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Haze
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Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems?
10/11/17 02:34 PM


> So my desktop system is now over 7 years old and I figure it might be time to invest
> in something that can do better on the more heavy-duty games in MAME.
>
> Current system is a Dell Precision T3500, running a quad-core 8-threaded Xeon W3530 @
> 2.8GHz. I've had good luck with Dells over the years.
>
> Here's what I'm looking for:
> * High-end CPU that's great for running MAME but also lots of cores for other tasks
> (building, Photoshop, video encoding, etc)
> * Rock-solid stable motherboard
> * Well-designed case with room for an optical drive and several HDDs, quiet fans
> * Ideally available in a stock system or something that is trivially easy to slap
> together
>

I'd say you can't really go wrong with a good Intel CPU and ASUS motherboard, I've actually found the more frills-free motherboards they have to be better if you don't care about overclocking etc.

I'm running a i7-4790K (at the 4GHz stock speed) and it's been fine for MAME and other tasks, although it's a generation or so behind now I believe so you can probably get a better current generation chip for less. I'm just running with the supplied CPU cooler, nothing fancy.

I have some mid-range Coolermaster case, those seem easy to work with, and a Corsair PSU because they've always been rock solid for me. The case has 2 fans fitted (I believe they were supplied with it)

The one thing I've noticed is that with each generation of machine I buy the whole process gets easier; I'm probably the clumsiest ham-handed person you're going to find and this whole thing was assembled in under an hour.

Interesting you mention not caring about the video card, because there's been a fair bit of talk over the year of how MAME could use them, and most of that talk boils down to basically writing software renderers to run on a recent card, possibly even requiring DirectX12 level tech. Of course nothing has actually happened yet.







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* Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? AaronGiles 10/11/17 11:23 AM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? Roman  11/08/17 09:46 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? AaronGiles  11/09/17 12:30 AM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? RdW  10/15/17 10:12 AM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? tedgreen  10/11/17 06:08 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? R. Belmont  10/11/17 06:00 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? AaronGiles  10/11/17 06:28 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? Roman  10/16/17 03:05 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? krick  10/11/17 08:09 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? tedgreen  10/11/17 06:55 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? AaronGiles  10/11/17 08:18 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? tedgreen  10/11/17 11:42 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? krick  10/11/17 11:39 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? krick  10/11/17 04:11 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? Haze  10/11/17 07:49 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? R. Belmont  10/12/17 05:00 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? Haze  10/11/17 02:34 PM
. * Re: Recommendations for (close to) stock systems? R. Belmont  10/11/17 05:47 PM

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