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February 9, 2007 10:43:00 AM

Would a FX-60 based system still worth investing for next 2 yrs? I'm considering on building a E6600 from the start but i was recently offered this:

AMD FX-60 - CPU

2 GIGS OCZ platinum - RAM

2 X 7900 GT OC - GPU

Asus 8AN032 SLI Deluxe (mother board) not AM2

Thermal Take “Beetle” CPU cooler

250 GB Hard Drive

Sony DVD-R … RW/W – optical drive

13-1 Media Reader – media drive

Creative X-Fi Platinum – sound card

Thermal Take Saporano Case

No Keyboard

No Mouse

No Monitor!


How much would YOU pay for this???
February 9, 2007 11:13:50 AM

Not much - it's s939 which is essentially dead.

The RAM will be DDR1 as well so you can't use it in a new setup.

The rest is good though :D 
February 9, 2007 11:44:59 AM

i was offered $1100 for it. Is that reasonable to you or anyone out there reading this?

And you are rigt s939 is discontinued.. good point. I wanted to system which i can use for next 2 yrs so this motherboard is deadend for me huh?


btw what do you mean "The RAM will be DDR1 as well so you can't use it in a new setup."
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February 9, 2007 12:05:03 PM

Yes, $1100 is a very good deal for that system, especially with that SB Xi-Fi Platinum and the FX-60. You should be able to OC that FX-60 a good amount with that heatsink. That's also a great, proven motherboard, even if it is s939. I had pretty much the same system for a year and it ran games great although it would have been nice to have 512mb video memory. You'll still be able to upgrade the video card once DX10 cards mature and games are released. Do you happen to know what the power supply is?

If you wanted to build a PC, you might get a comparable set up for that much on an C2De6300-based platform with a little overclocking. However, it definitely wouldn't be SLI. This might be the way to go if you're considering upgrading your processor down the road.

Edit: That's a good point about the RAM being DDR1 and not being able to reuse it in an upgrade to a DDR2 platform. However, I suspect by the time you're ready to upgrade, DDR3 RAM will be available making the point moot (1 1/2 - 2 years from now). AMD and Intel have lately been more agressive integrating new components that are not compatible with previous platforms (so they and their partners can make more $). I think the days of being able to recycle core components are coming to an end...
February 9, 2007 12:07:10 PM

if i were you

i would price a cheap Core 2 Duo system with a nice single card solution and if THAT is cheaper or at the same price

you can tell him how dumbass his price is

....

and if you cannot find a faster system for that cheap... well then put some more thought into it :lol: 
February 9, 2007 12:16:38 PM

Quote:
Would a FX-60 based system still worth investing for next 2 yrs? I'm considering on building a E6600 from the start but i was recently offered this:

AMD FX-60 - CPU

2 GIGS OCZ platinum - RAM

2 X 7900 GT OC - GPU

Asus 8AN032 SLI Deluxe (mother board) not AM2

Thermal Take “Beetle” CPU cooler

250 GB Hard Drive

Sony DVD-R … RW/W – optical drive

13-1 Media Reader – media drive

Creative X-Fi Platinum – sound card

Thermal Take Saporano Case

No Keyboard

No Mouse

No Monitor!


How much would YOU pay for this???


I could build something that would smash that to pieces for £500. Thats around $950. Then take into account parts are cheaper in America. So it's probably worth $850 MAX if new but will cost more than that because of the FX-60.
That price isn't reflective of performance at all, that's just the component prices.

There is no point buying expensive ram, it won't give you much performance. You'd be better off with a E4300 and some cheapo ram.
Also look out for the 320mb 8800gts. 7900GT isn't the best choice, you can get 7950 GT's cheaper than them :\

For $1100 you can do a lot better.
February 9, 2007 12:26:22 PM

7900GT's in SLI? Meh. You can get an 8800GTS for the same price and it'll DESTROY that setup.

FX-60? Meh. A overclocked 6300 can beat it.

2 gigs DDR? Meh. You can get 2 gigs DDR2 for a decent price now.


It's not a bad price to be honest. BUT the problem is that you're getting older parts (especially the graphics cards) that can be killed right now for something very similar in price. Offer him $900 and see if he bites. Then sell the 7900's and get an 8800 ;)  Now THAT would be a decent system that would last you for 2 years.
February 9, 2007 12:44:23 PM

Quote:
Would a FX-60 based system still worth investing for next 2 yrs? I'm considering on building a E6600 from the start but i was recently offered this:

AMD FX-60 - CPU

2 GIGS OCZ platinum - RAM

2 X 7900 GT OC - GPU

Asus 8AN032 SLI Deluxe (mother board) not AM2

Thermal Take “Beetle” CPU cooler

250 GB Hard Drive

Sony DVD-R … RW/W – optical drive

13-1 Media Reader – media drive

Creative X-Fi Platinum – sound card

Thermal Take Saporano Case

No Keyboard

No Mouse

No Monitor!


How much would YOU pay for this???


