Hah... I also use the Ikea Dave for my HDTV + PC setup. If you want more surface area for your mouse and keyboard, I suggest you get the Ikea Malm glass top (meant for their Malm drawers) to put on top of the Dave.
@Andorski: Yeah, that's a good idea since a full-sized keyboard will hang over the left edge. I also had to jam a wad of paper underneath the table to get rid of the wobble. However I've had to cut back on using my TV as the default monitor since it added too much to my electric bill (300W vs 30W for a normal monitor).
My new baby built in May 2012
CPU: Intel I5-3570k
MOBO: Asrock Z77 extreme 4 with 16 gigs 1600 corsair ram.
VIDEO: Sapphire Radeon 7970 oc
HD: 1tb Western digital black
SOUND: Asus xonar dx
SPEAKERS: Vizio sound bar 510 5.1 surround sound bar.
MONITOR: 51 inch Samsung d550 3D plasma television
Microsoft wireless mouse and keyboard but I try to use a 360 controller for just about everything if I can.
Windows 7 home premium 64 bit.
Yea I spent more then I should have on the computer itself but so far it has been the best investment I've made in gaming in a long, long time. Hooked up to my television I game on it just like one of my consoles with no issues at all. In fact I'm in no hurry to invest anything in next gen other then Nintendo Wii U for my kids and Sony's next for the exclusives. As to microsofts next system I have a big feeling I won't even worry about it.
Last time I posted in here, it was a laptop with 4GB of ram and an i3 processor, and Intel HD graphics.
Now, it's an Intel i5 3470 3.2 GHz with 8GB of RAM and an HD 7770. It's a mid-end rig at best but I like it a whole lot. I didn't have to spend a fortune on it and I don't have to spend a fortune on games.
I do hope to get a GTX 670 at some point in the future and turn this here mid-end rig into a fairly high-end one, though not necessarily one that's on the top but, hey, I don't need a top of the line rig.
EDIT: And its place looks something like this, only the laptop is gone and the PC sits next to the TV. And I have a black table that the mouse and keyboard can sit on.
Built by me
Processor: Intel Core i5 2600K @3.2Ghz
Memory: 8GB Ripjaw DDR3 RAM
Hard Drive: 3.5TB Total (2x500GB internals, 1x1TB external, 1x1.5TB External)
Monitors: 22" LG Flatpanel, 22"Acer Flatpanel, both 1920x1080 via DVI
Video Card: EVGA GTX470
Speakers: 2 Pioneer CS-905 floor speakers, 2 Sony Stereo rear speakers
Mouse: Razer Naga
Keyboard: Logitech G510
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Case: Thermaltake Armor Full Tower
Asus RAMPAGE III EXTREME X58 CrossFire & SLI
Intel Core i7 960 3.20 GHz
cpu cooler if that matters
Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev.2
Corsair DDR3 PC1600 8GB CL8 DOMINATOR
OCZ Vertex 2 Series SSD 120GB
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 32MB 7200RPM SATA
gigabyte geforce gtx 580 aupwe over clock 2gb
still have not had a game that i could not run on max
Building a nice rig for my best friend. He will definitely make a huge leap over console gaming for 2013 and beyond.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
GPU [Video Card]: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card
Memory [RAM]: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (I will get a one Terabyte HD, but have the OS on the SSD)
PSU [Power Supply Unit]: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
OS: Windows 8 Professional
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case (He wants black/red for some reason, beautiful case though!)
I will be using this same build for my brother and I during the summer. It will definitely be an upgrade from what I am currently using. :p Alienware m11x for the win!....not really.... I was young when I bought it. TnT I shall redeem myself!
I'll upload some photos later but here is my specs. This was also my first solo build surprised I got it up and running first try a few hours ago.
CPU: Intel i5 3570k
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4
RAM: 16gb G.Skill Sniper
HDDs: Samsung 840 256gb SSD, 2tb Seagate 7200 RPM
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 680 2gb
PSU: Corsair HX750
Case: NZXT Phantom
I built my computer myself about 6 months ago. It is my baby.
Mobo: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
CPU: Intel i5 2500k
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
GPU: Nvidia 560ti
RAM: 8GB G-Skill (I had 16GB but I had some issues with the RAM when I went over 8)
PSU: Corsair 750 Watt
Optical Drive: ASUS DVD-RW drive.
HDD: WD 1TB Black Drive + 2x1.5TB Seagate 5400RPM Drive + 1.5TB Seagate External Drive
Sound: Integrated Realtek audio / Logitech G930 Headset
Monitor: LG 23" 1080p
KB/M: Logitech G series gaming keyboard and mouse.
Case: NZXT Phantom Black
COLOUR CHOICE Alienware Area 51ALX Black Anodized Premium Desktop Chassis
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 960(3.20GHz,4.8GT/s,8MB)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 64bit- English
MONITOR Dell UltraSharp 61cm ( 24'' ) U2410 Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor with PremierColor - Black
MEMORY 12GB 1333MHz (3x4GB) Tri Channel Memory
HARD DRIVE 2TB Dual Hard Drive Raid 0 "Stripe" (2x1TB - 7200rpm)
GRAPHICS CARD Dual 3GB ATI® Radeon™ HD 7970 graphics card
KEYBOARD Alienware TactX™ Keyboard - UK QWERTY
MOUSE Alienware TactX™ Mouse
OPTICAL DRIVE Blu-Ray RW (Blu-ray, DVD, CD read & write)
SOUND CARDS Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital Audio
NETWORK CARD Killer™ Xeno™ Pro Network card
Case: Antec 902 Case
MoBo: Asus P6X58D-E
CPU: Intel Core i7-940 @ Stock 2.93 GHz
Memory: 6GB (3x2GB) G.Skill 1600 MHz @ 1333MHz (No noticeable performance increase and it's more stable I find).
GPU: XFX- ATi Radeon HD5850
Cooling: Corsair H50
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650watt
ODD: ASUS DVD-RW drive
HDD: 3.5" 640GB Western Digital Black (Windows 7 Pro) + 2.5" Western Digital Scorpio Blue (Hackintosh - OSX 10.8.2) + 2.5" 240GB Sandisk Extreme SSD (Windows 8 Pro)
Sound: Onboard and I have a Plantronics Gamecom 780
Monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 2333 + Asus VE245
KB/M: Logitech G15 + Logitech G500.
I'm not sure if I'm going to wipe my SSD and put Windows 7 on it (since that's all I use; haven't booted to 8 in weeks) Or wipe 640 and use Windows 8 more. My hackintosh was more just a proof of concept for myself....
Besides adding the other 2 HDDs and swapping out a PSU right after the build, it's been the same way for almost three years.....and I haven't really seen any reason to upgrade. I can play just about any game I throw at it at High to Very High settings. Even the RAM I've never seen myself go above 4.5GB used (and that's running a Virtual Machine and multitasking)
Motherboard- Asus p8z68v-pro
CPU- Intel I7 2600k 3.4 overclocked @4.4 ghz
Kingston hyper x DDR3/1600mhz 8gb memory
Superclocked Evga Nvidia 570 1.2 gb SLI x2 (thinking about upgrading when the 700 series come out)
Corsair HX-850w PSU
Asetek 510LC 120mm watercooler
2TB SATA 6gb/s hard drive
40gb intel ssd for caching from MB and operating system
Case- NZXT H2- Silent (white)
Current, ~5-6 year old rig. Including old parts that were replaced:
Aside from game performance at maxed out settings, ailing HDD woes, and memory management issues when it comes to higher res photo editing, huge multi-layered PSDs, and complicated vector images this thing is still chugging along like a champ.
But it's time for an upgrade.
