When it comes to gaming computers, the most versatile graphic cards, best built motherboards and speediest RAM are beat in a matter of weeks. Worse yet, they become obsolete to the gaming fanatic in a year. It's an expensive, addictive hobby, but someone's going to have the fastest computer out there, and so the competition continues.

This instructable shows the simple task of putting together a top-of-the-line gaming machine. Remember, this rig won't be top-of-the-line for long. It has, maybe, a few weeks in the spotlight as the fastest computer on my block. It arguably has the best graphics on the market today, its one of the best overall gaming rigs out there, and sits in a unique and versatile case that won't become phased-out for some time.

Step 1: Case

Any case will do, as long as everything fits. Premium cases keep the computer colder with advanced airflow capabilities and have bigger interiors to keep everything neatly tucked away.

There are great products from Gigabyte (Aurora 3D 570) and Thermaltake (Kandalf Extreme Edition) but I chose Cooler Master's Stacker 830 Nvidia edition for it's cooling abilities and interesting design. The case has a side fan tray with four 120 x 25mm fans pushed it to the top of the list. It going to be loud, but cold. Plus the removable motherboard tray is an interesting bonus, making for a faster build and easier upgrade.
<p>I see no mention about ESD, kind of important with a 500 dollar chip don't you think?Intel has always made a better chip. AMD is just cheaper. Both produce multicore chips.</p>
How much did the graphics cards cost
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Mine is better..... I also used the i7 tech.
You might lessen the load on your graphics cards and keep things cooler If you put that in the lowest pci slot.
Building computers is fun if you've got the cash, and this is a cool one for sure :D The actual assembly is a good deal simpler than even some snap together models, so its a good choice for anyone who wants a fast rig, or an easy job - most of what you pay for those flops from dell and so forth is for assembly, which is pretty redunculously simple. <br><br>What I'd really like to see is some more instructables on actually building computers :D I'm looking now, but have yet to find one. Our hardware really isn't advancing that fast - the whole doubling every year thing has already hit the wall for processors, and the system bus is way too slow for the amt of memory we have already. What the author said about the machine getting outdated isn't really true anymore, they've pretty much quit pushing games in most areas because everything is made for the console. I suppose if you want to play horrid console ports you might need to constantly update b/c they're so slow and purposefully inefficient, but not a one of those ports isn't technically capable of being run on a five year old computer, they have to work on xbox which is pretty weak. But yeah, when gaming became mass market on consoles they pretty much quit making good new computer games, I suppose there have been a few but if you're going to play anything you'd probably be best off going for crysis or half life 2 or one of the others (I think crysis still pushes harder than most anything being done now, and it was actually pretty efficient compared to all these console ports), great games made before the consoles blew up and standards went bye bye. <br><br>But yeah, back to point it would be nice to see someone really build a computer, meaning a motherboard. Your mobo is your computer, the rest is just add-ons, but NOONE seems to do that, at least on a small scale. Yet the mobo is a horrible choke point, and its not like people need compact computers at home. Is everyone just afraid of having their apartment turn out like Lain's or is ther esome reason you couldn't replace the mobo with a bunch of fiberoptics or line of sight lasers and do a diy supercomputer architecture w/o all the drawbacks of multi machine arrays?<br><br>Because, seriously, despite all we tell ourselves we really haven't made any huge steps since the IC. I'm sorry, we're still just printing designs on layer after layer of crud, it's not exactly the superscience they lead you to believe it is in school. They talk like we're right on the doorstep of the molecular circuit, but we're nowhere CLOSE. Molar circuit maybe lo, but not molecular. Most of our improvements since we actually got rid of the vacuum tube are just smoke and mirrors, tricks and efficiency gains, its still just the same old integrated circuits and while obviously the industry has put a lot of regulations (and bought a lot of laws lol) in place to make it as difficult and annoying as possible to try and use their junk in a wholly alien architecture, but there shouldn't be anything making it IMPOSSIBLE, and I've certainly seen a couple of projects on instructables that dealt with concepts that were many degrees more complicated. <br><br>Anyway, nice tut. Wish I had the cash to blow on the newest shiniest compact computer, but honestly I'd just as soon dedicate a closet to it and have something ten times as powerful that'll last as long as an ibm mainframe. I'm honestly getting really, really tired of this idiotic turn and burn society, wtf were the baby boomers thinking? Why in the world do we call them the greatest generation (that would be their parents at least lo).
im still lost on the point of2 grafix cards 2moniters so u can multitask or wat
answer: chilled<br>
Those graphic cards are huge.&nbsp; They remind me of the old CGA hercules cards in length.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6a/KL_Hercules_HGC.png" rel="nofollow">upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6a/KL_Hercules_HGC.png</a><br /> <br /> nice Build!<br /> <br />
um... um... what were those used in? 1984... 84... i have never seen anything like that!
about that time frame.&nbsp; Yep!<br />
wow. with all of those chips you would think you got better graphics than 1mb...
Late reply, I know. Considering the average pc back then was lucky if it could support 640k at max, the hercules was the pinnacle of hardware to be sure. Which could explain why it cost about $400-500 depending where you bought it.
wow $500 for that... now people will pay $500 for about 640<em>mb</em> of memory