I could build something that would smash that to pieces for £500. Thats around $950. Then take into account parts are cheaper in America. So it's probably worth $850 MAX if new but will cost more than that because of the FX-60.
That price isn't reflective of performance at all, that's just the component prices.

There is no point buying expensive ram, it won't give you much performance. You'd be better off with a E4300 and some cheapo ram.
Also look out for the 320mb 8800gts. 7900GT isn't the best choice, you can get 7950 GT's cheaper than them :\

For $1100 you can do a lot better.

Really? For $1100 you could get a system with an unlocked CPU, a top-end SB and Mobo, an OS, and performance of 7900GT OC SLI? Even if some of these components are a out-dated, they're better than anything you could build for that price.

Just for the heck of it, I tried to pull up a comparably performing C2C-based system from the Egg. The closest I came was $1300 + shipping. Even then, you would need to do some OC-ing to get it up to par.

If you're considering upgrading components as you go, by all means, start with the newer platform (C2C). If you want performance now that will last you a good while and still allow you to upgrade graphics, $1100 for this system is a very good deal.

Edit: But yeah, haggle a bit to see if he'll come down or throw in some software.
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February 9, 2007 12:58:02 PM

Not a bad price, haggle with him. Tell him the 939 socket is a deadend and not upgradable, although a nice system, no room for future processor upgrades. If he will come down under a grand, I'd go for it.
February 9, 2007 1:07:04 PM

Even not upgradeable, that system is really cool for the price. I'd buy it, no matter what others are saying. (you can even sell one gfx card and make some money :D  )

That system will do you 2 years no problem. And if you are a gamer, you can always upgrade for dx10...
February 9, 2007 1:09:07 PM

for the next 2 years yeah the fx-60 would be good, but a core 2 would be better
February 9, 2007 1:45:19 PM

Well heres something i knocked up quick.
It comes to 955. You need to add a case and psu. Easily done for under 150.
Could add a sound card too, that all depends if you like buying marketing.
Could also trim some fat on this too. No need for such an expensive mobo imo or ram. Also fancy fans etc if you are that hardcore. I think the OP would be happy with a E4300 @ 2.7ghz

Software? I didn't see that mentioned in the original post. It doesnt even have a keyboard and mouse lol

E4300 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
$175

ASUS P5B Deluxe : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
$180

2Gig ddr2-800 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
$209

8800 GTS : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
$289

250 GB HDD : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
$70

DVD Burner : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
$32
February 9, 2007 1:53:02 PM

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Would a FX-60 based system still worth investing for next 2 yrs?


2 Yrs? No Way


FYI One little bit of data to pass on to you as one that has an FX60 in SLI with 2 7800GTXs is some games like FarCry has Issues with the FX60 in SLI, a lot of video corruption, F.E.A.R. didn't do it but FarCry did, dropped back to a single core FX57 in SLI and the corruption disappeared.

I only tested those 2 games so I cannot relate to problems with any other games and nothing I did to try and resolve the issue with the FX60 worked, patches, hotfixes, optimizers so I switched the system back to the FX57, and my wife inherited the FX60.

Socket 939 still runs everything available today no problems what so ever, but 2 yrs down the road it will be an extinct dinosaur.
February 9, 2007 2:03:36 PM

1100 dollars is too much for that PC. Those video cards are not even DX10 capable. If you can get that for 750 to 800 dollars then maybe I would consider it. I would look into C2D (probably 4300 since ram is cheaper) and the system would be much more future proof.
February 9, 2007 2:16:17 PM

You got a big typo: 8800GTS is $389, not 289.

Also gotta toss in a PSU ;)  And downgrade to a Gigabyte 965P-DS3 to save some $$ there.

But regardless, it's a better modern system than the FX-60 setup, plus he gets a killer of a vid card too in this setup.
February 9, 2007 2:21:24 PM

If you are planning on droping that kinda money for a fx 60, I would recommend looking into getting a Opteron 165 or 170
I purchased a Opty170, stock speeds at 2.0 ghz, but with a little tweaking and help from THGF, I managed to OC this monster at a blistering 3.14 Ghz.
February 9, 2007 3:48:11 PM

Quote:
You got a big typo: 8800GTS is $389, not 289.

Also gotta toss in a PSU ;)  And downgrade to a Gigabyte 965P-DS3 to save some $$ there.

But regardless, it's a better modern system than the FX-60 setup, plus he gets a killer of a vid card too in this setup.


eek that was a big mistake. :o  There is a 320mb version of the 8800 out though. That should be around the $300 mark. Newegg don't have them though 8O

I didn't put a case and psu in since people tend to have their own prefernces. You can cover them both with $120 easily though.

Most importantly though, everything you buy is new and has a warranty.
I have no idea why people think second hand pc parts should have such high value.
February 9, 2007 6:41:26 PM

Thank you to all who responded and great feedbacks. I'll try to talk to the guy and aim for somewhere around 800 1000max(delivered).

Thanks again.

But seriously if you have a better idea for gaming with C2D for 850-1000, ping this.

Cheers m8s
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