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Sunjo

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#1 11 years ago

So I'm wanting to replace my old computer soon, and I need some help with pricing, whether what I'm getting is worth it.

In a nutshell, what I want from this computer: 1. To play any game on max settings with a decent framerate. 2. Longevity, I want this computer to last at least 2 years before anything needs replacing.

Below is all of the hardware I'll be putting into it, I can add newegg links for them all if requested.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 8400 (2.66GHz) 4MB Cache CPU Fan: Domino Liquid Cooling Motherboard: ASUS P5G43T-M Pro (1333 MHz) RAM: Super Talent 2GB x2 (1066 Dual Channel) HD: 500GB Western Digital (7200 RPM) Power: Antec EarthWatts 650w GFX: Radeon 4650 (1GB) Case: Antec Nine Hundred

Total Cost: Around $900

Would just like some opinions on my hardware choices as well as the overall price. Any suggestions or more cost effective options would also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance. -Metroid




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#2 11 years ago

Goodluck with your wants...It wont happen.




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#3 11 years ago

Agreed. Nothing on the market plays Crysis - the most demanding game currently available - at max. settings. If you can stand to not max out that one game, then sure.

A 4650 is a shitpile. That won't do anything near what you want. Replace that Domino with Corsair's H50. It's a much more reliable cooler. To max out Crysis, you'll want a 5970, or wait and see what nVidia's 300 series is like.




Sgt. D. Pilla

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#4 11 years ago

That CPU is also shit poor, i7, i5 or a Q9950 OC'd like no tomorrow... And only 4GB of ram...you'll run out quick, 6GB minimum, 8-12GB I recommend.




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#5 11 years ago
Sgt. D. Pilla;5168167That CPU is also shit poor, i7, i5 or a Q9950 OC'd like no tomorrow... And only 4GB of ram...you'll run out quick, 6GB minimum, 8-12GB I recommend.

I played Crysis high/very high with 2AA with 1gb ram. :D




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#6 11 years ago

Yeah, unless you do some hardcore CAD or Photoshop work, 4GB of memory is plenty.

Your CPU should realistically be fine, especially if you overclock it to 3GHz or more. Core 2 Quads aren't quite as good as Core i7's, but they ain't slackers.

I'd say your graphics card is the most immediate concern. If you want to stick with ATi, get a 5870 or 5890 if you can afford (and find) one. If not, a 4890 or 4870x2 will do. If you want to try nVidia, try the GTX 275 or 285, or wait for the 3xx series.




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#7 11 years ago
Sgt. D. Pilla;5168167That CPU is also shit poor, i7, i5 or a Q9950 OC'd like no tomorrow... And only 4GB of ram...you'll run out quick, 6GB minimum, 8-12GB I recommend.

Twelve? No. Your average gamer, that has a media player, IM client, and a bunch of gadgets/hardware monitoring stuff, maybe a few FF tabs open, is going to be alright with 4GB (6 if i7), but 12?




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#8 11 years ago

Don't buy the Domino. Performance isn't that great in comparison to better air coolers, plus it's more expensive, and there are reports of leaking coolant after a few days/weeks/months. I'd go with something like this: better performance, cheaper, and no problems with coolant leaking.

But not at Newegg, because their selection and price of heatsinks completely sucks.

However, if you really want a closed water loop, then go with the Corsair H50.

Also, how much extra are you willing to spend? Because at the moment that graphics card is holding you back. Big time.

Agreed. Nothing on the market plays Crysis - the most demanding game currently available - at max. settings. If you can stand to not max out that one game, then sure.

That's not quite true. Quadfired 5970s can. It's just that it's way, way, way out of his budget, that's all.




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#9 11 years ago
Mr. Pedantic;5168670That's not quite true. Quadfired 5970s can. It's just that it's way, way, way out of his budget, that's all.

Sorry, should have clarified that; nothing that can comfortably max out Crysis. Quadfire 5970s will do it, but man is that choppy.




Sunjo

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#10 11 years ago

Hey all, thanks for the input and suggestions, I'll definitely have a look at some of the alternatives posted.

However, I'm not sure why everyone is saying the GFX card is holding me back, according to this, the GFX card can handle Crysis with 36 FPS average (no AA), between that and a "capped" 60 FPS you will see no visual difference, imo.

Or at least I'm not overly concerned about capping it out on a game like Crysis, on max settings.

It also has some fairly high FPS on other games which kinda sold me for the price of it.

Also: Not really interested in paying more than this for a computer, but my max would probably be around $1,200 if I could get something that would really impress me.