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Morbid_Murder

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#1 12 years ago

I plan on getting a 6600gt and an AMD4000. Now, I have to get a new mobo and ram. I really need help with this. I dont know much about mobos and ram, so I'm askin you guys: What kinda of mobo should I get? I dont want sli, and I want 1gb of ram. I dont want somethin too cheap, nor too pricy. Also, what's a good ram and mobo brand? I hear corsair is pretty good for ram. Id really appreciate any help from a hardware knowledgeable person. Big thanks for anyone who can help me out.:)




rob.

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#2 12 years ago

ASUS A8N Board, Corsair XMS...

Get a better graphics card with sacrifice of the 4000+...




Chandu

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#3 12 years ago

And make sure you go for a motherboard that has PCI-e. Buy a 6600GT with 256MB RAM, do not go for anything less than that, you will be compromising heavily on the details in games. I don't know too much about AMD systems, but make sure you buy a 939 socket motherboard and processor. And yes, 1GB of RAM is a must. And Corsair is great.




Kozmo

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#4 12 years ago

msi k8n neo4-f motherboard is a good one..... http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,1822647,00.asp http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130491 http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=241163 solid board

if you have the extra money for 256mb on the video, go for it, otherwise the 128mb will work nicely for now as long as it is pci-e. i have a 6600gt 128mb and it plays bf2 very nicely.




C38368

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#5 12 years ago

Might I suggest that you downgrade your CPU to a 3700+. This will save you about $120. With that extra cash, take what you were planning to use to buy the 6600GT and get either a 6800GS or 7800GT. The 7800 will probably cost you a little more out of pocket, but at less than $350 (I think I saw it for $320 yesterday), it's still quite a bargain. If not, the 6800GS is still a very capable card, and not much more than a 6600GT--that option might indeed put you ahead in terms of dollars. For gaming, $100 invested in a video performance usually has much better returns than that same $100 invested in CPU performance.

As far as motherboards, ASUS's A8N line (even the SLI versions, which are nominally more expensive, but rather well endowed) is good. I've been impressed in the past by the higher end MSI K8N Neo boards, and DFI has some excellent overclockers. nF4 is the chipset to beat, but ATI's RS420 has shown some huge overclocking and performance potential. Just make sure that you get the better ULi southbridge, whose name eludes me. ATI's southbridge sucks to no end. I favour OCZ memory. I think that Corsair costs too much for what you get. Kingston's ValueRAM is an excellent choice if you're looking to save money. Buy in pairs, and get at least one gig.




Morbid_Murder

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#6 12 years ago

Thanks for all the help, people. Here's a response to a few things: Chandu, I already bought the 6600gt. It has 128MB. I saw the list of gpu's at www.guru3d.com. I simply bought the card cuz it was higher priced, and I was thinkin that the GT would run faster than the non-GT 256 MB gpu. C38368, I wanted to get a really high-end CPU since in the distant future, I plan on tryin to get a 7800gt, and I've read that it requires at least an AMD4000. Ill look abit into Kingston too, since I heard good about them also. Can you guys tell me what kind of ram speed I should get? And a list of more mobos would be nice. I have all your suggestions in mind and will look around newegg later. Once again, thanks for the help.

one more thing, here's what I bought: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150098&ATT=14-150-098&CMP=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r




Agentlaidlaw

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#7 12 years ago

A 3200+ can run a 7800GT. You don't need a 4000+ to run a 7800GT. I agree with C38368 on getting a 3700+. Theres really no difference between the two and you can save your self some money.

Get a Asus A8N bored. There great boreds. I' had my Asus A8N SLI Deluxe for 9 months now and had 0 trouble with the bored its self. Great bored.

Get some Corsair ram. Best stuff there is. Very good ram.




Kozmo

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#8 12 years ago
Hmmmdonut

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#9 12 years ago

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813152053 Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820220037

I have that mobo, and for the price it just can't be beat. Overlocks like a dream, and has everything a more expensive board has except for a somewhat buggy bios. I got a 342HTT on mine.




rob.

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#10 12 years ago
ChanduAnd make sure you go for a motherboard that has PCI-e. Buy a 6600GT with 256MB RAM, do not go for anything less than that, you will be compromising heavily on the details in games. I don't know too much about AMD systems, but make sure you buy a 939 socket motherboard and processor. And yes, 1GB of RAM is a must. And Corsair is great.

The GT is only in 128mb versions...

C38368, I wanted to get a really high-end CPU since in the distant future, I plan on tryin to get a 7800gt, and I've read that it requires at least an AMD4000. Ill look abit into Kingston too, since I heard good about them also.

That's bull.....My 3700+ runs my 7800GTX BEAUTIFULLY...I was going to get a dual core AMD and a 6600GT or 6800LE, but i chose to get a 3700+ and 7800GTX and i couldn't be anymore happy..

My opinion, take the card back and get something with more punch and buy a 3700+, best bang for buck gaming processor.