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October 20, 2008 11:31:38 PM

Hi there Guys,

Been planning on upgrading for a while now but cash is a bit tight. Just had it forced on me as my old pc packed in. I rely on it for work so I don't have time to spend ages speccing all the best parts and then building it up myself.

I've already ordered a Sapphire Radeon 4870 Card as I read these were very good. Just spotted a Dell Vostro system: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, 2 gig RAM, 250 Gig HDD etc. Its a good high tower with plenty of ports etc and its based on the Intel® G33 Express Chipset.

My question is if I grab that then drop a bit more RAM and my Radeon 4870 in - will that be a good gaming machine or are there any obvious bottlenecks (like the motherboard for example)

Cheers in advance.


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October 21, 2008 3:26:57 AM

The g33 motherboard is fine - not fantastic for overclocking, but that rig should be fine for gaming, especially with a 4870 card. You need a new PSU, however. Your generic PSU is not going to be able to handle a 4870.

This PSU should be fine:

It's about $45 and pretty high quality. Also, if you're looking for more RAM:
There's 2GB of RAM if you don't want to throw away your current RAM.

If you want to buy a whole new set of RAM:
there's 4GB.
October 21, 2008 6:33:08 AM

+1 to the above, get a PSU and the 4GB ram kit, after that just put your old memory sticks on craigslist or ebay. You should have a pretty capable machine after that.
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October 21, 2008 8:09:50 AM

Thanks very much for the advice guys.

Can't wait to play crysis!

Which OS would you go with at this point, Vista Premium or XP Pro?
October 21, 2008 8:53:57 AM

Depends on if you get the extra ram. Vista handles my quad better than XP did but also uses a lot more ram. At times I'm hitting 3.75gb used playing games so 2gb just won't cut it.
October 21, 2008 2:43:14 PM

If you're buying a new OS then definitely get Vista 64.
October 21, 2008 2:51:25 PM

Thanks for that guys - I think I'll get the extra RAM and dual boot just in case I get probs with any of my older stuff.

My HD4870 card is huge - I picked the Vostro 410 because its got a pretty big case - does anyone know whether it will accomodate the 4870 without other components / parts of the case obstructing it?

Also do I have to factor in the PSU dimensions or will they just be a standard size.

Cheers again...