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kow_ciller

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#21 8 years ago

The 500 you have is terrible.

And yes there is a solid difference from a tri- to a quad




*The.Doctor

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#22 8 years ago

Monster_user;5402650I don't know if those AMDs support a dynamic clock feature or not. I remember reading that AMD was working on one.

Intel's Core i processors will dynamically increase their clocks if not all the cores are in use. If that AMD does so, then it will probably run 200mhz faster when only using three cores.[/QUOTE]

Its the new "T" series that have that feature (960T, 1055T, 1075T ect..). Neither of those Athlon II's have it.

[QUOTE=ZeroPressence;5402693]Is their gonna be a difference in speed from a triple to a quad?

To keep it as simple as possible: Yes.




*Daedalus

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#23 8 years ago

Why not go with a DDR2 system. As he already had 4GB of RAM, that'd save a chunk of money to put towards a GPU/PSU.




MrFancypants Forum Admin

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#24 8 years ago

ZeroPressence;5402693I'm not much of an overclocker anyway :) And I'm still not sure weather to buy the quad or triple. Is their gonna be a difference in speed from a triple to a quad?

Do I still need a 620W PSU? I have a 500 right now.

Here is a little chart that shows the difference between various CPUs and graphics cards for a modern game (Anno 1404, I think the English title is Dawn of Discovery): GameStar.de

As you can see a current generation graphics card will be limited by a dual or triple core CPU.




ZeroPressence

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#25 8 years ago

But in the near future, games could take advantage of 4 or even more cores, right? In your opinions, is this 640 Propus one of the best CPU's out there to date? Sorry for all of the questions :)




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#26 8 years ago
ZeroPressence;5403047But in the near future, games could take advantage of 4 or even more cores, right? In your opinions, is this 640 Propus one of the best CPU's out there to date? Sorry for all of the questions :)

What I tried to say is that already now quad-core CPUs provide a big advantage. In that chart you can see how dual and triple CPUs provide 40 FPS at most, a quad core with the same speed (2,8 odd ghz) allows the graphics card to generate 50-60 FPS. So a quad core with 3 ghz sounds like a good choice.




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#27 8 years ago
Why not go with a DDR2 system. As he already had 4GB of RAM, that'd save a chunk of money to put towards a GPU/PSU.

Good point. What speed is your current DDR2?

I threw together a quick DDR2 build.

CPU: Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8Ghz or Phenom II X4 955 3.2Ghz Mobo: MSI 790XT-G45 Vid card: Sapphire HD 5770 PSU: Seasonic S12II-620W

Total: $500 with the X6, or $453 with the X4.




ZeroPressence

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#28 8 years ago

I'm using DDR2 now, but I'd rather have DDR3. The faster the better right? :) Money isn't much of a concern, except I'd like to keep the budget within $530 or below.

Here's the hardware that way you don't have to keep going back to the other pages. :P

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4

Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB

Processor: AMD Athlon X4 Propus

Power Supply: SeaSonic 620 Bronze 620W

RAM: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 (The Mushkins just went out of stock.)

Total comes to $514.95

Is their anything else I could improve on without dramatically increasing the price above $530?




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#29 8 years ago

*The.Doctor;5403375Good point. What speed is your current DDR2?

I threw together a quick DDR2 build.

CPU: Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8Ghz or Phenom II X4 955 3.2Ghz Mobo: MSI 790XT-G45 Vid card: Sapphire HD 5770 PSU: Seasonic S12II-620W

Total: $500 with the X6, or $453 with the X4.

I think this build with the Phenom X4 would be better for gaming than one with Athlon CPU and faster RAM.

Might want to look at some benchmarks to confirm this though.

And since you have about 100 to spare you can invest that into a faster graphics card (next generation ATI cards are just around the corner, or so I heard) or maybe even buy one of those SSD hard disks. With this build you might also want to look for a new monitor, but that depends on what you have now.




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#30 8 years ago

I've looked at the specs of the ATI Radeon 5770, and it looks like it can run on a 450W PSU. The PSU I have now has been working fine, and I've never had any problems with it. If I don't get the 620W PSU from Newegg, I could buy the Phenom II X4 processor, and save around $15.