New rig I'm in the process of acquiring:
Recently built PC:
Motherboard: Sabertooth 990FX
CPU: AMD 6-Core 3.8 GHz
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500A-LED
RAM: 16GB Patriot G2 DDR3 1600
GPU: XFX AMD 7970 Black Edition
PSU: Diablotek 775W
HDD: 120GB SSD Hyper X(OS), 2 TB Seagate Barracuda (storage), 500GB Toshiba (Network Backups)
Display: 32" Westinghouse LCD TV
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3, Socket-AM3+
AMD FX-4100 4-Core (OC 4.3 Ghz)
Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 20GB
2x Western Digital Elements Desktop 2TB
GIGABYTE RADEON HD7970 OC 3GB
BENQ GL2450HM 24" WIDE TFT LED
Realtek High Definition Audio
Logitech 5.1 Surround
Cyborg V7 Gaming Keyboard
Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse
Windows 8 Pro x64
Cooler Master Silencio 550 Midi Tower
Built by me in 2010
|Column Head||Column Head|
|MOBO||GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard|
|CPU||AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core|
|GPU||1 gb XFC Radeon HD 5770|
|RAM||G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3|
|PSU||OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W|
|CASE||Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower|
SAMSUNG1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5
|DVD Burner||SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner|
This is what I'm planning to build this summer http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/Edbi (The 250 gb HDD will be for my current PC since I'm gonna use my current HDDs on the new rig too. Also the reason I have a 1000 watt PSU is because I'm planning on getting another 7970 a few years afterwards).
@andorski: Gaming, but games like Total War are CPU intensive. Also I may use multiple monitors.
EDIT An i7 does seem a bit overkill, so I decided to lower down to an i5 http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/Ev6R
I'm buying 4 120 mm fans for the mash side panel, could someone recommend me some dust filters that are cheaper?
This would be my first build,I have never had a higher end rig.That being said i was looking to build something that would play everything out there now and maybe for the next 3 to 5 years.This is more than i wanted to spend or planned to spend but bang for the buck seems to work great.
Basically i'm looking for feedback good or bad..Thanks in advance
Just an FYI this priced out to just over $1,500
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GPU: EVGA Superclocked, Signature 2 02G-P4-2687-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
HDD: (2) Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
RAM: (2) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
I built my current rig last November, I'm very happy with the GTX 660, it offers great performance for the price and MSI's cooling is just amazing, better than the reference design. I have a 1680x1050 screen so I enjoy better frame rates than someone running games at 1080p. The 450W power supply is ample as the GPU takes one power connection.
|CPU||Intel Core-i5 3570K|
|GPU||MSI GTX 660 OC TF|
|Mobo||ASRock Pro4 Z77|
|Memory||8GB 1600 Corsair Vengeance|
|SSD||Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5"|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master GeminII M4|
|PSU||Antec 450W ATX12V|
|HDDs||WD 650GB 5200rpm, Seagate 2TB 7200rpm|
|Case||Fractal Design R3|
Intel Core i5 3570k
Gigabyte z77 ds3h mobo
Gigabyte Windforce NVidia GeForce GTX 660 overclocked
8gb corsair vengeance ram
sandisk extreme 128gb ssd & 1tb 7200 rpm sandisk hdd (using raid and intel's smart response to cache content to the ssd)
I've found it to be very capable, only game I've been unable to max so far at 1080p is metro 2033, and I suspect crisis 3 would give it a bloody nose too. like the idea of getting another 8 gig of the same ram and another GTX660 in sli, although from what im reading even that setup probably wouldn't let me max those games at 1080p /60 frames.
|Motherboard||ASUS P8Z77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost)|
|GPU||XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNFC Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card|
|Power Supply||Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS (CX600)|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance 8GB|
|Monitor||A Dell one i bought like 3 years ago. its 23 inches, i think? looks pretty spiffy still.|
|Sound||These ancient beige Altec Lansing ones that i've had since like 1997. they come with an enormous subwoofer so they still fucking BANG. The Prodigy sounds great on them.|
|Mic||the Logitech one that comes with the DJ Hero party bundle on a boom mic stand|
|Case||Antec Three Hundred|
|OS||Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit|
|Storage||a WD 250GB 2.5in drive that i pulled out of an old external enclosure. it was chugging pretty bad before i formatted it, but its probably fine now, right?|
|Mouse/Keyboard||Saitek Eclipse II keyboard and a SteelSeries Laser Xai (R.U.S.E Edition)|
It's kind of thrown together in a way, but i love it and its mine. im still looking to get a proper reliable hard drive in here, maybe an SSD in the future?
