User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)

Post Reply 
 
Thread Rating:
  • 1 Vote(s) - 5 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Good build for Emulator gaming?
Author Message
Nickerson Offline
Newbie

Posts: 14
Joined: May 2010
Location:
Reputation: 0
Post: #1
Good build for Emulator gaming?
I've been building computers for a while. May sell my laptop and build a desktop which would be better suited for gaming.

All together the following system runs at about $1,000.00. Would like to hear some opinions or recommendations.

UPDATED

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, $50.00 (updated to a very silent and stable case)
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W, $90.00 (updated to a much better PSU)
Processor: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz, $200.00 (updated from i7-920 to i7-930)
Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366, $170.00
RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600, $180.00 (updated to triple channel)
Graphic Card: XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5, $170.00
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA, $90.00 (updated to 7,200 rpm, didnt realize last was 5400)
Disk Drive: LITE-ON DVD Drive, $20.00

Total, $970.00
(This post was last modified: 05-16-2010 10:14 PM by Nickerson.)
05-16-2010 12:42 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply

Sponsored links

sakraycore Offline
Member
**

Posts: 247
Joined: Dec 2009
Location:
Reputation: 0
Post: #2
RE: Good build for Emulator gaming?
Case & PSU is VERY questionable. You should never go budget on the PSU...especially on a high end build.
Motherboard is also questionable. This is another component you should not go budget on.
Hard drive also seems to be questionable. Just look at the reviews on newegg.
I've heard that OCZ ram is also very questionable. (Btw you should go triple channel with LGA 1366)

Your building strategy seems to splurge on the CPU and video card and go budget on everything else. That's pretty much why I hate prebuilts since their building strategy is about identical to yours.
(This post was last modified: 05-16-2010 12:52 AM by sakraycore.)
05-16-2010 12:46 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
dr_thrax Offline
Can I has stdio?
***

Posts: 456
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: ¯\(º~°)/¯
Reputation: 1
Post: #3
RE: Good build for Emulator gaming?
Dude...why are you getting dual channel RAM kits on a 1366 platform.
Save some money and go 3 x 2GB = 6GB.
You won't need 8GB for gaming anyways.

Nappa: Vegeta! What does the scouter say about his power level?
Vegeta: It's...one thousand and six.
Nappa: Wh-...really?
Vegeta: Yeah! Beat him up Nappa!
Nappa: Yay!
05-16-2010 01:06 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
iakoboss7 Offline
Posting Freak
****

Posts: 1.775
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Athens,Greece
Reputation: 6
Post: #4
RE: Good build for Emulator gaming?
just tell as the budget u are gonna spend and we can try finding u something better, also include some money more cause psu and mobo are the most important parts in the pc. and yes u will go for 3x2gb ram. 2x4gb is really stupid as a buy. i know u have gave 1.000 dollars as the final price but think into spending 100-200 more. (in the end u may not even spend them i/we just need the confirmation to look for something good cause if u want i7 9xx u need more than 1k or all the other components will suck)

OS: Win 7 Ultimate x64 sp1, MoBo: Asus P5QD Turbo, CPU: Q6600 @ 3,0Ghz, RAM: Trancend 2x2gb 6-6-6-18 800 MHz, GPU: HD 4850 1gb.
Pcsx2: Always Latest
(This post was last modified: 05-16-2010 02:17 AM by iakoboss7.)
05-16-2010 02:14 AM
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
ilovejedd Offline
Senior Member
***

Posts: 721
Joined: Feb 2010
Location:
Reputation: 10
Post: #5
RE: Good build for Emulator gaming?
ASRock, iirc, is an offshoot from ASUS. Still, I'd pay the $50 extra for a GIGABYTE or ASUS board.

This is one build where I'm questioning the 5400RPM 1.5TB drive. I use them all the time in HTPC's and as data drives and they work great for that. As an OS drive for an otherwise high performance gaming rig? Not really...

