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Gaming Computer Advice

Written on March 11, 2009 by William George
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too basic.

i wish for more information to make those choices. as i prefer to make them. do i differ from most of your customers?

Posted on 2009-03-12 05:24:55

In the interest of being able to better cater to our customers, what additional information would you be looking for? Please note that the intent of this particular article was not to make specific hardware recommendations, since those change with every new release, but to give folks a background in what goes into the hardware choices - with the hopes that they could combine this with up-to-date reviews (either here or elsewhere) and then be able to make decisions on what to order. If we failed in that aim, or if we overlooked things, please let us know!

Posted on 2009-03-12 15:51:21
mike pyne

Hi PCC-Jon,
I referred your link and i found it really interesting, hence there is controversies that using the PC for Gaming purpose even though built for gaming could reduce the life of PC.
How many of you agree with it.

Regards
Mike

Posted on 2009-05-25 05:26:03
scottish

As I mentioned in a previous post - I don't agree that a PC built specifically for gaming has a shorter shelf life than one built for 'standard' use.

Intense heat can be offset with superior cooling. Use of high quality parts (which most gaming systems use) also comes into play.

Will there come a day when the 'boutique' builders are gone? Tough call. I think at some point we will see a merging of console and PC systems.

As I also mentioned in a previous post - PCs lend themselves to ease of upgrading and even building your own. When was the last time you assembled an XBOX or PS3 on your kitchen table? ;)

Posted on 2009-05-25 08:33:56
mike pyne

Hi PCC-Jon,
I referred to your link and found it interesting. Can you please suggest that extreme gaming on standard PC could reduce the life of the PC. Do you agree with it.

Regards.
Mike

Posted on 2009-06-16 04:49:21

Mike -

I don't agree. The chips do not contain moving parts. Higher temperatures outside their spec can reduce the life of a PC, so technically gaming could have an impact, but if the computer is properly cooled the impact of gaming will be insignificant enough to be unmeasurable.

Posted on 2009-06-16 16:53:14
mike pyne

So we need to integrate external cooling device because in general it's not available by default. So this is the point that i was proving that unless you don't install cooling device into your PC system then definitely extreme gaming could result in reducing PC's life.

Regards
Mike

Posted on 2009-06-19 01:49:22
cccmd

So we need to integrate external cooling device because in general it's not available by default. So this is the point that i was proving that unless you don't install cooling device into your PC system then definitely extreme gaming could result in reducing PC's life.

Regards
Mike
rentfusion.com

I don't understand what you mean by a "cooling device."

Any well built PC in a quality enclosure will have proper air flow to pull-in cool air and exhaust hot air from the components.

"Extreme gaming" machines will produce more heat because they tend to have hotter components (overclocked CPUs, powerful GPUs, RAID arrays, SLI or Crossfire, etc). Gaming itself isn't as stressful on a PC's components. Most games are only a single or dual threaded and they don't even come close to 100% utilization on CPU cores.

Posted on 2009-06-19 08:24:24

If you don't install a cooling device, even hitting the power button will dramatically reduce the life of the PC :)

Posted on 2009-06-19 10:44:07
mike pyne

Hi PCC-Jon,
Thanks for giving such awareness. I had never used cooling device for PC. Can you recommend some best PC cooling device.

Regards,
Mike

Posted on 2009-07-06 06:02:56
mike pyne

Hi cccmd,
The design meant for cooling CPU and cooler both are different. According to Jon we need to externally install cooling device or else make the PC environment cool by switching to AC.

Regards,
Mike

Posted on 2009-07-15 01:10:52
Raibeaux

Don't know if the poster still comes to the forum, but comparing his question to some of mine and the way I (sometimes don't) think, I think he was unaware that ALL processors are provided with cooling. I think he was confused by the upgrades, and thought for gaming you had to add a cooler.
Ray

Posted on 2009-08-30 17:20:27

Actually Mike, it looks like I misunderstood what you meant. I only meant that a CPU cooler needs to be installed, which I'm sure you already knew.

Posted on 2009-07-15 11:03:34
Steve

here's a maybe not so quick question.

I'm very close to deciding on a new computer and I'm not sure whether to choose a core i7 or core 2 quad (or duo) build.

I bought my last computer from you guys and have been very satisfied. I've had it for 5 years now and I can't play the new games now so it's upgrade time. I'm looking to keep this new computer for a similar time frame, with a probable gpu upgrade in a few years.

Which CPU would you guys recommend going forward. Sure the Core 2 duo stuff is cheaper right now and performs great but it 3 years, am I gonna be feeling the hurt when all the new games are built to use quad cores?

What's gonna get me the most longevity?

Posted on 2009-08-18 12:04:24

Core i7, hands down (for gaming). Now, here is the second half of that question - which you might not have known about: "Socket 1366 or 1156?"

The current i7s are using the socket 1366 platform, which has come down a lot in price but is still more expensive than the mainstream Core 2 line. However, next month Intel's P55 chipset and socket 1156 are coming - for the price-conscious that might be a better choice, as it will house Core i7 processors (and their little brothers, the i5 and i3). The main difference between the two sockets is going to be the memory setup: 1366 uses triple-channel memory, while 1156 will be dual-channel. For gaming, though, that should make very little difference. If you can wait a few weeks I think I would aim for the upcoming socket to maximize your return on investment and longevity!

Posted on 2009-08-18 12:09:03
Steve

And that completes the question I asked about the new chipset in the other thread. Thank you very much for being so fast with that response.

While i'm trying to be price conscious, I don't want to be too stingy. I haven't been able to play a newly released game for a while now and I don't want to have that situation again for a long time. Do you think that the choosing 1366 versus 1156 will make a difference in that regard?

Sorry if I'm asking an incredibly broad question.

Posted on 2009-08-18 12:35:37

It is hard to guess what the next generation of game titles will need, but historically memory bandwidth has not been a limiting factor in that area. Latency can be a bottleneck for some games, so I would make sure to get lower-latency memory if possible (like the HyperX we carry from Kingston), but pure memory speed usually makes little difference.

When socket 1156 gets closer to launch there should be performance comparisons on many of the major hardware websites - AnandTech, TomsHardware, etc - that will shed more light on the new chips and how they work relative to the established socket 1366 models.

Posted on 2009-08-18 12:44:01
cccmd

I recently entertained such decisions before I placed an order with Puget. Even though I know the p55 chipset and socket 1156 CPus are due in early September, I went ahead and chose the 1366 CPUs. I did so because it is a mature platform these days. The boards have been out for awhile and BIOS revisions are minor. Plus builders are comfortable with these boards and chipsets. The performance between the two should be minor, but it does seem the new CPUs will have a lot of overclocking headroom. Time will tell with that. Certainly you will be able to get a machine with Intel's i7 architecture for a bit cheaper with the new socket as the memory will be dual-channel and the boards less pricey. Intel has stated they will continue support of both sockets.

Posted on 2009-08-18 13:51:37
Steve

When socket 1156 gets closer to launch there should be performance comparisons on many of the major hardware websites - AnandTech, TomsHardware, etc - that will shed more light on the new chips and how they work relative to the established socket 1366 models.

I'm gonna have to wait for that then because after a day of reading as much as I can my head is ready to explode.

Though if I'm this conflicted over what I'm going to put in the computer, it probably means that I'm buying too close to the edge and I should take a step back in tech and price.

Posted on 2009-08-19 07:48:52

We don't have pricing info yet, but I'm hoping that the new socket 1156 stuff comes out at the same price as current Core 2 products - so that while you may be buying 'close to the edge' you shouldn't be spending more than you would on older tech.

Posted on 2009-08-19 10:48:30