I want to kill zombies in higher resolution
October 14, 2011 2:02 PM Subscribe
Getting a gaming rig -- advice?
posted by extramundane to Computers & Internet (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking about replacing this crappy desktop that I have (Dell 530s, with a NVIDIA 9400GT video card and a pathetic PSU) with a better gaming computer. However, I'm not a huge gamer or anything -- just L4D2 and the Sims3, occasionally TF2. I'd like to run L4D2 at med or high settings at a higher resolution than now (currently I think I can run it without lag at 1280x800, medium).
I've configured a setup on CyperPowerPC, but I'm not sure if the hardware suits my needs or not (I'm blindly choosing specs, at this point):
Case: CoolerMaster Elite 430 Mid-Tower Gaming Case with Side Panel Window
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
Noise Reduction Technology: None
CPU: AMD Phenom™II X4 965 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: * [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-970A-D3 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ On/Off Charge, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI
Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Kingston HyperX)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Power Supply Upgrade: 600 Watts - XtremeGear Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
OS is Windows7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Other than that, I will be using this desktop for the usual web browsing, watching movies, playing music, etc.
I checked out some older threads, but I want to get some thoughts on hardware that's currently out there. I doubt I will be getting into any of the newer games, so a super high-end video card isn't necessary. No real budget at this point, but under $800 would be nice.
Any upgrades/changes that need to be made? General advice? Thanks!