point.

Get a better PSU (& case) if possible - those are relatively poor for a high-end system like this.

I'd be inclined to go for a single 512Mb 9800GTX & add one later if required & when prices have dropped in a few months.

The Asus Striker Extreme motherboard is more than enough I feel.

I'd also drop the very ordinary monitor & speakers & go for a better brand & quality for around the same price from elsewhere, e.g. 22" TFT: click here, click here (Scan free del click here) or click here, click here / Speakers: Logitech X-240 2.1 click here

  pc613 18:31 28 Apr 2008

Have a look at the chillblast fusion typhoon

click here
drop the second hard drive up the 8800gt to the 8800gts add Windows Vista Optimisation Service and take the no cost upgrade to vista 64bit it even comes with the cpu overclocked the only down side I can see is that not many people have heard of them so am not sure what their after care service is like, where as Cougar Extreme have a very good standing on this forum.
If you go on cyberpowers forum click here
and go to Build & Compatibility Questions read through a few of the posts and you get one of their techs to advise you on the best system for your money.
If you look under the AMD System post by ijk613 thats the system I have just ordered (went for the AMD Phenom™ X4 9850 black edition as it over clocks just as well if not better than the intel Q9300 or the 2 Duo 8400. They are just a bit dearer than Cougar or chillblast but thats the last system I will be buying.

But to get back to your last question either of the fusion or the cougar one I knocked up for you are very good value and would last you quite a few years

  GaT7 18:45 28 Apr 2008

The Chillblast Fusion Juggernaut can also be configured with a 64-bit OS for no additional cost click here.

pc613, "or the cougar one I knocked up for you are very good value" - And what would you say to charging £172 extra for 4x1Gb 1066Mhz RAM, when you can get 2x2Gb for ~£90 less on its own? I feel you haven't looked at the Cougar machine closely with respect to good value. G

  pc613 18:55 28 Apr 2008

Crossbow7
Yep your right about the 2x2gb but the cougar configurator does not give you that option, but no doubt if RipeBear talks to cougar sales they might be able to offer him the 2x2gb

  GaT7 19:32 28 Apr 2008

pc613, but will they offer 2x2Gb 1066Mhz RAM for £90 less? I don't think so :-(. G

  Horik 19:36 28 Apr 2008

If I had that kinda money and was gonna buy the Cougar Extreme 9800, I'd prob go for these specs:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 800 2 x 2gb single modules
500GB SATA Hard Drive
X-Discovery Silver
Tagan 700w U33 - Force II Series - Dual Fan
512Mb 9800GTX Nvidia DDR3 DVI
QC - Gigabyte N680iSLI-DQ6-1333fsb-DDR1066x4 SLI
DVD+/- RW - 18X Samsung Lightscribe
24 inch Yuraku.Vision YV24WBH1
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 PCI 7.1
Trust 2.1 SP-3200 Speaker Set
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premiem (OEM)
13 Month Warranty, Free Carriage

Price: 1484.57


But as the title says, I'm something of a techno noob - I'm sure hardened gamers/builders can rip these specs to shreds and show just what a noob I am :)

  Ripebear 09:36 29 Apr 2008

Thanks for all the input guys, much appreciated, I dont want to waste my money. Im going to have a look at the computers yous made up, thanks again.

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