Hey, just the thread I was looking for. I've been poring over websites for the past couple weeks researching the same thing. As a mac user for many years, I'm in way over my head as far as pcs go, but it's time to build a gaming rig. It doesn't have to be the absolute fastest, but it may as well be fairly up to date, and I may eventually want to fool around with some overclocking. It must be fairly quiet. The fruits of my internet (and some local pc shops) labor so far:
Case: Coolermaster â€œWavemasterâ€ (reviewed at gamepc
) or Antec Sonata case (reviewed at silent pc review
and ars technica
Power supply: I think the motherboards Iâ€™m looking at require 24 pin connectors, and some graphics cards need an extra 6 pin peripheral power connector, so the 20 pin TruePower 380W that comes with the Sonata case may need to be replaced. Iâ€™m looking at the Seasonic S12-500 reviewed here
(actually the 430W version) at silent pc review.
Graphics card: PCI-E Radeon X800 XL, specifically the Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V SilentPipe or the MSI RX800XL-VT2D256E as compared in this 6 card showdown
article at firingsquad.
Motherboard: MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI, comparo review of 5 nForce4 SLI boards
at firingsquad. I appreciate the â€œlegacyâ€ serial port for programming my soon to be purchased MX-850 remote.
Still have to work out RAM, HD options, but those are things I actually am familiar with, even as a mac guy.
Comments appreciated, not too technical please, which is why I'm posting in this forum and not at some hard core gaming forum where I really can't follow half of what's posted. :)