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Getting new PC in 6 months. Will this work with Vista and be an Ultimate GAMING Machine?

Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i7 Processor Extreme Edition i7-965 (4 X 3.20GHz) 6.4GTs/8MB Cache Memory (RAM) 12GB CORSAIR XMS3 1600MHz - LIFETIME WARRANTY! (6x2GB) Motherboard ASUS® P6T DELUXE: DDR3, SATAII, 2 x PCI-e x16, 2 PCI, 1 x PCI-e x1 Operating System Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium 64 bit Edition + SP1, CD & Licence (£85) USB Options 8 x USB 2.0 PORTS (6 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD Memory - 1st Hard Disk 750GB SERIAL ATA II HARD DRIVE WITH 32MB CACHE (7,200rpm) 2nd Hard Disk NONE RAID (HDD 1 & 2) NONE 1st CD/DVD Drive 6x BLU-RAY ROM & HD-DVD ROM DRIVE, 16x DVD ±R/±RW (£68) 2nd CD/DVD Drive NONE Graphics Card 1024MB RADEON HD 4870 PCI Express + DVI 2nd Graphics Card NONE Sound Card Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio 7.1 (£32) Modem NONE, I WILL BE USING BROADBAND Network Facilities ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT Floppy Disk Drive NONE Memory Card Reader INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) Case Antec Nine Hundred Black Gaming Case with Side Panel Window Power Supply & Case Cooling 600W Quiet Quad Rail PSU + 120mm Case Fan (£58) Processor Cooling ASUS TRITON 81 PURE COPPER BASE ULTRA COOLER (£45) Firewire & Video Editing 1 x IEEE 1394a FIREWIRE PORT ONBOARD TV Card NONE Monitor LG W2452T 24 inch Wide: HDCP/DVI/D-Sub/5MS/1920 x 1200 (£235) 2nd Monitor NONE DVI Cable NONE Keyboard & Mouse NONE Mouse NONE Speakers NONE I read alot about Quad Cores being worse for gaming and every day tasks. But they are future proof and some games are beginning to utilize Quads more. So what should I pick, dying Dual? Or Future Proof but lower performance Quad? As for Graphics, is that card suitable for that mobo? And should I choose the 2048mb Radeon instead? Will the Case and the extra cooling be ok? and Will the rig get too hot? I heard vista can't hande 6gig of ram, and when it finally manages to it uses 85% on idle. Will the motherboard and Vista itself suppor this Corsair XMS3 1600MHz (6x2gb) RAM setup? Motherboard looks good, will it be sufficient for the future and is it OK with everything listed. I don't know much about gaming PC's. I'm good with PC's but not all hardware techy style. I can't build PC's either which is why I am willing to spend a good £2000-£2800 quid. If there are any experts who can advise a better setup which is future friendly. Please let me know. I also have msn - ljdriley@gmail.com PEACE n thanks to all. OK.. someone who knows alot and I mean alot about PCs, build me a ultimately poweful PC from PC specialist. I dont have a clue about SLi and Crossfire. But I want super gaming that can easily do Crysis easily and other games on high... plz, fire away! BUILD! message me on MSN or email me at the same address. http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/index.php?page=pcsystembuilder

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  1. That is an extremely powerful PC that will be future-proof for a long time to come. The only possible upgrade (yet powerful at the moment) would be the graphics card, but you could simply buy a second and run them in SLI, but that wouldn't be a problem for a few years. As for the quad core, gaming actually requires 4 cores to run perfectly as there are 4 aspects of graphical rendering, this means each core can be assigned part of the process so it can run optimally.

    You may need a larger PSU for that hardware though and for cooling, it will get quite hot. I would recommend getting an 800-900W PSU and just add some extra fans.

    Otherwise: Perfect PC, no worries.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.


  2. well, don't fret too much about vista not being able to handle 6gb, windows 7 comes out this year (beta is out now) and it can.

    i have an AMD triple core, and it runs games incredibly well, granted i'm not using very much to play them (Spore, GTA).

    as for the ultimate gaming machine? yeah, those specs make it look like a beast, but then again in six months the industry will change.

    i'll argue that sticking with console gaming is cheaper, selection is better, online experience is better, blah blah blah...but that wasn't your question


  3. definitely go with the i7. although quad cores are worse for gaming, the i7 currently outperforms the core 2 duo in terms of fps.

    video card is good. for ultra gaming machine you might try to get two and crossfire or sli them. one thing: you listed it as a PCI E. You are going to want to make sure that you get a PCI E 2.0 x16. i assume the one you picked out is, and you just made a typo

    case is good. has lots of airflow. you might want to get some extra fans in case the ones that are already in their die. one thing is that it is a mid-tower, so there will be less space for video cards, heat sinks, and more. if you are willing to spend the money, you might try jumping up to an antec 1200 full-tower case.

    as for processor cooling, i would go with a different heatsink. the one you picked was recently released and still is very expensive. it is also huge as fuck. the weight is 695g and and the max is around 700g, whereas your average heatsink is about half that weight.

    vista 32 bit can support up to 4 gigs of ram. 64 bit can support up to 32 gigs. the ram looks good, and the mobo has enough slots. however, it will read the ram at 1333 mhz, but you can overclock it to 1600.

    motherboard looks fine. i don't see any problems with it, and it should be good for at least the next 2 years.

    one thing you might look at is getting a faster hard drive. some good ones to look at are Western Digital VelociRaptor 150 gig drives. they run at 10,000 rpm and yours is at 7,200. they cost more, but the speed definitely helps. one downside is the size, so you might want to get a few and set them up in a RAID array.

    hope this helped!


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