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# 1 building a gaming rig
03-17-2010, 04:45 PM
I'm looking to build a gaming PC.

I've picked out a Gigabyte Motherboard,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128423

with 6.0 GB/S Sata, and USB 3.0

Probably get a low-end Core i7

question is what would be the sweet spot for a video card.

Biggest requirement, is that it has to play STO at 1920*1200 on my Dell 27" display. (at 30-60 FPS)
All the eye candy, I can take it or leave it. if I can have all the detail sliders at max, and 2x AA, for $150 I'd snap it up in a heartbeat.

My current computer is a MacBook Pro with 4gb of dual channel ram, will 3GB of triple channel be enough on the new machine, or do I really need to spring for 6?

thanks for your help all...

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# 2
03-17-2010, 06:21 PM
A 260 gtx'll probably hit least 30, depending on what cpu you're going to choose and that'll cost somewhere around $200. However for $150 and at 1920*1200 there isn't really anything that'll get you 30-60 unless you're willing to compromise on the graphics quality. As for ram, 3x1gig is fine for now since you can always up it to 6 later, though should you ever want more, I'd probably by a 3x2gig just so you won't have to waste the old chips. 3 gigs'll run, but I'd rather have more.
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# 3
03-18-2010, 07:13 AM
My wife bought me the cyber power PC that had the quad core AMD 3.2 GHz 955 processor. It is running with the Nvidia 9800 Gt and pretty close to max I can get high 20's low 30's with only 2X2Gb of ram.
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# 4
03-18-2010, 11:26 AM
I wouldn't even think about the GTX260 nowadays unless it's purely because you cannot afford a Radeon 5870 which blows all single chip Nvidia cards on the market right now out of the water. A Radeon 5970 dual chip card will eat a GTX295 dual chip card for breakfast as well.

OR, If you MUST have an Nvidia card, have your credit card handy for the upcoming launch of Geforce GTX470 and 480. Otherwise known as Fermi, these cards will command an average 10% faster performance over the Radeon series, but is well over 6 months later to the Dx11 party, but showing up fasionably late, not TOO late, shall we say :p

10% is an average estimate based on early leaked info available on various hardware sites. In some case Fermi could perform significantly better then 10% faster and in other cases it will be significantly less, hence the average of 10%. Cost premium over Radeon may reflect said 10% or more though, $499 for GTX480 is the current leaked price rumor. All above info based on current rumors but should be fairly close.
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# 5
03-18-2010, 02:16 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_moshpit View Post
A Radeon 5970 dual chip card will eat a GTX295 dual chip card for breakfast as well.
The 5970 is around 130 - or $200 more expensive than a GTX295 (at least it is in the UK). I'd rather buy the Nvidia card, play everything up full at 1920x1200 and buy an xbox 360 with the change

(and no, I'm not an Nvidia fanboy - I just know when something is overkill)
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# 6
03-18-2010, 04:55 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Splyce View Post
The 5970 is around 130 - or $200 more expensive than a GTX295 (at least it is in the UK). I'd rather buy the Nvidia card, play everything up full at 1920x1200 and buy an xbox 360 with the change

(and no, I'm not an Nvidia fanboy - I just know when something is overkill)
Fair enough. If the GTX295 is cheaper then the 5970, then its a fair deal it would seem.
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# 7
03-18-2010, 05:16 PM
I am using a ati 5770, got no probs with everything on, but in case you mist my post, www.tomshardware.com has a benchmark on the game.
if you do buy ATI, dont use dynamic lighting, crytic need to fix it, crashes every 10 mins if you turn it on
hopfuly this will help you out.


Intel Quad 6600
8gig of crucial Memory
ATI 5770
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# 8
03-18-2010, 05:20 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by blitser View Post
I am using a ati 5770, got no probs with everything on, but in case you mist my post, www.tomshardware.com has a benchmark on the game.
if you do buy ATI, dont use dynamic lighting, crytic need to fix it, crashes every 10 mins if you turn it on
hopfuly this will help you out.


Intel Quad 6600
8gig of crucial Memory
ATI 5770
Only for some. I have Dynamic Lighting enabled and have zero crashes on dual Radeon 5870's in CrossfireX.
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# 9
05-20-2010, 12:21 PM
It's been a while since I built out my rig, and in the end, I got

Gigabyte Motherboard, with SATA 6.0 USB 3.0
Intel Core i7-930
6GB Ram
Radeon HD 5770
Crucial SATA 6.0GB/s SSD, 128 GB
(tossed in a used 400 GB SATA drive I had laying around for older games)

The $150 amount I quoted earlier was the "OMFG that is such a freaking deal, I'll never regret that" price

In the end I paid about $200 for the graphics and am quite satisfied.

Also FWIW, the monitor's resolution is 1920*1200, but it's a 24 inch model.
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# 10
05-20-2010, 02:43 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by blitser View Post
I am using a ati 5770, got no probs with everything on, but in case you mist my post, www.tomshardware.com has a benchmark on the game.
if you do buy ATI, dont use dynamic lighting, crytic need to fix it, crashes every 10 mins if you turn it on
hopfuly this will help you out.


Intel Quad 6600
8gig of crucial Memory
ATI 5770
Like The_moshpit has say, not everyone is having trouble. The game run fine for me with almost everything on max with dynamic lighting. Played like that since open beta...

I forgot to say i have a Radeon HD3850 for video card.
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