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November 25, 2011 7:22:46 AM

I have 3 options for CPU and gpu.

phenom x4 9850 / athlon ii x4 640 / phenom ii x4 955

gtx 550 ti / gtx 460 / gtx 560

I know that the third of each one is bet but I want to know if I could use the other cheaper ones to play current games on maximum settings for. If not then what settings could I play current games on.
how long will they last for future games playing on atleast medium setting.

Thank you in advance

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November 25, 2011 9:13:39 AM

GTX550Ti and the GTX460 are both good GFX cards. The GTX560 isn't as great, and an HD6870 would be a better choice. The GTX560Ti is great, though.

With regards to the CPU's, the Phenoms are the way to go. Even the older tech Phenom is a great CPU for today's games, and there's nothing wrong with it.

Basically - the Phenom x4 and the GTX550Ti/GTX460 is still very viable for today's games. Won't be able to max everything, but you'll get enough performance to play everything you want to at respectable settings.
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November 25, 2011 9:29:17 AM

Go for the phenom ii x4 955, and then stretch your budget or save a bit longer and buy the GTX560ti, you will get better results and more longevity out of it.
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November 25, 2011 10:32:42 AM

if you did go for the gtx550ti and decided to buy another for sli then just to let you know i have a rig with 2 gtx550ti in and i play BF3 with everything on ultra but with motion blur and antiailising off and it runs superb
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November 25, 2011 11:40:37 AM

which Would be better the gtx 550 ti or gtx 460. I don't want to go for the ATI hd 6870 or any other ATI bcos then I cant use physx.
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November 25, 2011 11:48:35 AM

mot, what country do you live in?
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November 25, 2011 11:50:23 AM

I'm in england London
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November 25, 2011 11:53:58 AM

OK, whats your total budget for your PC, and what do you have already?
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November 25, 2011 5:37:26 PM

i wouldn't worry about physx. most games dont use it, preferring the much more versatile havoc engine. yes there are a few titles that use it specifically but not as many as you may think.
so dont discount ati for that reason.
the 955 and 560 would be a nice low-mid setup but i would consider it entry level so you can pretty much assume that you wont be able to max out the latest games. so with that in mind you will the best performance for your money. with both these parts.
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November 26, 2011 3:24:57 PM

I have about 700 to spend on everything that includes pc, monitor and peripherals.
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November 26, 2011 3:26:12 PM

I have about 700 to spend on everything that includes pc, monitor and peripherals.
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November 26, 2011 3:45:46 PM

This is the best i could do all in for £780, so save for a bit longer..


AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 960T Black Edition 95W Edition 3.00GHz (Socket AM3) Processor #47177 £ 77.83 £ 77.83
ASUS M5A97 AMD 970A (Socket AM3+) DDR3 PCI-Express ATX Motherboard #46138 £ 58.99 £ 58.99
Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz HyperX Blu Memory Kit CL9 1.5V [KHX1333C9D3B1/4G] #47279 £ 26.65 £ 26.65
Fractal Design Core 3000 Midi Tower Chassis #45752 £ 41.99 £ 41.99
600W Corsair Builder Series 600CX V2 Power Supply #44572 £ 43.25 £ 43.25
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler #39577 £ 19.99 £ 19.99
500GB Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive #46054 £ 66.66 £ 66.66
Samsung SH-S222AB/BEBE DVD Writer #44494 £ 12.49 £ 12.49
VTX ATI Radeon HD 6870 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card #46560 £ 109.99 £ 109.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM #38272 £ 58.75 £ 58.75
22" ASUS VH228H Widescreen LED Monitor #46348 £ 83.29 £ 83.29
Logitech Black Ultra-Flat Keyboard - USB/PS2 [967653-0120] #44354 £ 9.16 £ 9.16
Gigabyte M6880 Wired Gaming Mouse #46193 £ 9.78 £ 9.78
Creative Inspire A220 2.1 Speakers, Black, 9W RMS #42601 £ 21.16 £ 21.16
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Basket Total £ 639.98
Approx. Delivery £ 9.17
VAT £ 129.83
Total £778.98
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November 26, 2011 3:47:20 PM

The above includes Windows 7 64 bit if you dont have it. All the above was from Aria.co.uk. Great website.
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November 26, 2011 4:06:44 PM

Thank you but isn't 8gb a bit excessive. won't 4 do the job. I don't need Windows (already have it). not Sure I need a dcs drive because I have an external one. I think I'd like a mouse with 3200 dpi.
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November 26, 2011 4:10:18 PM

OK is your windows 32 bit if so scrap the 8gb and buy 4gb, hold on ill make some adjustments.
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November 26, 2011 4:16:10 PM

AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 960T Black Edition 95W Edition 3.00GHz (Socket AM3) Processor #47177 £ 77.83 £ 77.83
ASUS M5A97 AMD 970A (Socket AM3+) DDR3 PCI-Express ATX Motherboard #46138 £ 58.99 £ 58.99
Fractal Design Core 3000 Midi Tower Chassis #45752 £ 41.99 £ 41.99
600W Corsair Builder Series 600CX V2 Power Supply #44572 £ 43.25 £ 43.25
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler #39577 £ 19.99 £ 19.99
500GB Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive #46054 £ 66.66 £ 66.66
Samsung SH-S222AB/BEBE DVD Writer #44494 £ 12.49 £ 12.49
22" ASUS VH228H Widescreen LED Monitor #46348 £ 83.29 £ 83.29
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Logitech Black Ultra-Flat Keyboard - USB/PS2 [967653-0120] #44354 £ 9.16 £ 9.16
Creative Inspire A220 2.1 Speakers, Black, 9W RMS #42601 £ 21.16 £ 21.16
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 i5 Memory Kit CL9(9-9-9-24) 1.65V #37570 £ 16.99 £ 16.99
Logitech G400 Optical Gaming Mouse [910-002279] #46514 £ 26.28 £ 26.28
Asus GeForce GTX 560Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5 DirectCU II 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card #43564 £ 129.99 £ 129.99
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Basket Total £ 608.07
Approx. Delivery £ 9.23
VAT £ 123.46
Total £740.76


Ok so ive replaced ram with 4gb kit, deleted windows, replaced mouse with a 3600dpi logitech, and got a better graphics card GTX560ti, all in for £740. and at £14 i would keep the disc drive as its very handy to have.
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November 26, 2011 4:17:06 PM

Oh and by the way the 960T CPU overclocks to 3.8 to 4.0 ghz on the air cooler ive included very easily.
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November 26, 2011 4:22:33 PM

if I have 64 bit then I need 8gb?
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November 26, 2011 4:37:25 PM

well ram is so cheap its worth it if you do have 64 bit.
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November 26, 2011 5:35:46 PM

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