I guess I might as well share since I have been seeing a lot of PC posts lately.
CPU: AMD FX 8320 overclocked to 4Ghz
Motherboard: ASrock 970 Extreme3
RAM: 16 gb G.Skill Ripjaws X Series (2 are at 1866 and 2 are at 1600 but I have them all running at 1600)
HDDs: Kingston 120 gb SSD, 1 tb Seagate 7200 RPM
GPU: XFX Radeon 7850 2gb
Is there any way you can tell without opening your rig? From what I know of computers I can only access information on my GPU and CPU. I am not really sure of what kind of motherboard I have (again, any way to tell). Properly will have to open it to make sure, cannot remember what kind of power supply it has either.
|Processor:||Intel Core i7-860 2.8GHz|
|CPU Cooler:||Noctua NH-U12P Special Edition SE2|
|Memory:||4 x 2 GB G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1333|
|Motherboard:||MSI P55-GD80 (LGA 1156)|
|Video Card*:||MSI Twin Frozr GeForce GTX 660 2GB (N660 TF 2GD5/OC)|
|Hard Drive(s):||Intel X25-M G2 80GB SSD + Samsung SpinPoint HD501LJ 500GB|
|Optical Drive(s):||Samsung DVDRW|
|Power Supply:||Corsair HX-520 520W|
|Monitor 1:||Dell UltraSharp 2209WA 22" IPS (1680x1050)|
|Monitor 2:||Dell UltraSharp 2001FP 20.1" IPS (1600x1200)|
|Mouse & Keyboard:||Logitech G500, Lenovo Preferred Pro USB|
|Operating System:||Windows 7 Professional 64-bit|
* I just recently ordered this video card, which will be replacing a HIS Radeon HD5770 1GB.
The PC I 'needed' for University....
Processor:CPU Intel i7 3770k Quad Core
Motherboard:Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS
Memory: Kingston 16 GB 1333MHZ DDR3
Primary Hard Drive: Western Digital Hard Drive 1 Terabyte Black
Secondary Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB SSD (Solid State Drive) installed as a primary drive
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 2GB
Audio Card: 7.1 Integrated Surround Sound
Drives: 24x LG DVD-RW Dual Layer
Power Supply: Antec high current gamer 750W
Case: Coolermaster HAF 912 Black
Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Heatsink
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit English
|CPU||Intel i5 750|
|GPU||Sapphire ATI 6850|
|HHD1||64GB OCZ Vertex2|
|HHD2||1TB Samsung HD103SJ|
|HDD3||1TB Samsung HD103SJ|
|Monitor||Samsung Syncmaster 2243|
|Case||Some off brand nothing special|
My computer is basically a living evolving creature at this point. The case is ~7 years old, the motherboard and cpu ~4 years, the harddrives were bought in that period as well with the SSD being the newest and the graphics card is about half a year old. The next upgrade will be a big one again as the motherboard and cpu will change then but I think I can last until next year to do that.
|MotherBoard:||ASUS P9X79 Pro|
|Processor:||Intel Core i7 3930K 6 Core @ 3.2GHZ|
|Video Card:||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670|
|Monitor:||2- 24" ASUS IPS Monitors|
|Sound Card:||Realtek Digital Output (Realtek High Definition Audio)|
|Speakers/Headphones:||Steelseries Siberia V2|
|Mouse:||Steelseries MMO Gaming Mouse|
|Operating System:||Windows 8 Professional|
Motherboard: MSI Z77 G43
Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Memory: G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1333
Hard Drive: Western Digital 500GB, Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
Video Card: EVGA GTX 670 Signature 2
Monitor: Asus 27" 1200p
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 Headphone Amp
Speakers/Headphones: Audio Technica ATH-AD700
Keyboard: Das Keyboard (Cherry browns)
Mouse: Razer Deathadder
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
Case: HAF-932 Advanced
PSU: Corsair TX750w
@mastorn:PC I needed for uni stuff such as autocad and 3ds max and other stuff.
