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    Old 06-27-2011, 11:34 PM
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    Where to start?!
    im new to pc gaming and i have several questions that may be a bit ridiculous but just please bare with me.

    i've recently had a pc built and i really want to get in to pc gaming. Mainly bc BF3 is coming out and i want the best possible experience that i can have with that game.

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    Operating System: MS Windows 7 64-bit

    CPU: Intel Core i7 860 @ 2.80GHz

    RAM: 4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz

    Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. P55A-UD4P (Socket 1156)

    Graphics: SMXL2370HD (1920x1080@60Hz)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470

    Hard Drives: 500GB Western Digital WDC
    1TB Western Digital WDC

    Optical Drives: PIONEER DVD-RW

    Audio: High Definition Audio Device

    Case: Antec p-183

    Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster XL2370HD

    it seems to be a good computer i just need to know if i need to make any tweaks to let this thing be a gaming beast.
    if anyone has any helpful advice it would be much appreciated. it can be expensive advice or just little things i could do such as adding a fan for cooling etc.

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    Old 06-28-2011, 06:57 AM
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    Unless you plan on using 3 monitors or you're going to turn on 3D on a really large monitor, that computer should handle your games nicely.

    If you're serious about getting into computer gaming, you should seriously consider getting a mouse designed for it. That is, if you don't already have one. A good laser or optical mouse with a high sensitivity (usually in the thousands of dots-per-inch -dpi-), a scrollwheel and more than 2 buttons. The nicer ones come with weights that you can add or subtract to give it just the right heft and let you adjust the sensitivity on the fly. Which is useful for lining up headshots in shooters. The current champ is the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 (or 9 if you want wireless), lets you adjust more options than you ever thought a mouse could have. Different grips, weights, on the fly sensitivity.... yada yada yada. Expect to pay through the nose for it though. Fortunately there are some good options starting around $35(US).
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    Old 06-28-2011, 07:53 AM
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    Thanks for the advice. I actually don't have a good mouse right now so that'll be a good place to start.
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    Run [URL="http://www.piriform.com/speccy"]Speccy[/URL] and it will tell you & us what the specifics are. But looking at what you listed, it looks pretty promosing all round.

    What monitor are you using with it ?
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    Old 06-28-2011, 02:34 PM
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    ok i have the setup edited. looking at the new setup would you recommend anything?
    I am committed to making this thing a gaming beast.

    p.s. - thanks for that speccy website that made things a lot easier.
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    Everything looks great. But maybe you should consider changing your GPU soon.
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    Everything looks great. But maybe you should consider changing your GPU soon.
    His 470? Nowt wrong with it. There are better cards but it'll play anything he throws at it for the next few years.
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    ok i have the setup edited. looking at the new setup would you recommend anything?
    I am committed to making this thing a gaming beast.

    p.s. - thanks for that speccy website that made things a lot easier.
    No problem, its a handy tool (gonna add it to my sig i think, if there is room).

    As before i said it was promosing, now we have the full spec & can confirm that it is indeed a good system. Personally i wouldnt change anything atm, about the only thing i would consider, would be changing the graphics card in about 9-12 months, and thats even still an option by then. There are some new cards coming out in the Winter 2011, GTX 600 & AMD 7000. So you could consider either getting a new card then, or maybe if a current card, like the GTX 580, if they drop allot in price, and it fits in your case, it would be a good choice.

    But overall, your system is good.

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    Everything looks great. But maybe you should consider changing your GPU soon.
    Thats an option, but its a very good graphics card still, you'd have to go to a high end, expensive card for the perfromance boost to be worth it.

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    His 470? Nowt wrong with it. There are better cards but it'll play anything he throws at it for the next few years.
    Agreed, the GTX 470 is a good card, and it has plenty of legs left in it for a long while, if your happy with it, its good. Unless your picky ofcourse, lol. I wouldnt say there is a card out atm that i would jump ship for it's perfromance over the GTX 470, unless a GTX 580 is withn your price range. But still, like i said, if you wait untill the new GTX 600 & AMD 7000 are out at the end of the year, you may find a reasonably priced GTX 580, or something new that is worth the upgrade.
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    Hey thanks a lot to all of you who posted. this is my first forum thread and ill have to say that this is awesome and ill definitely be using it again.
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