Joined: 19 May 2008
Topic: another config
Posted: 11 Jun 2008 at 12:57am
So, OK...here is my third attempt to get the best overall performance for around 3K. My primary use will be FPS gaming so I want to be as close as I can get to top performance for the $s and as I can only do this every 4-5 years, I want to be able to upgrade as I go and not have to make changes too often to stay current with new games. With the new video cards on the near horizon, I would be willing to wait if it may be worth it, but only if I don't have to spend a lot more or if there will be a significant drop in the prices of what's available now. I guess that video, processor and mamory are the top considerations, but can I get better performance by spending a bit more?? or maybe even a little less??? I want to get the most bang for the buck!
Thanks for the help.
NTEL, Core™ 2 Quad Q9450 Quad-Core 2.66GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 12MB (2 x 6MB) L2 Cache, 45nm, 95W, EM64T EIST VT XD, Retail
Joined: 03 Apr 2008
Location: AVA HQ
|Quote Reply Posted: 11 Jun 2008 at 10:20am|
Best processor for the money at the moment.
Your really going to like this.
Your limiting your upgrade ability with this combo. While the board has great specs, you are getting an ATI CrossFireX board. If you want to be able to link two NVidia cards together later on, you need an SLI board like the 750i, 780i, or 780i.
Makes some of the best memory. Although DDR2-800 would be fine with setup.
I have heard complaints about the LEDs flashing, and if that bothers you, I suggest you try another fan controller.
Overkill unless your adding another GX2
All you have to do is change the mother for an SLI motherboard, and your set to go if you plan on adding another card down the road.
However, if you plan on sticking with one card only, the GX2 is a beast. Then you can get a non SLI or CF board and drop down the PSU down to around 750W. Plus with the eVGA step-up, you can upgrade that card later on at almost no cost when the new cards roll out in a month.
AVADirect Research and Developement
Joined: 02 May 2008
|Quote Reply Posted: 11 Jun 2008 at 12:18pm|
Here are my recommendations:
Like Matt said, this is the best processor for the money. It has the same overclocking limit as the more expensive Q9550.
AVA Direct carries the Xigmatek HDT-S1283, which is rated the second best cooler at FrostyTech. This is the one I would have gotten in my system if I had known about it before I ordered.
I couldn't find any reviews of this motherboard at the normal review sites, but the reviews on newegg for this board were very good. If you are only ever going to use one video card then the P35 chipset will be fine. My personal view is that one high-end card is better than two cards in SLI or CrossFire, because games have to support SLI/CrossFire for it to be useful, and not all games do this well. Other people disagree. If you decide to go with SLI, then I recommend the eVGA 750i SLI FTW motherboard, although there have been some reports of video corruption with all of the 7x0i chipsets.
Getting this memory will allow you to overclock the Q9450 past 3.2GHz, which is what you would be limited to if you only used 800MHz RAM.
Without knowing what size of monitor/resolution you game at, it's tough to recommend something. This card is for gaming at 1920 x 1200 and higher. However, some of the new video cards coming out are rumored to have performance better than a 9800 GX2. If you stick with eVGA, you can use their Step-Up Program to get one of the new cards for only the difference in price.
Unless you have a particular game that you want to play that supports this card, then you don't need it. The new nVidia video cards will have PhysX support incorporated into them.
The new 640GB WD Caviar SE 16 uses the new 320GB platters, and is as fast on data transfer as the old Raptors. Since you are getting a VelociRaptor I assume you are interested in speed, so you're better off with the 640GB.
The Corsair brands are a much better power supply. If you are only going to stick with one video card, then a Corsair CMPSU-750TX will be enough. If you might go with two video cards at some point, then get the Corsair CMPSU-1000HX.
My AVA computer: Q9450 @ 3.2GHz | eVGA 750i SLI FTW | 8GB OCZ Reaper HPC 1066HZ RAM | TRUE-120 HS w/Scythe S-Flex 120mm fan | eVGA GTX 280 621/1350/1134(2268)MHz | 320/640GB WD HDDs | Antec P182 | Corsair CMPSU-1000HX | Samsung S203N DVD burner | Scythe Kama-Meter Fan Control | Vista Ultimate 64-bit | Soyo 24" 1920 x 1200 | Logitech G15 keyboard | Logitech MX518 mouse
|Forum Jump||Forum Permissions
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot create polls in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum