Looking for the next PC rig!

Sup guys, I looked at the stickies for information about computers but seems liek all I found were post about Arcade sticks. My question is actually about Computer specs. I’ve had my computer for 3 years now it’s time to upgrade, with games like Crysis 2, Star Craft 2 and MMO’s like Star Wars The Old Republic I need a system thats gonna do it for me. Mainly I need a system that can handle the graphics as well as run MMO’s at a good speed I guess.

When shopping for computers what are the main things I need to look for to make sure my computer is set for the next 3 years of gaming (At least 2), price does’nt matter but if you know where I can get the most bang for my buck i’d be very greatful. Thanks.

biggest bang for your buck is going to be if you build it yourself and not buy it prebuilt.

couple of the main things you want to look at are the graphics card ( GPU ) and processor ( CPU ).

this chart should help you


Monitor: LG Flatron Wide 3000:1 2MS
Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 (3.0ghz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P
Powerpac: 520 CorsairHX
Video Card: 8800GT (Upgrading to a EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express, 8800GT is a great card but runs way hot so you gotta have some pretty good cooling which i do just adding that on there as a note if you decide to get the same it will get hot trying to play many games even though it can run them all on high with x16 anti aliasing but if you got really good cooling it shouldn’t matter, Id just watch your temps with HWMonitor)
Ram: 2GB GSkill MS3 DDR3
Tower: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Also that chart’s way fucking outdated

Build it yourself, and look at getting a combo motherboard/processor combo from Newegg. They usually have pretty good deals, and if you get something along the lines of a Phenom II or i3/i5 you should be set for a little while.

I would say look at the required specs for the highest end game you see youself playing (likely Chrysis 2 of the ones you listed) and then head over to Newegg to see what combos they offer. I’d also recommend getting something other than the stock heatsink that comes with most CPUs.

the antec 900 case is HUGE, I hate it.

if you plan on building your own PC, don’t let someone tell you exactly what you should get.
there is a multitude of part combinations that are rock solid. it really just depends on what you want to do, and how much cash you have…

I would recommend doing some research, there are plenty of forums dedicated to PC building.

It is very rewarding, if you like this kind of stuff. and while it may not be “cheaper” you can build a way better computer for the same amount that you would spend for an off the shelf setup.

like the others mentioned, a good way to learn, after you understand the basic components you need, is to go on Newegg.com and just read the product reviews and make imaginary shopping carts…youll be able to come up with a good system if yo just take your time and research everything.

if you want a laptop, forget everything i just said…just go on newegg and find a good one with features you like. and a price you can deal with.

wat. how is the chart outdated. it’s 1 month old.


list of what i ended up buying and how much it was.

i7 930 processor. (great for OC, im running 4ghz at 1.3volts

corsair h50 processor heatsink (its pre-filled water cooling, but not the greatest “water cooler.” its more on par with the higher end air-coolers. no dust though. you can set it to push/pull config with 2x fans for better performance).

corsair 950 sli PSU (up to you how large you need or if you want an SLI psu)

corsair ram 2x3 12800 (G.Skill is a cheaper brand if you want. Just as reputable and has good reviews, although I haven’t had any personal use).

EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (just get a normal slot 1366/i7 mobo if you don’t plan on SLI).

Cooler master HAF case (great case, lots of room, no screws required. comes with 4 HUGE fans and is very quiet. holes precut for watercooling if you choose to go that route).

items missing:
video card: I have a 9800gtx+ and a gts250 that i’m going to bios flash and run SLI.
the 9800gtx+ is still a great card

hard drive: any sata will do.

and this is what my computer is sitting at atm.

FYI, the 720 is 2.8ghz with an unlocked mulitplier. good for OC’ing.