Hey, I have a computer I bought off my mate, its pretty up to date geforce 8500, intel pentium Dual CPU @ 1.60 ghz, ACPI multiprocesser, and 4 gig of ram. It came with a seagate harddrive which had windows professional 64 edition installed and the guy said that you need to have that version to be able to run 4 gig of ram, is that true? and is there a way to go back to the normal version of XP with still running 4 gig of ram? Because nothing seems to install on the 64 edition.
man, i run 8gb of ddr3 @ 2ghz under Windows XP, Windows XP knows its there, i have never been able to acheive a full mem bank ive streached over 3gb BUT Vista has alot more resources and so on and can allocate room for certain resources which would otherwise be placed in "PAGE" which is quite slow to be place in the RAM which gives your system a boost in performance, not intirely noticable but yea :/ my irritatingly fast beast Intel Core i7 965 @ 4ghz (45oC idle "liquid") ASUS Rampage II Extreme Motherboard (I7) Gainward Radeon 4870 X2 Rampage700 GS GLH Edition x2 OCZ DDR3 PC3-15000 Reaper 4x2gb 8gb total Thermaltake Sword Aluminium Liquid Cooled Case Thermaltake Toughpower 1.2Kw Modular
xp 32 bit can only support 3gb of ram, xp 62 bit can support more. its better then running vista because vista likes to crash. just remember that 62 bit can not run everything.
yea 64bit isn't known for its stability and compatibility, xp pro 32bit can take over 3gb of ram, my previous system had 8gb of ram running 32x xp pro and i was able to fill up around 4.6gig of that now i run win7 64x and i got eVGA X58 classified 1366 965 i7 eVGA 295 Co-Op edition x2 Corsair dominator GT 2ghz ram 6x2gb sticks 1kw corsair power supply
I run 2 desktop PC's with Core i7 processors and 8Gb RAM per computer... Networked together on a private network connection to create a tiny supercomputer... all running windows 7 64-bit...
How do you do that?
kinda long and comlpicated.... :)
&nbsp;I'm sorry to intrude but it sounds like you've only read the box that your premade system came in.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;32bit Xp can only take 3.3. Windows 7 32bit can only take 3.3, however&nbsp;compatibility&nbsp;of 64bit windows 7 is much more helpful as it allows for much more tweaking (given you know what your doing) and has simple user-friendly ways to run non-compatible&nbsp;software<br />
dude it says on the BOX for wondows xp up to 4gb ram unless you get 64bit but actually it can only use 3.3gb of that due to the 32bit limitations
got new cards, 2x XFX 295's
This is an old post, but I feel it is important that the correct information is given in response to it, as this is still relevant today. To clear up the memory issue (which still confuses a lot of people): The 32-bit desktop versions of Windows XP/Vista/7 limit the amount of addressable physical memory to 4GB in total. This includes memory on graphics cards, sounds cards and CPU cache. (This is NOT a limit on 32-bit operating systems as so many people keep incorrectly pointing out - but a limitation of the processor. x86 processors which are enabled for Physical Address Extension can operate more than 4GB). If you have 4GB of RAM in your PC, then the 32-bit Windows XP/Vista/7 install that you have will take: CPU and motherboard Cache memory (that is Level-1, 2 and 3 memory), Graphics card memory and Sound card memory. That amount of memory will be removed from the 4GB upper limit and the remaining allowance will be used from the RAM. Any RAM that takes the computer over that 4GB limit will be ignored by the system. The use of PAE allows a 32-bit operating system to run much more than 4GB. Though Microsoft have reserved this for server editions of their software (for instance server 2003 has varieties which support up to 128GB on 32-bit).
&nbsp;you can still run it with 4gb but windows xp 32bit will only optimize 3gb of the ram
Upgrade the CPU. My Windows ME has an only slightly slower CPU then that.
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lol. i once had a off the shelf top-of-the-line packard bell that ran that. ( i think iwas purchased in the early 2000's, i still have it, but now it runs xp.<br /> and one of my friends said in almost any computer joke, windows ME is the punchline.
see? Windows ME makes people lol. proof.
I know. I just get what ver computer my parent's ghad when they buy a new one.<br />
well on xp you can only use 3.3gb of ram for the 32bit the 64bit allows up to 8gb but most motherboards wont allow it. the install issue might be not enough room on the hdd or since the cpu is way outdated compared to now it might not handle it and as a fail safe windows 64bit (being a business class os) wont allow it to install
Don't forget that the memory of your video card counts towards this total so if your running a 1gig card you only get use of 2.3 gigs.<br />
everything works on Windows XP professional Enterprise.
If enterprise is 64 edition.. No It doesnt, try installing visual basic, MADE BY MICROSOFT, doesnt install. Neither does any of the other Visual Studios, and some drivers dont. or is Enterprise a different type of xp.
works fine over here.
It'll work on XP 32 and 64bit. But you cant go over 4 gigs of ram, with vista ultimate you can go to 128gb of ram.
Why would you want 128 gigs of RAM? Isn't that like overkill?
so you can run crysis at max settings like 50 times or even better bf 2 256 i think lol or just to have it in case you &quot;need&quot; that much lol.
only servers can go over 12gb of ram due to space limitations and believe me they need it
Thats exactly why!
depends on the version of XP
oh and XP only reads that as 3gb anyways...
wasnt Enterprise sold to well,enterprises?oh wait thats <crappy>Vista...</crappy>
To use more than 3.5gb of ram you need a 64bit operating system.<br /> Stuff will run but you have to download the 64 bit version, make a note of this.<br />
i would get yourself a faster CPU
Depending on motherboard ram and bios u get around 3gb out of 4 in windows 32. The only way to go back is to start fresh and install a copy of windows 32. you might want to give MS a call to see if you can switch it for free
I already have a copy of 32, but say could I run a version of 32 on another harddrive, and then run like both?

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