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PC - Opinions wanted...
 
Shibby  posted on Mar 23, 2011 11:46:17 PM - Report post

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Hey guys


So I'm looking at getting a gaming PC (finally)

A computer savvy dude I know is going to build it for me and this is what we're looking at:

CPU: Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz
MB: Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
RAM: A-RAM Value DDR3 1600MHz 4GB
HDD: Samsung SprinPoint F3 HD103SJ 32MB 1TB
VIDEO: Sapphire Radeon HD6870
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650HX 650W
CASE: Gigabyte GZ-X6LPD
CDVD: Lite-On iHAS324

+ screen and keyboard and mouse

What do you guys think?

 
AdmiralThrawn  posted on Mar 24, 2011 12:46:13 AM - Report post

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Looks good.

You may want to go for Sandy Bridge, they're so goddamn easy to overclock; you could be running a 4.5Ghz machine within minutes after powering on.

 
Shibby  posted on Mar 24, 2011 12:48:19 AM - Report post

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Ok what's "overclock" ?

I really don't know much about computers, hence the assistance required

 
AdmiralThrawn  posted on Mar 24, 2011 1:19:21 AM - Report post

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Make the processor run faster.

If you have a processor that runs at 2.6Ghz at stock, and overclock it to 5.2Ghz, you've DOUBLED the speed at which the processor calculates whatever. (5.2 is a bit too lofty a goal, though)

Also Intel chips tend to be more powerful and efficient, clcok for clock than AMD chips, mostly because AMD hasn't created a new architecture for about 7 years

 
Telapicus_old  posted on Mar 24, 2011 1:24:49 AM - Report post


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chnage that 6870 to a 5870 irs faster

if you change the video card you will have my setup which runs anywthing perfectly

[Edited by Telapicus, 3/24/2011 1:29:37 AM]

 
AdmiralThrawn  posted on Mar 24, 2011 1:48:29 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by Telapicus

chnage that 6870 to a 5870 irs faster

if you change the video card you will have my setup which runs anywthing perfectly

[Edited by Telapicus, 3/24/2011 1:29:37 AM]

No... they're very very close, but the newer 6870 is better.

 
Telapicus_old  posted on Mar 24, 2011 1:49:39 AM - Report post


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how so in the benchmarks the 5870 blew they 6870 away


hmm it seems some benchmarks i saw were off sorry about that the 6870 will pull a little less in fps scale on games but how is the 6870 better?

[Edited by Telapicus, 3/24/2011 1:50:55 AM]

 
Shibby  posted on Mar 24, 2011 1:59:40 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by AdmiralThrawn

Make the processor run faster.

If you have a processor that runs at 2.6Ghz at stock, and overclock it to 5.2Ghz, you've DOUBLED the speed at which the processor calculates whatever. (5.2 is a bit too lofty a goal, though)

Also Intel chips tend to be more powerful and efficient, clcok for clock than AMD chips, mostly because AMD hasn't created a new architecture for about 7 years

That sounds pretty good, but two questions:
1. Are there down sides/risks to overclocking?
2. Do I need more than 3.4GHz?

And thanks Telapicus, I'll look into the 5870

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