Motherboard + CPU + Ram bundle
|Asus P8Z77-V LX2 + Intel Core i5 3570K 3.40GHz @ OC 4.50GHz (<-Crazy!) + Patriot Intel Extreme Masters 8GB||£389.99|
|Hard Drive||Seagate 2TB SATA III||£69.78|
|OCZ Agility 3 60GB (refurbished, so I'm not sure how reliable this is)||£41.52|
|Graphics||Palit GTX660Ti NVIDIA 2GB (the reference one not the jetstream)||£215.59|
|Case||Corsair Carbide 300R Mid||£55.07|
|PSU||be quiet! Pure Power L8 630W Hybrid Modular||£73.96|
|Monitor||AOC 23" IPS||£127.48|
|Keyboard||Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Knucker||£35.98|
|Mouse||Thermaltake Tt eSports BLACK||£28.67|
|Optical Drive||Pionner BDC-207DBK Blu Ray||£47.98|
|OS||Windows 8 OEM||£69.70|
|Dollar conversion $1768.60||£1,155.72|
New build (old one was a Phenom II x4 965 system. I posted it in here over 3 years ago), I recycled most of my parts but replaced the CPU and moved it to a smaller, more soundproof case
Here it is (I will note what is new):
Overall I am very happy with my new machine. It is so much quieter and doesn't seem to pump out nearly as much hot air. One touch I really like about the case is rather than having open, empty fan locations they fill them in with a sound-proofed metal plate so even less noise gets out the bottom. If I got fans I could always take them out. I just thought it was a neat touch. Thanks to a bunch of stupid giftcards I had lying around from past years the CPU only cost me around $2.95 after tax and shipping. The rest was about $220 from NCIX. Not bad at all. The Samsung SSD I am getting tomorrow will add on about $125 but I was gonna buy that either way (once you go SSD you can't go back. I've used SSDs in my Macs for 3 years now and my gaming machine for about a year. It feels wrong to use anything else).
I suppose I could also say I got a new Mac a month ago (I don't really play a lot of games on it even though it can totally run games just fine. I use it for all my schoolwork, which is almost all programming. That Unix base of OSX comes in so handy!). It is a 15" with a hi-res anti-glare screen rather than one of those Retina jobbies. I am incredibly happy with it. It runs SC2 better than my old Phenom II rig did, and it still has 7 hours of battery life. I guess for specs it has:
It seems I upgrade both of my computers in a 3 year cycle.
Edit: Also, Microsoft screwed up somewhere. I thought I would need to buy a new copy of Windows 7 since it was a CPU/motherboard change but I gave my current license a go just to try and it worked and activated just fine. It was nice to save that money because now I can put it toward an SSD instead.
My PC for spreadsheets and presentations:
|Motherboard||Asus Sabertooth Z77|
|CPU||Intel i5 3570K|
|GPU||2 x GTX 670 SLI'd|
|SSD||2 x 240GB Sandisk Extreme|
1 x 120GB Corsair Force 3
|HDD||2 x 2TB WD Caviar Black|
|PSU||Silverstone Strider 1200W Gold|
|Case||NZXT Switch 810 Gun Metal|
|Monitors||27" Asus VG278H 120Hz|
27" Yamakasi Catleap Q270 IPS LED
|Audio Gear||Sennheiser HD 650 headphones|
Little Dot MK IV SE tube headphone amp
Audioengine D1 DAC
Audioengine N22 desktop amp
Audioengine P4 desktop speakers
Audioengine S8 sub
|W/C Gear||Black Ice GTX 420 3 x 140mm rad|
XSPC EX280 2 x 140mm rad
XSPC D5 Dual Bay res + pump
Swiftech Apogee HD wateblock
2 x EK-FC670 GTX Nickel waterblocks
EK-FC SLI Bridge
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