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Post the specs of the PC on which you play SL. I'll go first.

Dell XPS M1210 chassis (yes, it's a tiny laptop)

12 inch Wide-screen WXGA Display with TrueLife (1280x800px)

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7600 (2.33GHz/667MHz/4MB)

2GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 Dimm

256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 TurboCache

100GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive

Running a stripped down version of Windows XP Professional (SP2).

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Home Built

Dual 15" LCD Monitors

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6400+


512 GeForce 8500

250GB + 100GB Hard Drive

- 500GB External (If you dont have an external backup, I suggest you get one, its VERY convinent)

*uhg.. I need to upgrade some things -.-

Windows XP Pro (SP3) -Unfortunetly-

Yay for upgrades! \o/

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-Antec "Nine-Hundred" Back ATX Tower


-Samsung 22" Wide-screen WSXGA+ Display with TrueLife (1680x1050px)

-Hyundai 19" Standard SXGA Display (1280x1024px)


Intel Kentsfield Quad-Core Processor Q6600 (2.44GHz)

Motherboard Chipset:

nVidia nForce 680i SLI


4GB, DDR2, 1033MHz (Overclocked)


768MB nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS (Overclocked to Ultra)


150GB 10,000RPM RAID Hard Drive

300GB 7,200RPM SATA Drive


Running Windows Vista Ultimate 64x

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Built it myself, it's now 1 year old as of March 2008:

- Samsung Synchmaster 931c 19" LCD (1280x1024)

- Antec 900 Series Tower

- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13Ghz (E6400)

- Asus P5N-E SLI Motherboard

- 2GB Corsair DDR2

- eVGA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB

- Seagate 320GB HDD

- X-FI extrme audio

- Logitech G3 Mouse, G-15 Keyboard (old version)

- Sennheiser Headset (don't use my speakers anymore)

Running Windows XP Media Center 2005 w/ SP2

(Have Vista Ultimate for use later on)

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Koolance liquid cooled case.

-Intel E6850 @3Ghz on a Gigabyte dq6 (i think) motherboard with p35 chipset

-2gb ddr400 ram (+2gb on a shelf for when vista64 starts to work ...)

-Creative XFI Fatal1ty (also dont work with vista yet)

-8800GTX 786mb

-6x 500Gb HD

-2x 19" viewsonic tft

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17inch Edge 10 TFT

Intel Celeron D 3.06Ghz

Kingstone 1.5Ghz RAM DDR2

200Gb HDD, total space available 186Gb, 146Gb Free

Radeon ATI MSI RX9250 128Mb DDR2, TV-Out, DV1-1 AGP8X

Generic Genius Black Keyboard and Black Optical Mouse

Foxconn Micro ATX Motherboard P4m800p7mb-rs2h

Windows XP Home SP2

Going to be improving the graphics once I can afford it and upping the RAM too.

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Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard - DV9500t

Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo processor T7700 (2.40 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)

Memory: 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)

Hard Drives: Dual 120GB 7200 RPM SATA Drives - LaCie External 500GB 7200 RPM - Iomega 160GB External Drive - 100GB External Laptop Drive

Video Card: 256MB nVidia GeForce 8600M GS

Monitor:17.0" WSXGA + Widescreen Display (1680 x 1050) - 17" Secondary Samsung SyncMaster 731b

Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio / SB Live! 24-bit External

Speakers/Headphones: Logitech X-530 5.1 / eDimensional AudioFX Pro 5+1 Headset

Keyboard: Logitech G15 (Newer one)

Mouse: Logitech MX1000 Laser Mouse

Mouse Surface: Totally Cute Fox Mousepad.

Operating System: Windows XP Media Center

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E8400 Core 2 Duo. 3 Ghz, OC-d to 3,3 till I get a better cooler.


Samsung Synchmaster 206BW (20 inch)

Graph card

Zotac Geforce 8800 GT AMP! (best 8800 GT available at time of purchase 6 weeks ago)


GigaByte GA-P35C-DS3R


Team Elite,2048MB, DDR2. PC6400 (2x 1G)


Mk-1 Logitech G15


Cooler Master Centurion 5


Western Digital Caviar SE16, 500 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB, SATA II

I'm very proud of this work in progress. (I'm going to add some RAM modules and coolers 'n stuff.) (And in time a second 8800GT :P)

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Currently, I'm running off of a 5 year old AMD box with way outdated hardware.

To rectify this issue, I've decided to purchase a new computer, with a student loan I'm taking out this summer.

Here's the specs:


Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

I went with this Intel model because it overclocks like a dream, it runs smooth, and I don't need quad core functions to play games or do most of what I do on a computer, these days.

Video Card

EVGA 01G-P3-1282-TR GeForce GTX 280 Superclocked 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

I wanted to go for a fairly powerful video card, this time, and it comprises the most expensive single component of my computer. This one has good ratings, good stats, and is much better than anything I've everowned. the only down side is that it's huge, requiring me to buy a new case for it.


ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

I've been casting about for a while for a good, solid board that may not be a RAMPAGE or RoG rated monster, but is nice, stable, and has decent technology. I settled on this one, but I'm still a bit iffy on my choice.


2X - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

I know, it's not triple channel DDR3, but then again, I'm not running an i7, either. From my research, it appears to be good and solid, with excellent timings and good for a upper-middle range gaming machine. I felt 8gb of slower memory may do me more good than 6gbs of faster stuff. Anc cheaper, too.


Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

650 GB is more storage than all the computers I've ever owned up to this point combined. I'm sure I can make due without a TB storage device, for at least a few more years.

Optical Drive

I'll just port over my good ol', solid optical drive from my old machine. It runs well and should be compatible with the system. I'll worry about a BLu-Ray when there's more quality, cheaper drives available for purchase.


Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM

I don't need the retail version's support. I'm savvy enough to work through or research any problems I may have. Ultimate is too expensive for only a handful more features.


COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

It's not a COOLER MASTER HAF case, but it will get the job done nicely, especially with the two additional 120mm fans I'm getting to install in it.


ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor

I was due for a nicer monitor. This seems nice and well rounded.

Power Supply

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

I couldn't pass up a powersupply this nice, that I can use in the machine if I upgrade to an i7 mobo and cpu.

Periphials and extras

I'm getting an OCZ Alchemy II Keyboard, because I can't justify the price of a Logitech G11 as much as I like the look and sound of its features.

A logtitech G5 wired laser mouse will replace a 5$ P.o.S. that I've been using for 5 years.

I'll be replacing the stock fan of my new chip with a COOLER MASTER GeminII S RR-CCH-PBU1-GP 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler. For the price and performance, I can't do much better in upgrading the chipset heatsink and fan I think.

Thoughts? Note that I already ordered the Video Card, CPU, Power Supply, and Monitor.

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Very good computer if the objective is to run SL flawlessly. If the objective is to have the worlds largest e-peen like mine then these are the speccs you want.

(my speccs)

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2 Video Card - 2GB GDDR5, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFire, (2) Dual Link DVI, HDTV

(personally overclocked and watercooled, if not, get the hydrocopper)


Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G


WD VelociRaptor 300GB Hard Drive WD3000HLFS - 10K RPM, 16MB Cache, SATA 300MB/s



XION Power Real 1000W ATX Power Supply - Short Circuit output protection Up to 85% efficiency


MSI X58 Platinum SLI Motherboard - LGA1366, Intel X58, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3 support, Hyperthreading support


Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Processor BX80601975 - 3.33GHz, LGA 1366, 6.4GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, HyperThreading, Bloomfield, Retail


Patriot Viper 12GB PC16000 Triple Channel DDR3 Memory - 2000MHz, 12288MB (6 x 2048MB), CL8 (cl7 is faster but if you're oc'ing cpu past 3.5 ghz 10666 ram at cl7 isnt maxed, 16000 is)


Oc the cpu to 4.0 ghz, water cool, 22 fans, full tower case custom modded.

probly gonna replace the mobo with this

ASUS Rampage II GENE Motherboard - Intel X58, LGA 1366, µATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFire Ready, SLI Ready, Gbit LAN, RAID, S/PDIF

also for monitors find something with a high refresh rate, mine are 1 ms 1:2000 contrast. Personally I enjoy windows 7 even if its buggy sometimes.

There is some room for upgrade, and i plan to. Another video card in crossfire, pointless, but e-peen points. 1.5 tb slave, ill never use it, but e-peen points. Upgrade the watercooling and OC my cpu/ram/vid cards even higher. 2x I-Inc iF-281DPB 28" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1920x1200 WUXGA, 800:1 Contrast, 3ms, HDMI, VGA, Energy Star, Tilt & Swivel Stand, w/Speakers Probably wont fit in my room, but e-peen. maby toss in a solid state drive for no apparent reason. Also need a blu ray drive that you'll never use.

Edited by Kytec Switchblade

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ok... ill give you my thoughts on your choice of components...

Processor : immediately i can tell you that youve made a solid choice with this one... this was also my upgrade from a Pentium 4 3.40Ghz and so far it has been extremely reliable for me... goog grab...

Motherboard : the one you chose is the next one up from the one i have [mine is the P5Q Pro]... a solid reliable motherboard with plenty to dish out... again, a good choice...

Graphics Card : personally im not a fan of overclocked components as i tend to worry about them burning out at any time... but i know EVGA are a good brand of graphics cards... you also seemed to have one upped me again as i have a standard EVGA GTX 260...

Memory : you did the right thing to not go with DDR3 components, theyre way too expensive at this time and i dont think they make such a big difference with what you have at that...

Hard Drive : ... haha, i have the 500GB version of that exact same hard drive... its been pretty fast and stable for me so far, so you have a good choice there...

Optical Drive : so long as its a DVD+RW, then i say keep it... otherwise get one...

Power Supply : for what you have right now, i would recommend stepping up to a 1000W variant... this is also good for future-proofing your system...

Operating System : i dont know how much vista has changed since its early days, but the main thing is you are choosing a 64-bit, and thats what counts... i still use XP...

Case : i love your choice of case here... its a discreet design and has plenty of vents for fans, so keeping that cool will be easy... i has blue LEDs for my Antec 300... i hope youll do the same and get glowy...

thats pretty much all for my opinions... the rest are kinda outside my box to give you any opinion on... hope this helps...

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I'm wondering if COOLER MASTER GeminII S RR-CCH-PBU1-GP 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler would be enough for that CPU. I think it will be, but I can't be sure.

Agares, if you want professional help on this build with both compatibility and performance for your buck, post this on the EggXpert forums (the community). I did, and saved like $500 with stuff I didn't need and received a compatibility check.

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