As mentioned, a 3x2GB triple channel RAM kit would be better (and I reckon less expensive) than 2x4GB.

Case and power supply, since you're on a budget, I'd recommend something in the vein of the CoolerMaster Centurion 590 or Antec Three Hundred paired with a Corsair 400CX. That 400W Corsair should work much better than the cheapie 500W PSU included with the Smilodon case.
05-16-2010 02:27 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
ilovejedd Offline
Senior Member
***

Posts: 721
Joined: Feb 2010
Location:
Reputation: 10
Post: #6
RE: Good build for Emulator gaming?
Revising your original parts list:

Case+HDD: Antec Three Hundred Illusion + Seagate 7200.12 1TB, $120
PSU: Corsair 400CX, $50
MB+CPU: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R + Intel Core i7-930 2.80GHz, $474
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600, $180
Graphic Card: XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5, $170
ODD: LITE-ON DVD Drive, $20
TOTAL: $1,014

I think you can shave off an extra $10 by going with the i7-920 but I don't think it's worth stepping down. Looking purely at stock clocks, the i7-930 is 5% faster than the i7-920 while costing only 3% more. The higher multiplier on the i7-930 should also help in overclocking. The above build is still lacking decent CPU cooling. If you want something inexpensive, I suggest the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus ($27).
05-16-2010 03:19 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
iakoboss7 Offline
Posting Freak
****

Posts: 1.775
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Athens,Greece
Reputation: 6
Post: #7
RE: Good build for Emulator gaming?
i am not gonna post parts to use but think with going with the 1090 of amd (its fast as i7 965 but it costs a lot less) and an apropriate motherboard (that will be cheaper cause thats how amd mobo's are) ofc amd cpu's are not that great with pcsx2 but the most important thing in pc's is getting the best in everything else u do! (like games programs video editing etc etc) that way uonly need to go for 2x2gb ram (nothing will need more than that except if u plan to run 2 heavy pc games at one time and 20 tabs on firefox Wacko ) that way u will get a faster pc and maybe can use the rest of the money for a hd 5830 1gb

OS: Win 7 Ultimate x64 sp1, MoBo: Asus P5QD Turbo, CPU: Q6600 @ 3,0Ghz, RAM: Trancend 2x2gb 6-6-6-18 800 MHz, GPU: HD 4850 1gb.
Pcsx2: Always Latest
(This post was last modified: 05-16-2010 03:29 AM by iakoboss7.)
05-16-2010 03:27 AM
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
ilovejedd Offline
Senior Member
***

Posts: 721
Joined: Feb 2010
Location:
Reputation: 10
Post: #8
RE: Good build for Emulator gaming?
(05-16-2010 03:27 AM)iakoboss7 Wrote:  i am not gonna post parts to use but think with going with the 1090 of amd (its fast as i7 965 but it costs a lot less) and an apropriate motherboard (that will be cheaper cause thats how amd mobo's are)

If you get an older motherboard, sure. If you want the latest 890FX chipset, the GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 + AMD Phenom II X6 1090T costs $470 on the 'egg giving you a whopping $4 savings over the GIGABYTE X58 + Intel Core i7-930 combo.

(05-16-2010 03:27 AM)iakoboss7 Wrote:  ofc amd cpu's are not that great with pcsx2 but the most important thing in pc's is getting the best in everything else u do! (like games programs video editing etc etc) that way uonly need to go for 2x2gb ram (nothing will need more than that except if u plan to run 2 heavy pc games at one time and 20 tabs on firefox Wacko ) that way u will get a faster pc and maybe can use the rest of the money for a hd 5830 1gb

I just read a bunch of Thuban reviews and from what I'm seeing, the reason why it's ahead even in not so heavily threaded benchmarks is because of Turbo Core. Compare it with a Core i7-860 Lynnfield which has a more aggressive Turbo Boost and the gap starts to narrow or is even eliminated altogether. If you overclock both the 1090T and the i7-930 to 4GHz, then the i7-930 is probably going to cream the 1090T, except in the most thread optimized apps (e.g. x264, etc).

