So my mate has a high end PC that we use for protools etcetera, I used it alot for gaming when it was at my place, and decided I'm gonna get a decent PC built up. It's gonna be used for gaming mostly.
So I have a choice now between 2 computers, the main thing making me unable to decide is the graphics card and CPU of the 2.
Either: GeForce GTX280 and a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (can be overclocked on request to 3.2 GHz)
2 GeForce 9500GT cards (together with SLI) and a Intel Core Quad Q8200
18th November 2004
The GTX 280 and Q6600 will be much better at gaming. The 9500GT is not a good gaming card, even with 2 of them in SLI.
Ok thanks for that man. Would you recommend getting the Q6600 overclocked?
There is no comparison between those two systems. The second one is shite in comparison to the first.
3.2 on a Q6600 is a nice OC. It's not too much, and should give you a nice performance boost, but'll be very stable. Go for it!
10th September 2007
Yeah I've heard great things about overclocking the Core 2 Quad, so definitely go for the first option.
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.
Definitely go with the first. The 9500's are crap, and the Q6600, even though its a older 65nm part, is still better than the Q8200. The GTX 280 is also still one of the top GPU's around.
Would you recommend getting the Q6600 overclocked?
Absolutely. You'll be amazed at the difference you'll see just from a decent OC. 3.2Ghz on a Q6600 is a pretty good OC. The only downside is that it will use more power and pump out a little more heat than the 45nm Q8200 will.
Damn, I got to the store and the guy told me the PC had been sold. It was the only 1 they had in stock.
All the other PCs there are 2 GB RAM machines with dual core CPUs.
He offered me one with the following though:
An AMD Phenom II X4 920 An Asus HD 4850 512MB graphics card, (I'm completely clueless about this card) Asus M3A78 AMD 780G motherboard It was also the only machine with 4 GB RAM there.
What are you guys thoughts on this?
Should be solid for games. And that motherboard will give you the ability to throw another 4850 in there and be good to go.
It seems like an ok system, as long as it isn't over-priced. The 4850 is a good gaming card, but can't crank out as much performance as the GTX 280. If you don't mind me asking, how much exactly are these computers?
It seems kind of weird, really, how computer makers are still offering the GTX280 as a high-end graphics option, when a GTX275 gives a 1-2% performance boost for less than $200.
As for the 4850, it's a good card. It should be good enough for most games for a few years yet. However, if you're given a choice, I would upgrade to a higher-end card if the prices for the upgrades have, like in retail, compacted to the extent where the price ranges overlap quite heavily.