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JMG6411

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#1 10 years ago

hey , im buying a new kinda mid-end computer and im deciding between getting a good x2 cpu and a semi good gpu or a good gpu and an alrght cpu here are the choices

e8400 and 8800gt oc or amd 6400 and ati 4850

what would be better for playing the upcoming Far Cry 2 some newer games and maybe crysis ?




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#2 10 years ago

Though I'm partial to the Core 2s over the X2s, I would say the 6400/4850 combo would give you the better performance. If you go that route though I would recommend putting an aftermarket cooler on the CPU, esp if you plan to OC it at all.




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#3 10 years ago

Oooo... now there's a tough choice...

Maybe you have a link to said PCs? Are you willing to build your own PC?




JMG6411

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#4 10 years ago

Ya im building my own not buying one pre made pff:p.... and im on a budget thats why im wondering which i should choose its like a trade-off




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#5 10 years ago

Given those four choices only, why the hell are you limiting yourself to that pairing?

Get the Intel CPU and--oh how I cannot believe I am saying this--the ATI GPU.

Or, you can land the 9800GTX for $200 now as well...




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#6 10 years ago
C38368 Or, you can land the 9800GTX for $200 now as well...

The 4850 is a better buy at this point. It ties the 9800GTX in some games, and beats it in others. The 4850 is much faster than the 8800GT, so i don't think anybody should really be considering them at this point. The 6400+ is about the best you can get if you go AMD, either that or the Phenom 9750, though the 6400+ is a bit faster in games that don't take advantage of quad cores well. You would need a aftermarket HSF, the 6400+ can run pretty hot (or overheat) if you use the stock cooler. That said, the E8400 would give you better performance.




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#7 10 years ago

the only reason im using those configurations is because im on a budget and those combos keep me in my budget but thanks for the suggestions its pretty clear what to get:)




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#8 10 years ago
Apollo75;4397757The 4850 is a better buy at this point. It ties the 9800GTX in some games, and beats it in others. The 4850 is much faster than the 8800GT, so i don't think anybody should really be considering them at this point.

True. But I remain as-yet unconvinced of their driver quality. And since they're the same size and everybody out there benchmarks at stupid-high resolutions, the difference is insigificant enough to make the consideration worthwhile. Hence the "or".

Here's another or: motherboard willing, get a nice cheap CPU (E8200 to keep the 6MB L2 cache) and overclock. It's great fun to be able to brag about running a 1600MHz bus on a 65nm part.

---- Edit~ Second thoughts. I was at an Intel-hosted LAN party a couple weekends back, and at one point the conversation turned to DAAMIT's recent habit of releasing information on their video cards in the open source world. Well, in light of this, and the recent launch fo the 4850, I've been doing a lot of digging into the maturity of these open source drivers.

And I have to say, it looks like DAAMIT has at least reached, if not surpassed, the Great (Green) Eye here.

Which means... dammit, I'm going to have to seriously consider upgrading to a 4870. Got to admit, though... red PCBs are sex.




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#9 10 years ago

It's the GTX 280 drivers I'm cynical of lately, not any of ATI's, and like you, I can't believe I'm saying that.




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#10 10 years ago
C38368True. But I remain as-yet unconvinced of their driver quality.

ATI's drivers really have improved in the past few months. They seemed to have seriously got there act together writing drivers since the HD 3800 cards were released. I don't have any links to facts on that, but that's just what my experience with various ATI cards including my 3850 and there drivers are telling me. ;)

Got to admit, though... red PCBs are sex

lol, yes they are!

thanks for the suggestions its pretty clear what to get

Which CPU did you decide on then? The 6400+? Just remember that you will probably need a good aftermarket HSF to go with it.




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