A little history:
My kids' computer found the path to electronic heaven recently. (Isn't that where they filmed the Tron movies?) At first I was going to repair it, which would have been a hard drive and a DVD drive. I found myself not being able to justify any further expense on a 3.2 GHz LGA 775. Hyperthreaded or not, these are definitely showing their age. This left me with the opportunity to pass down my computer, (my first build), to my girls and assemble a new one. It should last them for some time still - Phenom II X4 @ 2.6, 790 GX chipset, 4 GB DDR2, XFX 4890. It was great for Empire, [email protected]
and Crysis. This most likely would have been fine for Shogun 2, but where I messed up when building this one was by not getting a board which could run two graphics cards at x16 speeds.
In with the new:
I am not seeking brand names and stickers for my case, unless that means better support after purchase.
Also, I sought the highest quality components at competitive prices, read numerous reviews and comparisons, read, read, and read some more. I thought I should share, because overall, this is awesome bang for the buck. Certain pieces could be downgraded slightly and still, I believe, keep up with S2 and other games for about the next year. After that, just add another 6870.
A lot could saved by changing the case. I just wanted to have lots of airflow and space to work in.
A quadcore in place of the hexcore is also a money saver and should be sufficient for some time to come.
The power supply that I included is a beast. I have had this model for over a year with zero problems. Many of its components are high quality and robust for a power supply of this rating and price. It does produce a moderate amount of electrical noise, but stays within acceptable limits.
I hope this will help someone out there... If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, please feel free!
8GB 1600 RAM
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