Hey guys, i am going to build a gaming pc. Here are the conf. In my mind processor: E 7400 motherboard: MSI Neo F ram: 4 gb transkend 800 gpu: sapphire ati radeon 4870 1 gb smps: 500w 2x6pin monitor: benq t2200 case: have not decided yet please tell me if some changes are neccessary. Also upto what limit my processor can be overclocked. And will i be able to play all the games with max settings. Is there any other card less than $200 which performs bettes than 4870.
Nice! Gaming PC's are awesome.
I'm an I.T. Specialist/Gamer just to let you know ahead of time.
First things first. How much are you willing to spend? You always wanna keep that in mind because when shopping for parts, specially for a gaming rig, you don't want second tier gear if you're a hardcore gamer.
But your configuration isn't bad.
The Intel E7400 series is arguably one of the easiest processor to work with when overclocking is in mind. But heat is it's downfall when the speed is being cranked up. Don't get me wrong, some people have cranked this thing to 4GHz stable "holy shizznits". If you are planning to overclock this bad boy, buy an excellent cooling system to back it up. But as a general rule of thumb, overclocking shortens the life of your hardware and can lead to it's death if you are not prepared or have no real experience doing it.
As far your motherboard goes, I'm gonna assume that it's the Intel P45 chipset. This motherboard is not bad at all. MSI is pretty good on providing overclockers enthusiast with tools such as a built in easy to use interfaces in the bios or software wise in Windows. Though majority of mobos manufacturer are now doing this. The Intel P45 chipset is where this board stands out. It supports up to a whopping 16GB of memory and can support multiple LGA-775 CPU's all the way to the Core 2 Quads and Extremes meaning this board will last you because it's upgradeable. There's really no cons about this board. It just depends on your budget.
As far as memory goes, it doesn't matter nowadays what memory company to go with. What matters is the speed of the memory both clock and latency, and the amount you need to get. I say for a gamer, 2GB is the bare minimum nowadays to keep up with future games. One of my gaming rigs has this setup:
CPU: Intel Pentium D 2.8GHz
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Copper Core Silent
Motherboard: Asus P5LD2 Intel A-Life Chipset
RAM: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 533Mhz
GPU: Nvidia XFX Geforce 9600GT 512MB
Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
Optical: NEC DVD-RW Drive
PSU: Thermal Take 430w Silent Series
Monitor: Dell 20" SP2008WFP LCD
Case: Aspire Black w/ 2 80mm Fans 1 Front and 1 Back
One might look at my setup to be a mere performer, but don't underestimate it, it's a beast inside. In real time benchmarking and performance, this computer is really the minimum of where someone needs to be if you are a hardcore gamer on a budget. This setup alone with no overclocking can play any games I throw at including the infamous Crysis. I don't just run any games either, I run Call of Duty 4, Call of Duty World at War, Fallout 3, Grid and FIFA09 and I play them on a whopping resolution 1680x1050 with all settings turned all the way up. Except Crysis, but I can run it on High Settings with an average frame rate of 34fps and up.
All in all, you seem to be good to go. But please, don't get Vista. It is not worth to go Direct X 10 and loose a pretty good amount of frame rates. Windows 7 is coming but not too soon although with my testing and experimentation of the RC1 release, it handles games a whole lot better than Vista. Almost like Windows XP but with the Vista look and feel.
As far as your videocards goes, unless you are a die hard ATI supporter, the best bang for your buck is the Nvidia Geforce 9600GT in any configuration. This card is comparable to an 8800GS and out performance anything in its class. You can get one at newegg.com for $89 bucks, although sad to say I got mine for $169 when it first came out. This card is so amazing of a performer for the money. But I'm only recommending it if you are on a budget and you want a kick ass GPU that wont hold back on settings.
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But if money is not a problem and you just want speed at any cost, then research the Intel i7 920.
But with whatever you do I would recommend these high quality brands.
Graphic Card: EVGA
RAM: G.Skill or Corsair
Power Supply: Corsair
Case: Cooler Master