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Will this make for a good gaming PC?

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August 29, 2008 4:06:44 AM

Hey, Im new to these forums, and this is my first post ( so please excuse any mistakes :p ). I don't know much about what I would need to buy to create a good gaming PC, and I was wondering if these specs would make a good one. Feel free to leave tips on how this could be altered (without a ton of cost) to improve performance, and I'd like to thank you in advance :D 

Mainboard :Acer EM61SM/EM61PM

Chipset :nVidia 6100V

Processor :AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ 2.80GHz / 1MB Cache / 1000MHz (2000 MT/s) FSB / Dual Core (Windsor) / Processor with Fan

Physical Memory :4048 MB (4 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM ) Will only max out at 3.5GB (32 - bit Vista)

Video Card :Visiontek Radeon HD 4850 Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, HDMI Support, VGA Support

Hard Disk:Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM

DVD-Rom Drive :HL-DT-ST DVD-RW_GSA-H41N ATA Device

Monitor Type :AOC International AOC Spectrum - 18 inches

Network Card :Marvell Semiconductor (Was: Galileo Technology Ltd) 802.11b/g Wireless Controller

Network Card :Marvell Semiconductor (Was: Galileo Technology Ltd) Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit
Ethernet Controller

Operating System : Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium Home Edition 6.00.6000

DirectX : Version 10.00

Please leave your opinion :D 

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August 29, 2008 4:30:04 AM

Heya,

You have an HD4850 and a CPU to fuel it. Of course it will be a good gaming PC. Want to improve performance in high resolutions? Well, crossfire the sucker.

Very best,
August 29, 2008 4:32:20 AM

Alright, I'll look into that, thanks for your help :)  Anything else?
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August 29, 2008 9:19:08 AM

Jamessm5 said:
Alright, I'll look into that, thanks for your help :)  Anything else?


Not sure about that MB. Acer? Nvidia chipset... Doesn't sound good!! Stick to AMD chipsets and go for DFI, Gigabyte, or ASUS mainboard. Gigabyte do some good boards near the budget end...

Also personally I would get an Opteron 1210 and overclock it for the AMD route. It 1.8Ghz stock and 2Mb cache. It will easily clock up to 2.8 Ghz on air. Just get decent Ballistix ram sticks and a better mainboard. The sucker (CPU) is only about $40.00 USD just now!! Other AMD processors are overpriced since the C2D will walk over them. The extra 1Mb cache (in the Opteron) will help big-time for gaming use. The faster FSB from overclocking will also help speed up the system a little. :sol: 

You should really be getting the gigabit network card and Wireless controller builtin into the MB these days... Saves the hassle - keep those expansion slots free for TV cards, etc.!!

I think you've forgotten a PSU or you don't think it is important... Either of these options is a bad mistake!! :non: 

Bob
August 29, 2008 11:28:59 AM

Looks like a solid build - apart from that motherboard. I'd go with a Gigabyte board with an ATI/AMD chipset, i prefer them to the nVidia models.
August 29, 2008 12:02:16 PM

I've gotten a PSU already, sorry forgot to mention it, its 650W, also is this the sort of motherboard you guys are talking about?

Gigabyte MA770-S3 Motherboard - AMD770, Socket AM2+, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, RAID
August 29, 2008 8:56:06 PM

Jamessm5 said:
I've gotten a PSU already, sorry forgot to mention it, its 650W, also is this the sort of motherboard you guys are talking about?

Gigabyte MA770-S3 Motherboard - AMD770, Socket AM2+, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, RAID


Too many DOAs with that board on the New Egg reviews.

Hows about saving up for this DFI board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136044
$120.00 USD

- You pay more for a Crossfire board (which you probably don't need) but the build quality will be way higher and it will OC much better. I would never trust a cheap MB again. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. It was a build for someone else and he had endless problems with crashes and the MB would never pass RAM checks, etc., etc. :cry: 

With an Opteron 1210 (inc. heatsink):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819105219
$54.00 USD

- Don't spend more than this on an AMD processor. If you do than you might as well have purchased a decent C2D!!


With 4Gb of this RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161063
$90.00 USD (4Gb)

you'll be flying to a big OC on a budget!! :sol: 

That MB will work without a discrete graphics card if you want to stagger your purchases...


What make is your PSU BTW??? You need to watch out for budget crap there... You need quality not quantity for a stable system. Here is a link for Power Supply tiering based on component and build quality:
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=108088
If your PSU is not in Tiers 1-3 you will probably be in for problems at some point... SOON!! :whistle: 

Just a thought!!

Bob
August 29, 2008 11:19:26 PM

As far as I know, there is no reason not to get a c2dou or a quad from intel. There so much faster and you can find cheap ones. Also, the 4850 produces an incredible amount of heat but it is rumored that it will get a 2 slot cooler soon. I would watch for that or try and find more info about it.
August 29, 2008 11:28:09 PM

tallguy1618 said:
Also, the 4850 produces an incredible amount of heat but it is rumored that it will get a 2 slot cooler soon. I would watch for that or try and find more info about it.


HIS to the rescue (sorry UK link):
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-102-HT&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=938&name=HIS%20ATI%20Radeon%20HD%204850%20IceQ%204%20Turbo%20512MB%20GDDR3%20TV-Out/Dual%20DVI/HDMI%20(PCI-Express)%20-%20Retail

Only the best...

BTW the Opteron 1210 is still best in class, looking at the budget end of Intel:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010340343%2050001157&bop=And&Order=PRICE
Nothing too decent around the $50-$60 USD mark. I agree that above that range Intel holds all the cards. (Ah sad days for AMD if only they hadn't f***** up the Phenom so badly!!)

Bob
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