I'm not saying that Thuban's a poor value. It certainly seems like a pretty nice CPU to have if you're doing tons of video encoding, etc. However, if you're not doing any of that, it's better to choose a processor that works well with your targeted applications. It does you no good to choose a hexa-core that excels in 3D rendering and video encoding if it will only give you 40fps in PCSX2. Besides, I think for a lot of folks, moving to a decent quality SSD would provide a more noticeable boost than upgrading from a decent dual-core to a quad-/hexa-core will.
05-16-2010 06:07 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Register Offline
The UltraManKid
****

Posts: 1.074
Joined: Dec 2008
Location:
Reputation: 2
Post: #9
RE: Good build for Emulator gaming?
For emulator (pcsx2) intel cpu still the best cpu due optimize in features But isnt in big different Result and you can still have 2 more real core with PhenomII X6 1090T which is not hyperthreading. This can help you to gain more fps with gsdx software mode.
Also PhenomII cpu is well for overclocking cpu as well as intel cpu in other side.

Notebook ASUS A43TA|CPU AMD Llano APU A6-3400m Triple core (1 core disable) OC to 2.6+Ghz|GPU CF|HD 6520 400Mhz/667Mhz iGPU|HD6650M OC 780Mhz/985Mhz dGPU|RAM 8GB DDR3 1333|Windows 7 Ultimate Sp.1 x64 bit.
>> Emulation speed differs for each game. There will be some you can run fast easily, but others will simply require more powerfull hardware <<.
05-16-2010 09:15 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
iakoboss7 Offline
Posting Freak
****

Posts: 1.775
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Athens,Greece
Reputation: 6
Post: #10
RE: Good build for Emulator gaming?
ilovejedd: why should he get the top motherboard? there is no point in getting the top he isnt making a pc of 1500 dollars worth relax there a little,

as for what cpu is faster u can see the results in the most world known program here: http://www.guru3d.com/article/phenom-ii-...-review/14
1090t outperforms intel 965 that costs allooooot more
and to just know pcmark does many and general tests to the cpu that has to do from daily aplications to starting windows or playing games if thats not enough u can still look at the other pages! and by paying less money getting a better cpu is the best he can do.... also why someone should choose to make a whole pc that will use on EVERYTHING for years based on if it work better or worse than an intel one on pcsx2. ok i know he wants to play ps2 games on the emu but everyone uses the pc mostly to do other staff. and amd's cpu's are not for video editing only lol, but they run faster than a 965 and down in allmost everything with paying allot less! also it will be best for the future cause in a couple of years everything (games programs etc) will use more cores.
edit: as for the ssd its something u will never mostly need, why is that? because it will hurt no one waiting just 30 sec more when windows starts up or 0,5 sec when u lunch firefox, ssd's are for enthusiasts cause as u know they cost allooooot and the capacity is so little that u have to buy another hdd to store anything else except the windows. as i said before if he wants to build a pc of 1500 dollars ok lets go for it. but as i can see he doesnt want that so he can use those 300 bucks the ssd costs (or even 200 if its a medium one) to a allot better gpu.
also by going with amd and a medium-high mobo and not a top enthusiast one he can save money for better gpu and at the same time have more speed and be more futureproof!

OS: Win 7 Ultimate x64 sp1, MoBo: Asus P5QD Turbo, CPU: Q6600 @ 3,0Ghz, RAM: Trancend 2x2gb 6-6-6-18 800 MHz, GPU: HD 4850 1gb.
Pcsx2: Always Latest
(This post was last modified: 05-16-2010 09:41 AM by iakoboss7.)
05-16-2010 09:35 AM
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 





Current time: 11-01-2014, 06:29 AM