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    Default A long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?

    This seem like a decent rig to play most current and forthcoming PC games? . . . .

    • Budget - Within about $1500 (American)
    • Resolution - At first 1680 x 1050 - Eventually HD (and a dual monitor setup)
    • 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)
    • Buying Parts: Before the end of the year, hopefully before fall or end of summer
    • Will NOT prebuilt

    Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6zj0
    Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6zj0/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6zj0/benchmarks/

    • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
    • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
    • Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-M Pro Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
    • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    • Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
    • Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.98 @ NCIX US)
    • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    • Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($367.55 @ Newegg)
    • Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
    • Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg)
    • Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($23.98 @ Newegg)

    Total: $1526.41
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated 2012-04-09 14:33 EDT-0400)

    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 (but it's less than 100 watts, I think)
    • Processor: DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2000 MHz (10 x 200) 3800+
    • CPU Cooler: A fan
    • Memory:
    • - 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:

    Hardware

    • 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 TB)
    • 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 - Also to make installations faster
    • Plenty of 3.5/5.25 drive bays . . .

    Software

    • 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 (all)
    • 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.
    • Will wait for IvyBridge. . . .
    • I WANT UEFI, NOT regular old BIOS (that this slimline has
    • May eventually like a dual GPU (crossfire?)

    Monitor Thoughts:

    • First and foremost: Full HD
    • Widescreen
    • Supports: HDMI, DVI, Displayport (if the motherboard of the computer does)
    • Within 1 - 2 MS response time (current monitor is 5 MS response ti
    • Screen size - 25 to about 27 inches

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    Damn, that's a good system...

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