Hey guys, I'm going to upgrade my system in a few days and I'd like to know what you think of these parts.
MSI P4N Diamond Motherboard
OCZ GameXStream 600W PSU
Intel P4 630 @ 3.4GHz Processor
1GB (2x512) DDR2-667 Corsair Memory
2GB (2x1GB) DDR2-800 A-Data Memory
BFGTech GeForce 7800GT OC 256MB Video Card
I'm going to use the system primarily to play games like Quake 4, TF2, Call of Duty 4, maybe WoW, and other older games that I know will run fine on the system. I will be running the games at either 1440x900 or 1680x1050 and I want a PC that will run games with all the settings high at those resolutions very smoothly, preferably 60fps and above. I also plan to overclock at least a little bit.
I don't think you need dual graphics cards for those games at those resolutions. A nice 4850 would take care of those games, and be cheaper and better than the 8800GTS. In this case, you could get a P45 board and be fine.
You wont need sli for those games, an 8800gt 512mb on its one will power the graphics you need very well. if you do get two cards (which you dont need) 650w minimum for 8800gt or gts
if you dont need sli so i would suggest the P45 as its a solid board and been around long enough to drop in price, i would also suggest looking at buying a 4850 gfx card as the p45 is a cross fire board, the 4850 have shown some good performace for a mid priced card.
I'm looking into the 4850 card now and I'm liking what I'm seeing, especially with the price. Part of why I was considering the 8800GTS is because it's been out for so long and it seems very reliable. The 4850 is so new, can it be trusted? Also, what do you guys suggest for memory? Should I go up to PC2 8500 speed memory or what do ya think?
i dont know why everyone hates on sli. as monitors become cheaper and cheaper, it will be more efficient to buy a 24+ inch. also, having a half decent/good mobo allows you to buy 1 card now, and later on when you notice it can't keep up with newly released cards, you can just buy another vid card. as you can see from the sli 8800's, it almost keeps up with newly released cards.
*Almost* while costing more money and using much more power. SLI later is a bad bad idea. It never works out like you think it will. Plus you have to deal with the absolute bug ridden garbage nVidia calls a chipset. If Intel chipsets did SLI the hate would be much less.
What do you guys think about the 9800GTX (G92) compared to the HD 4850? I'm worried about the heat issues with the 4850 since it's so new and it doesn't have a big GPU cooling system. The biggest difference that I've seen so far is in temperatures; 9800GTX seems as though it doesn't get nearly as hot as the 4850 but I'm not for sure. I'm thinking of getting a P45 board with one PCI-E 2.0 slot and getting one of those two cards.
the only way the "I'll add a second card later when its needed" works is with crossfire, because crossfire doesn't require identical cards, unlike SLI.
for example, people are mixing a 4850 with a 3870.
by the time you need that second card, a new card will be out that would wipe the floor with your 2 old cards.
also SLI doesn't make sense with less than top of the line because you get more performance per dollar with 1 better card than 2 worse cards.